Sunday, August 24th, 2014 - 1:06 AM

Half of grant goes into gonpa hostel construction

Dedulphodrang: Monks of Dedulphodrang gonpa in Norbugang gewog, Pemagatshel are excited to move into the soon-to-be-completed new hostel.

The hostel is being constructed with the gewog development grant (GDG).

The gewog allocated Nu 1M to gonpa from the total GDG of Nu 2M.  The three teachers and the khenpo of the gonpa were facing difficulties over funds to construct a hostel for the monks.

The gonpa has more than 30 monks, who live in the six [... Read More]

Overseas employment program slows down

Agencies cite work visas, setting up shop and marketing as major hurdles to cross

Jobs: Considering the current trend, the government’s program of sending Bhutanese jobseekers overseas for employment opportunities has slowed down.

Three of the four overseas employment agencies the labour ministry has recognised have not been able to send any Bhutanese jobseeker to work overseas.

The proprietor with the Druk Metser Ter (DMT), one of the agencies, Palden Tshering, cited availing work visas as [... Read More]

Hashang chham – Only at the Lhuentse tshechu

during-the-lhuentse-dzong-trashi-ngasoel-ceremony-few--months-agoHashang chham during the Lhuentse Dzong’s trashi ngasoel ceremony

Harking from Tawoosing goenpa, the dance has been appropriated for its survival

Culture: Costumes are all bright, and the masks the dancers wear are not the masks normally seen during a tshechu.  They are young, beautiful and elegant.  Of all the dancers, the man in the middle is graceful, and the moves he makes are excessively funny, you could be rolling on the floor.

The thing is, the mask he wears is that of an [... Read More]

System loth to act against corruption : ACC

DSC_5629Dasho Neten Zangmo

Corrupt officials get a rap on the knuckles then get kicked upstairs

NIACS: Bhutan may have dropped two places on the 2013 Global Corruption Index, indicating that corruption is decreasing in the country, but the reality is different.

At the launch of the national integrity and anti-corruption strategy (NIACS) 2014-18, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairperson Dasho Neten Zangmo said electoral, political and policy corruption is becoming imminent.

Sharing a few anecdotes, Dasho Neten Zangmo said some [... Read More]

INR reserve to drop with vehicle ban lift

Rupee: The Indian rupee (INR) reserve, which improved marginally to about Rs 10B as of May this year, will most likely decline with the import ban on vehicles being lifted from July.

This would further amplify the current account deficit, which stands at about Nu 24B.

An economy is said to be running a current account deficit, if its total consumption, imports, investment and government spending is more than it produces.

“Lifting the import ban would certainly [... Read More]

PM assures tech graduates of venture capital

For those who choose an entrepreneurship career, seed money will be made available

TVET: Awarding certificates to 844 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) graduates at the second TVET convocation yesterday, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay assured them of capital, if they wanted to start their career as entrepreneurs.

He said the graduates could avail fund from the Business Opportunity and Information Centre and the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“The capital is there and [... Read More]

Education loan criteria set

Interest rate at five percent is cheaper than borrowing from banks

DAHE: Students scoring 60 percent and above in the class XII examination and still failing to qualify for colleges within the country can purse higher education through the cheaper education loan the government is providing.

The education ministry’s department of adult and higher education (DAHE) has completed drawing up criteria for the education loan, which will be disbursed starting next week.

The interest rate is [... Read More]

Gelephu resident impugns gewog officials

He has accused them of flouting the community contracting protocol

Dispute: Believing that Gelephu gewog officials breached the community contracting protocol, a resident of Zomlingthang in Gelephu lodged a complaint against them to the dungkhag, Sarpang dzongkhag, police, court and the Anti Corruption Commission.

The resident, Rinchen Wangdi, in his complaint letter, alleged that gewog officials breached the community contract protocol by overlooking the clause that states that the contract should be awarded to people [... Read More]


An uphill battle?

Bhutan need not rejoice in the fact that our ranking on the Global Corruption Index dropped two places in a year.

That the ground reality is different is a powerful message, especially when it comes from the chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

At the launch of the National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy, the chairperson candidly shared how the challenge of the commission stems from a lack of cooperation from other agencies in tackling corruption in the country.

The [... Read More]

Translating a notion into numbers

TCB and tour operators to decide how to make the ‘Visit Bhutan Year 2015’  initiative work

Tourism: Although the prime minister announced the government’s decision to make 2015 the ‘Visit Bhutan Year’, it has not been decided yet how tourism stakeholders will go about it.

Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials said a meeting will be held today, during which it will be discussed and endorsed.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay made the announcement last week, while presenting [... Read More]

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