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Milk groups turn sour in Trashigang

DSC01443Milk containers, coolers and other equipment left idle for months until collections resumed last month at Kanglung dairy group

Members demand better management and transparency Dairy: The formation of dairy groups in Trashigang started off well with farmers earning good cash income, but all is not going well today. Instances of the group funds being misused, mismanagement, members starting to leave, disharmony within the groups, lack of transportation and suspension of milk collections are some issues dairy groups are grappling with. Recently, the chairman of Khaptoe Bikhar dairy group and five members were dragged to the court for defaulting several monthly installments for a [... Read More]

Taxi stands to ease congestion

20150509_113004Thimphu taxi drivers meet with police officials at the police headquarters in Thimphu

Pick up and drop stands to be readied in 10 days Road: Thimphu thromde will establish nineteen taxi stands along the expressway between Lungtenzampa and Babesa. Some 1,104 taxi drivers in the capital met with Chief of Police Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel on Saturday. Kipchu Namgyel said that pick-and-drop stands for the taxis will be completed by May 20. During an inspection by traffic police on the Thimphu-Babesa expressway last month, taxi drivers were issued transport infringement notices (TIN) for violating traffic rules, after which, taxi [... Read More]

Youth XI crowned K4 Cup champions

IMG_6494Youth XI's Subash Lama (front) jubilant after the victory

Cricket: Youth XI defeated Tashas United by 151 runs and was crowned the champions of K4 Cup 2015. Sonam Dargay  gave Youth XI a resilient comeback in the middle overs to set a target of 264 runs for Tashas United to chase. Until then, Tashas United were taking wickets at regular intervals. Youth XI pitched Sonam Dargay as the ninth man to bat and he made 54 runs (not out) and took four wickets. The otherwise seam bowler gave the Youth XI much needed momentum; [... Read More]

MHP cost shoots up to 45 billion

unnamedWork-in-progress: The rescheduled project deadline is March 2018

Hydropower: The construction cost of Mangdechhu Hydropower Project (MHP) is going to escalate to Nu 45 billion when the project completes by its rescheduled deadline in March 2018. The cost of the project was initially estimated at Nu 28.96 billion. The project is also delayed by six months, pushing back its earlier commissioning schedule of September 2017 to March 2018. While the revised project cost calculated on March 31, 2015 price level was Nu 42.81 billion, it is however going to ratchet up to Nu [... Read More]

ENT camp in east treats more than 1, 000 patients

DSC01629Thai doctors examine patients at Trashigang general hospital

Health: More than 1,300 people from across the eastern region of the country were examined and treated during the mobile ENT (ear, nose, throat) camp that ended in Trashigang on Thursday. Of the total, about 90 patients with cases related to ears and nose underwent surgery during the four-day camp. A volunteer team of doctors from Thailand, Canada and the USA carried out the surgery. Camp coordinator from the Ministry of Health (MoH), Rinchen Namgyel, said the camp was organised to reach special medical care [... Read More]

Progress report on Drametse monastery renovation project

IMG_1990Nu 300 million will be spent on renovating the Drametse monastery

Heritage: Renovation works on the Drametse monastery that began last year are in full swing. Coordinated and supervised by Sungtrul rinpoche, the head of Drametse Gomdey dratshang, villagers from three gewogs are contributing labour.  The renovation team also includes local carpenters and masons. They are currently working on the ground floor of the monastery, where windows, roofs, and decayed wooden structures are being replaced in keeping with the original structure and design of the monastery.

Judiciary conducts essay competition to promote national language

CJChief Justice awards the prizes to the winners

Judiciary: In an effort to promote Dzongkha, the judiciary organised Dzongkha essay competition among its employees. Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk on May 6 awarded cash prices and certificates to the winners and participants. Sonam Penjor, a clerk from the Supreme Court took Nu 20,000 and certificate for winning the competition. Yonten Thinley, a clerk of Jomo Tsangkha Drungkhag Court in Samdrupjongkhar took away the second prize of Nu 10,000. Namgay Dorji, a clerk from dzongkhag court of Samdrupjongkhar bagged the third prize of Nu 5,000. [... Read More]

Employment through sports

10257069_1776021182623538_4160095501102259963_oA BYB coach (left) instructs a group of students at the BOC outdoor basketball court

Basketball: Tshewang Norbu always wanted to become a basketball instructor. Today the 26-year-old from Jamkhar, Trashiyangtse, is living his dream of coaching youth on the basic techniques of the game. Tshewang Norbu is a member of the Bhutan Youth Basketball (BYB), a programme initiated by the Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF) in collaboration with the labour ministry in 2012. BBF media focal person, Jamyang Zangpo, said the programme was organised to provide job opportunities to the youth. He added that the main reason for initiating the [... Read More]

Govt. to reconsider import of e-cars

DSC_8969Face to face: Cabinet ministers responds to questions from reporters at the 16th meet-the-press session at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday

The government though is firm on its belief that it’s legal  Meet-the-press: The government will reconsider the policy on the import of electric cars even though it continues to believe that it is legal. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), in its annual report 2014, pointed out that the objectives of the government to import electric vehicles in the country violated the Constitution and the rules and procedure of imports from third countries. Speaking at the 16th meet-the-press yesterday, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said his cabinet decided to [... Read More]

Need for fuel depot

DSC_6091Jomotsangkha town

Residents of Jomotsangkha, a growing town, are paying exorbitant prices for fuels Service: Jomotsangkha dungkhag may be bordering Assam, the oil rich Indian state, but its fuel prices are still the highest in the region. This is because in the absence of a fuel distributor, residents buy fuel transported in barrels and drums from Samdrupjongkhar. Petrol costs Nu 85 a litre compared with Nu 58.6 in Samdrupjongkhar and diesel Nu 65, Nu 10 more. Fuel is cheaper in the nearest fuel station in the Indian [... Read More]

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