Monthly Archives: November 2014

Govt. expresses concern over increasing suicide cases

| Dawa Norbu, Thimphu

Education minister Mingbo Drukpa emphasized that the increasing suicide case is seriously a cause for concern during the Question and Answer session of National Assembly Friday.
“The government is genuinely concerned and we are under the process of framing policies and plans for immediate intervention. It should be considered as a concern by all the people of the nation,” he added.
The education minister’s response came after he was quizzed by the Member of Parliament from Dremetse-Ngatshang constituency in Monggar, Ugyen Wangdi, as to whether the ministry has taken any steps toward addressing the increasing suicide cases especially in school children.

BBS MD refutes allegation over his appointment

| Dechen Dolkar, Thimphu

The new Managing Director of Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), Tshering Wangchuk, maintains that he wouldn’t agree to allegation that proper procedures were not followed regarding his appointment.
“So far I have not seen any document, relevant to BBS, which clearly states the procedures as to how the managing director of BBS should be appointed.  Therefore, I do not agree to allegation that proper procedures were not followed when there are none in existence,” he said.

Chief Justice retires

Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye became Bhutan’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on February 2010.

| Dechen Dolkar, Thimphu

The Chief Justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay, retired after having attained the age of 65 years yesterday.
The retirement comes in line with the Constitution where the term of office of the Chief Justice of Bhutan shall be five years or until attaining the age of 65 years, or whichever is earlier. However, a formal submission of his retirement was made to His Majesty a month ago.
Hailing from Nangkor, Pemagatshel, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye is an alumna of Dr. Graham Homes in Kalimpong. He assumed many offices and served under various capacities in his illustrious career spanning 43 years in the service of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Govt. yet to respond on secondhand electric cars

The NC sought the government to re-examine its decision to facilitate and subsidize secondhand electric cars to be used as taxis.

| Dawa Norbu,  Thimphu

While the Upper House has received some sorts of response on its resolution from the 13th Session regarding shortage of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Kerosene and the obstruction to National Council (NC) from conducting its parliamentary duties,  NC had not received any response from the government on its resolution of policy review on secondhand electric vehicles.
The NC opened its second session with the follow up on the three resolutions – shortage of LPG and Kerosene, obstructions to NC from conducting its parliamentary duties and policy review on import of secondhand electric vehicles – passed during the 13th Session.