Thursday, November 27th, 2014 - 4:52 AM
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Prickly sokshing issue

Whether age-old customs, or recent laws should guide woodlots goes unresolved at DT

DT: Following conflicting views on reinstating sokshing to its customary practice before introduction of Land Act 2007, Trashiyangtse dzongkhag tshogdu recently decided they wait for the Act to be amended.

Many villagers from various parts of the dzongkhag had their local leaders propose the government look into registering sokshing with an individual villager’s land, an old practice that changed after Land Act [... Read More]

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Officials of Brahmaputra and Barak Basin Organisation (B&BBO), India, and department of Hydromet services (DHMS) met last week to monitor and oversee the DHMS’s flood warning program funded by Indian government. The joint expert teams endorsed the proposed activities of the DHMS for which Nu 30M assistance was approved. The establishment of hydro-meteorological observation and flood forecasting network on rivers common to India [... Read More]

Tearful onion prices

IMG_2076A vendor sorts onions at CFM

The price per kilo (Nu 100) has equalled the daily wage of the national workforce

Vegetable: The price of onion in some parts in the capital city has hit the Nu 100 mark – equal to the minimum national daily wage.

From Nu 38 a kilogramme (kg) in June, the price of onion ranges from Nu 80-100 as of yesterday.  The current selling price at the centenary farmers’ market (CFM) is Nu 80 a kg, [... Read More]

Bhutan is more than just ema-datsi

DSC01987---CopyGuest try the variety of dishes that were displayed at the food fest

To prove that, a food fest was organised to showcase the diversity of Bhutanese cuisine

Conference: From yak meat to locally brewed alcohol to buckwheat pancakes and a variety of cheese, more than fifteen kinds of Bhutanese dishes were displayed at the hall of the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality on October 29.

Titled “Food diversity and exchange: The way to rural development,” the first “food conference” in the country was held to showcase [... Read More]

INR 1B received for economic stimulus

indianAmbassa1-(1)Stimulus fund: Ambassador VP Haran hands over the cheque of Indian Rupee 1B to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu

GoI: Bhutan has received Indian Rupee (INR) 1B from the government of India as grant for the new government’s economic stimulus plan (ESP), which will be injected into the domestic economy by mid November.

The Indian ambassador to Bhutan, VP Haran, handed the cheque to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday.

As requested by the government, the government of India has committed to providing INR 5B, outside the 11th Plan assistance, for Bhutan’s economic stimulus plan.

Finance [... Read More]

Working out jobs abroad

Govt. strategy to tackle unemployment problem via Bhutanese overseas worker program

Employment: Some five thousand job seekers could go to work in companies and agencies overseas every year, if the scheme labour ministry will introduce starting end of this year works out.

The overseas employment for Bhutanese jobseekers scheme is a strategy put in place by the new government to achieve full employment, as pledged.

Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said, besides easing unemployment problem, it [... Read More]

Stalled education city project a concern : PM


The govt. seeks a speedy resolution of the issue from the national land commission

NLC: The government has requested the national land commission (NLC) for a “speedy resolution” on the education city project, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said at the meet the press session on October 28.

The prime minister expressed concern that one of the biggest projects initiated by the previous government could be compromised because of the legality of the land.

“Given that the secretary [... Read More]


Of govt.’s first 100 days pledges

The government’s claim that it was able to achieve some of its pledges it promised to fulfill within the first 100 days of taking office sounds reassuring.

Yes, within that 100 days it was able to fulfill a third of the 34 pledges, but what matters to the people is that it did try to pursue them and the 11 pledges it realised is testimony of that effort.

In other words, it is at least serious about [... Read More]

Spinning up ways to spend

IMG_9190Meal time: After deliberations on how to spend the LG grant, Samtse gups break for lunch

Though the fund is yet to arrive, plans to use it have already been drawn up

LG: grant: While the local government grant of Nu 2M a gewog is yet to come through, although Parliament has endorsed it, local leaders in Samtse have already chalked out how to use it.

For one, during the discussions at the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) held on October 28, all 15 gewogs decided to allocate a certain percent of the [... Read More]

Refey-Khosela bypass work resumes

The department has been pulled up for violating environmental strictures

DoR: Work on the Refey-Khosela bypass resumed yesterday, three weeks, after it was stalled following objections from the Trongsa dzongkhag environmental committee to use a site as a dump yard by the department of roads (DoR) under Zhemgang division.

The department was fined of Nu 50,000 each for two other dump yards two months ago, which they had been previously using without clearance from the national environment [... Read More]