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Injury/death at the workplace

Despite laws being in place, due compensation is seldom paid without labour ministry prodding Labour: Thimphu thromde will have to compensate the municipal worker, who died on duty on April 1, in line with the labour laws, say labour ministry officials. Municipal worker Amrit Bdr Rai, 73, was killed near Deki School, Changzamtog, when a wall collapsed and buried him under.  He was cleaning the drain when the mishap occurred.

Norbu’s red-letter day outing

IMG_9771Ap Chundu’s steed: Norbu the off-white stallion

Ap Chundu’s mythical steed takes the limelight once a year in an appeasement ceremony Occasion: Norbu, the off-white horse, grazes in the compound of Haa dzong.  Norbu gets VIP treatment because he is the mythical steed of Ap Chundu, the local deity of Haa valley. Norbu remains tied within the wall of the dzong.  There the white horse grazes to his heart’s delight.  When Norbu is done with one area, he gets shifted to another. Norbu gets an outing only once a year.  That is [... Read More]

MoLHR survey plumbs the depths of youth unemployment

An analysis of a social malaise that is only set to become bigger Employment: The level of education alone is not sufficient to secure gainful employment, according to the labour ministry’s “unemployed youth perspective survey, 2014.” The type of education and skills a jobseeker possesses is equally vital, it states, adding that the existing mismatch between jobseekers and available jobs is not because of the level of education.  Work experience, duration of formal training, interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work in a [... Read More]

Taxi drivers stung by TINs on expressway

IMG_5809Taxi drivers caught unawares

Penalty imposed on Friday, designated as zero tolerance day against traffic violations Traffic: More than 100 taxi drivers were issued transport infringement notices (TIN) yesterday for violation of traffic rules during an inspection by traffic police on the Thimphu-Babesa expressway. This has left many taxi drivers unhappy.  They said such an ad hoc enforcement of regulation was not justified.  Taxi drivers gathered at Changlimithang stadium parking to discuss the issue. Taxi drivers said inspection along the highway started since last Friday, after the traffic police [... Read More]

Work on JICA-funded Dechu bridge begins

20150416_093839An excavator clears the site on the left side of Debchu for the bridge.

Connectivity: Starting next year, the people of Athang gewog will not have to worry about being cut off during monsoon, thanks to a bridge being built over the Dechu (river) at Dogayphu, 36km from Bajo town. The bridge, according to Athang gup, Khandu Dorji, will benefit some 800 people from 90 households living beyond the gewog centre opposite Kamichu on the Tsirang-Wangdue highway The Grass Root Project with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding the project.

Tang applies for cordyceps permit

DT: With less than two months left for cordyceps collection, people of Tang in Bumthang are seeking permits to collect cordyceps from the mountains within their gewog. Tang gup, Thinley Namgay, raised the issue at the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), saying that the people of Tang must also be given permit for cordyceps collection, since the villagers earlier depended on yak for livelihood.

Disputed structure falls into disrepair

IMG_8248The Zangtopelri

Land: There is a Zangtopelri in Samdrupjongkhar that needs some real attention, but there is a dispute as well over the property between the thromde and a private individual. This Zangtopelri stands on the right side of the road towards the district hospital in Samdrupjongkhar.  It has suffered from disrepair.  Walls are coming off, statues inside are broken, and the prayer wheels are coming off the hinges. People have raised the issue and asked authorities concerned to repair the place and save the nangtens (sacred [... Read More]

Police detain two in Thimphu over drug offences

Crime: Thimphu police arrested a 24-year-old man from Changzamtog for possession of dried marijuana leaves yesterday. Police said the man, who also tested positive for drugs, confessed that he brought the marijuana from Phuentsholing.  Along with him, three acquaintances were also tested for drugs, but were found negative.

The ‘Black Horse’ of Bhutanese football

IMG_1056Goutam Mukherjee

The once striker of the national team reminisces about his heydays Profile: Friday, 4:30pm: Two Indian men walk out of an office in Changangkha in Thimphu.  Inside the room, Goutam Mukherjee, CEO of KCR private limited, is silhouetted blackness.  He looks tired.  His personal secretary is seated next to him with a notepad taking notes. From Kolkata, India, Goutam Mukherjee, 52, is one of the many non-national individuals, who played for the national football team from 1979 to 1982. Goutam came to Bhutan in 1979 [... Read More]

DPT seeks to withdraw libel case

The party says it wishes to do so ‘in the larger interest of the nation’ Legal: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa submitted its intention to withdraw the libel case it filed against Dasho Paljor J Dorji alias Dasho Benji, in the larger interest of the nation, to Thimphu district court’s bench V, yesterday. DPT’s legal representative and Drametse-Ngatshang’s member of parliament Ugyen Wangdi said that, if the court is unable to dismiss the charge of sedition as irrelevant, the party ‘although have not robbed the country as [... Read More]

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