…with the country’s external debt touching 104 percent of gross domestic product, some local economists fear it just might be
Loans: If the country’s citizens were to clear the country’s debt today, which stands at Nu 103B each of the almost 700,000 people would have to chip in about Nu 143,000.
A Bhutanese earning a monthly salary of Nu 12,000 would take a year to save Nu 144,000, that is considering he or she does [... Read More]
Last word: District education officials share their views at the consultative meeting’s closing yesterday
Participants discussed issues expected to have a lasting impact on the education system
DEO: With a commitment to work together, and strive to turn the education system around to make it the best in the region, the national level consultative meeting of district and thromde education officers concluded yesterday in Thimphu.
For three days, the participants deliberated on schools autonomy, teacher human resource policy and the school feeding program, critical policies that are expected to [... Read More]
After two parliamentary and several rounds of local government elections, the Election Commission of Bhutan, through the conduct of elections, found that election rules and regulations needed to be revisited.
We have just completed the second parliamentary election and the local government election are only after two years, which gives us ample time to have a relook at our rules and regulations. Those participating in the democratic process – as members, contestants and voters – have [... Read More]
People of Laya reported to wildlife conservation officials of a bear entering their homes and feeding on their rations
Wildlife: A rescue team from Wildlife Conservation Division left for Laya yesterday to check on a bear its residents complained was troubling them.
Residents reported the bear was entering their homes and eating their food stock besides damaging properties.
Wildlife Conservation Division’s chief forestry officer Sonam Wangchuk said the rescue team would reach Laya and to study [... Read More]
The confiscated paw
Wildlife: Forest range office in Gelephu fined two suspects for killing a Himalayan black bear three weeks ago.
The two men, aged 32 and 38, will have to pay Nu 40,000 by February 11.
The bear that was killed, it is suspected, was the one that tormented residents of Pemaling last year, feeding on more than 30 chickens and villagers’ fruits.
Forest officials, after a tipoff from informers about the two men negotiating to sell the [... Read More]
Safety first or last?
Use of personal protective equipment at workplaces is more the exception than the rule
Construction: Although it has been just over a year since the labour department made it mandatory for all construction workers to use personal protective equipment (PPE) at workplaces, not many are complying with the rule.
The labour department, in October 2012, issued a notification, stating that both employers and employees will be penalised for not providing or non-usage of PPE at [... Read More]
The 681 cases of beer seized in August 2013
A truckload of beer was given back to the owner more than four months after seizure
RRCO: The regional revenue and customs office in Bumthang, following a verbal instruction from their head office, returned a truckload of beer seized to the owner on January 13 more than four months after the seizure.
The consignment, 681 cases of beer, was seized on August 31 last year, because the seller, a retailer in Chumey, didn’t have a [... Read More]
The expenses totted up to Nu 23M more than what was spent on the first GE of 2008
ECB: The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) spent more than Nu 137M in conducting the second general elections last year.
The figure is an increase by more than Nu 23M, compared to the first one in 2008, which cost Nu 114M. Meanwhile, the commission is still “analysing” expenses for the primary round of parliamentary elections.
Chief election commissioner, [... Read More]
The model of the Wangduephodrang dzong
Reconstruction: The government had mobilised Nu 1.3B through various channels for the reconstruction of Wangduephodrang dzong, which began this month, the home ministry announced yesterday.
Reconstruction work on the dzong that was destroyed by a fire in June 2012 is expected to complete in five years, by 2018. “It’s a tentative time frame,” home minister Damcho Dorji said. “But we’ll try our best to complete. It is of a paramount importance for all the [... Read More]
A documentary on Bhutan that has been selected for an international film festival
Film: A documentary titled Shirt Out, Game Over! has been selected for the Miami International Film Festival to be premiered worldwide in March this year.
The documentary tells the story of Bhutan and the changes, including cultural ones, it is undergoing, through a young bodybuilder.
The almost half-an-hour documentary tells the story of Tshering Dorji, the country’s first bodybuilder and three-time Mr Bhutan, [... Read More]