Final touch: Mongar dzongkhag engineers and technicians fix a protective wire mesh of the newly opened 73m suspension bridge over Sherichu in Khadra, Mongar on the way to Aja Ney
Concrete evidence of the move to decentralise such survey and construction work
The worry of having to cross the old and rickety Sherichu suspension bridge for the people of Yarab village in Sherimuhung, Mongar is now over. The village has now a new suspension bridge in Khadra on the way to Aja Ney.
A father of four, Sherab Phuntsho, 51, village said the old bridge was risky to everyone who used it, including villagers and those visiting [... Read More]
Class PP A: The new look has got children more interested in learning
The simple action of carpeting the floor has transformed a classroom into a learning environment
Like all schools, Zilnon Namgyelling primary school in Thimphu is bustling with the chatter of children and teachers.
Outside class PP is a row of shoes arranged carefully and kept under different numbers for identification. Inside, some children are lying on their stomach, while others are sitting on the vibrant green-carpeted floor and waiting for their turns to get their books corrected. [... Read More]
DPT president Jigmi Y Thinley at Gomphukora in Trashiyangtse yesterday
DPT president’s assurance to start the project by 2013 was not enough for voters
If Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) president, Jigmi Y Thinley was using Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP) to woo voters of Khamdhang-Ramjar constituency yesterday in Trashiyangtse, then it did not work.
For the mention of KHP to be started either by this winter or early 2014 left the dissatisfied. Jigmi Y Thinley, told the people from six gewogs including Khamdhang, Ramjar and Jamkhar that paper [... Read More]
Kick start: DNT candidates and supporters with the party president at the campaign launch
Giving it a “historic” touch, Druk Nyamrup tshogpa kicked off its campaign for the primary round of assembly elections at an “auspicious time” at Changlimithang, Thimphu, on May 11.
At 5:30am, the campaign was launched, with party president Dorji Choden handing over a copy of their manifesto each to an old woman, a farmer, a businessman and a young boy next to the statue of Lord Buddha at the Centenary Park.
“From the foot of Lord Buddha, [... Read More]
The elects: NC Chairperson Dasho Sonam Kinga (left) and Dy. chair Tshering Dorji
Orienting new members to parliamentary conventions, familiarising them with national issues and establishing committees for the house to begin functioning are what the new National Council chairperson intends to do on assuming his office.
Trashigang council member Dasho Sonam Kinga yesterday was elected the new National Council chairperson, securing 15 votes of the 25 the members cast.
Two other councilors, who competed for the post, Gasa’s Sangay Khandu and Pemagatshel’s Jigme Rinzin won eight and two votes [... Read More]
DPT President Jigmi Y Thinley with a voter in Trongsa where the party started its campaign
The party has chosen to begin, like it did the last time around, from the heartland
Just as the party did in 2008, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa kicked off their campaign from Trongsa yesterday.
The party president Jigmi Y Thinley said they believed it was “good” and the right thing to start from a historic place like Trongsa.
Lying in the heart of the country, he said the place was where monarchy and, with that, the institution of governance, [... Read More]
Representatives of the four political parties at the debate yesterday
From the recent issue of ministers taking with them Prado Land Cruisers to Rupee shortage and youth unemployment, the second debate discussed them all.
Save for Druk Chirwang Tshogpa, which was represented by its president, vice presidents represented the rest of the three political parties.
Held at the Royal Academy for Performing Arts hall, it was all about party manifestos and the many promises that never materialised.
It was the party members, including former ministers and party workers [... Read More]
Gone viral: Tender maize shoots are infested with army worms in Mongar
The infestation is widespread in the district and devastating to its food security
Mongar farmers have reported an infestation of their maize fields by a pest called ‘army worm’. It has already spread in Drepong, Chali, Mongar, Tsakaling, and Saling gewogs.
Maize is one of the main staple foods of the villagers and they are worried the worm might not leave them much to harvest.
District agriculture officials said it is not a disease. They have supplied chemicals [... Read More]
Representatives of the four parties watch postal ballots being packed at the election office in Bumthang. Packing started only yesterday afternoon because the returning officers took time to download, print and verify application forms that voters sent after power cuts
With a feeder line connected from Ngadala on May 7 and the mini hydel in Chumey restored on May 8 power supply in the central district of Bumthang has stabilized to an extent.
But it went off again in the afternoon of May 8 because of a problem with a wire in Kikila and loose jumpering, Bhutan Power Corporation officials explained. Ten technical staff and two officials went to site and restored power by 9:30pm.
Bhutan Power [... Read More]