Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Mining investigation points to baseless complaints

IMG_2084Shut down: Kuenphen Norden mine remains closed

Mining: According to the preliminary findings of the dzongkhag team that investigated the complaints made by the 13 households of Khariphu in Thimphu against Kuenphen Norden Mine, the complaints  have no substance.

“The complaints against the mine don’t seem valid after all the tests, statements, and investigation,” an official said. The lease expired on March 31 but could not operate because application for a renewal is still on hold.

The villagers who gave their consent [... Read More]

Can the judiciary come under ACC scanner?

IMG_0925A GAO seeks clarification from ACC officials

GAOs posed this question to ACC representatives based on how people in the gewogs saw judiciary

GAOs: Does Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have the authority and the audacity to investigate cases of corruption against those in the judiciary?

This issue dominated the discussion yesterday between gewog administrative officers (GAOs) and ACC officials, who had come to speak to GAOs about how corruption could be tackled at local level.

“Is the judiciary, or judges beyond ACC’s purview?” one [... Read More]

Quota for women to join politics?

IMG_4108To have or not to: The questions go begging for an answer

Panelists at the women in politics conference yesterday were divided on the issue

Gender: Deliberating on the introduction of quota for women to take part in politics at the “Women in Politics” conference yesterday, participants felt the need to create a more conducive environment for women in all fields than just politics.

Choosing their words carefully considering the sensitivity attached to the subject, some panelists said quota alone was not enough to empower women’s participation [... Read More]

3 Gyalpoizhing land restitution case remain

DSC02132Gyalpoizhing town

Verdict: Mongar district court will soon pass verdict of the three restitution cases and ruling on the two committee members involved in the illegal allotment of land in Gyalpoizhing.

The verdict that was supposed to have been passed by January this year was delayed due to change of address of the convicted. The case remained pending also because the judges were out of station.

Out of the 75 land restitution cases, the district court has [... Read More]

GAOs seek TA/DA autonomy

TADAFor want of TA/DA: 45 out of 74 GAOs voted “yes” for allowance separate from the dzongkhag

Budget: Ministry of Finance’s national budget department will study whether travel and daily allowance of gewog officials could be separated from the dzongkhag budget and allotted directly to the gewog’s annual budget.

Gewog Administration Officers (GAO) proposed the separation of budget yesterday at Gewog Administration Officers’ three-day symposium in Thimphu.

GAOs said it is unnecessary to travel to the dzongkhag headquarters just for Nu 6,000 TA/DA and as it cause lot of inconveniences.

Director General of [... Read More]

Where community centres’ services are at

IMG_1216A GAO seeks clarification from Bhutan Post and DITT officials at the symposium

Gewog administration officers from 10 dzongkhags discuss challenges in keeping the centres running

Communication: Constant change of operators, equipment housed in damaged buildings, lack of basic stationery and lack of internet access are causing the failure of community centres.

This issue was highlighted yesterday as 74 gewog administrative officers (GAOs) from 10 dzongkhags met with officials from Bhutan Post and Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) to sort out the centres’ management and administrative [... Read More]

Incheon strategy launched

DSC_0016During tea break: Participants representing various organisations interact outside the conference hall

Disability: Bhutan launched the Incheon strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for people living with disabilities yesterday in the capital.

The strategy was launched by education secretary Sangay Zam during a two-day workshop ‘social protection in South and South-West Asia for persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific region’.

The workshop is organised jointly by ministry of education and UN ESCAP, Thailand, and disability persons’ association of Bhutan.

The 10 goals from Incheon strategy includes [... Read More]

Druk United 2-2 Yeedzin FC

DSC_0228Brave save: Yeedzin goalie renders his opponent’s attempt futile

Football: Druk United responded with a goal for every goal Yeedzin FC scored, ending the game in a 2-2 draw yesterday, in the ongoing ‘A’ division league.

Both teams were unable to open a score until the final 10 minutes into the first half.

It was in the 35th minute when Druk United’s goalie went out of his boundary holding the ball to kick it, which resulted in a free kick for Yeedzin’s Tshering Wangdi, [... Read More]

Women politicians discuss women in politics

IMG_3941A candid moment: Panelists share their experiences

Gender: Long after national elections, the two-day conference on “Women in Politics” organised at Terma Linca resort yesterday rekindled the campaign mood.

Women parliament members, candidates who participated in the national elections last year and members of various political parties spoke their minds on how Bhutanese women fit in the country’s political scenario.

Bhutan Kuen-Ngyam Party (BKP) vice president Tshewang Tashi said women were seen as playing more important roles at homes than at the [... Read More]

Speeding poses problem to Dewathang residents

IMG_20140401_112029The stretch of road where speeding happens

Traffic: Vehicles speeding along the sloppy stretch of road near Dewathang primary school (DPS) has become a concern for both drivers and residents along the road.

For the residents, the problem isn’t just about vehicles speeding that could cause accidents, but increasing noise and dust pollution.

From 5am to 6pm every day, hundreds of heavy trucks from SD Eastern Bhutan Coal Company’s Reshore site ply the road.

Dechen, a corporate employee who lives just below the [... Read More]

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