State of the Nation: In a nutshell, the first democratically elected government passed with flying colours.
At least that was what came out quite clearly from Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s assessment of his government’s five-year term, a report card of a sort, this annual state of the nation report, which he presented to the members of the Parliament yesterday.
Besides Parliament members and viewers across the nation watching the live telecast of the session, [... Read More]
Touching on the Rupee issue in his state of nation report to parliament yesterday the prime minister gave re-assurance that the rupee shortage is only temporary and everything possible was being done to ease the situation.
“While we do need to be concerned and to take action as we are, there is no need for people to be alarmed as the problem is not very serious,” Lyonchhoen said.
To back his assurance Lyonchhoen said foreign exchange reserves [... Read More]
Meet the press: Although the government is yet to fully realise a direct saving to fully cover the consultancy fees of Nu 430M it paid McKinsey and Co, the government is “extremely satisfied” with the “direct benefits” of the accelerating Bhutan’s socio economic development (ABSD) program, Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley said at the meet the press session yesterday.
“Yes, in terms of direct savings, that was what we had hoped for, the equivalent [... Read More]
Two weeks have passed since a Bhutanese girl eloped with an Indian man and her parents are distraught on how to get her back.
“We’ve approached concerned authorities yet we haven’t received any response so far,” the girl’s mother, Phurpa Wangzom, said.
The 17-year-old class VII student went missing from Bajo town on the night of February 16. She was later found at the Indian man’s house in Dadgari village bordering Gelephu town.
The girl said she ran [... Read More]
It was reduced to a moment, this first five years of the country’s transition to a democracy.
The prime minister yesterday summed it up in a slightly more than three-hour report presentation of the country’s first democratically elected government’s performance in the last five years.
Many who watched the presentation thought it was a marathon session of a lone man speaking for more than three hours.
But what they missed was looking back across the terrains into the [... Read More]
Election 2013: Wangduephodrang, the dzongkhag known for popular oral literature such as the Ballad of Pemi Tshewang Tashi and Gyelong Sumdar Tashi, now has a radio jockey known for his oratory skills as a councilor aspirant.
Kinley Wangchuk, 32, known as Gaseb Kinley Wangchuk to Kuzoo listeners, and who battled for life from kidney failure, plans to contest in the national council election from Gase Tsogom gewog.
Kinley Wangchuk, who is still in Vellore recovering [... Read More]
Education is about building people for the nation, says education minister
Meet the Press: “Over all, when you look at the state of education in the country, I must say it’s good,” education minister Thakur S Powdyel said yesterday at the 24th Meet the Press session.
The education minister was responding to how the government’s accomplishments in the education sector have translated in improving the quality of education in the country.
Lyonpo said the issue of [... Read More]
Hydropower: When Punatsangchu I and II, and Mangdechu hydropower projects are commissioned in 2016 -17, it will bring in a projected additional annual revenue of 19.63B Rupee from export of power to India the prime minister said yesterday in his fifth state of the nation report to parliament.
“Hydropower development is seen as building the foundation for a green economy and helping to fulfill the national aspiration of self-reliance by 2020,” Lyonchhoen said. “And [... Read More]
The 45th batch of 122 police constables take the oath of allegiance
Passing out Parade
The Royal Bhutan Police will establish divisional offices headed by a superintendent in all 20 districts. As of now there are only 11 divisional offices in the country.
The home minister, Minjur Dorji, made this announcement at the Jigmeling Police Training Centre in Gelephu during the passing out parade of its 45th batch of 122 police constables of which 25 were female.
The chief of police, brigadier Kipchu Namgyel, and former police chiefs also attended [... Read More]
The two reports the Prime Minister presented to the Parliament yesterday, the state of the nation, and fulfillment of the pledges, permeated stories of success throughout most of the pages.
But how much of its success can be credited to the first democratically elected government?
The question comes in the backdrop of some skeptics within political parties claiming the activities and programs the government implemented would have been fulfilled in any case since they were all slated [... Read More]