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His Majesty meets the people of Sakteng

20150529-IMG_1584Visit: His Majesty with the students of Sakteng Lower Secondary School

Visit: His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen spent three days in Sakteng, arriving from Merak on the evening of May 27. Their Majesties trekked from Merak to Sakteng over the ancient route connecting the two famous villages, over the dreaded Nyakchungla pass, 4,200 metres above sea level. Having also spent three days in Merak, Their Majesties were seen off by the people who lined up along the trail leading away from their village. As Their Majesties began the strenuous uphill walk to [... Read More]

Unit to process imported meat only

lyonpoLyonpo Yeshey Dorji at the council's question hour session

No slaughterhouse among mega livestock projects initiated by govt. in 11th Plan Council: Reiterating the government’s stand on the slaughterhouse, the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, yesterday informed the National Council that imported meat would be processed at the planned meat-processing unit. Responding to questions from the council, the minister said that 10 mega livestock projects were initiated, which includes the meat-processing unit at Serbithang, and not a slaughterhouse. The mega projects, lyonpo said, were part of the 11th Plan activities to boost livestock and agriculture [... Read More]

“OAG is, by nature, the legal pulse of the ongoing government”: AG


After serving in the judiciary for 17 years, former judge Shera Lhendup resigned in 2009 and started a private law firm.  On May 22, he was appointed as the new Attorney General.  He shares his views on the appointment and responsibility with Kuensel’s Sonam Pelden. Excerpts How did you take the announcement of your appointment? It’s not so much of a surprise because there have been rumours for a long time. Yet being entrusted, I am most honoured and what has come as a bit [... Read More]

Dam blasting exonerated of damage to dzongs blame

IMG_5576An overview of Trongsa dzong

After the installation of a vibration-monitoring device, complaints have even dried up MHPA: Almost two years after the installation of a vibration-monitoring device, no recent damage has been reported on the Choetse dzong and Ta dzong from blasting at the Mangdechu hydropower project dam site. Earlier, the site located 1.6km from the town had allegedly caused damage to the historical monuments and residential building structures. “Neither the dzongkhag officials nor residents complained of damages on the structures since the vibration-monitoring device was installed at the [... Read More]

Is the sale of expired goods in Trashigang still common?

mmexport1432695553801Trashigang residents accuse retailers of selling expired goods

The practice is widespread in villages, where most items are way past their sell by dates Commerce: Although the practice has declined, retail and wholesale shops in Trashigang still sell expired goods, residents say. Records maintained with the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) show that most of the seized goods from various shops and hotels around Trashigang are soft drinks like Pepsi, Coca cola and Sprite. Other food items like biscuits, lentils, rice and noodles were also seized in the past seven months. [... Read More]

12th National Job Fair outsourced to private sector agency

DSC_1274Jobseekers at the YDF hall in Thimphu

Bhutan Jobs, the event organiser, is the first ever in-country employment agent Employment: At the 12th National Job Fair in Thimphu yesterday, the Labour Minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, said that overall unemployment rate in the country had decreased from 2.9 percent in 2013 to 2.6 percent in 2014. Speaking to over 3000 jobseekers at the Youth Development Fund’s multi-purpose hall, the minister said that the youth unemployment has also dropped from 9.6 percent in 2013 to 9.4 percent in 2014. Sonam Dema, communication officer with [... Read More]

Lagthram issue thaws development freeze

IMG_8739With the finalisation of the local area plan, Samdrupjongkhar can expect a boom in developmental activities

This means that house constructions, inter alia, can take off after a long dormant spell Construction: Developmental activities in six constituencies of Samgdrupjongkhar thromde can start with 200 lagthrams (landownership certificate) issued recently. This means the local area plan (LAP) that had been dormant since 2011 will see construction of houses and other amenities.  The LAP could not be finalised without the approval of landownership from the National Land Commission, which affected the implementation of developmental activities designed under the LAPs, urban planner Sonam Tashi [... Read More]

Cordycep collection continues to tangle boundary issues

IMG_0224-(1)A highlander scans the ground for the fungus

Cordyceps: A week ago, Dangchu gewog in Wangdue issued cordyceps collection permits to 250 people. Before the permits were issued, local leaders thoroughly briefed the collectors on the rules and regulations regarding collection, and on how not to encroach on other gewog and district areas. Such briefings were given, following last year’s experience, where more than 100 people from Dangchu were found collecting in Lunana.  Wangdue district officials and foresters had to call them back, and local leaders were blamed for allowing the encroachment to [... Read More]

Valuing Bhutan’s natural capital

group-photo1Participants of the InVEST workshop in Paro

Resource: To educate people on the importance of valuing natural resources and tap into its capital, a four-day training on “Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach and InVEST” (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) concluded in Paro yesterday. A team of Bhutanese professionals attended the training to build their capacity on valuation of ecosystem services. According to a press release, InVEST will enable Bhutan to value ecosystem services such as water quality and yield, timber production, habitat quality among others, which will put [... Read More]

Committee members responsible for tendering lapses: OAG

DSC07363Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje and the tender committee members arrive at the court

Court: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asked whether the court would accept a decision that the tender committee had made by signing a document for which no meeting had been held to discuss the actual awarding of contract work. This issue arose after the Haa district court on May 26 summoned seven dzongkhag level tender committee (DLTC) members, including foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, who was the then chairman as the dzongdag, to testify on how the decision was made in the ongoing Lhakhang [... Read More]

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