Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - 3:14 AM

Four performance agreements signed with PM

TCB, NSB, DDC and GNHC have committed themselves to specific measurable targets

Governance: The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) targets 127,420 tourists by the end of 2015, through which the council expects an earning of USD 310M.

These were the two main targets, among others, included in the performance agreement signed between TCB and the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, on May 19.

As per the performance agreement, TCB will promote Bhutan as a high-end destination, using [... Read More]


The cut and thrust of Question Hour

Call it a difference in interpretation or misinterpretation of National Assembly rules of procedures; the Assembly didn’t have their “Question Hour” session on Tuesday as planned.

The question hour session, many say, is one of the interesting aspects of Parliament.  Not many follow the parliament session broadcast live, as they find it boring when members discuss legislation, and discussions are filled with legal jargon.  Unless the legislation being discussed is relevant to their agency or ministry, [... Read More]

JDWNRH’s overburdened dialysis unit

20140521_105755The dialysis unit at JDWNRH

An influx of kidney patients from Gelephu adds stress to an already stretched system

Health: With the dialysis machines in Gelephu hospital broken down since April 25, patients are referred to the Thimphu referral hospital, adding pressure to the already overburdened dialysis unit.

Muddy water, according to Gelephu hospital officials, damaged the pumps of the two dialysis machines.  Since then seven patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) have been undergoing dialysis treatment in Thimphu.

While [... Read More]

Court orders at-loggerheads gewogs to share source

people-of-Dremetse-and-Narang-are-getting-insde-the-court-for-the-verdictAt the court: Dremetse and Narang villagers entering the court for the hearing

Whether the verdict settles the longstanding dispute between Dremetse and Narang remains to be seen

Water: Mongar district court on May 19, through a verdict, ordered people of the two gewogs of Dremetse and Narang in Mongar to share a water source that’s been a bone of contention between the gewogs for years.

The dispute reached the court last year, after villagers of Bikhar and Wungkhar in Dremetse accused Narang villagers of cutting off their [... Read More]

Forest fire arsonists get off scot-free

IMG_2185Charred forest in Bartsham

Disaster: Even as Bartsham gewog officials in Trashigang are trying to trace the miscreants who set off the recent forest fire in Muktangkhar, going by past experience, it is likely that the culprits will never be apprehended.

Statistics maintained with dzongkhag forest office show that about 115 forest fires in Trashigang since 2000 destroyed more than 45,265.74 acres of forests.  Only a few people responsible for setting the fires were caught till now.

The recent [... Read More]

What of newspapers’ erratic publication

MOIC awaits BICMA’s response in relation to the issue 

Media: Despite information and communication ministry’s intimation to Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority of some newspapers skipping several editions, the latter is yet to act.

Following a circulation audit, the findings of which was released since February this year, it was found that one private newspaper missed about 11 issues between July 2012 and June 2013.

Similarly, all other private newspapers also missed one or two issues.

Ministry [... Read More]

Picture story

Two single-storey traditional houses and a hut were gutted by fire that started from the hut near the old Bank of Bhutan branch office in Bajo, Wangduephodrang yesterday morning. Dzongkhag and Punatshangchhu staff, Royal Bhutan Army, police, students and local residents managed to contain the fire by 2pm. While the tenants lost all their belongings, no casualties were reported. The cause of the [... Read More]

A descent into a debt trap?

RAA cautions the govt. to put a cap on borrowing

Report: The country’s excessive borrowing without a clear policy and benchmark reveals symptoms of “high indebtedness” and could endanger national solvency, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) warns.

Outstanding debt is projected to more than double to Nu 258.8 billion (B) by the end of  11th Plan, 73 percent of which is in Rupee loan, the RAA’s recently published report on public debt management states.

Total outstanding [... Read More]

NA nixes paid leave for tshogpas

DSC_9029All ears: Home minister Damcho Dorji listens to Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay as discussion on tshogpa’s entitlement prolongs yesterday

Assembly: In what some members called a violation of the Constitution and human rights, the National Assembly yesterday voted out paid leave entitlements for local government tshogpas.

Some members voiced that the gewog tshogpas and thromde thuemis should be entitled to avail leave, as the third reading of the local government members’ entitlement bill 2014 continued.

Panbang assembly member, Dorji Wangdi, said there should not be differentiation among the elected members of the local government, [... Read More]

NC discusses road right-of- way

Council: Although the Road Act clearly specifies that construction of houses near the highway should maintain 50 feet gap from road, there is no requirement specified for the construction of houses adjacent to farm and feeder roads.

Officials in the dzongkhag are thus unable to decide on whether to stop increasing building construction along feeder and farm roads, said Trongsa MP Tharchen.

National Council’s (NC) chairperson (Dr) Sonam Kinga said the Road Act was discussed [... Read More]

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