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Halved budget rankles local leaders

unnamedCommon problem: Budget cuts have been one of the common issues discussed in all dzongkhag tshogdus across the country

Promised 18 percent of 11th FYP share for the dzongkhag, Zhemgang got just 9 percent  2014-15: With the budget slashed for the 2014-15 financial year, Zhemgang’s local leaders at the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) on August 5 raised concerns on whether the plans and activities of the 11th Plan (FYP) would materialise. Local leaders said the government released only nine percent against the department of budget’s (DoB) word to release 18 percent of the dzongkhag’s total 11th FYP budget. “The budget was cut, even though the [... Read More]

Tshokona’s utility blues

The people of this chiwog have grievances against both power and telecom Barp: Although Tshokona chiwog of Barp gewog falls under Punakha, the village has been electrified and given telephone connectivity from Wangduephodrang. This, according to villagers, was an issue, especially while paying their electricity bills, as they have to travel to Wangdue.  Besides, issues with telephone numbers and line disruptions were also pointed out. Raising the issue at the dzongkhag tshogdu, Barp gup Wangchuk sought the possibility of providing electricity and telephone connections from [... Read More]

Community forest sows discord, say local leaders

unnamed-4Resources: Without a community forest, farmers from other gewogs use the forest resources from Kalapang village in Saling, Mongar

A schism has been created between those who are members and those who are not  DT: Local leaders of Mongar have proposed to do away with the community forest because it creates disharmony among people. The idea of establishing community forest was good, say the local leaders, but problems have ensued due to it in the gewogs and villages. Balam mangmi Thinley said people in his gewog have become enemies due to community forest.  Before the establishment of community forest, people could avail of forest [... Read More]

Monpas in need of monks

IMG_2050-(1)Monpa villagers of Ritey

Bon practitioners of Ritey are in dire need of Buddhist ritual conductors in times of death Community: The huge mountains surrounding remote Ritey village in Sarpang, residents claim, are filled with treasures.  Some, they say, were revealed.  Many more remain hidden. The Monpas, living in the Black Mountain range, boast that their village was the first place Guru Rinpoche visited in the eighth century.  Guru Rinpoche stopped in Ritey on his way to Bumthang. Tandi, 70, said all the places in Ritey are included in [... Read More]

Newborn found abandoned in forest

The baby boy is now in a stable condition at hospital and a hunt is on for the mother Birth: Search is still on for the mother who had abandoned her newborn baby boy near Trashigang town towards Rangjung. The infant, who is still under observation at Trashigang hospital, is in a stable condition, hospital officials said. Trashigang police said a shopkeeper informed them around 11am yesterday, after he found the baby crying at a sparsely populated forest below the road. “An old man had [... Read More]

Bhutan at the chess Olympiad in Norway

Bhutan-TeamTeam Bhutan got its first international win in chess against Swaziland yesterday ( Photo: www.chess24.com)

Competition: Bhutan defeated Swaziland in its first ever appearance at the ongoing Chess Olympiad being held in Norway. Five players are representing Bhutan at the chess tournament.  The team members are the top five ranked players of the recently held premier national chess championship in Thimphu. Cheda, 38, who won the national championship, leads the team, followed by the Rai siblings, Anand, 23, and Binod, 22. Karma Sonam, 19, and Tandin Wangchuk, 18, also comprise the team. An international grandmaster from Kolkata, India, Atanu Lahir, [... Read More]

Report exonerates quarry over cracked walls

IMG_5547Damages? Karma Dorji points to the cracks on his house, which he claims the recent blasting in Gedaphu has widened

A notification has been issued stating blasting was not responsible for said damage DGM: The department of geology and mines (DGM) yesterday issued a notification informing Gedaphu community that the cracks that had developed on the walls of their house were not caused from blasting nearby. According to the notification, relevant teams, consisting of mining engineers, were sent on July 21 to the mining site in Gedaphu to verify the allegations, which five households had made against the blasting carried out at the Upper Gida [... Read More]

Indian ambassador presents credentials

20140805-907A9756Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Diplomacy: The newly appointed Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, presented his credentials to His Majesty the King at Tashichhodzong, yesterday. Mr Bambawale replaces ambassador VP Haran, who served in the country from January last year.  Mr Bambawale is India’s 16th ambassador to Bhutan. “It was an honour to be able to present credentials to His Majesty the King within 24-hours of my arrival in Bhutan,” said the ambassador in a statement following the presentation of credentials ceremony. “My wife and I are delighted to [... Read More]

Bhutan to chair the 7Oth session of UNESCAP

Diplomacy: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay will formally assume the Chairmanship of the 70th session of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on August 7. The prime minister will be in Bangkok from today until August 9. As Chairman, lyonchhoen will guide the work of the Commission for a year, a press release from the foreign ministry stated. “This is the first time Bhutan will hold this important office at the helm of the 62 member regional body since it became [... Read More]

Five-year old falls three floors off a building

Accident: A five-year old girl has been referred to a hospital in Guwahati, India after she fell from a three-storied building in Gelephu yesterday. Gelephu hospital’s surgeon Dr Prabhat Pradhan said, the girl suffered severe head injury and is in critical condition. “There was swelling in the head and she was vomiting when she was brought to the hospital,” he said.  “She wasn’t responding to any stimulation.” The incident occurred around 4pm.  A passerby saw the girl fall from the building and took the girl [... Read More]