English | Dzongkha Friday, January 17, 2020

Appointment of Press Secretary for PMO questioned

Last month the government appointed a private individual as Press Secretary for Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for a contract term of three years.  Panbang’s Member of the Parliament, Dorji Wangdi said that there is a conflict of interest since the appointee worked with Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa during the election campaign.

Pay Revision Proposal; Teaching and Health to be more attractive

The Finance Minister presented Pay Revision Proposal in the National Assembly today. There are some major changes in the recommendations from the Pay Commission report which was released recently. The changes are with the revision on Teaching, Health and parliamentarians among others. According to the Finance Minister, the changes are made based on the principle of narrowing the gap.

Government’s decision to do away with the Class X cut off points discussed

The National Council member of Chhukha, Sangay Dorji questioned the Education Minister on the implementation of cut off points for class ten immediately from 2019 during the question hour of National Council.

Decorum to the winds in the House

In what started as an effective deliberation on the need for an apprehensive and extensive review of the LG Act, the discussion deviated towards personal attack. This drew in public attention on Facebook describing what has happened in the National Assembly as unacceptable.

Youth Unemployment rate not alarming

With the National Youth Unemployment rate increased from 12.3 per cent in 2017 to 15.7 per cent in 2018, MP Yeshey Dem of Khamed_Lunana asked the Labour minister what the Ministry is doing to address the issue.

Plans for Chamkhar Chu project shelved, Zhemgang people cry foul

The 770 megawatt Chamkhar Chu Hydropower project was to be a salvation for the people of Kheng-Rig-Nam-Sum, but with the National Assembly shelving it, People of Zhemgang said their hopes and aspiration are all shattered by the news.

Chamkhar Chu Hydropower plan scrapped

During the National Assembly session yesterday, the government announced that plan for Chamkhar chu Hydropower project is withdrawn. The Economic Affairs Minister said the project will have a huge negative impact on the environment and may cost more than what can be achieved later after the construction.

Five new entry points for regional tourists still under review

Although the National Assembly endorsed five new entry and exit points for the regional tourists in the first session of the third parliament, implementation of the project will take some time.

Alleged High Data Charges by BT not True. Free WIFI gets no answers.

Norbu Wangzom, Jomotshangka Martshala MP questioned  Minister for the Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC) regarding the high deduction on data charges by Bhutan Telecom (BT). This was raised during the  NA question hour Session. She also raised the issue on the government’s pledge regarding the free WIFI.

PDP’s 10-point suggestions on Fourth Pay Commission’s report

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) submitted their comments and 10-point suggestions on the Fourth Pay Commission’s report to the cabinet yesterday. The party wants the government to consider it before tabling it to the Parliament.

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