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Haa district hospital’s location finalised

bempuThe DT finalised the location last year

A disagreement between the two gewogs had held the project since 2013 Health: The site for Haa dzongkhag hospital construction, which was long overdue following a disagreement between the two gewogs of Esu and Katsho is now finalised with the dzongkhag awarding the access road and culvert construction work on February 25. The 20-bed hospital will be constructed at Bempurama,  opposite  Haa town. Bempurama is above Ingo village in Katsho gewog, and about 14 minutes walk from Damthang road near Katsho lower secondary school. District [... Read More]

US ambassador to India visits Bhutan

DSC_0371Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and US Ambassador Richard R Verma

Diplomacy: Visiting for the first time, the ambassador of the United States of America to India, Richard R Verma discussed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay areas of cooperation between the two countries. The ambassador said, during a reception he hosted for the US fellowship alumni yesterday, that the purpose of his visit to Bhutan was to come and learn about some of the issues here and to also understand programmes like education, development and cultural conservations they administered from the Embassy in New Delhi.

PM asks employment creation task force to redouble efforts

DSC_0367Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay meets members of the employment creation task force yesterday to explore opportunities in creating more jobs

Jobs: Although achieving 100 percent employment was not doable given the mismatch of jobs available and aspirations of jobseekers, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, yesterday, asked members of the employment creation task force to explore ways to further look into creating employment opportunities. Following a cabinet decision, a special task force was formed last month to exchange mutual experiences and policy responses to address employment issues in the country.  The task force met from March 19-23 in Paro, after which a report on creating employment opportunities [... Read More]

Drayangs get support from local government

IMG_4640The tshogdu declined dzongkhag administration’s bid to suspend issuance of licenses

Society: After a majority of members voted no to the proposal, Bumthang’s dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) recently turned down the dzongkhag’s proposal to suspend the issuance of license for drayangs in the dzongkhag. DT chairperson, Sangla, said the decision could not be endorsed, as a majority of the members were against the proposal. “Moreover, such decisions, which can have a larger impact on the population, can’t be taken as some members are also missing,” Sangla said. Tang gup, Thinley Namgay, and Ura gup, Dorji Wangchuk, both [... Read More]

TP Sherpa’s pet bottle greenhouse

SAM_1327Recycled: Tshering P Sherpa grows tomatoes in his greenhouse

Innovation: There were just too many pet bottles, here, there and everywhere.  And then the idea struck him.  Tshering Penjor Sherpa, 27, from Rangthaling in Tsirang, came up with the notion to build a greenhouse out of pet bottles. It took 400kg of pet bottles for Tshering Penjor Sherpa to construct a greenhouse.  He collected the discarded bottles from town.  Some he bought from scrap dealers.  He has a shack filled with pet bottles. Tshering Penjor Sherpa’s greenhouse at Nimesa village is today the centre [... Read More]

ACC shuts down shops in Phuentsholing

DSC_1018Closed for investigation: The Jatan Prasad Lal Chand Prasad complex was shut down along with other shops in Phuentsholing yesterday

Corruption: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) closed down three shops in Phuentsholing town last evening for alleged corrupt practices. While details are sketchy, sources said the commission’s team had also apprehended at least 20 people, mostly non-Bhutanese, for interrogation. The ACC team, accompanied by police personnel, zoomed into a busy JPLP, which is one of the biggest complexes in town, located near the Zangtopelri roundabout yesterday evening.  After about an hour long interrogation, the commission team sealed the entrance to the complex. An Indian man with [... Read More]

Gasa’s chicken-and-egg predicament

gasa-1Gasa dzong

Without a thromde, there are no people and without people there can be no election Township: While the people of Gasa, the least populated dzongkhag, are excited about having a thromde, it will take more than sheer excitement for the dzongkhag to make the next thromde election happen. According to local leaders, none of Gasa’s more than 100 business license holders have their census registered with the town.  Temporary sheds below the dzong are today functioning as the town. The dzongkhag could not conduct the [... Read More]

Lhakhang finds new home in El Paso

unnamedCurious: People line up to enter the lhakhang

The structure was first made in Washington, DC for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Heritage: Seven years after first being constructed in Washington, DC for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a lhakhang made by Bhutanese artisans has been permanently installed on the 366-acre campus of the University of Texas, El Paso. The lhakhang, a gift to the university by the kingdom, is the showpiece of a new 16-acre, $22 million park at the centre of the university campus. The Bhutanese ambassador to the United Nations, Kunzang Choden [... Read More]

Court directs DGM to explain cracks

IMG_5409DGM officials inspecting the blasting site (File photo)

Both sides in ongoing case wish to present more witnesses to bolster their pleas Gidawom: Thimphu dzongkhag court’s bench II has asked the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) to explain what caused the cracks on some 27 houses in Gidawom and Jamdo villages on July 12 last year. In the ongoing case between the Gidawom villagers and the four mining companies, both parties requested the court yesterday to allow them to present more witnesses. A former DGM employee, who was in charge of the [... Read More]

Samtse hit by second windstorm

unnamedNorbugang lower secondary school building after the storm

Reconstruction of badly hit Norbugang LSS currently underway Disaster: About 60 men, including officials from Samtse dzongkhag are currently busy extracting timber to reconstruct five structures of Norbugang lower secondary school (NLSS), which were severely damaged by a windstorm on the evening of April 17. The five structures suffered major damage in the school include a two-storied building with 12 classrooms and another one-storied classroom.  Three staff quarters were also damaged severely. Although the reconstruction work will start today, Norbugang gup Kinga Wangdi said they [... Read More]

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