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More Japanese aid on the cards

Japan is considering expanding its assistance to Bhutan

JICA:  Japan is considering expanding its assistance to Bhutan, the Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) president announced yesterday in Thimphu, at an event held to mark 50 years of Bhutan-Japan cooperation.

The new areas include environment, disaster management, industrial and urban infrastructure development.

“Looking ahead, new challenges will need to be carefully addressed, if Bhutan is to achieve the type of balanced development it so rightly strives for,” [... Read More]

Two mushroom poisoning cases in Chengmari

Toxicity: Two mushroom poisoning cases were reported from Chengmari gewog in Samtse last month.

This was the first reported case.  No deaths have been reported so far.

The two people were brought unconscious to the hospital after consuming the poisonous mushroom, said national mushroom centre (NMC) officials.  They suffered from gastro intestinal problems.

With the onset of mushroom season, the NMC in Thimphu issued a cautionary notification last week.

NMC advises people to collect mushrooms that they [... Read More]

Impact on homes from power projects to be verified again

Council: Despite having done an investigation before, another verification on the impact of blasting at Punatsangchhu projects I and II construction sites on nearby houses will be done again soon.

The economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk, also the chairperson of the hydropower projects, said that it would begin as soon as the dzongkhag administration and gewogs were ready.

“We’ve learnt they’re not ready yet,” he said.

The minister was responding to questions on what government does [... Read More]

Gelephu closing in on eliminating malaria

Health: The Vector Borne Disease Control Program (VBDCP) in Gelephu is well in line to achieve their target of eliminating malaria by 2020 going by the trend of malaria cases reported in the regional hospital.

The regional referral hospital has been experiencing a decrease in malaria cases for the last five years.

Records maintained with the hospital show that from 190 cases in 2009, the highest, malaria cases have dropped to eight in 2013. The [... Read More]

Gelephu records steady rise in diabetic cases

biabetis1Most of the diabetic patients this year in Gelephu are farmers

NCD: Diabetes, a lifestyle disease, is on a steady rise in Gelephu, records with the diabetic unit of Gelephu regional referral hospital show.

Going by the number of cases this year, it is likely that the number of cases this year could surpass those recorded in the past two years.

As of last month, the unit recorded 94 diabetes cases from 99 in 2013.  In 2012, there were 74 cases.  The patients are from Sarpang [... Read More]

NA rejects NC’s proposals, endorses pay revision

Being a money bill, NA used its prerogative to push the motion through

Salary: The National Assembly yesterday endorsed the much awaited pay revision, but the Council’s recommendation were shot down.

Council had recommended to defer the raise for senior public servants, and to raise civil servants pay by 20 percent, after merging the lump sump salary allowance that they are already receiving to the basic salary.

Senior public servants, which include the prime minister, ministers, [... Read More]

Council passes tobacco Bill …

… despite some members being unhappy with numerous provisions

Tobacco: Unlike before, individuals caught selling, distributing, cultivating, or manufacturing tobacco and its products would not be charged under the fourth degree felony henceforth.

For a first time offense, they would now have to pay a fine equivalent to a minimum of a year and maximum of 35 months of daily minimum wage. The fine comes with a misdemeanor sentence.

If repeated, the person would be charged [... Read More]

Council weighs in on second hand vehicles

The govt. is being advised not to lift the ban on the import of such cars 

NC: The National Council yesterday urged the government to continue observing the ban on import of secondhand vehicles, including the import of secondhand Nissan Leaf electric car, as per the provision of the “sales tax, customs and excise Act 2000” and “rules and imports from third countries 2001.”

Section 45 (h) of the Sales tax, Customs and Excise Act [... Read More]

Govt. pledge notwithstanding, prelims on August 10

RCSC: Graduates, who plan to appear the civil service examination this year, might want to start preparing for the preliminary examinations.

The Royal civil service commission yesterday announced that the preliminary examination this year would be held on August 10 and its results will be declared on August 28.

The announcement comes at a time when discussions between the government and the commission to do away with the preliminary examination are still on.  Last week, [... Read More]


A self-serving pay revision?

Dspite much confusion on what they were voting for, the National Assembly yesterday endorsed the final pay revision, with a majority voting not to accept the council recommendations.

And it was not a difficult decision, as they didn’t have to discuss, in length, the recommendations passed down from the house of review. The council didn’t provide a time frame on its recommendation to defer the raise for senior public servants from Prime Minister to government secretaries.

The [... Read More]

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