English | Dzongkha Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ECB’s commissioners reappointed

His Majesty the King has reappointed Chogyal Dago Rigdzin and Deki Pema as the Commissioners of the Election Commission and Thinley Wangdi and Kesang Jamtsho as the members of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Illegal consignment confiscated

The Revenue and Customs office in Phuentsholing confiscated a consignment worth about Nu.2,60,000 on Monday. The Indian merchant involved in the act was trying to deflect the consignment to Jaigaon from Bhutan. The consignment was seized by the customs officials after a tip off.

A step towards WTO?

To join the World Trade Organization (WTO) or not is a decision Bhutan is struggling to make. And even as the country debates and weighs the pros and cons of joining WTO, representatives from various government departments and agencies involved in trade or trade related issues are being trained on Capacity building on International Trade in the capital.

Still far from becoming a cashless society

While many people are still unaware about the use of Point of Sale (POS) machines, those who know are not willing to use it. Bhutan introduced the Point of Sale machines in 2007 in an attempt to go cashless and recently made operation of POS terminals possible. POS provides an alternative to cash and cheque transactions.

BHUs in Sarpang underutilised

The grade II Basic Health Units of Tarithang and Singye Gewogs in Sarpang are underutilised. Each BHU has 25 rooms including a delivery room but many rooms are empty.

Sharing energy

Over the years, Bhutan has been exporting 75 percent of the surplus electricity generated in the country to India. To open up more avenues and promote regional energy trade among the SAARC member countries, a two day work shop is underway in the capital.

Ten tested positive for H1N1

The students and teachers of Changmey Primary School in Trashigang, who tested positive for Influenza A, have now been confirmed as H1N1. It was confirmed by the Public Health laboratory today. Out of 11 samples, ten tested positive for H1N1.

Over 1,000 graduates to sit for BCSE

Close to 1,100 graduates will sit for the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) this year.  From a total of about 2,400 graduates who appeared for the examination more than half of the graduates did not qualify for the BCSE.  The result was declared by the RCSE on Friday.

Over hundred vehicles stranded following Assam strike

Some hundred vehicles were stranded at the Gelephu border gate today following a strike in Assam. Today is the fourth day of the strike. The strike is likely to be lifted by tomorrow. There have been numerous strikes in the past few months due to clashes between Assam’s indigenous Bodo and Muslim Bengali settlers. This has affected vehicle movement from Samdrup Jongkhar, Gelephu and Samtse.

Breast feeding mothers excused on Pedestrian Day

All breast feeding working mothers can now work from home on the Pedestrian Day. As per the circular issued by the cabinet secretariat on August 24, all government organisations must make special arrangements using ICT facilities for the breast feeding mothers to submit their one day stay home work proposals to be approved by their respective supervisors.

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