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RSTA lifts temporary ban on new taxi registration

DSC_5202There are 3,802 taxis in operation today

However, the ban still applies to Thimphu and Phuentsholing Transport: The Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) has started registering new taxis since May 22, more than a year after registration of new taxis was stopped to find out the exact number of taxis in the country. A notification was issued on May 22 that states that new taxi registration would be allowed in all the dzongkhags with immediate effect except for Thimphu and Phuentsholing. For Thimphu and Phuentsholing owing to the excess taxis the [... Read More]

Landslides block Pangbang-Nganglam highway

IMG_9050Cut off: Landslides along the recently blacktopped Pangbang--Nganglam highway have blocked traffic since June 7

Roads: A month after the Pangbang-Nganglam highway construction was completed, heavy rains on June 7 completely washed away about 300m of the road. Since then, the road has remained blocked, with landslides occurring about a kilometre from Nganglam Dungkhag office. The landslides have also washed away drains, cutting off Norbugang gewog, which uses the highway to travel to Nganglam dungkhag.  Norbugang is 23km from Nganglam. Some of the villagers said it was fortunate that the four Bolero pickups, they use to transport rations, were at [... Read More]

Top writers lined up for Mountain Echoes lit fest

10373684Students at last year’s festival (picture courtesy: Mountain Echoes)

The organiser has announced a tentative list of 63 Literary: A gourmet offering of authors, writers, poets, activists and journalists, among others, will be at this year’s sixth edition of Mountain Echoes scheduled to take place in Thimphu in August. Like in all previous editions, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck will be attending and speaking at this year’s literary festival. Local literary buffs will have a wide selection of styles and genres to choose from. Ashwin Sanghi, the best-selling conspiracy fiction writer, also held [... Read More]

Kilay foundation donates two dialysis machines

MG_3793-(1)Umzee Karma Thukjee hands over the donation documents to Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk yesterday

Health: Trulku Zuri Rinpoche from the Karma Thegsum Dechenling Monastery, Barshong in Khaling (Kilay Foundation), Trashigang, donated two haemo-dialysis machines to the health ministry yesterday. The dialysis machines were handed over to the health minister Tandin Wangchuk. Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk said the donation would help the ever-increasing kidney patients in the country by making their lives better. The machines will be installed at the Mongar Regional Referral Hospital and the Gelephu Regional Referral Hospital, health officials said.

26 power tillers for Wangdue and Punakha

IMG_8865So far 106 gewogs have been covered

The agriculture minister also inaugurated the country’s 600th community forest in Phangyul gewog Pledge: Twenty-six gewogs of Punakha and Wangduphodrang were issued a power tiller each, yesterday at the Research Development Centre in Bajo. The power tillers, which were handed over to the representatives, are part of the government’s pledge to distribute a power tiller to each chiwog in the country. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said, including the 26 gewogs, the government had covered 106 gewogs to date. He said that, although farmers might have [... Read More]

BOiC training for fund recipients

DSC_0038Kalay in his poultry farm

Business: At 53, Kalay’s dream to start a poultry farm hatched. His proposal was one of the activities that the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) funded to set up. With a fund of Nu 367,000, which the centre has approved, the Bhozing resident of Bjabcho, Chukha has also been able to send his younger son to one of the private schools in the country. Had it not been the centre’s financial support, Kalay said it would have been hard for him to sustain his [... Read More]

Cabbies go berserk

20150623Calm after the storm: Taxi drivers gather to listen to MoIC officials who cleared the air regarding the refreshers’ course for drivers

Under misapprehension it was the last training course, taxi drivers storm hall RSTA: About 300 taxi drivers thronged the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office about 8:30am yesterday.  The taxi drivers wanted to make sure they didn’t miss a refresher course on “road safety and traffic discipline” organised by the RSTA. However, a drama unfolded when the training officials announced that only about 120 would be taken. The crowd started making what the RSTA officials described as “unruly noise”.  Within minutes, the situation in [... Read More]

Farmers short of water despite rain

DSC_0097Rainwater harvesting might help in cultivating these fallow paddy fields

Change in rainfall pattern has adversely affected paddy plantation  Monsoon: Unlike previous years, farmers, who depend on rainwater for paddy transplantation, are happy that this year’s rainfall has been good enough for them to transplant their paddy saplings. However, receiving enough rainfall may not be of much help to farmers in the long run mainly because of the change in rainfall pattern, according to the principal research officer with RNRRC Bajo, Thinley Gyamtsho. “Although we do receive the same quantity of rain, today’s rain is [... Read More]

Where have all the gomchens gone?

gomchenOnly the old gomchens remain in the villages

Once a fixture of rural Trashigang, the lay monk has now become a rare breed Religion: When the tsozin (head) of Samcholing goenpa in Samkhar, Trashigang lost his life in an accident recently, the community didn’t have anyone to replace him for quite some time. It brought out a bitter truth.  The number of gomchens (lay monks) in villages is dropping to the extent that finding a replacement for caretakers or enough to form a complete set to perform a ritual is becoming difficult.  With [... Read More]

National team eye first int’l win at SABA games

DSC_7226The National team during a practice session yesterday

Basketball: The Bhutan national basketball team will be looking for their first international win when they take part in the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) zone championship at Bangalore from July 3 to 5. After months of speculation over the venue for the tournament, FIBA finally allowed the Basketball Federation of India to host the fourth SABA games, a qualification round of the zone for the 28th FIBA Asia championship for men in China, which will begin from September 23 to October 3. The [... Read More]

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