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Assembly to review Dzongkha teacher shortage issue

Q-Hour: The social and cultural committee of the National Assembly (NA) was directed to review the shortage of Dzongkha language teachers in some dzongkhags and excess in others.  The report will be discussed at the next (6th) parliament session.

Chukha dzongkhag had submitted the petition, urging the house for a review on the issue.


India to refund Nu 1.943B for 2014 in excise duty

DSC_0914Finance minister Namgay Dorji watches as the excise duty agreement is signed

The reimbursement for 2013 will be released in the current financial year

GoI: The government of India (GoI) yesterday declared a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.943B (billion) to Bhutan for 2014.

This is an increase of Nu 187M (million) from the previous year.  Bhutan received Nu 1.756B as excise duty refund for 2013.

Excise duty is an inland tax imposed only on a commodity consumed within a country.  Hence, if the commodity is exported, the excise duty is waived off.


Man sentenced to three years

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years imprisonment for raping and impregnating an 18-year-old last December.

The court found Choki Gyeltshen from Umling, Sarpang guilty of rape and was sentenced in accordance to section 178 of the Penal Code of Bhutan.


23-man squad announced for Hong Kong match

World Cup: Veteran Passang Tshering of Thimphu City FC, FC Tertons’ captain Kinley Wangchuk, Drukstars’ Dawa Tshering, under-19 national player, Yeshi Dorji and Thimphu FC’s goalie Kinzang Gyelrhen are the five new players to join the Dragon Boys.

The final 23-man final squad that will play against Hong Kong on June 11in the first game of the second round of World Cup qualification was announced yesterday.

Head coach of the national team, Tsukitate Norio, said that out of the 30 shortlisted players the top 23 were selected. He added that considering the injuries some of the players the squad had to be changed.


Focus point

The late clarification slaughters the meaty debate


Thanks to the question in the Parliament on the government’s livestock mega projects. It has helped extract the much-needed clarification. Let’s have a closer look at it. This article also revisits the debate, runs through an opportunity we have created through the debate, and enlists some quick thoughts for reflection.

The clarification

The Prime Minister “clarified” that the government doesn’t have any plans to build a slaughterhouse. But it was only a month and a half ago that its very own Department of Livestock (DOL), a government entity, publicly revealed better, humane measures that it will implement for slaughtering livestock.


How Inclusive is Bhutan’s Growth?

Part 1 of 2

1. ESCAP’s Inclusive Growth Index 

In line with the ESCAP’s mandate to bring 743 millions of poor people in Asia and the Pacific region into the economic mainstream, ESCAP’s recently launched 2015 survey report creatively and innovatively proposes a composite index of 15 separate indicators to measure inclusive growth for sustainable development.

This is the first time where inclusiveness has been defined technically and quantitatively.


Ludrong Memorial Garden: A gift to the people of Bhutan

gardenInauguration: Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at the Ludrong Memorial Garden in Langjophakha, Thimphu yesterday

Heritage: His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo yesterday inaugurated the Ludrong Memorial Garden, a gift to the people of Bhutan from Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, on her 85th birth anniversary, at Langjophakha, Thimphu.

With the historical inaugural ceremony, which was attended by His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, Their Majesties the Queen Mothers, and members of the Royal Family, Her Majesty’s longstanding wish was fulfilled.  She had long desired to transform the property into a memorial garden as a gift for those who appreciate the natural beauty of the kingdom.

His Majesty The King planted a cypress tree, while His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother planted a chinar (Platanus orientalis) sapling tree each, to commemorate the auspicious occasion.  These saplings were from the seeds of the rare species, more commonly known as chinar in Turkish and English that was originally brought from Kashmir, India and planted in Bhutan by Rani Mayum Choeying Wangmo Dorji, Her Majesty’s beloved mother.


Govt. promises all pledges will be fulfilled

The government has said it will fulfil all the election pledges during its five-year tenure

Assembly: While the discussion on culture and tradition went smoothly in the National Assembly yesterday, the house switched to a tensed mood as it moved on to the next issue – the government’s election pledges.

Opposition MP from North Thimphu, Kinga Tshering, on behalf of his constituents, submitted that service utility vans and power tillers should be provided to every chiwog as promised.  He said providing the vehicles alone would not be enough, and that the government should also make budget allocations for fuel.


Council continues to train its guns on BOiC

DSC08278The 15th session of the National Council began yesterday

Misgivings about legitimacy of govt. decision have not been adequately allayed

NC: The National Council still sticks to its earlier stand that the establishment of the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) contravenes the existing laws.

During the 14th session last December, the council had recommended the government to urgently take measures to legitimise BOiC and Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) so that such agencies are established only after authorisation by Parliament in future.  Besides, the council had also recommended the government to ensure that its public policy decisions are backed by an Act.