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Corporate pay hike to maintain 15 percent difference

The govt. has given the go-ahead to corporation boards to raise wages as they see fit Salary: Approving the much-awaited hike in salary of corporate employees, the cabinet also clarified that the raise, which comes into effect retroactively from July 1, 2014 should maintain a maximum of 15 percent difference from salaries of civil servants. […]

Murder in Central Plaza

Police have called it a clear case of homicide and are on the lookout for suspects Crime: A man was found dead in a pool of blood yesterday around 7.30am below Shearee Square in Lungtenphu, Thimphu, making it perhaps the first case of cold-blooded murder this year. According to police, the man, who is yet […]

Five chorten vandals appeal to High Court

Judiciary: Five lifetime prisoners and one prisoner who was sentenced to four years imprisonment for vandalising chortens have appealed to the High Court stating dissatisfaction on the Mongar court’s judgment that was passed last month. Of the 10 men who were given lifetime imprisonment, five appealed to the high court on December 16, last year.Kinzang […]

Living beyond our means

The rate of growth of current expenditure is outstripping that of domestic revenue  Notice: Causing concern for the government, the country’s annual current expenditure is increasing at a rate much faster than that of the annual growth in domestic revenue. “If this trend continues, it’ll be difficult to meet the current expenditure from financial resources […]

Meeting the power tiller promise

Govt. takes one step further towards fulfilling its campaign pledge Agriculture: The 70 gewogs in the six eastern dzongkhags will get a power tiller each by the end of February, the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said during the 14th meet the press session last week. The government had pledged to provide one power tiller in […]

Lack of toilet etiquette

If the level of a society is measured by how public facilities are maintained, we are not very far from being barbaric.  This is particularly true when it comes to public toilets. And there is no denying that when it comes to the toilets at the two football stadiums.  The renovated national stadium boasts of […]

YDF president, Her Majesty Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck in Bangkok

Visit: To explore possibilities of collaboration and partnership in drug education and rehabilitation services between the Princess Mother National Institute for Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT), Bangkok and Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), the President of YDF, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck is in Bangkok for a two-day visit Vice president of the […]

Fall in Yen sees rise in Toyota buyers

Savings of Nu 500,000-600,000 can be made given the Japanese currency value today Import: The fall in Japanese currency (Yen) recently has turned out to be a boon for Bhutanese aspiring to buy Toyota luxury cars.  The State Trading corporation of Bhutan limited (STCBL) in Phuentsholing has confirmed 115 vehicle orders. The highest order placed […]

Preventative steps being taken

Post-reinvestigation RBP report on Serzhong LSS incident comes up with suggestions Suicide: It’s not known what happened that September 25 night at the girls’ hostel of Serzong lower secondary school in Mongar last year.  All that has been reported is that it started after some girls saw two men leaving the hostel. What followed after […]

Picture story

Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay visits the Solar Park at Charanka in Gujarat yesterday after visiting Vadnagar, the hometown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in north Gujarat.                                                                                                                              

ADB advises more govt. investment in education

Upping expenditure in the sector by 10 percent would result in a far more stable growth path  Report: While hydropower is and will continue to be the bedrock of the country’s economy, higher investment in education, health, and efforts to diversify its economic base through tourism and other niche sectors like agriculture can yield a […]

Cabinet submits details against secretaries to RCSC

Update: The Cabinet yesterday submitted the details and evidences of the charges it had made against the three government secretaries to the Royal Civil Service Commission, just before the deadline ended at 4pm. Civil service commission officials confirmed receiving the details in a sealed envelope just before the two weeks time the commission had given […]

Tip-off helps net three escapees

Jailbreak: The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) yesterday arrested the three male inmates, who had escaped Wangdue police custody four days ago. The men were nabbed around 12.30am yesterday from Gomthang, Wangduephodrang. Following a tip off from a cow-herder, police found the three inmates in Gomthang, about a three-and-a-half-hour walk, from Bae Langdra. Chief of police, […]