The ESP report states that about Nu 550M is to be spent on youth employment issues
Unemployment: The unemployment benefit scheme, one of the government’s pledges that went down well with young voters during elections, is yet to be presented to the Cabinet for approval.
Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said, while the scheme is “long awaited” by many youth, only “deserving” ones would get it.
“As promised, we want to give unemployment allowance, but only [... Read More]
Question hour: Cabinet ministers respond to questions from reporters during the fifth meet the press session yesterday
Too many fish, big or otherwise, in a small pond was the PM’s reading of the situation
Media: Advertisements are primarily to get the message across but, if its purpose is to finance media houses, then the policies of advertisements need to be relooked at, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said.
The Prime Minister was responding to one of several questions raised on the state of the media, and if advertisement budget was also slashed as part [... Read More]
Tshulag Lopon Samten Dorji presided over the consecration ceremony of the Rukha lhakhang in Wangduephodrang on December 25. This is the first lhakhang in Rukha where the 20 households predominantly practice animism.
An archery coaching was organised for both men and women last winter
Archery: Bhutan archery federation is organising a coaching camp exclusively for women, most of who perceive archery as a man’s sport.
By conducting the coaching camp in Kanglung, Gelephu and Thimphu, scheduled to start from January 10, the federation is looking, not only impart basic archery skills, but also to select women members for the national team.
General secretary Tsewang Rinchen said, from the coaching, some women would be shortlisted, after which another two-week program [... Read More]
Yesterday’s headlines announced that the promised pay raise for civil service is anything but certain. If the government is serious about kick-starting the private sector and encouraging entrepreneurship, giving indiscriminate handouts to civil servants will be a counterproductive measure.
The Pay Commission, which has been established has a carefully worded remit with some clear guidelines. Among these, commissioners are cautioned that “Increases should largely be met through cost cutting and other measures by streamlining government expenditures.” [... Read More]
Fragile moraine holding Tshokar of Singye Dzong, Lhuentse
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international scientific agency, in its successive research reports, is confirming climate change from historical anthropogenic emissions. The intensity and pace is said to be accelerating. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognizes mountain ecosystems as vulnerable areas. The Seventh session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) of the UNFCCC held in Marrakesh, Morocco gave opportunity to Least Developed Country (LDC) members to develop and [... Read More]
Above all, the Pay Commission must ensure that current expenditure does not exceed govt. revenue
Salary: The reviews on salary and benefits of public servants the Pay Commission is carrying out will not necessarily result in a raise, officials said.
“Everybody is expecting upward revision, but whether we can really meet the expectations is a big question,” commission’s chairperson, Druk Green Power Corporation managing director Dasho Chhewang Rinzin said.
The commission, which has entered into the [... Read More]
Especially those that come with babies to breast-feed
Law: A 33-year-old mother, sentenced to six years in prison, is not only worried about her two sons she had to part with, but also about bringing up her six-month-old baby in prison.
Paro court had convicted her for impersonation and forgery in June this year, but was granted maternity leave of six months.
The woman was asked to report to the court on December 30.
“While my [... Read More]
Victims of abuse more liable to report miscarriages and induced abortions
NCWC: Women, who are victims of violence, were more likely to report miscarriages and induced abortions than those who aren’t.
This was one of the main findings of a recent study on the ‘situation of violence against women in Bhutan’ by the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC).
About seven in 100 women, who were pregnant, were likely to be physically abused during pregnancy, [... Read More]
The road safety authority is coming down hard on those who have not changed ownership of second hand vehicles sold or bought. The announcement alarmed many.
If a quarter of the total vehicles in the country have changed hands, but not transferred the ownership, it is a lapse on the part of the authority. There is a standing rule saying ownerships should be changed within 15 days of the transaction. While there is no up to [... Read More]