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‘Layman’s experiment’ belies villagers’ claim

Further technical investigation with an instrument borrowed from MHPA will follow Mining: A “layman’s experiment’ to observe the ground vibration in four houses, whose walls were allegedly cracked because of blasting in nearby mining sites, was carried out yesterday by geology and mines officials. The experiment required placement of a bucket of water each inside the living room of all four houses, while blasting were carried out, to ascertain impact and vibration. Four department of geology and mines (DGM) officials, a mining engineer and representatives [... Read More]

DT wants no ‘wine’ retail shops in Zhemgang

Prohibition: The regional trade office in Trongsa should immediately suspend issuing retail ‘wine’ shops licenses, local leaders in Zhemgang decided at its dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) on August 5. “We request the trade office to suspend issuance of retail licenses to prevent people from consuming excessive alcohol in villages,” DT chairman, Dorji Wangchuk, said. The DT members feared that leaving retail alcohol business unchecked would only escalate alcoholism to an uncontrollable problem even at the national level.  After Pemagatshel, Zhemgang is the second dzongkhag to discuss [... Read More]

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Diplomacy: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay delivers the keynote address after formally assuming the Chairmanship of the 70th session of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok yesterday. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay took over the yearlong chairmanship from Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao.    

In-country master’s degree in development practice begins

CNR becomes fourth institute to provide a masters program under RUB College: Starting this month, the College of Natural Resources (CNR) started a Master of Development Practice (MDP) program, the first of its kind for the country and the college. With this new area of study provided within the country starting August 4, CNR is the fourth institute under the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) providing a master’s degree. The other three colleges are Paro College of Education, Gaeddu College of Business Studies and Taktse [... Read More]

Two primary schools to become ECRs, one ECR to be closed

Kherigongpa-Pry-SchoolKheri primary school has 42 students studying from Classes PP to VI

Education: Following shortage of students, two primary schools in Pemagatshel will be downgraded to extended classrooms (ECR), and an ECR in Nanong gewog will be closed. This was decided during the seventh dzongkhag tshogdu on August 1. Informing dzongkhag tshogdu members, district education officer Pema Dorji said Kheri PS in Zobel gewog has only 42 students, while Rizimo PS in Decheling gewog has 43 students. Located near Khenrigonpa, about five kilometres from the dzongkhag, Kheri  PS has about 10 students in each class from PP [... Read More]

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Argentina Ambassador Raul Ignacio Guastavino(left) and the Azerbaijan Ambassador Ibrahim A Hajiyev called on the acting Prime Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday afternoon.    

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(From left) The Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ibrahim Asad Oglu Hajiyev and the Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina, Raul Ignacio Gustavino presented their credentials to His Majesty the King yesterday at the Tashichhodzong   

Local concern over project’s hiring policy

The involvement of an employment agent has put the wind up LG leaders Kholongchu: Concerned over the transparency with which Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP) would distribute employment opportunities, local leaders in Trashiyangtse sought clarification from project officials. Local leaders said that they have heard of some employees already being recruited. Tongjang gup Tashi Dorji said, when KHP carried out public consultations, officials had assured that employment opportunities would be guaranteed for people in Trashiyangtse. “Some employees have been recruited and we weren’t informed,” he said. [... Read More]

Bypass roadwork destroys irrigation channel

IMG_5364Bulungrho water source

Some 40 households from Wengkhang and Dangdung are victims of collateral damage, as it were DoR: Some 40 households from Wengkhang and Dangdung in Langthel, Trongsa are unable to complete paddy plantation, as their only irrigation water source in Bulungrhochu has been disrupted after the department of roads (DoR) dumped muck from the construction of Refee-Koshala bypass road above the water source. The irrigation channel was destroyed, after DoR moved the debris to Burgangchu and Bulungrhochu despite objection from the villagers. “Despite writing repeatedly to [... Read More]