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Directive on LPG cylinders leaves depots vacant

DSC_0012Expired: All empty and old cylinders in the depots of Phuentsholing have to be re-qualified by the end of this month before circulation

IOCL has stopped filling cylinders from Bhutanese dealers at their LPG bottling plants LPG: The department of trade’s letter asking the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to not refill expired LPG cylinders from Bhutanese dealers has left the depots in Phuentsholing with no LPG cylinders to issue. With the need to inspect and re-qualify LPG cylinders as per the best international practice, the trade department’s June 9 letter had urged the oil corporation to adhere to statutory testing of the due cylinders, stating that such [... Read More]

More study needed to understand child labour

IMG_0623Participants at the workshop make a list of activities that needs to be done first to draft an action plan on child labour

Workshop: Bhutan first needs to define child labour and have adequate data on its prevalence before an action plan is drawn to eliminate child labour in the country. The only data on the status of child labour in Bhutan is that of the 2011 Labour Force Survey, which found that about 4,400 Bhutanese children between 13-17 years were found working outside their home.   Coinciding with the World Day against Child Labour, representatives from various agencies involved in child care and protection met yesterday in [... Read More]

Free internet in the pipe line

IMG_20150612_150715The information access centre is expected to be set up towards the end of this year

ICT: An information access centre which will allow any individuals of the public to use the internet for free will be established at the Royal Institute of Management (RIM), later this year. “Providing free access to individuals who want internet at any point of time,” Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) director, Phuntsho Tobgay said. A memorandum of understanding that will see the centre established was signed between the government, the National Information Society Agency (NIA) of the South Korean government, and the RIM, [... Read More]

Electricity Act to be amended

DSC_1029Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk

Legislation: The National Assembly yesterday unanimously decided to amend the Electricity Act 2001 in a future session, based on the Assembly’s economic development and private sector committee’s recommendation. A report presented by the committee in the House pointed out a number of sections in the Act that are inconsistent with other Acts and government policies. Although, the committee recommended that the Assembly come up with a recommendation in the next session, economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said the government needs time to do a thorough [... Read More]

The depopulation of Dewung

20150605_123214More than 60 percent of fertile arable land is left fallow in the village

Rural to urban migration has evacuated a once thriving farming village  Lifestyle: The rain has stopped.  It is almost noon.  Sixty-year-old Sonam Tobgay quietly sits at the balcony of his old traditional house in Dewung village in Khaling, Trashigang.  His rather peculiarly large head is all grey.  His face is dark and wrinkled. Metres away from his place, houses are all empty.  There has been movement or migration out of the village for some time now.

Three metres of a ceremonial blacktop …

IMG_1913The 13 km road will be blacktopped by December

… is all the GC road has received since its ministerial inauguration eight months ago  Martshala: By this time of the year, villagers of Martshala gewog had expected to ply over their new blacktopped gewog connectivity (GC) road. However, eight months after it was inaugurated for blacktopping, villagers claim that the road’s condition has instead worsened. Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden in November last year inaugurated the Martshala GC road to be blacktopped, the second in the country after Bartsham’s GC road in [... Read More]

Fending against cyber threats and crimes

IMG_9613President Thakur Singh Powdyel (left) inspects demonstration at the exhibition

Creating awareness on threats online and precautions to be taken against them RTC: Royal Thimphu College (RTC), Ngabiphu, Thimphu. It is 9.40 am; Thursday. The day is grey, and the sky pregnant with rain. But it is warm and pleasant. Thick verdure surrounds the campus filled with myriad flowers. It is almost heaven. A small head shows up from the steps between the college’s academic building and the quiet cafeteria. Richly denuded, this little head takes a regal form as it comes closer to where [... Read More]

Gangola to get a vegetable shed soon

unnamed-1Vendors at the market shed in Chali, Mongar

Market: Local vegetable vendors in Chali gewog, Mongar will soon get a permanent vegetable market shed at a place called Gangola where the two main roads for Mongar and Lhuentse meet. The shed is being constructed on the command of His Majesty The King. Site engineer Lobzang Tshering said workers from the Royal Bhutan Army, Dewathang wing 10, are helping in the construction.

Size does matter

a_222602aTallest: At 6 ft 8 1⁄2 inches, Yang Changpeng of China is the fourth tallest player in the world. However, he is not in the national squad

How Bhutan lost the plot, 7 times in a row Analysis: When the Hong Kong national team coach, Kin Pan-gon, said his team was too strong for Bhutan, he couldn’t have meant just in terms of physical strength. After the 7-0 drubbing of Bhutan, he would probably concede that we could now take him literally.  Ranked five places above Hong Kong in the FIFA’s latest team listing, there were hopes that Bhutan could pull off yet another surprise.  The odds were on Bhutan to lose, [... Read More]

Alcohol testing devices give accurate readings: RBP

IMG_5325From left: The alcoblow and the SD400 breathalyser

Not withstanding drivers’ doubts expressed on social media, police stand by their tests Traffic: The alcohol testing devices, which the traffic police personnel have been using to monitor drunk driving in the city, give accurate readings, traffic police officials said. Some vehicle owners had taken to social media, questioning the accuracy of the alcohol testing device, and its hygiene ,soon after traffic police started implementing the “zero tolerance day against violation of traffic rules” in April. The superintendent of traffic police, Major Namgay, said the [... Read More]

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