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New office building lies unused for months

DSC_1025The construction of the new office building for the area office of geology and mines in Samtse was completed about seven months ago

No furniture budget until now has stymied a move from the current adjacent premises DGM: Seven months after a Nu10M three-storey building for the department of geology and mines (DGM) area office in Samtse was completed and handed over, it remains vacant. Some parts of the building have even started to crumble. The building, located at Gurung Basti in Samtse, was constructed at a cost of more than Nu 10M, according to DGM officials. The DGM office is currently located in the department’s guesthouse, adjacent [... Read More]

Dungsum Polymers yet to maximise production

DSC_5785Underproduction: DPL has been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day

There has however been a rise from 20 percent of total capacity in 2012 to 35 percent now Industry: Dungsam Polymers limited (DPL) in Nganglam, Pemagatshel, has so far been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day. This, company officials said, had picked up from the 20 percent utilisation of production capacity in 2012, after it went operational in March, the same year.  Business, officials said, was slow but steadily picking up. The company [... Read More]

Potatoes fetch premium prices

DSC05945Hard work : Farmers ferry potatoes to the storage room

Phobjikha farmers are encouraged by the initial high returns for their produce  Auction: Potato-growing communities of Phobjikha valley, Wangduephodrang, have begun transporting their main cash crop to the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing. With the crop fetching twice what they earned last year, farmers are happy.  Some are still harvesting the rest of their yield after which it will be sorted, graded and packed to be taken to Phuentsholing. Almost all farmers are occupied from 8am till dusk, either with their [... Read More]

Labourers build school unsupervised

unnamed-3Dzongkhag officials examine raw materials during a surprise quality check

Construction of Mendrelgang PS suspended following quality surprise check Monitoring: The Tsirang dzongkhag quality assessment and monitoring team has suspended the construction of Mendrelgang primary school after it found, among others, only labourers involved in building the school. The contract to build the school was awarded two months ago. Nu 5.8M has been allocated to construct the primary school. The quality monitoring and assessment is conducted by a team of dzongkhag officials every month. The team suspended construction work of the four-unit classroom and six-unit [... Read More]

First Bhutanese in UN peacekeeping mission

img12121His Majesty the King and lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with Lt Col Kinley Wangdi and Major Ugyen Wangchuk (right)

RBA/RBG: In a historic move for the country and armed forces, Bhutan is now participating in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. Two royal Bhutan army (RBA) and one royal body guards (RBG) officers recently left the country to serve as peacekeepers in the Middle East and Africa.  They will don the distinctive blue beret or helmet worn by UN peacekeepers and serve under the UN flag. RBA lt col Ngawang Jigme has been assigned as a military observer to the UN truce supervision organisation (UNTSO) [... Read More]

HM grants land kidu to 6,718 households

20140916-907A6170A girl offers flowers to Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen during the public tokha in Zhemgang yesterday

Visit: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 6,718 households including those who were eligible for land substitution in Zhemgang. The kidu is part of His Majesty’s ongoing land reform across the country. His Majesty is on a tour of the central regions of the country. Addressing the people from various parts of Zhemgang dzongkhag, His Majesty said that land is central to the lives of the people because land provides security of inheritance, security of home, food security and security of well being. [... Read More]

Drujeygang delegation ‘returns reassured’

DSC_3294The local leaders of Drujeygang leaves the works and human settlement ministry last week

The GNHC has assured that the issue would be raised at the SDP committee meeting GCR: The group of local leaders from Drujeygang gewog, Dagana, has returned to their village after getting reassurance that their gewog centre road (GCR) would be blacktopped. The reassurance came after their meeting with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) on Monday, following their appeal to the works and human settlement ministry on Friday last week. After finding out that the GCR that leads to Tshangkha was to be blacktopped [... Read More]

Mongar hospital without dialysis machines since Sept. 4

three-dialysis-machine-of-MRRHEngineers are trying to repair the machines

20 kidney patients on treatment have been referred to Thimphu since the breakdown  Health: With both its dialysis machines malfunctioning, dialysis treatment for kidney disease has been suspended at the Mongar regional referral hospital. Dialysis treatment has been suspended since September 4, after two of its machines broke down due to age.  The two machines were installed at the hospital in 2006. The hospital has been referring patients to Thimphu for dialysis since then.  The hospital has referred 20 patients so far. Mongar hospital administrative [... Read More]

44,500 voters added to voters ‘list

DSC_4176To vote: Voters and youth pledge to exercise their franchise in every election at the clock tower in Thimphu yesterday

First ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the country Occasion: The total number of eligible voters by the next local government election in 2016 will increase by 44,500. This is the number of youth coming of age, reaching 18 years, taking the total eligible voters to 426,290. In a symbolic gesture, the Prime Minister awarded five students their voter’s photo identity card (VPIC) during the first-ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the capital yesterday. The day was celebrated at the clock tower square in Thimphu [... Read More]

No more yaks in Tang

IMG_7182Wobthang village where yaks roamed aplenty in the past

The once-backbone of  Tang bowed out to exotic cattle and farm diversification  Husbandry: The last time Dorji Wangdi of Wobthang under Tang gewog, Bumthang had seen his yaks was a few weeks back, in the mountains of Rampangphu. The whereabouts and safety of the two yaks, also the last of the yaks in Tang, are the least of his concern. Because unlike before he now earns Nu 6,500 herding about 40 jersey and brown swiss in Wobthang farm, belonging to farmers. The farm once thrived [... Read More]

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