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Fire in Beldangi-I, camp secy appeals for support

Immediate relief package to fire victims is coming from various sectors from this morning.

World Food Programme has supplied 300 kilogram of bitten rice and instant noodles to the displaced fire victims.

TB Gurung in the spot Similarly, teachers from Tri-Ratna Secondary School, Beldangi-II contributed 1081 rupees to fire victims

Published on Jan 21 2010 // Main News

When children abandon books to earn a living

Since the days of Victorian England where children were exploited as chimney sweeps, the world has become a more advanced place where child labor is no longer accepted. In a country such as Bhutan, where small rural families depend on every family member contributing to the care and maintenance of agricultural holdings, child labor is […]

Published on Jan 20 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

IMF suggestions ignored

January 20, 2009: The commercial banks of the country have rejected the recommendation made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to realign the interest rates in Bhutan with minimal difference with India. In a report, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) said it is necessary to keep least difference in interest rates in two countries to […]

Published on Jan 20 2010 // Main News

Delay in justice delivery

Jan 18: Absence of judges at the existing highest court of the country has badly affected justice delivery almost for last one month. The High Court, the existing apex court of the country currently has only one sitting judge while regulation needs at least two judges to for hearing cases and giving verdict. With Jigme […]

Published on Jan 18 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Himalayan kingdoms and India’s foreign policy

India’s pursuance of the democracy factor in Bhutan and Sikkim was different from the Nepalese case. Though the security concern emanating out of the communist victory in China was the same, but the pressure of democratic forces was much weaker in Bhutan and Sikkim. The other pressing consideration of the Western intervention, present in Nepal, […]

Published on Jan 18 2010 // Opinion

Chapter 4 of the Civil Service Bill contradicts Article 7 of the Constitution: Journalists

January 14, 2009: The bone of contention in the proposed Civil Service Bill, 2009, that had already been passed by the National Assembly in the last Assembly session is exclusively on Chapter 4 of the Bill. Some of the media practitioners say that two clauses are in variance directly with the Article 7 of the […]

Published on Jan 17 2010 // Media Monitor

Eggs, chicken banned

January 17, 2009: Bhutan has banned the imports of eggs and chicken from India following the outbreak of bird flu, better known as Avian Influenza, in the West Bengal state. The ban has been announced on Saturday afternoon after an emergency meeting of the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA). “On Saturday, there was […]

Published on Jan 17 2010 // Main News

No surveyors, no land transfer

January 16, 2009: Delays in transfer of thram in the Wangduephodrang, Dagana and Tsirang are hampering both government development activities at the local level and private land development. Though the revised Land Act 2007 mandates to complete such transfer within 365 days, cases are pending for years leading to halt in development activities. In Tsirang, […]

Published on Jan 16 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Govt employees happy with new NPPF scheme

January 16, 2009: The government employees are happy with the plan unveiled by National Pension and Provident Fund to calculate their pension on 40 percent average of the last 24 months’ basic salary and not on an employee’s last salary. According to old scheme, the retired official was entitled to pension on 60 percent on […]

Published on Jan 16 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Food price hike in India to affect Bhutan consumers

January 16, 2009: The record price hike of the daily consuming goods in India is likely to affect the Bhutanese consumers badly. Essential food products like rice, pulses and sugar are mostly imported from India where prices have gone up sharply in the last few months. Food prices in India were recorded at 18.22 per […]

Published on Jan 16 2010 // Human Rights Monitor