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Official correspondence only in Dzongkha

Mongar DT: Mongar dzongkhag’s tshogdu on July 24 decided to use only national language for official correspondence. This, local government leaders said, was done to relay real and correct message without any corruption in meaning. Balam mangmi Thinley said that currently most official letters from the dzongkhag administration are written in English, which many gups and mangmis in the gewogs could not read. “If the local leaders do not understand the content of the massage, it can be misinterpreted,” he said. Thinley also said that [... Read More]

Wangdhar drinks from irrigation channel

IMG_4980A portion of the irrigation channel in Wangdhar

Though contaminated upstream, villagers have no choice but to take their chances Water: The villagers of Wangdhar have 24-hours running water.  If only it was in their homes instead of in an irrigation channel running through the village, life would be bit easier. Without safe drinking water, the nine households and those from nearby Goling owning wetland at Wangdhar staying for months tilling the fields, drink from the irrigation channel, which villagers say, is contaminated upstream. “Both humans and animals contaminate the water before it [... Read More]

Principal’s friends build hostel for remote school

IMG_2080-1Gift of OZ: Retey CPS students in front of their new hostel

A Thimphu-based educational consultancy heeds a cry for help Retey: With her village located two hours away on foot, Namgay Dema, 13, lives in a wooden hut near her school in remote Retey village. As the eldest in a group of three students staying in the hut, she takes care of the younger mates.  Last year, Namgay moved to another shack, but this time inside her school compound.  She has six friends and feels safer. In the adjacent room are six boys from Namgay’s village.  [... Read More]

Farmers can breathe easy now

A technical glitch, now corrected, had made it appear they’d have to pay much higher taxes on utility vehicles Levy: A technical mistake from the finance ministry was what had resulted in the levying of revised sales tax for utility vehicles for farmers, finance minister Namgay Dorji clarified yesterday. Lyonpo Namgay Dorji explained the error had occurred, when various types of pick up trucks were clubbed together in the notification that the ministry had issued on July 16. However, he said, the error was rectified [... Read More]

Gidaphu community decides to appeal

Mining: Twenty-seven households of Gidaphu in Bjemina under Mewang gewog, Thimphu are preparing documents to file a petition with the district court this Friday, requesting suspension of mining activities in their locality. The move comes after the incident on July 12, where several house owners alleged that blasting in the nearby mining site had cracked the walls of their houses. In the past, villagers have filed complaints to various offices, including the Mewang gewog administration, Thimphu dzongkhag, the department of geology and mines, national environment [... Read More]

Pictures story

Audience: His Majesty the King with recipients of His Majesty’s Scholarships at the Lingkana palace yesterday. Including the 64 students who received His Majesty’s Scholarship Kidu this year, 327 students have to date received scholarships in IT, medicine, engineering, media and communication.  

Local leaders seek govt. help against wildlife

IMG_2519Wangdue DT in session

Specifically, gups of four gewogs have appealed for support to install electric fencing DT: Explaining the difficulties farmers faced in protecting their fields from wildlife, gups of four gewogs, Bjena, Phangyul, Nahi and Gasey Tshogwom proposed government support for solar and electric fencing support at the dzongkhag tshogdu, yesterday. Local leaders said damage to crops from wildlife continues to remain a persistent issue of farmers in the country. Tshogwom gup Sangay said farmers have been doing everything possible to protect their crops. “They even take [... Read More]

Picture story

The kudung (mortal remains) of the late 14th Kunzig Shamar rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro reached Kathmandu, Nepal around 4:30 yesterday evening. The Yangbi Lopon rinpoche and monks from the Zhung dratshang accompanied the kudung to Nepal. The purjang (cremation) ceremony would be held tomorrow at his new monastery in Shar Minub, coinciding with the First Sermon of Lord Buddha. The Dorji Lopon rinpoche, Home Minister, Gyalpoi Zimpon, Paro Dzongda and Lam Neten were at the airport to see off the kudung, which was brought to [... Read More]

Tshogpon takes part in ‘virtual zomdu’

IMG_5879Virtual zomdu: Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo interacts with a group of his constituents for a zomdu yesterday (Photo courtesy: Annamari Salonen/UNDP Bhutan)

The NA speaker, from Thimphu, interacted with a group of his constituents in Mongar  TECH: In a display of how technology can be utilised for governance, a “virtual zomdu” was held between the national assembly speaker in Thimphu and his constituents in Mongar in real-time yesterday. Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, seated in the national assembly building, interacted with a group of his constituents, who were in a community centre in Mongar using video conferencing technology. The tshogpon was questioned on a range of issues, from the [... Read More]

BEGIN trainees all geared up

IMG_1428The fifth BEGIN graduates at the closing ceremony yesterday

A dozen entrepreneurs are now set to seek funding to realise their business ideas Training: After three months of intensive training in business skills, Suraj Rai, is all geared-up to stride into the world of doing business and becoming a successful entrepreneur. This is happening with the help of the ‘Business entrepreneurship growth and innovation’ (BEGIN) training program, which started in May and concluded yesterday.  An initiative of Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), the program was the fifth since the course first started in 2012. [... Read More]

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