Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Finding other means of funding

20140422_134203Home ministry no longer endorses petitions from families seeking donation to pay donors

Alternatives now have to be found to finance kidney patients in need of assistance Kidney: With the home ministry no longer endorsing petitions from families of renal failure patients to collect donations to pay kidney donors, an alternative will be sought to help patients who are genuinely in need, according to Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF). The foundation will be meeting the home and health ministry officials soon to discuss the issue. Options, such as allowing BKF to raise funds on behalf of patients, and placing [... Read More]

Audit holds action on Mangdechu Project

IMG_2172Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk explains the advantages of opting for cut off walls over permeation grouting

Should any elements of corruption arise, the economic affairs ministry and minster will be held accountable. Hydropower: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recently decided not to pursue further action on its two major observations in the operations of Mangdechu hydroelectric project authority (MHPA) in Trongsa following requests from the project’s chairman, the economic affairs minister. This, however, doesn’t mean that the RAA has dropped its memo. It has accepted the request on the ground that the chairman, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk and the ministry would [... Read More]

Officialdom versus volunteerism

IMG_1714Dogs in the centre in Yusipang

A longstanding conflict between officials concerned and a couple running an animal rescue centre comes to a head Yusipang: Officials from wildlife conservation, drug regulatory authority, and residents of Yusipang are at loggerheads with an animal rescue centre in Yusipang, Thimphu. The bone of contention is that Bhutanese officials feel the couple, who run Pilou medical centre, violated existing conservation and medicines laws. Wildlife conservation officials said the couple kept 20 Assamese macaques (monkeys) in captivity without permit from department of forest and park services. [... Read More]

Borehole solution to water shortage problem

IMG_0140Residents have been facing acute water shortage for decades without a solution to it

A temporary measure to a perennial scarcity until the town master plan is ready S/j Thromde: Although a temporary measure, Samdrupkongkhar residents will get some relief from the perennial water shortage issue, with the thromde planning to dig a borehole to tap underground water. The plan also includes reviving the existing defunct dug well to supplement water distribution and tap water from nearby streams as an immediate measure. Residents have been facing water shortage for decades without a possible solution to the issue. Samdrupjongkhar thrompon [... Read More]

Reaping the cordyceps rewards

IMG_9046Kinley Bidha and family in a hotel in Thimphu

After an arduous spell of collection, it’s time now to spend some hard-earned money Fungus: Months of hard work paid off, when Kinley Bidha’s ophiocordyceps sinensis was graded A plus, and fetched a handsome sum of Nu 550,000 at a recent auction in Damji. During the collection season, the timid and sunburnt highlander from Lunana collected about 500 grams of the fungus, literally scanning the grounds on all four. Kinley Bidha was the highest contributor in the A plus category, which totalled up to a [... Read More]

Tosa Nga – The greybeards of the range

IMG_8945Kha Tashi, 64

While this team of over-60s isn’t winning games, it’s sure capturing hearts  Archery: The camouflaged Intruder compound bow is hard to draw.  But at 64, Kha Tashi, like a tough guy, draws the bow with ease and aims it with squinted eyes.  The metal arrow leaves the bow at such a speed that Tashi’s eye can hardly catch the flight.  The arrow misses the target by a few inches.  Tashi bangs the side of his right thigh to express frustration. The game is nearing its [... Read More]

All charged up

photoE-Driver: Kencho Tshering poses with his Nissan Leaf after a test drive in the city Photo: Thunder Motors

The country’s first e-taxi driver awaits his e-Nissan to be painted a mandated green E-cabs: The clank of metals, the clatter of tools, the humming of car engines and shuffling of people in, around and under cars, everything inside the Zimdra automobile workshop is noisy. Somewhere outside, by the riverside, under the July afternoon drizzle, men in slippers with bare greasy hands are stooped over cars that are parked with their jaws open. Watching them repair the machines is a man in jeans, hands in [... Read More]

Illegal construction consideration sought

IMG_4518Dzongkhag tshogde members during the tea break

The move seeks to legitimise houses already built in violation of the Road Act 2013  Trongsa DT: Trongsa dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) will request the government to allow construction of houses within 20-30 feet of the gewog centre and dzongkhag roads and five feet of farm roads. This issue was presented in the DT against the backdrop of a rising number of illegal constructions, especially along the highways in Trongsa.  Owners of 12 such illegal constructions in Langthel have also been dragged to court. Drakteng gup, [... Read More]

Fuel tax takes effect from today

DSC_7765Last hour rush: Vehicles line up at the BOD to fuel before the tax come into effect

Petrol price increase by about Nu 3.5 and diesel by Nu 2.89 in Thimphu Tax: At least a hundred cars queued up at the fuel depots in the capital after word spread that the five percent green tax on petrol and diesel comes into effect from today. Adding the taxes, petrol in Thimphu has become about Nu 73.17 a litre and diesel Nu 60.47 a litre.  Fuel depot officials said the taxes come into effect from 9am today. The taxes come after the recent hike [... Read More]

DT imposes minimum distance bar on bars

IMG_4524-1DT members takes a break

In a small township like Trongsa, though, the practicality of such a move is another matter By Law: No bars will be entertained within 50m from the dzong, institutions like schools and shedra in town area and 100m from such institutions in gewogs under Trongsa. The dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) endorsed a bylaw, which also regulates the sale of meat and alcohol in the dzongkhag on Tuesdays. “Although trade regulations prohibited the sale of alcohol near dzong, gewog office and institutions, lack of specific distance has [... Read More]

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