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Govt. seeks closure on Ed. City stalemate

Meet- the- press: The government hopes to bring closure to the Education City project next week, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said yesterday at the sixth meet the press session in Thimphu. “Closure in the sense that we must decide once and for all what we’re going to do and where it’s going to go,” lyonchhoen said. “Closure doesn’t mean closing the project, it means closure to the issue.” The government, he said, is already studying carefully the project’s land issue, not the project, to bring closure [... Read More]

Silambi villagers benefit mobile medical service

An initiative of the King, the mobile medical unit travels to remote villages providing free medical services to people Health: For 57-year-old Zangmo from Daag village under Silambi gewog in Mongar, visiting Mongar referral hospital every month is not just enervating but costly. A blood pressure patient, she has to frequent Mongar hospital for her monthly check up and fetch her month’s stock of the prescribed medicine. She said around 55km, of the more than 70km farm road connecting the two gewogs of Silambi and [... Read More]

Assembly deliberates on thromde clause

A resolution will sync the LG Act (amended) with the Constitution NA: After several hours of deliberations, the National Assembly yesterday resolved to do away with class A and B categorisation of thromdes and, instead, go with dzongkhag thromde and dzongkhag yenlag thromde. The move also synchronises the local government act, which is being amended, with the Constitution. Presenting the LG amendment bill, Lingmukha-Toewang assembly member, Chhimi Dorji, said, instead of reviewing the overall act, the deliberation would be on selected clauses proposed for amendment, [... Read More]

Latest print media circulation figures released

It is hoped that advertisement distribution will be forthwith based on the data DoIM: The department of information and media (DoIM) is hopeful that advertisers, including the government, will use its latest audited circulation figures, to determine which newspaper they advertise with. The department released its latest print media circulation figures on Thursday. According to the circulation audit, Kuensel newspaper sells the most copies of a single publication, followed by weeklies, The Bhutanese, The Journalist, Bhutan Today, and Business Bhutan (see box). Audited circulation figures [... Read More]

Private airline to resume domestic service in October

Initially decided for March this year, an extension was sought and granted Tashi Air: The private airline, Tashi Air, will resume its domestic flight services in October this year, information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel, said at the national council’s question hour session yesterday. Trashiyangtse council representative, Tashi Phuntsho, had asked when the domestic flights would resume. He also questioned why the ministry allowed Tashi Air to violate the terms and conditions of licensing, which was solely for domestic flights, by allowing it to go [... Read More]

‘Babesa sambar’ was fifth deer to be rescued this month

SambarThe doe that was seeking refuge in the sewage tank in Babesa, Thimphu on February 4

Wildlife: The sambar (deer) that foresters rescued from the sewage tank in Babesa on February 4 did not jump into the sewerage tank by accident. Sambar , foresters say, run towards river or water bodies, if they are near, to protect themselves from predators. The deer was rescued and later freed in the forest above Khasadrapchu, and not Decehncholing as reported earlier. The latest rescue, he said was the third of a sambar from the Babesa sewerage tank. Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation unit head, Kinzang [... Read More]

Two pronged-approach to jobs for all

NCInformation and communications minister, DN Dhungyel answers council’s question yesterday

One, a Nu 1B newly named employment guaranteed program, and two, a direct employment onea Report: If the cabinet endorses the proposal, about 2,500 unemployed youth will be guaranteed jobs in a year. This would be done under the unemployment benefit scheme, which will now be called “employment guaranteed program”, an initiative under the new government as pledged. A report, prepared in response to the assembly’s Kengkhar-Weringla representative Rinzin Jamtsho’s question, stated that the program would fall under “the special support scheme,” which comprises 20 [... Read More]

Ancient rock art of Bhutan

RockThe rock face on which the art were made

Archaeology:Located along a riverbed in the upper reaches of Thimphu are a series of open-air rock art. These rock art are set on a single, exposed rock face that stands along a tributary of the Thimchu. The contents of the rock art are varied in style, media, and theme. The earliest assemblage, which I label ‘prehistoric,’ includes several pictographs in red, along with a single petroglyph. They are all zoomorphic in subject. The assemblage comprises a rather handsome looking mammal of the equid family; a [... Read More]

Wizards lift winter championship trophy

BBThe finalists with Secretary General of Bhutan Basketball Federation, Tokey Dorji

For the second tournament in a row, team Phojas turned out to be second best Basketball: Team Wizards once again got the better of their archrival, Phojas, when they beat them to lift the winner’s trophy of the winter basketball championship in the finals played yesterday. This was the second consecutive final Phojas lost to Wizards. Wizards became the first club champions in May last year after beating Phojas. Both teams reached the final without losing a single game and knew their opponents well. Phojas [... Read More]

Ban must stay: gups

Local officials feel the situation in rural Bhutan warrants its continuation Tobacco: National Council’s (NC) recent resolution to allow import and sale of tobacco products in the country did not go down well with most of the gewog officials in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse. Except for a few, more than 20 gewog officials in the two dzongkhags Kuensel spoke to, mostly gups, claimed that coming in of the Tobacco Control Act and its implementation worked well in curbing both sale and consumption of tobacco in the [... Read More]