Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 1:24 AM

Clash between progress and tradition

IMG_3444The choeten built by Phajo

The sacred site (nye) below Lungtenzampa is a telling example of this inverse nexus

Time out: What indeed is the link between development and loss of culture?  Even though a few changes could show the relation between the two, some things can be as stark as a shot in the heart to remind one of what comes at the cost of change.

Bhutan is a country of myth and mystery, sages and sagas, lamas and [... Read More]

No budget, no activity

NDFinance minister Namgay Dorji

Only projects with funding in hand will be implemented, says govt.

Budget: Only those development activities, the funds for which are secured, will be included in the budget proposal, the government has decided.

“We’re planning to include other activities in the supplementary budget and appropriation bill, as and when the fund is received,” finance minister Namgay Dorji said, yesterday, during deliberations on the budget report in the National Assembly.

This was done, because the capital expenditure [... Read More]

Council says nay to used electric cars

E-LEAF: The government’s idea of going electric, by importing 30 electric Nissan Leaf to replace taxis, is unlikely to make a meaningful difference to the economy, and will violate laws, according to the National Council.

Which is why deputy chairperson and Haa councillor, Tshering Dorji, said that a thorough analysis should be done before importing the used electric cars.

He presented a policy review on the import of secondhand electric vehicles at the council yesterday.

In [... Read More]


A flawed law?

The Speaker of the Assembly summed up the practicality of the Tobacco Control Act, which the house endorsed with some changes last week.

After the deliberations and a majority of the members voted on the amendments, he urged authorities to strictly implement the Act.

Some of the provisions of the most controversial Act in the country have been changed.  With the amendments, the amount of tobacco products one can import has increased substantially.  From 100 sticks, smokers [... Read More]

Two act better as one

20140609_095832Health minister Tandin Wangchuk interacts with participants during the tea break

A three-day partnership meeting is on between a pair of agencies that deal with the issue of gender violence

RENEW: To avoid duplication of work, the multi-sectoral task force (MSTF) and the community-based support system (CBSS), both of which are engaged in social issues, will work together.

To further strengthen the cooperation, a partnership meeting, which began yesterday, is underway in Thimphu.  Organised by the health ministry, in collaboration with Respect Educate Nurture and Empower [... Read More]

No further light shed on ER brawl

JDWNRH: Thimphu referral hospital’s management will carry out a separate investigation into the assault case involving a pharmacy technician and a patient that occurred on the night of June 7 at the emergency department.

Medical superintendent Dr Gosar Pemba said the pharmacy technician had submitted his report yesterday.

“That’s his side of the story, so we need to hear both sides, and talk to witnesses also,” Dr Gosar Pemba said.

The management is tracing the details [... Read More]

A curtain comes down on a 39-year-old stint

Dr-I.K-MahantaDr IK Mahanta

Chief pathologist Dr IK Mahanta, who joined service in 1975, is to leave by yearend

JDWNRH: It was an unusually slow day for Dr IK Mahanta, chief pathologist with Thimphu referral hospital.  But what was more surprising came in the form of a person, who peeked into his chamber and greeted him.

“Do you remember me?” the man said. “I’m amazed and surprised that you’re still here.”

Caught in disbelief, Dr Mahanta rose to greet his [... Read More]

Facilitating official spending

DSC_2629DHI chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu launching the corporate credit card

The bank launched two corporate credit cards towards addressing this need

BoBL: Office expenses can now be managed and met via credit cards, with Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL) launching two corporate credit cards yesterday.

The domestic credit card can be used within the country and outside, like in India and Nepal, while the VISA international credit card can be used in all countries.

The bank’s chairman, Karma W Penjor, said the corporate credit card could [... Read More]

8-month old vacancy left by late tshogpa yet to be filled

Namdoling: Namdoling chiwog in Decheling, Pemagatshel does not yet have a tshogpa, eight months after the death of the former tshogpa.

Villagers say that this is causing a lot of problems for the gewog and the villagers, especially when development issues are discussed for the gewog.

A by-election for the tshogpa could not be held, because the chiwog did not have a single candidate.

Cheki Dorji, the chiwog’s chupen (messenger), has been doing the work of [... Read More]

Big hole in the ‘Hole in the Wall’ project

IMG_3354Vandalised? The learning station at Chanjiji

The absence of the computers, which may gone missing a year or so ago, was only noticed last week

Crime: The four computers in the “Hole in the Wall” playground learning station have disappeared, and nobody is sure when and how it happened.

The computers were commissioned on December 25, 2009 as a pilot project, to allow children to teach themselves with free and unsupervised computers in a public space.  The department of information and [... Read More]

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