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Investigation ongoing at Tango monastery

Equipment has been installed to measure crack movement and timber resilience Heritage: A scientific investigation has begun at the Tango monastery since July to save the priceless mural paintings from being destroyed. The division for conservation of heritage sites is carrying out an accurate survey of the utse to study the extent of deflection of different parts of the building.  Equipment called telltale, which measure movement of cracks in masonry, has been fitted on all the wall cracks. Its readings are taken every two weeks [... Read More]

OAG sticks to its guns in land scam case

Update: The Office of the Attorney General yesterday insisted that the former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, manipulated his thram and increased his land holding size to 2.03 acres in Omkha, and registered seven acres in Lubding, during his tenure as a gup. In their rebuttal at the bench IV of the Thimphu dzongkhag court, OAG’s prosecutor, Tashi Gyalpo, submitted that thrams prior to 1979 clearly state the land size in Omkha as 0.02 decimal, and do not reflect any land holding in Lubding. The [... Read More]

Beaten to the punch

An allegedly illegal tenant sues NHDC legal officer over eviction action Housing: A support staff of the national land commission (NLC) has filed a court case against the legal officer of the national housing development corporation ltd (NHDCL), accusing the latter of forcefully evicting him from a government house in Kawangjangsa. Tenzin wrote to court that the legal officer had asked him to vacate the house, where he has been living with his wife and five daughters for the last one year and six months, [... Read More]

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Bhutan, Dr Ornella Lincetto presented her credentials to the foreign minister Rinzin Dorje yesterday in Thimphu. Before her appointment to Bhutan, Dr Lincetto was working as the technical officer, maternal health, with the WHO western Pacific region country office in Papua New Guinea.     

Phobjikha plagued by erratic power supply

SONY DSCOutage: Erratic power supply is a persistent issue for Phobjikha and Gangtey

Though electrified since 2011, the valley suffers from frequent blackouts Electricity: Despite receiving electricity since 2011, people of Gangtey and Phobjikha valleys mostly depend on solar energy for electricity. This, according to villagers, is because of the erratic power supply without a possible solution so far.  Villagers said there have been no signs of improvement, despite several complaints and earnest requests. With the valleys experiencing blackouts frequently, at times for about a week, villagers said solar provided a constant source of electricity. Sonam Euden from [... Read More]

The great Battle of the Zhuls

IMG_5294An angry Zhul being taken to fight

Highland: Tenche village in Lunana is more a pasture than a settlement, vast and awfully silent in September. The golden wheat fields, a roiling river, and a few houses here and there, it is an old sepia from long, long ago. But the village has come to life today with shrieks and laughter of children, cattle bells and occasional calls from far away. Yaks are coming down from the mountains where they have been all summer. This is the moment that the people of Tenche [... Read More]

Fewer cars imported after lifting of ban

Reasons for the slump range from higher govt. taxes to lower bank loans Vehicles: About seven new cars hit the road everyday after the government lifted the ban on import of vehicles three months ago. That the country imported some 707 cars since July is, however, not a good number for vehicle dealers in the country, who imported almost thrice that number when the ban was not imposed.  In the last three months before the ban was imposed, Bhutan imported 1,738 cars, which is about [... Read More]

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Misery continues: The only athlete representing Bhutan, Lhaba Tshering, 19, could not pass the qualification in the Men’s 200m Round 1 yesterday in Incheon, South Korea. Of the eight runners Lhaba completing the 200m in 24.18 seconds stood seventh, while Oman athlete was disqualified. He raced with athletes from China, Korea, Kazakhstan, Hongkong, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Oman. Meanwhile, in taekwondo, Tilak Gurung will compete in 68kg category with Kuwait and Doten Dorji will fight against Kyrgystan tomorrow in the elimination rounds tomorrow. The winners qualify [... Read More]

RAA pulls up MoIC for lapses

The highlight of the report was the misuse of government funds by a former senior accounts officer  Audit: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has directed the information and communications ministry to initiate appropriate action against the former senior accounts officer for deliberate misuse of government fund amounting to Nu 2.206M. The audit has also asked the ministry to take appropriate administrative action against the immediate supervising officials for their failure to supervise and monitor the accounting of advances. While reviewing the accounting records, internal controls [... Read More]

Has the lean season offer backfired?

DSC_0290Photo opportunity: A tourist pose with a monk during the Thimphu drubchen yesterday

Tourism: The Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer that the government initiated to make Bhutan a year-round destination has backfired, thereby affecting their business, tour operators claimed. With many tourists expecting similar offers, tour operators said they mostly get inquiries on whether a particular country could be listed next, as part of a similar offer. Tour operators requested anonymity fearing repercussions A tour operator said, by this time, he usually gets around 100 bookings from Japan for next year. “But Japanese tourists are waiting for a similar offer [... Read More]

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