Monday, April 21st, 2014 - 12:38 AM

Regional office for improved service


RSTA: With the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) opening a regional office in Mongar, motorists from the four dzongkhags in the east will not have to travel to Samdrupjongkhar anymore for vehicle related issues.

Information and communication minister D N Dhungyel yesterday inaugurated the office.

Today, motorists from Lhuentse, Mongar, Trashiyangtse and Trashigang travel to Samdrupjongkhar for services like vehicle registration number.

Lyonpo D N Dhungyel said with vehicle number increasing every year, vehicle related [... Read More]

Bhutan’s first trans-boundary venture


The landscape conservation project with India and Nepal will join protected areas around Kangchenjunga

ICIMOD: Come January, and Bhutan will undertake its first trans-boundary landscape conservation project with India and Nepal that would connect all the protected areas around Kanchenjunga mountain.

The three international centre for integrated mountain development (ICIMOD) member countries have agreed on an initiative for a new trans boundary landscape at the three-day second experts’ consultative meeting that ended yesterday.

The Kanchenjunga landscape, [... Read More]

Turning a ban into a done deal


S/J shopkeepers come on board the drive against the widespread use of plastics

SJI: Shopkeepers in Dewathang recently committed to stop dispensing free plastic bags to customers starting next month.

Supported by the Samdrup Jongkhar initiative (SJI), the shopkeepers’ decision comes as a contribution to curtail the problem of plastic waste that is becoming a growing concern in the small town.

SJI officials said plastic waste is an aggravating issue in Dewathang, where the local dumpsite [... Read More]

Paintings more than an art


The exhibition of artworks brought focus to Bhutan’s challenges in conserving its culture

Art: ‘Impressions of Happiness,’ the first joint art exhibition between Bhutanese and Singaporean artists saw an impressive sale of eight paintings in seven days when it closed on April 17 at the Chapel Gallery in Sculpture Square, Singapore.

The event, which showcased the concept of happiness through artworks and also featured a book launch, a film screening and talks on conservation, was [... Read More]

GAOs discuss career advancement opportunities


They looked at two main aspects of joining ministries or agencies under them and training opportunities

GAO: Irrespective of their seniority, in terms of years of service, gewog administrative officers (GAOs) wishing to join ministries or various agencies under it will still have to undergo the interview process.

Of course they have to wait for openings the Royal Civil Service Commission announces.

Local government officials were clarifying during a discussion on opportunities for senior GAOs to [... Read More]

Farmers’ group to restart MPU


MPU: The dairy farmers’ group of Patshaling in Tsirang will soon make use of the Milk Processing Unit (MPU) that was left defunct for almost five years.

The consensus was reached after the 42 members of Patshaling Gonor Gongphel Tshogpa agreed to use the MPU following suggestions from the officials of the dzongkhag livestock sector and the district veterinary hospital.

Officials from National Dairy Development Centre and Regional Livestock Development Centre in Wangdue trained the [... Read More]

Quake damaged school yet to be rebuilt


Disaster: Students of Gaselo lower secondary school in Wangdue are studying and dining in tents, because the contractor failed to meet the deadline to repair and reconstruct structures damaged by earthquake.

The September 2011 earthquake damaged a two-story building, used as hostel accommodating 287 students, and a one-story building, which housed the matron’s quarter, and a classroom.

“The damage was severe with major cracks,” school principal Tshering Lhendup said.

To accommodate the students, two classrooms were [... Read More]

Representing indigenous food and craft


Festival: Kinley, a 33-year-old housewife had walked two days from her village in Gasa to represent her dzongkhag in this year’s craft festival.

In her stall, there were several pointed hats with colourful beads, laid out on the table. Gasa’s famous textile, zum, made from yak’s hair and couple of shirts were there.

Another participant Phub Tshering, 41, from Haa had brought with him the famous hoentay (buckwheat dumpling).

“There is no selection process for us [... Read More]

Japan commits Nu 68M KR II grant


The food security project has contributed greatly to farm mechanisation through the popular power tiller

AID: The government of Japan provided Nu 68M or USD 1.1M in agricultural aid to Bhutan, yesterday.

The aid was given as part of the ‘food security project for underprivileged farmers’ also known as the KR-II grant.

The agreement was signed between the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Tashichhodzong, yesterday.  The Bhutanese and Japanese [... Read More]

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