Saturday, July 26th, 2014 - 1:06 PM

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His Majesty The King granted an audience to the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan V P Haran yesterday. V P Haran, who served as India’s Ambassador from January 2013, completes his tenure in Bhutan this month


PDP govt. completes a year in office

The present dispensation’s first year in power has been a mixed bag of ups and downs

Appraisal: A year ago today, Bhutan had ushered in a new government.  A new prime minister and a fresh set of Cabinet ministers were vested with the responsibility to govern the country for the next five years.

The People’s Democratic party had promised change and more if it was given a chance to form the government.  Led by Prime [... Read More]

Interest free education loan

DHAE: Starting this Monday, students, who have completed class XII in 2013 and scored 50 percent or above, can apply for the education loan the government will provide without any interest.

Online applications for the loan will be open from Monday afternoon at the education ministry’s website (www.education.gov.bt).

Students need a minimum of 50 percent in English plus three best subjects, the main criterion.  Preference will also be given to students from “economically poor background.”

The [... Read More]

Police serious about porn clip sharing

First arrests made in Bumthang and Paro in two separate cases

Crime: A 35-year old man from Wangduephodrang is in police custody, arrested on July 18 for allegedly shooting a pornographic clip which went viral.

Police sources said he made the pornographic clip on his mobile phone without the knowledge of the woman. The woman lodged complaint to the police.

But after police detained the man, the woman wanted to withdraw the case.  Police officials, however, [... Read More]


A logical rural land tax

Call it bold, shrewd or dogged, but Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu has again resolved to increase land tax and propose the same to Parliament for a second time.

Their proposal, submitted during the last session of Parliament, was shot down by the National Assembly, but this has not deterred them to risk a second submission.  This time, it seems, they have the backing of at least all the chairpersons of the tshogdu, the highest decision making body [... Read More]

Road quality should be ensured: PM

Transport: The prime minister expressed concern about the condition of Bhutanese roads to works and human settlement engineers and asked them to ensure quality by adhering to requirements, yesterday.

Paying an informal visit towards the end of a four-day meeting for Department of Road engineers, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay pointed out that roads in bad conditions are visible almost everywhere.

“When travelling through a newly black-topped road I am worried as to how long it might [... Read More]

DoR to construct and maintain GC roads

DSC09941Chukha dzongda Pemba Wangchuk hands over GC roads to a DoR official

The dzongkhag handed over seven roads following instructions from MoWHS

Chukha: Following an instruction from the works and human settlement ministry, Chukha dzongkhag yesterday handed over all the gewog connectivity (GC) roads to the department of roads (DoR).

Chukha will be the first dzongkhag to hand over GC roads, after the cabinet instructed the ministry to take over all the roads in 205 gewogs.

As per the letter received from the ministry on May 1, the [... Read More]

Dialogue for better democracy

DSC_8316Representatives at the forum yesterday

ECB: To promote a culture of dialogue and cooperation among political parties, and to build leadership in party members, a Bhutan democracy dialogue will be held annually starting this year.

This was one of the ideas proposed by a team of 15 former members of Parliament, and top-level party executives from the five political parties, who visited Denmark on a 10-day trip last month.

The chief election commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, announced it yesterday at [... Read More]

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The first agri-flori expo opened in Thimphu yesterday at the Changlimithang stadium parking. The four-day expo has, among others, farm machineries and equipment, dairy, poultry and agro processing technologies, plants and gardening equipment on display. The expo ends on July 28.


Landowners landed in dilemma

Whether or not to sell land to MHPA now that new (but not formalised) thrams reflect larger holdings

Namthoebi: Discrepancies between thrams that landowners have in possession, and the result of the cadastral survey, have left landowners of Namthoebi, Zhemgang in a dilemma, whether they should or should not give land to the Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA).

Though the villagers committed Namthoebi, under Gholing in Ngangkhor, to MHPA, landowners are now having second thoughts, [... Read More]

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