All ears: Mewang’s candidate explains the council’s role
With their council candidates’ turn for public debate yet to arrive, villagers in Genekha gewog in Thimphu showed up at the common forum yesterday, curious to learn who those contesting the elections were.
With chill still lingering in the air, a good mix of men, women and young attended the forum that started around 10:30am.
As for the three candidates, Nima Gyeltshen from Chang gewog, Thimphu thromde’s Tshering and Mewang gewog’s Tshering Tashi, they meant business as [... Read More]
Bucket brigade: It takes about eight people to draw water from Kurichhu, pass the bucket to be emptied in the rock tub
By tradition, before farmers of Domkhar village hit the fields to begin a season of toil, there is one last recreation of sorts that they indulge in.
Every year, before farming season starts in Domkhar, a village under Tshenkhar gewog in Lhuentse, all farmers, including women and children, come to Phowan, about an hour’s walk from the village.
Families pitch tarpaulin tents, one end resting against a giant boulder on a small patch of land below the [... Read More]
Sonam Kinga sits with villagers in Bartsham at the gewog’s common forum
One thing lingering in the minds of Trashigang voters is whether its lone National Council candidate, former councillor Sonam Kinga, will be re-elected comfortably, or might require another miraculous postal ballot save, like in the first council elections.
Though many feel it will be smooth sailing for the candidate, for being uncontested and for his calibre, some people have reservations, going by what happened back then.
“Elections are tricky and voters can get unpredictable,” an observer said.
During [... Read More]
The import of eggs from Scotland and HP, India to fill our waterways and fisheries
They came inside insulated fibreboard boxes packed in wooden trays filled with ice, stacked one on top of the other, at the recommended temperature with careful air conditioning.
These 50,000 eyed brown trout eggs bought at 5 cents an egg from Scotland, and 30,000 eyed rainbow trout eggs at INR 5 an egg from the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh came by [... Read More]
At forum’s end: Villagers from various parts of Gelephu discuss what it was all about
… have led to confusion over NC and NA elections in Sarpang
Sarpang has completed common forums in all of its 12 gewogs and the thromdey (municipality).
A majority of the voters, particularly those that came for the common forum in Gelephu, however, failed to make similar progress, in that voters are still confused over for which election it was that their votes were being sought.
The confusion was caused as the number of National Council candidates the [... Read More]
The most common asset owned by Bhutanese households is cellular ‘phone according to the Bhutan living standard survey (BLSS) 2012 with 93 percent of households surveyed owning the gadget.
It was only 39 percent five years ago when the 2007 BLSS was carried out, four years after cellular services were launched.
As of December 2012, the two mobile cellular operators, Bhutan Telecom’s B-Mobile and Tashi InfoComm’s Tashi-Cell had a combined subscriber base of 560,890 as compared to [... Read More]
In accordance with the school performance rankings developed by the education ministry
Fifteen schools in the country have maintained their rankings in the list of top 40 performing schools in 2012, according to the school performance rankings the education ministry released yesterday.
The 15 schools, including nine high schools, were also in the list of the top 40 performing schools in the previous year.
However, unlike in the list of 2011, no community primary schools (CPS) in the [... Read More]
A 44-year-old driver died on the spot, and six passengers, including a 3-year-old boy, suffered major injuries, when the pickup truck they were travelling in veered off a farm road around 2pm yesterday.
The vehicle crashed about 45m below the road at Basantey bir (cliff), four kilometres before reaching Dophuchen gewog centre in Dorokha, Samtse.
The passengers, who were taken to Dophuchen BHU, were referred to Samtse general hospital.
A villager said the deceased, a former village tshogpa [... Read More]
Outgoing Bangladesh Ambassador Imtiaz Ahmed made a farewell call on the Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley yesterday. Lyonchhoen congratulated Ambassador Ahmed for his appointment as the new Ambassador of Bangladesh to Portugal during the meeting. Ambassador Ahmed came to Bhutan in October 2010.
A building in Menchulumpa village lost its roof during the windstorm
A windstorm that struck Punakha on the night of April 14 has blown off and completely damaged roofs of 21 structures.
The windstorm, which occurred at around 8:30pm, uprooted the CGI roofings of Talo goenpa’s newly built two-unit drashas (monk’s residence), kitchen and teachers’ quarters built in February this year, among others.
The monks of the goenpa have moved to the main temple for now.
The roofs of a lam’s residence, kitchen and wall fencing of Labtshakha lhakang [... Read More]