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Man dies after fall

A 43-year-old man has died after he fell from the roof a single-storey house in Yangbari village in Mongar on October 26. The deceased was collecting straw on the roof of his house that was used to dry maize. The Balam mangmi said that the man had fallen not less than 30 feet. The man had been alone at the time. A neighbour found the deceased and the police were contacted. According to the police, the man had suffered severe head and upper body injuries. [... Read More]

Acceptable oversight by 2018

DCA commits to raising its compliance with ICAO to 50 percent from 38 in the next four years Aviation: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has committed, in its performance agreement with the government, to bring Bhutan’s air safety oversight rating to an internationally acceptable standard by 2018. The commitment is ambitious, as it will require several major changes in the next four years, including being able to recruit critical safety professionals that can cost up to Nu 600,000/month per employee, a major restructuring of [... Read More]

Govt. geared to take over school feeding program

unnamed-48Well fed: The WFP feeds over 30,000 students (File photo)

Initially to be phased out by 2015, World Food Program agreed to remain till 2018 WFP: The government is well prepared and committed to take over the school-feeding programme, once the World Food Program (WFP) phases out completely in 2018, education ministry officials say. Although WFP began phasing out since 2008, with its supply pulled out from high schools in urban areas, initial agreement with the former government was that it would phase out completely in 2015.  But the former government requested that WFP stay [... Read More]

Trongsa tightens its budgetary belt

Among other cost cutting measures, the district has curtailed pony entitlements  TA/DA: Trongsa dzongkhag administration unanimously decided to forgo pony entitlement, with effect from September this year, so that the Nu 19.84M budget for travel allowances is used judiciously. It was decided, in a meeting on August 26, that the budget for travel allowance (TA) and daily subsistence allowance (DSA) should be spread out by forgoing the pony entitlement.  This would, officials said, ensure that travel allowances could be spread across the year, and the [... Read More]

All in the family

unnamed-50Not much to say: Karma Rinchen takes his turn to speak

A couple of cousins compete amicably for the post of tshogpa in a by-election Elections: Wearing their best ghos, Jamyang Norbu, 26, and Karma Rinchen, 29, looked confident.  They stood in front of a small crowd yesterday, gathered to listen to the cousins, candidates for the post of tshogpa for Namdaling under Decheling gewog in Pemagatshel. A by-election for tshogpa’s post is scheduled for November 6. The two contestants said their pledges were same and, in fact, they prepared their speeches together.  The crowd, villagers [... Read More]

Weather casts cloud over harvest hopes

Agriculture: With paddy harvest season in full swing in western districts, the sudden drop in temperature over the weekend didn’t come as a respite from the scorching heat to farmers but only gave them reasons to worry. Paddy harvest in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang started since the second week of October.  Since then farmers have been cautious with the frequent change in weather pattern especially after cyclone Hudhud that hit the southern Indian states. Some parts of Paro reported light rainfall on the night [... Read More]

One unique program with twin objectives

IMG_2191Learning: Students and tourists interact during the tour program last Saturday

The Chamgang junior guide experiment has the added benefit of teaching English Tourism: The chilly morning gave way to a bright sunny day.  Yangchen Gatshel LSS in Chamgang, Thimphu was swept clean and ready to receive their guests on October 25. Thirty-six class VII B students, who were to act as guides for the half-day program to tourists, waited in the assembly ground, some rehearsing their lines. The tourists, including about a dozen Wheaton College students studying in Royal Thimphu College, three Australians, two from [... Read More]

Picture story

Harvest time: A Wamling woman and her colleagues return home after threshing paddy in Zhemgang     

Start-stop progress of the Buli-Shingkhar road

Construction of the 78km gewog centre road started way back in 2008 GCR: People of Shingkhar village in Zhemgang are eagerly waiting for their gewog centre road construction to resume, as it got stalled, after some people in Wamling wanted to realign and take the road construction through their village. Shingkhar gewog centre is in Shingkhar proper and the school is located at the base of the village.  There are about 48 households. The initial construction of the 78km Buli-Shingkhar road started in 2008.  It [... Read More]

Picture story

Trashigang dzongkhag contributed Nu 350,000 to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund during the Move for Health walk that was organised on Saturday.  Civil servants, businessmen, Kanglung Shedra and schools made the donation. The team comprising of civil servants, local leaders and De-Suups, among others, were divided into two groups. The first group, led by the dzongda, walked 24km from the Kanglung BHU to Trashigang while the other group, led by the drangpon,walked for 17km from Rangjung. The teams were received by Lam Neten at Trashigang [... Read More]

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