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Labour minister drops in on Olakha auto workshops

IMG_4526Labour minister visits one of the workshops yesterday

Besides the owners, he met with the 97 people employed there through the GEP Employment: Immigration issues and the need for skill enhancement programme for mechanics were raised when the labour minister visited the automobile workshops at Olakha, Thimphu yesterday. Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo and officials from the ministry met with the 97 people, who were employed through the Guaranteed Employment Programme (GEP) in 2014 and their employers to discuss issues that they felt needed attention. One of the workshop owners said that the [... Read More]

No plans to deploy troops for UN peacekeeping yet

1602032_778267535578100_3156752198229727855_oIn Bhutan’s last contribution, six police officers were deployed to Liberia in November last year

Need to build capacity and experience of troops UN: While Bhutan will gradually expand its peacekeeping contribution, there are currently no plans to deploy armed troops under the UN flag. Bhutan began contributing to UN peacekeeping in September, last year. There are currently nine Bhutanese deployed with three peacekeeping missions. One is serving as a military observer in the Middle East, two as staff officers in the Central African Republic, and six as UN police in Liberia. On whether Bhutan plans to expand its role [... Read More]

Villagers veto private mine

illegal+mining+002The proposed mining site below Nangkhor village

Mining: After several discussions and almost a four-hour public consultation meeting, villagers of Nangkor, Pemagatshel refused to allow private mining below the village. Only six villagers gave “Yes” votes; 53 voted “No”. The villagers said that, while they understand that mining would contribute to the economy of the country, they were concerned about the future of the environment and people in the village.  Khotakpa gypsum mine in Shumar gewog has done significant environmental damage, say the farmers. The villagers refused to allow mining in the [... Read More]

Umling water supply held up due to broken pipes

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As to who’s to blame, villagers and the supplier point fingers at each another Dispute: Residents of Tashithang and Chubathang in Umling gewog, Sarpang have appealed to the gewog office, saying they won’t accept the pipes supplied to their village for drinking water supply. The villagers said 17 rolls of pipes in the first supply were delivered broken.  They were returned to the supplier. “We can’t trust the quality of pipes they supplied, and they replaced the broken ones, but again four bundles were found [... Read More]

First wildlife clinic inaugurated at Taba

DSC_3896More than 60 animals are treated annually in Taba

Four more, at Gelephu, Trashigang, Trongsa and Samtse, are in the pipeline WCD: To provide timely and reliable health care to injured wild animals, agriculture ministry’s wildlife conservation division opened a wildlife clinic and laboratory at Taba on January 30. While the clinic will treat injured and diseased wild animals, it would also conduct research and experiments to avoid zoonotic diseases from spreading to humans during treatment. Facing the unit is an enclosure where injured animals will be kept for about two weeks during their [... Read More]

More security called for around sewerage tank neighbourhood

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Residents have grown nervous after a recent vicious mugging incident Border: The border belt close to the sewerage tank neighbourhood in Phuentsholing has started to become unsafe, with residents calling for some security for the safety of both locals and those across the border. On the evening of January 21, two elderly men, who were on a regular evening walk, were attacked by two unknown miscreants.  One of the men, in his early 80s, was beaten unconscious. The miscreants from across the border had jumped [... Read More]

‘His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and India’s leadership’ photo exhibition

DSC_3916Indo-Bhutan: With Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale, HRH Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck (centre) and HRH Princess Kezang Choden Wangchuck light the inaugural lamp at the exhibition, yesterday.

The display is on for two weeks at the Nehru-Wangchuck cultural centre in Thimphu  Ties: A black and white photograph of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo accompanying the visiting fourth president of India, the late VV Giri, at Changlimithang in 1974, is the earliest photograph in an exhibition arranged to display visits and interaction between the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Indian leadership. His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s visits and interactions with former Indian prime ministers, like Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Rajiv Gandhi, Atal [... Read More]

So far, so good, but still a long way to go

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Lyonchhoen’s evaluation of the APA midterm reviews submitted by eastern dzongkhags Governance: Dzongdas of the six eastern dzongkhags presented their mid-year review on the annual performance agreements (APA) to the prime minister on January 30 in Mongar. Lyonchhoen congratulated the dzongkhags for fulfilling most of their targets and said that setting specific targets contributed substantially in efficient delivery of services. “It shows that the dzongdas have performed quite well in the last six months, but a lot remains to be done,” lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said. [... Read More]

Gong’s farm road construction begins

DSC00410Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji and gewog officials at the ground breaking ceremony

Farm road: Work has begun to connect remote Gong in Gelephu with a 26 km farm road. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the road’s ground breaking on January 31, which when complete will connect all six chiwogs in Jigmecholing gewog. Plans to cut a farm road until Gong school was not new. Jigmecholing gup Sherab Jamtsho said the construction started in 2008 but lack of budget held its completion. “We receive an annual budget ceiling of Nu1M and managed to construct few kilometers,” he said. [... Read More]

Helping backyard poultry farms bounce back

DSC01304One of the backyard poultry farms at Lungtenzampa

Wildlife attack, competition and rising feed prices may have caused a number of shutdowns Self-sufficiency: The backyard poultry farms, which supplied most of Trashigang’s eggs in the past, are facing a tough fight from semi and commercial poultry farming the dzongkhag is increasingly witnessing. Competition in the market, frequent attacks by wild animals, high feed price and the need to replace layer birds (egg laying hen) are attributed to the closing down of quite a number of backyard farms. Choda, 65, recently lost more than [... Read More]