The delegations at Brussels
Assistance: Focusing mainly on the way forward, the fifth European Union-Bhutan biennial consultations was held in Brussels, Belgium yesterday.
Discussions were also held on EU’s assistance for the next cycle, 2014 and 2020.
In the next phase of bilateral cooperation, the EU assistance will be extended in the areas of renewable natural resources and good governance. Human resource development will be an important component within these two agreed sectors.
The two sides also discussed the government’s [... Read More]
No entry: A “temporary” fencing of taxi parking at Lungtenzampa has barred cabbies to operate from there
Update: Deprived of choice, taxi drivers in the capital used Changlimithang parking space to operate cabs yesterday after Tashi Commercial Corporation (TCC) fenced the taxi-parking area adjacent to the fuel station at Lungtenzampa.
Chairperson of taxi drivers association, Dorji Wangchuk, said after the entrance was fenced on the night of November 28, with no one to request and without solutions, they moved to Changlimithang parking lot, as suggested by the thromde earlier.
After more than [... Read More]
ACC officials leave the court after a hearing in Mongar yesterday
Judiciary: Hearings for 70 Gyalpoizhing land recipients that began since November 26 at Mongar district court have reached different stages.
The dzongkhag courtroom has been inundated with people who profited land in Gyalpoizhing and they were individually summoned to the court.
Anti-Corruption Commission officials filed restitution case against 71 land recipients following the Gyalpoizhing land case that ended early this year in favour of the commission, which charged the case for illegal allocation of plots [... Read More]
Recap: “Temporary” election officials participate in a group work where they share experiences to churn out feedback for future elections
Learning from experience program starts in Punakha
ECB: A code of conduct for party coordinators during elections was one of the needs national observers expressed following the second parliamentary elections the country had this year.
Whether it was intentional or simply out of ignorance, party coordinators were criticised for violating election laws.
The observation was presented at the opening of learning from experience program (LEP), which the election commission of Bhutan (ECB) kick-started from Khuruthang in [... Read More]
A mandarin depot is under construction at Tokarong to store and package oranges for export to Bangladesh from next month.
Horticulture: For the last three years, mandarin business has been declining in Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and Samdrupcholing dungkhag in Samdrupjongkhar.
Mandarin is the main cash crop to farmers of Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and gewogs in Samdrupcholing dungkhag, including Martshala. The dependence on mandarin for livelihood, however, has become inconsistent, with its production plummeting by the year.
“Mandarin production in our village has been diminishing since 2011 and this year’s production is much lower than last [... Read More]
New signboard: One that looked out of place amid those that rallied cabs area-wise
Where litigation failed, the thromde is now banking on the Land Act to acquire the lot
Update: The Thimphu thromde’s decision to acquire the taxi-parking area located adjacent to the fuel station at Lungtenzampa, is not right and fair, according to Tashi Commercial corporation’s (TCC) legal representative.
The representative, Tandin Dorji, said that, in the course of litigation, TCC has missed many opportunities while they had the ownership. “Keeping in view of all losses, opportunities, [... Read More]
School principals say the thromde needs a primary school more than a high school
Though some educationists aver there’s a more pressing need for a primary school
Education: With the population increasing and so the number of school-going children, principals of Phuentsholing thromde schools said the town needs a new primary school instead of the high school the thromde has prioritised.
The principals raised this after the thromde education officer (TEO) informed them about the “need assessment of new school” planned for Phuentsholing under the 11th Plan at the [... Read More]
Thromde’s survey head explains the map to TCC’s legal officer
After seven years of litigation, the thromde hands over the taxi-parking space to Tashi
Land: After seven years in court, the Thimphu thromde finally handed over the taxi-parking area, located adjacent to the fuel station at Lungtenzampa, to Tashi Commercial corporation (TCC), yesterday.
This came following a Supreme Court verdict in August, which ruled that TCC owned the taxi parking area. Court judgments have gone in favour of TCC since 2007, when the case was [... Read More]
Potatoes are selling at record price in Gelephu
Inflation: Price of potatoes touched Nu 40 a kilogram over the weekend in the border town of Gelephu worrying residents who said it is the highest so far.
The soaring price of the essential vegetable is attributed to the shortage of potatoes from across the border. The potatoes are brought from Phobjikha in Wangduephodrang and Hongtsho in Thimphu. Retailers said they had no control over the price as transportation cost forced them to sell [... Read More]
Market: The newly inaugurated FRSS building at Dengzor village
31 households of Dengzor village now have an outlet for their farm produce
Agriculture: Flipping slowly through the pages of the sales register, sales representative at the newly established community farmer’s roadside shop (FRSS) in Dengzor village, Deki, counts Nu 57,000.
This is the income from sale of farm produce for the first month sold from the roadside shop, set up as a cooperative development between the horticulture research and development project (HRDP) and the [... Read More]