• No transfer, no salary

    To ensure that transferred health professionals leave to their new workplace, the health ministry’s human resource committee had written to the medical superintendent of JDWNRH and the dzongkhags to stop payment of salary to health personnel who are not relieved with immediate effect. The April 11 letter stated that as mandated by section 14.7.5 of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018, civil servants who are transferred should be relieved within 30 days from the date issue of the transfer order. Health professionals are civil servants.

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Prime minister Dr Lotay Tshering attended the golden jubilee celebrations of the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan Limited (STCBL) yesterday in Thimphu. STCBL was established 50 years ago with the mandate to assist the government in procuring essential commodities required for developmental projects. 

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Implementing the switch to digital TV challenging 

Residents of Thimphu have a little over a fortnight’s time to ensure they continue receiving their cable TV connections. Following Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s (BICMA) announcement of the switch to digital TV in September, the authority is certain about cutting analog TV signals starting next year. The decision to switch …

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Women top BCSE

Except for the Dzongkha and B.Ed general category, women topped the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) this year. With a male each in the Dzongkha  and technical category, seven women were among the BCSE toppers. This is excluding the B.Ed category. Female graduates from outside Bhutan took the top three …

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Poor branding culture hinders growth of intellectual property

Poor branding culture in the country has resulted in the intellectual property (IP) system not benefiting from potential products, designs and the business people in the country today. Of more than 17,000 trademark applications filed with the IP department with the economic affairs ministry until this year, national applicants filed …

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FMCL in Gelephu struggles to market spring rice

Spring paddy was one of the products that the FMCL launched in June this year (File photo)

It is almost time for officials of the Regional Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (RFMCL) in Gelephu to prepare the terraces for spring rice plantation but the officials are still struggling to market the rice it harvested last spring.

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Bhutan benefits most from SDF

Governemnt officials join the SDF officials to commemorate the 34th SAARC Charter Day

The board project appraisal committee has approved Drukair’s project to buy an ATR aircraft worth almost USD 13 million as the first project under the economic sector. The project would be considered at the board meeting on December 19. The SAARC Development Fund (SDF) chief executive officer, Dr Sunil Motiwal …

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PMO starts Meet Our PM sessions on Fridays 

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering speaks to the media

The Office of Prime Minister took journalists by surprise when it arranged the first “Meet our PM” with the media at the courtyard of the Gyalyong Tshokhang on December 7. Speaking in the cold and windy afternoon, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering asked the media to refrain from misreporting. One …

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Bats benefit the ecology, finds study

Although associated with bad connotations by the Bhutanese, bats are pollinisers, seed dispersers, and pest controllers and are as important as any other animal in the ecology. According to one of the researchers at the Bhutan Ecological Symposium last week, Sangay Tshering, a lecturer at College of Natural Resources (CNR), …

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Online potato trading picks up

The online auction yard at the Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) in Phuentsholing, which is also the first in the country, traded 1,443metric tons (MT) potatoes worth Nu 37.6 million (M) this year. This is an increase from 1,147MT of potatoes worth Nu 17.3M traded online in 2017. The …

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Anti-Corruption day observed in Gelephu

Youth perform an awareness programme at Gelephu MSS

Bhutan targets to make it to the 20th position in the global corruption perception index by 2020. The target is a jump by five ranks from the existing rank among 180 countries. As Bhutan Transparency Initiative (BTI) and Gelephu observed the International Anti-Corruption day in Gelephu yesterday, discussions were held if the …

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How migration threatens agriculture

About 50 percent of the farmers of Bartsham gewog, in Trashigang said that shortage of labour due to rural-urban migration was one of the major challenges in agriculture. This was according to a study by Tashi Dorji, a lecturer at Sherubtse College, Trashigang. Bartsham has a population of 1,788 and …

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