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Dzongdas – Point men in fight against corruption

IMG_5727ACC Chairperson Dasho Neten Zangmo interacts with dzongdas

Given that most cases from the dzongkhags stem from systemic weaknesses

Conference: Dzongdas have a big role to play in preventing corruption in the country, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) commissioner, Kezang Jamtsho said at the 21st dzongda’s conference in Thimphu yesterday.

He said dzongdas are the bridge between the government and people.  They take plans and policies that government draw, to implement at the grassroots level, where people reside.

“Most of the corruption cases reported to [... Read More]

Chorten vandalism tops crime list for 2013

Police records show a spike in this particular offense in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse

RBP: Chorten vandalism, followed by battery cases, topped the list of crimes committed in the eastern districts of Trashigang and Trashiyangtse in 2013, records with Trashigang police show.

The two districts recorded 72 chorten vandalism cases last year from 43 the previous year.  This was followed by battery cases that were mostly related to domestic violence, which saw a marginal increase with [... Read More]

Orientation programme begins for 2,308 graduates

DSC_9524NGOP: Graduates at the opening ceremony in RIM,Thimphu

NGOP: With 2,308 graduates, the national graduates orientation programme (NGOP) began at the Royal Institute of Management in Semtokha, yesterday.

Themed, “becoming a better human being,” policy orientation, cultural orientation and personal development are the main components of the NGOP this year.  Various ministries and agencies will brief graduates on government policies and socio-economic issues.

At the opening yesterday, labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said that it was important for graduates to know the status [... Read More]

The bugbears of the mining business

Dzongdas draw attention to the problems that beset the sector 

Conference: Politicisation, unreasonable expectations from the community and favouritism are the biggest hurdles in the mining business, dzongdas pointed out, which, if not addressed, would barricade the government’s plan to establish a state mining corporation.

The issue was raised at the ongoing annual dzongda’s conference during their interaction with the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), yesterday.

Samtse dzongda, Karma Weezir, who raised the issue, said, [... Read More]

Indian ambassador visits Chukha hydropower project

DSC_0105Ambassador Bambawale leaves a testimonial on the CHP guest sign in book

Visit: India will assist and help Bhutan in whatever ways it can in its capacity, and priorities for assistance have to be laid by the people of Bhutan, the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, said, after his first visit to the Chukha Hydropower Project Corporation (CHPC)
yesterday.

“Both India and Bhutan are in the process of economic development and social progress,” the ambassador said, adding that, in this process, the two countries could [... Read More]

Picture story

Becoming a Better Human Being: 2,308 university graduates are attending the national graduates orientation programme, which begins today at the Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu. Of the total, 1,103 are from colleges in Bhutan and 1,205 from outside.

  

Local leaders petition against green tax

DT: Although unlikely that it will come through, local government leaders in Lhuentse, unhappy with the five percent green tax on fuel, have decided to submit a letter to the government to revisit its decision.

The issue was discussed during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu among local leaders from eight gewogs of Lhuentse.  They said the government is imposing a tax without consulting the people, who were the most affected.

Gangzur gup Karma said the five [... Read More]

Raising the bar

Dzongdas question trade officials on issues related to the sale of alcohol

Conference: Dzongdas at the annual conference questioned trade officials on the lack of clarity of regulations regarding transfer of bar licenses from a deceased to their kith and kin, and on locations of bars.

Samtse dzongda Karma Weezir raised the issue.  He said that, as per his understanding, regulation forbids transfer of bar license from a deceased to its kith and kin.

“It’s a [... Read More]

Cottage and small industries show impressive growth

This is a direct reversal of the decline registered in the previous fiscal

Report: The 11.3 percent growth of cottage and small industries (CSI) so far this year was ‘impressive’.

The CSI report for the period December 2013-July 2014 states that 1,701 cottage and small industries came into operation within the first seven months this year.  The total stands at 14,249.

Last year, the number declined by about 4.7 percent compared with the 2012.

Thimphu region recorded [... Read More]

Editorial

Detest retest

The news of having to reappear an examination is the last thing any university graduate wants to hear.  Therefore, some graduates of the BB Pradhan Management College in Kalimpong frantically called the Kuensel reporter to stop carrying the story about the possibility of having to re-sit their final semester exam.

They fear that they would be disallowed to sit for the civil service entry examination after completing the preliminary stage. Following some cheating case during the [... Read More]

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