For too long has its price been held in the stranglehold of unscrupulous transporters
NRDCL: If you don’t find any sand laden trucks at the Thimphu truck parking, it’s because several new measures are in place to curb illegal sale of sand, especially in the capital.
After years of complaints of inconsistent sand prices, mainly in Thimphu, the National Resources Development Corporation limited (NRDCL) since December last year initiated some changes in the sand supply system.
50 flagged names yet to clarify though March 29 deadline has passed
ACC: Of the 1,000 public servants, who were asked to furnish written clarifications for declaring assets disproportionate to their income in 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission is yet to receive clarifications from about 50 asset declarants, even though the deadline elapsed on March 28.
National environment strategy to have specific mandates and to fix accountability on agencies
Environment: Sixteen years after the National Environment Strategy (NES) was adopted, the National Environment Commission is reviewing the strategy to make it relevant to the changes in environment and policies.
The commission adopted the first NES, called the Middle Path, in 1998.
Education: Sherabgatshel Lower Secondary School (SLSS) in Bara, Samtse is facing a shortage of classrooms.
The school has close to 600 students and 20 sections. There are only 18 classrooms, however.
A hostel that was constructed recently is instead being used to hold classes as a temporary measure. The hostel was constructed with a Nu 1.3M (million) fund from the Gewog Development Grant (GDG).
If the judiciary is known for going by the book of law, the first case to reach the “green bench” could concern the Shingkhar-Gorgan highway.
This is because conservationists, who protested against road passing through a protected area, and the habitat of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, lost to the powerful politicians. Going by the Forest and Conservation Rules, 2006, construction of motor roads in a protected area is prohibited.
Belated Earth Hour: Exactly 48 hours after Thimphu residents observed a halfhearted Earth Hour on Saturday, the city was blacked out for more than 30 minutes last evening. The blackout was a result of maintenance work at the Chukha hydroelectric plant.
The gewog has appreciated that processed potatoes fetch far more than the raw deal
Agriculture: Villagers of Dotphu in Udzorong depend on potatoes for a living.
While they previously used to take their potatoes all the way to the Samdrupjongkhar auction yard, however, life has become easier for the people of Udzorong. They have started manufacturing potato chips. Almost 70 percent of the total potato yield goes into making chips.
The villagers approached the agriculture extension office with a proposal to form a cooperative to make and marketing potato chips.
The three bridges have expired their lifespan
AID: To reconstruct the Chuzomsa and Nikachu bridge in Wangduephodrang and Zalam Chu bridge between Trongsa and Wangduephodrang, the Japanese government has committed Nu 978 million (1 billion and 956 million Japanese Yen).
The exchange of notes for the project – “Project for Reconstruction of bridges on primary national highway 1” was signed yesterday in New Delhi between ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi and Bhutan’s ambassador to Japan, General Vestop Namgyel.
Agriculture: Almost two years after it was launched, Pemathang gewog’s vegetable cooperative, Tshesey Gongphel Dhetshen, is failing.
The cooperative has so far been able to save only Nu 600.
The 10-member cooperative is now planning on growing ginger on a six-acre land that the cooperative acquired from the government.
The members expect to earn more from ginger.
Construction launched with groundbreaking ceremony graced by the Gyaltshab
Drametse: Construction work to build a Nyingma Peling college has begun in Thegchhog Namdrol Ugyen Chholing monastery in Drametse, Mongar, with HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck gracing the Salang Tendrel (groundbreaking ceremony) on March 29.
On the command of His Majesty the King, the construction is being done to upgrade the existing shedra at Thegchhog Namdrol Ugyen Chholing to a Buddhist college.
With an approved budget of Nu 107M (million) from the government, the construction includes a library, classrooms, dormitory, conference hall, administrative office, kitchen and dining hall.