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One killed, another injured in lightning strike

A 24-year-old man was killed and a 21-year-old injured when a lightning struck them in Kharbandi village of Yoeseltse gewog, Samtse, on July 21. Yoeseltse gup, Ganga Prasad Limbu, said the men were uprooting paddy saplings for plantation when the incident happened around 4:30 pm. “The deceased was immediately taken to Ghumauney BHU, which is half an hour drive from the incident place,” the gup said. Other villagers who were transplanting paddy in the field escaped unhurt. Ghumauney BHU’s health assistant, Phub Wangdi, said the [... Read More]

Domestic power tariff up by 15 percent

This is the second hike of a three-cycle revision put in place by BPC Electricity:  Electricity tariff for low voltage domestic consumers has increased by almost 15 percent, starting July 1 this year. The revision is an outcome of a decision the Bhutan Power corporation had taken on October 1 last year, when tariff revision for three cycles was announced. The first cycle was effective from October last year until June this year, while the second cycle comes into effect from July this year until [... Read More]

Gidakom households file complaint against blasting

IMG_5393Site inspection: DGM officials and employees from mining companies inspect the site where explosives were used. The use of explosives, it has been alleged, affected and caused damage to private structures.

DGM is investigating whether the stone quarry explosions have affected their houses Mining: Five households in Gidakom filed a complaint with the department of geology and mine’s regional office in Khasadrapchu, alleging that the blasting nearby had cracked the walls of their houses. The cracks, according to the house owners, developed after they felt a shock of something similar to an earthquake.  High intensive explosions, used at the approach road construction at the upper Gida stone quarry, around noon on July 12, had caused the [... Read More]

Infant survives three-storey-fall

The child, who suffered a head injury, was released from JDWNRH yesterday Accident: A one-year-and-11-month old boy survived with a head injury after he fell from the third floor of a hotel in Phuentsholing around 7pm.  The incident occurred on July 5. The child, who was playing on the bed, in the presence of both his parents, had leaned on the curtain when he fell out of the open window. The child was referred to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital (JDWNRH) the same [... Read More]

22nd round of Bhutan-China boundary talks

Border: The 22nd round of boundary talks between Bhutan and the People’s Republic of China will be held in China from July 24 to 25. A seven-member Bhutanese delegation, led by foreign minister Rinzin Dorji, will leave for China today.  The delegation includes foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji, ambassador of Bhutan to India, major general Vetsop Namgyel, international boundaries secretary, Dasho Pema Wangchhuk, and senior officials from the foreign ministry and international boundaries. The 21st round of boundary talk was held in Thimphu on August 22 [... Read More]

Japanese government provides 152 more power tillers

This is the second last time Japan will provide farm machinery under the program KR-II Grants: The Japanese government provided farm machinery worth Nu 66M or USD 1.1M to Bhutan, yesterday. Under the “food security project for underprivileged farmers” or KR-II grant program, 152 power tillers were handed over to the government by the Japanese ambassador to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi, in Paro, yesterday. “The Government of Japan hopes that this grant assistance would contribute to achieving Bhutan’s food security and economic growth through activation of [... Read More]

Five men, attackers and victims alike, sentenced for fight

The high court overturned the lower court verdict, which only penalised the assailants Crime: The high court, on July 16, changed the lower court judgment, and sent five men to prison for terms ranging from a year to two years and six months. Thimphu district court’s bench four, in April this year, sent three men to one year and one month in prison for assaulting two men in Chang Gidaphu on November 23 last year. The high court increased the sentence and sent Dawa Dorji, [... Read More]

Won’t progress be contingent upon budget release?

IMG_20140721_113328Dzongda Lungten Norbu signs performance agreement with a gup

Gups question validity of performance agreement if funds are not released on time Compact: A few gups in Trashigang raised the issue of how activities under the compact performance agreement would progress if budget were not allocated on time at the signing of the agreement yesterday. The 13 gups and sector heads in Trashigang signed the performance agreement with dzongda Lungten Norbu yesterday. The gups said that the performance agreement demands timely progress report against various activities.  Should there be any delay in budget, they [... Read More]

Picture story

UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Karin Hulshof called on lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday at the gyalyong tshogkhang. Issues such as the importance of nutritional food, sanitation, fighting poverty, equal chances and building a safe environment for women were discussed, among others.    

Mongar’s mangos

karma-and-his-nephew-sorting-mango-before-it-goes-to-marketBountiful harvest: Karma and his nephew sorting mangoes

The succulent fruit is fast becoming the district’s chief cash crop Horticulture: As highlanders harvest cordyceps this time of the year, farmers in the east are also busy, but with fruits of their own labour. Summer in the east is time for the juicy mango. Last year was a bad one for 63-year-old farmer Karma from Yunari in Saling, Mongar.  His 200 mango trees didn’t bear any fruit.  It is a different story this time.  He is busy harvesting the juicy fruit. It is hot [... Read More]

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