Poor investment hampers conservation efforts

Critical conservation programs aren’t being pursued for want of enough funds

Resources: Bhutan may boast of having more than half the country under forest cover but conserving it is an uphill task, say foresters.

When regulations come into conflict

Drukair refusing to fly an ailing Bhutanese passenger to Bangkok for treatment has been a subject of heated debate this entire week. The question that begs to be answered still is why did the captain take the decision he did that day.

Kerosene subsidy lifted for industrial establishments

About 17 industries in Phuentsholing and Samdrupjongkhar will not get kerosene subsidy from January next year

Trade: Commercial industries in Phuentsholing and Samdrupkongkhar will not be entitled to the current 50 percent subsidy on kerosene starting January 2016.

Bhutan reaffirms to remain carbon neutral

... The country has asked for development assistance in return

COP21: Bhutan has reaffirmed to remain carbon neutral and pursue low emission development to achieve the ambitious global targets of climate change post 2020.

Four arrested for possessing controlled substances

Crime: Thimphu police arrested four men for possessing and abusing controlled pharmaceutical substances near Damchu in Chapcha Chukha on September 29.

Salary revision outpaces revenue generation

The annual average salary of a civil servant is about 51 percent higher than a private employee’s

RCSC: About 25 percent of the country’s annual revenue is spent on paying civil servants. The annual salary of civil servants has more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, according to figures with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

Changing climate threatens key development sectors

Countries like Bhutan should step up adaptive measures to respond to the threats of climate change 

Climate change: Bhutan could lose over six percent of its Gross Domestic Product annually by 2100 due to melting glaciers and climate change induced extremes according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate change and economics report for South Asia.

First bridge on the Damchu-Chukha highway opens

DANTAK: The first bridge on the 59km Damchu-Chukha highway opened to traffic yesterday.

Voter registration on biometrics scanner begins

To save time and resources, election officials urge voters to register their fingerprints on the biometrics 

Election: In a run up to the upcoming thromde elections, Samdrupjongkhar’s dzongkhag election officers have begun registering voters through the biometric finger print scanner and have captured 247 voters’ fingerprints to date.

Bhutan renews commitment to conserve environment

UN: Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji deposited Bhutan’s Instrument of Acceptance to the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) on September 28 on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, representing a strong affirmation of Bhutan to remain committed in conservation and preservation of the environment.