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Local leaders urge government for a bus service

IMG_2538Gasa: Connected with a road but not with a public transport

Gasa is the only district in the country with no public transportation service  Transport: Voicing the concerns of some 3,000 people, local leaders of Gasa again asked district officials why the government was taking long to provide a bus service from Punakha to Gasa. Gasa is the only district that does not have a public transportation service, and perhaps the only dzongkhag that’s still connected with a feeder highway road. Khamoed gup Karma Tshering said they have not seen any progress, although the issue was [... Read More]

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Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee inaugurates Volkswagen’s car showroom in Olakha yesterday. The dealer has to date received orders for about 20 cars, the cost of which ranges between Nu 800,000 – Nu 1.2M. The inaugural event was organised by Project Bhutan.    

Rindhibi still in the dark

IMG_5614Rindhibi settlement in Trong on the Gomphu-Panbang highway

The makeshift settlement has not been electrified on account of its doubtful standing Trong: Some nine shopkeepers in Rindhibi, Trong, along the stretch of Gomphu-Panbang highway in Zhemgang, have not received electricity despite repeated requests to the dzongkhag and the construction distribution division (CDD), which was earlier known as rural electrification division since 2010 December. The bamboo makeshift camps by the banks of Mangdechu mushroomed in 2010 after the Gomphu-Panbang road widening and Chamkharchu hydropower project works began in upper villages of Digala and Langdharbi [... Read More]

Tiger dolls stave off monkey raids

WeChatImage635443337303561-copyNot a monkey business: A Shumar farmer positions his tiger (a stuff toy) in his maize field to scare monkeys. Shumar became the latest gewog to resort to the idea of using stuff toys to guard their fields

Shumar has resorted to this ruse to protect their crops but the wild boar aren’t fooled Wildlife: The arrival of what looks like a ferocious royal Bengal tiger, baring its menacing fangs, grabs the attention of Kezang, who is in the midst of farm work in his maize fields.  He drops his tools and runs — not away but towards the tiger. As he approaches the tiger, his 60-year-old wrinkled and weary face breaks into a grin. His granddaughter has her right hand around the [... Read More]

Tashi Tagay’s Tshering wins Bhutan’s best archer title

DSC_1954Winner Tshering celebrates his victory

 Archery: After scoring 16 kareys in 15 rounds and defeating 14 archers in the on-going 18th Yangphel open archery tournament at the Changlimithang range yesterday, Tshering won the best of Bhutan archer title along with a cash prize of Nu 200,000. Tshering plays for team Tashi Tagay from Babesa, Thimphu. Team Meri Construction’s Tashi Dhendup hit 15 kareys to secure the second position and won Nu 70,000 while Chungdu Dorji of Choglay Namgyel (Punakha) came third to win Nu 15,000. The 15 archers were selected [... Read More]

His Majesty grants audience to graduates

20140822-2C4A3766His Majesty the King with university graduates at the orientation’s closing ceremony yesterday

NGOP: His Majesty the King granted an audience to the 2,315 graduates before the closing ceremony of the national graduate orientation programme (NGOP) yesterday. His Majesty began the address by sharing two stories: a senior red-scarf official laboured for many years with the objective to achieve success, and refused to be deterred even when faced with the prospect of going to school with 12-year-olds when he was 25; a teenage boy in conflict with the law admitted to His Majesty that he had ‘given up’ [... Read More]

12 immigration officials suspended

Their alleged involvement in corrupt practices precipitated the punitive action ACC: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has suspended 10 immigration inspectors and two officers in Phuentsholing for alleged involvement in corrupt practices. This comes in line with the commission suspending 21 foreign worker recruitment agencies (FWRA) in Phuentsholing yesterday. The case was exposed in 2013, when ACC investigated a case involving several taxi drivers, police personnel, and immigration inspectors at Tanalum checkpost, who were allegedly involved in bribery, with regards to the illegal exit of absconding [... Read More]

More dirt dug up on dungpa

Abetted by the administrative assistant, a series of fraudulent practices were perpetrated, as per the report RAA: From the series of fraudulent practices reported by the Royal Audit Authority involving the Gelephu dungpa, the report found that dungpa Pema Wangdi, in collusion with administrative assistant Sonam Norbu, attempted to divert money into his personal account from the Sershong community group (SCG) account. The Gelephu dungkhag court, through an order issued on December 7, 2012, allowed Nu 0.602M, which was accumulated in the saving account of [... Read More]

Has journalism lost its mojo?

The findings from a situation assessment of the profession points to such an inference JAB Report: The privatisation of media started off with a bang.  It was to be glorious, this fourth estate taking on its role in the new era of democracy. But less than a decade later, it could end with a whimper, or so indicates the situation assessment of journalists report, researched and compiled by the Journalists Association of Bhutan. Since privatisation in 2006, the number of media houses reached 16, from [... Read More]

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