Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 - 12:32 PM
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Chief election commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, launched the “Clean Gasa Initiative” yesterday in Gasa. A team from the election commission is in Gasa for the public hearing of the draft delimitation plan for thromde tshogde tshogpa  (Photo courtesy: Gasa dzongkhag)


ACC to prosecute Lhakhang Karpo case in High Court

For the sake of fairness, the OAG has decided to hand over the case to the ACC

Appeal: The Office of the Attorney General  (OAG) and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will appeal to the High Court against the Haa district court’s judgment after reviewing the acquittal verdicts of the foreign minister and the project manager in the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project case.


No budget for voter education

As the commission’s proposal was not within the budgetary ceiling 

Election: The election commission’s proposal for a separate budget to carry out voter education programme was turned down and not included in the annual budget.


Incinerators to replace traditional pyres for cremation

IMG_8371The incinerator at the crematorium

Although only one of the four installed is in working condition

Thromde: Thimphu thromde will replace the traditional funeral pyres to cremate bodies with about 10 incinerators in the capital’s crematorium.

Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said the traditional cremation is not good for the environment given the amount of firewood used, the smoke it emitted and the large amount of ash thrown into the river. “The use of incinerators do not pollute the environment and the ash produced is also less,” he said.


Drukair CEO vacancy extended

Aviation: The hunt for a new CEO for the national airline, Drukair, will be extended by another two weeks.

The Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) is expected to make the announcement today.

The airline’s former CEO, Tandin Jamso, left office at the end of June despite having two more years left on his contract. He resigned on personal grounds according to DHI.


A hot potato appeal

It was already a high profile affair, the Lhakhang Karpo construction case.  An elected minister was retrospectively accused of misuse of authority, taken to court and then acquitted.


Thromde asks Amochhu residents to vacate

DSC_0161Bangay Bazaar in Phuentsholing

But residents claim they have nowhere to go 

Housing: The settlers at Bangay bazaar along the Amochhu embankments in Phuentsholing, who were asked to vacate immediately may not leave the place anytime soon.

Following the recent flood in Phuentsholing, the thromde had also asked Bangay settlers to vacate the government land immediately.

However, most residents said they do not have other options to look for, should they vacate. While a majority of Bangay residents said they have school-going children, they also cited high rent in Phuentsholing, and business opportunity for settling there illegally.


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A tipper truck that was transporting stones for a wall construction blocked the road between Yongkola and Tsamang gewog in Mongar for more than 30 hours after one of its wheels got stuck in the muck. The block was cleared yesterday.


Hotels strike off meat items during holy months

IMG_6656A meat shop in Bumthang

The initiative is to save lives and hoarding before the auspicious months begin

Meat: To indirectly save the lives of animals every year as the auspicious months on the Bhutanese calendar approach, 67 hotels in Bumthang signed a petition to refrain from serving meat throughout these months.

The hotel association of Bumthang (HAB) initiated the petition in June. “Hotels and restaurants from across Bumthang have signed the petition to refrain from serving the meat during these months,” HAB chairman, Pema Dawa said.

A few hotels are yet to sign the petition, he said.


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The labour minister handed over power tillers to the 12 gewogs of Tsirang yesterday. On July 5, 14 power tillers were handed over to the gewogs in Dagana.