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Fuel price to drop

Petrol price in India was slashed by Nu 0.49 per litre and diesel by Nu 1.21 per litre yesterday. Revised rates in Bhutan would be announced today evening and would be effective from midnight today. Diesel will cost about Nu 48 a litre and petrol Nu 59 a litre in Thimphu after the revision. This price cut comes on the back of falling international crude price. There were two consecutive hikes in February and March because of appreciating USD against INR. But before that price of petrol had been reduced on 10 [... Read More]

Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition opens

20150401-2C4A7931Chief guest Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother inaugurates the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition at the Ugyen Pelri palace ground yesterday

Exhibition: His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and members of the Royal family graced the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother, the chief guest. The exhibition, initiated upon the command of His Majesty the King, is envisioned to inspire appreciation for beautiful spaces, foster community vitality, and encourage the growth of a vibrant entrepreneurship in floriculture across the nation. In a message granted for the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, His Majesty said: “Where we [... Read More]

Use of drones banned until regulations in place

Aviation: A USD 20,000 unmanned aerial vehicle or drone belonging to the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment is currently grounded until necessary approvals to operate it are acquired. The 0.7kg drone, Bhutan’s first ever, first flew in June last year, impressing an audience of around 600 spectators with its manoeuvres and high resolution aerial photographs of Chamkhar town. The institute planned to use the drone to map snow cover, forest degradation and deforestation, forest fires, wildlife and shifting tree lines.  However, it is [... Read More]

40 years post-road comes blacktop

Drametse: Drametse gewog’s main road will soon be blacktopped 40 years after the gewog was connected with a road. Ugyen Tenzin, the gewog’s mangmi, said that it had been four months since the possibility of blacktopping the road was announced. ‘Why the delay, we don’t understand.’ The 18km road will be blacktopped as soon as the government of India releases the fund.  The project is estimated to cost Nu 59.03 million.

How schools fared in 2014

Education: None of the 88 lower secondary schools made it to the list of the country’s top 40 performing schools in the 2014 academic year, according to education ministry’s school performance assessment report. Annual rankings of schools are declared at four levels of schools from PP to III (primary); IV to VI (primary); VII to X (middle secondary) and XI to XII (higher secondary.) The list of top 40 includes 14 primary schools, seven middle secondary schools and 13 higher secondary schools. Six of these [... Read More]

Municipal worker killed in wall collapse

IMG_4987The accident site at Changzamtog

Accident: A 73-year-old man died yesterday after a wall collapsed and buried him near Deki School in Thimphu.  He was cleaning a drain by the roadside around 2.30pm when the incident occurred. Emergency physician at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Dr Sona Pradhan, said he was brought dead to the emergency unit. She said, health workers did cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and intubation but could not revive him. Dr Sona Pradhan said he could have died of suffocation, since he was buried under stones, [... Read More]

Self-sustenance a distant dream for thromdes

All dzongkhag municipalities are empowered to levy taxes and fees Township: An increase in urban taxes is on the cards, but will it enable thromdes to be self-sustaining? The thromdes, in principle, should be self-sustaining, but the existing four thromdes have not been able to meet current expenditure from the revenue collected from taxes and levies. Given their size and population, the 16 new thromdes that will soon be established are likely to take years to generate revenue enough to meet their financial requirements.

Kumchi’s thirst soon to be quenched

11117986_1024006454293879_778799553_nKumchi villagers laying water pipes

Water: The eighteen households of Kumchi village in Phangyul will no longer have to worry about shortage of water.  The drinking water scheme at long last is coming to the village. Water will be brought from Zhochalung, 19km from Kumchi village.  The project began 10 days ago with a low-key ceremony. Gem Dorji, Phangyul gewog’s administration officer, said equipment worth Nu 700,000 had been acquired from previous year’s budget, and the gewog has received about Nu 500,000 additional budget for the scheme.  The gewog has [... Read More]

Udzorong dairy cooperative riddled in problems too many

DSC01455The cooperative has suspended milk collection for the past four months

Milk: Just like the dairy cooperatives in other parts of Trashigang that are struggling to survive, the Udzorong dairy cooperative has also soured. Management issues and lack of cooperation within the members has forced the cooperative to temporarily suspend collection of milk. The cooperative’s accountant, Yeshey Tenzin, said few members have neither contributed milk nor paid monetary compensation for the past one and a half years. “Despite repeated reminders, few members are reluctant to participate in any activity of the cooperative,” he said.

All central schools to be granted autonomy

MoE clarifies on entitlements due to day-scholars as opposed to boarders Education: Allaying confusion over who are entitled to free amenities in central schools, education ministry officials clarified that day scholar students were not eligible for free uniforms and bedding. Just as for boarding students, the need to also provide free uniforms and bedding to day students was recently raised by parents whose children are studying in Udzorong central school in Trashigang.

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