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Ludrong Memorial Garden: A gift to the people of Bhutan

gardenInauguration: Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at the Ludrong Memorial Garden in Langjophakha, Thimphu yesterday

Heritage: His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo yesterday inaugurated the Ludrong Memorial Garden, a gift to the people of Bhutan from Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, on her 85th birth anniversary, at Langjophakha, Thimphu. With the historical inaugural ceremony, which was attended by His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, Their Majesties the Queen Mothers, and members of the Royal Family, Her Majesty’s longstanding wish was fulfilled.  She had long desired to transform the property into a memorial garden as a [... Read More]

Govt. promises all pledges will be fulfilled

The government has said it will fulfil all the election pledges during its five-year tenure Assembly: While the discussion on culture and tradition went smoothly in the National Assembly yesterday, the house switched to a tensed mood as it moved on to the next issue – the government’s election pledges. Opposition MP from North Thimphu, Kinga Tshering, on behalf of his constituents, submitted that service utility vans and power tillers should be provided to every chiwog as promised.  He said providing the vehicles alone would [... Read More]

Council continues to train its guns on BOiC

DSC08278The 15th session of the National Council began yesterday

Misgivings about legitimacy of govt. decision have not been adequately allayed NC: The National Council still sticks to its earlier stand that the establishment of the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) contravenes the existing laws. During the 14th session last December, the council had recommended the government to urgently take measures to legitimise BOiC and Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) so that such agencies are established only after authorisation by Parliament in future.  Besides, the council had also recommended the government to [... Read More]

Man sentenced for minor rape and possession of controlled substances

Crime: Tsirang district court on May 19 sentenced a 33-year-old man from Dagana to nine and half years imprisonment for raping a 14-year-old girl and for being in possession of controlled substances. The court also ordered him to pay a compensation of Nu 25,000 to the girl.

Police to resume checking at Chuzom

DSC_0789Superintendents of police

Crime: At the Royal Bhutan Police’s annual crime conference in Thimphu yesterday, superintendents of police (SP) said that there is a need to start past midnight vehicle checking at Chuzom check post. The police officials said that increasing number of criminals involved in offence against cultural and national heritage, burglary, drugs and sandal wood smuggling are using motor vehicles to get away at night. Home Minister Damcho Dorji said that if police are doing their duty as per the law, there is no objection from [... Read More]

Finance ministry to review possibility of wage increase

DSC_0613Dorji Wangdi

Wangdue: The National Assembly Wednesday resolved that Finance Ministry should review whether wage rates for carpenters and masons should be increased between Nu 500 and Nu 600. Nyishog Saephu MP Kuenga submitted the petition from Wangdue dzongkhag to house that due to increase in wage rate for carpenters and masons in some communities, it has affected developmental activities, especially during restoration of cultural and heritage sites like dzongs. “There is severe shortage of carpenters and masons. And there is a need to increase wage rate [... Read More]

National language and dress remains a priority

Assembly: To promote the national language, Dzongkha and the national dress, South Thimphu member of parliament (MP), Yeshi Zimba, yesterday asked the National Assembly to create job opportunities for people with Dzongkha-based qualifications. MP Yeshi Zimba said that, while considering the national language important and introducing it in all schools and institutions, people with Dzongkha qualification have a hard time finding employment. “Except for teachers and clerks, most people with Dzongkha background don’t get appropriate jobs, as per their qualification,” he said.

The winnower maker of Septoka

IMG_8505Namgay operates the homemade winnower

Enterprise: In a small ceremony yesterday, Namgay, 43, of Septoka village in Baap, Punakha, introduced two wooden winnowers he made at home. The father of three is perhaps the first to fabricate wooden winnowers at home.  One is equipped with a motor and can be used with electricity while the other is run with the help of a gear and used without electricity. The product is used to separate the chaff from rice (grain) through an air current produced by a fan installed inside the [... Read More]

Winding up existing leases would be unlawful

ncMarchang ceremony: the 15th session of National Council commenced yesterday (Photo courtesy: nationalcouncil)

Concerned agencies responds to National Council’s resolution Mining: Nationalisation of mining activities would breach mines and minerals Act and the mines and mineral management regulation, the ministry of economic affairs has informed the National Council. In the last session, based on a performance audit, the council expressed concerns on the current policies and practices related to the mining and quarrying sector. The house had then resolved that all existing mining leases be immediately terminated, if applicable. “This would logically entail the nationalisation of all mineral [... Read More]

EU to release 20M euros

Delegation: The European Union (EU) is working on releasing 20M (million) euros of the 42M it committed by the end of this year or beginning 2016, cooperation manager, Karine Olislagers, one of the members of the EU delegation, who are in the country, said yesterday. Last October, the EU tripled its assistance from 14M to 42M euros for Bhutan’s efforts towards poverty reduction, food security and democratisation.

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