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LPG consumers over charged

IMG_20150515_101849518_HDRA long wait: Residents in Paro queue outside the fuel depot to refill their LPG cylinders yesterday

RAA: Consumers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) around the country were over charged by the three distributors through collection of loading and unloading, home delivery, and depreciation cost in pricing of LPG, and depreciation charged without disposing any cylinder. This is one of the findings of the special audit report on import and distribution of LPG and kerosene (SKO) conducted and released this month by the Royal Audit Authority (RAA). Auditors found that over the last 15 years, between 1999 and 2014, the distributors- Bhutan [... Read More]

Joint sitting gets bogged down in details

IMG_1375Some members of Parliament continued their discussion over the tea break

The discussion on the rules of procedure of the PAC did not lead to any resolution Parliament: The discussion on the rules of procedure of the public accounts committee (PAC) digressed to a political argument of sorts, yesterday at the joint sitting of Parliament. The discussion focused more on the chairmanship of the committee and quorum for the meetings. Until the session broke for lunch, the house had an extensive debate on these two sections of the rules of procedure, which comprise 15 chapters and [... Read More]

Taking banking services to your mobile phone

DSC_9989Lyonpo Namgay Dorji launches the Mobile and Agency Banking service

The reliability of the service is yet to be determined BoB: In a yet another move towards going cashless, the Bank of Bhutan (BoB) launched its mobile and agency banking service in Thimphu, yesterday. The mobile banking (M-BoB) is accessible on any mobile smartphone. While smartphone users can do mobile banking with the M-BoB mobile app, other mobile phone users can access the facility by dialing *262#, which is similar to the B-Wallet service as it does not require an internet connection. On registering for [... Read More]

Too much monkey business

IMG_5277Monkeys around Trongsa Dzong

Menace: Villagers of Chendebji and Nyala in Trongsa are asking travellers along the east-west highway to stop feeding the monkeys. The villagers say that feeding the monkeys is adversely affecting the two villages. Nyala Tshogpa Passang Dorji said that once the monkeys get the taste of food, it starts relying on the food from the travellers and start attacking humans. Monkey menace has become so severe that the villagers had to stop cultivation of maize and vegetables. “It has been two years we stopped growing [... Read More]

Vegetable production on the up

IMG_2257Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimphu

As a result, exports have risen; so too have imports, mainly due to more expat workers Agriculture: Vegetable production in the country gradually increased after the country faced Rupee shortage in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, total vegetable production saw an increase of 13 percent.  In 2013, the country produced 46,468 metric tonnes of vegetables.  Production is expected to increase by more than 2,000 metric tonnes  in 2014. Namgay Thinley, programme coordinator with the National Vegetable Programme, said that if vegetable production increases as expected, [... Read More]

Grassroots football to create better players

IMG_2237A boy dribbles through cones

Football: To encourage more participation in the grassroots football programme, the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) celebrated Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Grassroots Football Day at Druk School in Thimphu yesterday. A total of 17 dzongkhags in the country celebrated the day. Member Association (MA) manager, Ugyen Dorji said that BFF recognises the importance of grassroots football for the development of football in the country. “To build the future national teams we must start from the base,” he said. In Thimphu the day was celebrated by letting [... Read More]

Truckers miffed over factory maintenance shutdown

IMG_8582Stranded: About 100 trucks are still waiting for cement at the Dungsam cement plant in Nganglam as cement plant undergoes annual maintenance

They claimed to have not been informed in advance though plant officials say otherwise DCCL: More than 200 Bhutanese and Indian trucks were stranded for about two weeks in Nganglam when the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) could not dispatch cement after the factory was shut down for maintenance since May 1. Transporters complained of not being informed about the maintenance.  Each transporter had about 50 trucks waiting for the cement to be dispatched to various depots and hydropower projects. DCCL has about 17 transporters [... Read More]

What’s to become of the two Gamrichu projects?

Sakteng-villageProspects: Sakteng village will benefit if the projects see the light of day

Though techno-economically viable, both encroach core areas of Sakteng wildlife sanctuary Hydropower: When Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) dug boreholes to carry out geotechnical studies in some parts of Sakteng last year, villagers assumed that the long awaited Gamrichu hydropower projects were finally taking off. Today, after about seven months, locals claim they are yet to see any progress.  The issue was also raised during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu in Trashigang, where it was resolved that the matter would be forwarded to DGPC. Sakteng gup [... Read More]

FC Terton moves closer to the title

DSC_9797Goal: Terton first into City’s net

Beats Thimphu FC after coming from 2 goals down Football: In a dramatic comeback, FC Terton defeated Thimphu City FC 3-2 to retain their top position in the ongoing Yanmar Thimphu Premier League yesterday. After Thimphu City’s mid-fielder, Passang Tshering, scored two goals in the first five minutes of each half, FC Terton were trailing by two goals till the 65th minute. However, 20 minutes into the second half, FC Tertons’ striker Diwash Subba pulled one back getting themselves into the contest. Terton strike partner, [... Read More]

Youth to preserve dying tradition

IMG_1974Script weavers: Youth participants conduct their first mock interviews at the Memorial Chorten yesterday (Photo: Y Co-Op)

Training: A pilot project to document oral histories and traditions of Thimphu began yesterday with 14 youth writers from across the country attending a two-day training called “Script Weavers”. Youth Social Cooperative (Y Co-Op), Bhutan’s first social cooperative, and Bhutan Centre for Media & Democracy (BCMD) are organising the training on the basics of oral documentation, interviewing and writing techniques. Founder and the chief executive of Y Co-Op, Ngawang Gyeltshen, said the project was an attempt to preserve the rich oral tradition of the country, [... Read More]

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