Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 5:54 PM

Rain blocks drains, floods showroom

DSC_6428Deep in water: Rescue team personnel remove furniture from the flooded basement yesterday

Incessant rain and blocked drains damage properties Monsoon: Over three million ngultrums worth of furniture was damaged when a showroom near DNP office at Phendey Lam, Thimphu was flooded following a heavy downpour yesterday. In about 15 minutes the showroom, located at the basement of the new Youth Development Fund, (YDF), was submerged by water overflowing from a blocked drain nearby. Showroom owner, Prahlad Gurung, who is a sub-dealer of Bhutan Board Products ltd, said he informed YDF as soon as water started entering the [... Read More]

Justice means more than just going by the book

DSC_6252Chief Justice lyonpo Sonam Tobgay talks to drangpons

Chief Justice urges drangpons not to get bogged down in procedural details at the cost of fair play Conference: While adherence to court proceedings was important, rendering justice was even more so, said Chief Justice Sonam Tobgay to drangpons of 20 dzongkhag courts and dungkhag courts who had gathered in Thimphu for the 21st judiciary conference yesterday. The drangpons were discussing whether aggrieved parties could appeal to higher courts on judgments lower courts deliver, based on mutual agreements signed by both parties. Thimphu district court’s [... Read More]

First allotment of NHDC flats filled

DSC_5294House full: Civil servants in Samdrupjongkhar town started moving into NHDC quarters from July 1

Given the crunch on living space in S/J, govt. quarters are more sought after than ever Housing: Although uncertain about the details of the recently endorsed housing allowances, 22 families in Samdrupjongkhar have started moving into National Housing Development corporation (NHDC) flats from July 1. The 24-unit housing was recently completed and, as per the allotment rules and regulation, of the 32 applications, 22 civil servants under grade eight and nine, working in different sectors and departments, were allotted the units. Fearing that they may [... Read More]

Gyalpoizhing’s Kuenphen Yoeselcholing lobdra

arranging-their-belongingsTashi Penjor (left) and his friends arrange their belongings

It’s the first monastic school that will cater to monks in the east   Dratshang: It is a bright sunny day at Kuenphen Yoeselcholing monastic school in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar.  Monks and the community people are watching masked dances and entertainment performances by the locals. Tashi Penjor, 11-year-old monk looks on, but his heart is not in it.  Tashi came to Kuenphen Yoeselcholing from Samdrupjongkhar, and he is not happy in the new environment. Kuenphen Yoeselcholing is the first lobdra for the monks in the east, [... Read More]

Army kids attend summer camp

IMG_5285First day: Students sign up for different houses

Youth: There is something to look forward to this summer break for 15-year-old Dechen Thinley.  Usually, the two-week long break means hanging with friends around town. Dechen Thinley will be with 200 other children between classes V and XII of the royal Bhutan army in Thimphu who have joined the ‘summer camp to productively engage the youth’. “I’m excited that we’ll be doing things out of textbooks and school academic lessons,” the class VII student said.  Dechen has not participated in any youth camps so [... Read More]

Not of their making nor to their liking

DSC_6021Opposition leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho

The opposition makes its stand clear on the recent pay hike Opposition: Members of the opposition are willing and ready to forgo their salary raise if the government or the speaker clarifies that the National Council’s decision to defer their raise doesn’t violate any of the provisions of the Constitution or parliamentary procedures. Opposition leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho said, at a press conference, which 12 of the 15 opposition members attended yesterday, that the opposition was clear about its position on the salary revision and [... Read More]

Gewogs agree to boost food production

IMG_2187Wangdue dzongrab with Thedtsho gup Phub Namgay

Performance agreements have been signed to this effect with local leaders Sining: To implement what the dzongda signed with the prime minister in April, the dzongkhag signed similar performance agreements with local leaders to increase food production. Dzongrab Pema, who signed the performance agreement with 15 gups, said it was done with approval from the home ministry and after conducting thorough discussions and meetings at local level. In the agreement, the 15 gups agreed to increase food production. The 15 gups agreed to produce 3,900 [... Read More]

Most Uraps have cowsheds on govt. land

DSC09613Cowsheds in Ura Dozhi village

Ever since cattle were moved out of basements, they’ve been sheltered thus  GRF: If building temporary shelters for cattle on government land is encroachment, most of the 67 households in Ura gewog, Bumthang have encroached. And they are worried about their cattle, if the dzongkhag asks them to dismantle structures built on government land. The National Land Commission (NLC) recently instructed 10 dzongkhags to prevent people from either encroaching or illegally constructing houses on government land.  This includes temporary structures to shelter cattle. Ura Dozhi [... Read More]

Chokorling farmers fight a losing battle

IMG_4965Orange trees have died in almost all the villages in Chokhorling

If it’s not blight decimating orange orchards, its wildlife marauding maize fields  Agriculture: With disease outbreak and wildlife destroying crops, farmers of Chokhorling in Pemagatshel are increasingly finding it difficult to earn an income. For over a decade farmers of the five chiwogs under Chokhorling have been fighting citrus blight that spread among the orchards, almost all of which have trees that have dried up.  Chokhorling has 267 households. Farmer said citrus blight first hit Dezemo chiwog, a day’s journey by foot from the gewog [... Read More]

Drupchus – The only potable water in Lobesa

IMG_2117Project drivers ferry about 50 jerry cans of water everyday from Penzomgyelmo drupchu below Thinleygang

Shortage: With their drinking water sources blocked by muck from road widening works that is further disrupted by the continuous rainfall, people of Lobesa make use of drupchus (holy water) in their locality. Residents said, if not for the drupchu, they would have no choice than to drink muddy water. “Drupchu is clean and dirt free despite the change in weather,” a woman, who fetches drinking water from Wola drupchu, on the way to Punakha, said. Even Punatshangchhu hydropower project (PHPA) I employees fetch drupchu [... Read More]

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