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RICBL completes insurance payments in nine districts

Claims for 873 houses across 11 districts have been estimated at about Nu 15 million  Windstorm:  Save for Tsirang and Dagana, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) has completed paying rural insurance claims for all houses that reported minor to major damages from the April 4 windstorm. The windstorm, which lasted for about 10 minutes, caused damage in 11 districts, although the disaster management department had initially stated nine districts in its preliminary reports.  During field assessments, RICBL officials said, two more districts, Haa [... Read More]

Living under the shadow of floods and landslides

DSC01582Villagers of Lem chiwog dig a drain to divert water flowing from Chebling

Villagers in Phongmey blame tree felling and overgrazing by ‘outsiders’ for their perennial plight Disaster: For years, people on the foothills of Karmagonpa and Gazarey in Phongmey gewog have been bearing the wrath of repeated landslides and floods. They claim it is because of felling of trees by Radhipas and overgrazing of cattle by the highlanders of Chebling in Merak. More than 100 households of Karmagonpa and Gazarey lie between two rivers, the Dungjuri and the Yudiri.  During the summer, rainwater easily runs from the [... Read More]

No taxi and bus fare revision: RSTA

But the laws of demand and supply have already forced fares down Fares: Despite a recent study finding that existing taxi and bus fares need to be decreased due to fuel price fluctuations in the past 16 months, there will be no revision. A recent assessment by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) found that the existing bus fare should be decreased by at least three percent and by Nu 1-3 for taxis.

BOiC takes flak during tshogdu

Loan seekers are irate at receiving no word on, let alone funds from, their applications Loans: Local government leaders in Bumthang asked the Business Opportunity and Information Center (BOiC) to clarify if loans the villagers had applied for months ago will ever be released during a recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) session. The issue came up for discussion after BOiC failed to release loans even after the onset of the potato cultivation season.  Most villagers had applied for loans for non-formal rural activities, which is Nu [... Read More]

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A three-day Volunteers for Voter Information, Communication and Education training of trainers (ToT) workshop in Thimphu for 20 volunteers ends today. The participants will be sent to the communities in Trashiyangtse dzongkhag to conduct voter awareness on electoral democracy and participation. The programme will be replicated in other dzongkhags. The programme was piloted last year in which 15 trained volunteers conducted voter awareness in Chukha’s 11 gewogs and a thromde.       

DPT seeks to withdraw case against Dasho Benji

Breaking News: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa today submitted to court that it wants to withdraw the defamation case it had filed against a former deputy minister, Dasho Paljor J Dorji, following comments he made on social media regarding the party, almost eight months ago.       

Thimphu Thromde schools bursting at the seams

DSC_7968Crammed: Each class in Lungtenphu LSS has at least 40 students and the school is in dire need of a major renovation

Old infrastructure and shortage of classrooms have pushed schools to use laboratories as classrooms  Education: Almost all classrooms of Thimphu thromde public schools are overcrowded with some schools using laboratories as classrooms. Thromde and school officials said this is a result of intense admission pressure they faced this year. In 2015 alone, Thimphu thromde received over 1,000 additional students in its 19 schools, which is double of what the schools took in the previous years. The revision of private school fees is also attributed to [... Read More]

Need for independent roads policy

Roads: The road transport sector needs an independent policy to cover maintenance and other aspects, Department of Roads (DoR) director Karma Galay said at a daylong seminar on road construction, yesterday. There is no separate or independent policy document for the road sector in Bhutan at present. The sector is guided, in parts, by policy documents such as Vision 2020, Road Master Plan (2007-2017), Bhutan Transport – 2040: Integrated Strategic Vision, Five Year Plan documents and the Road Act 2013.

Two Bhutanese arrested for smuggling

Two Bhutanese men from Bhangtar in Samdrupjongkhar were produced before the  Jalpaiguri court in West Bengal on April 20, for an alleged wildlife smuggling case. Kuensel learnt that the forest officials in Baikunthapur district of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal had arrested the duo on April 19.

More flights to Singapore in the offing

Tashi Air plans to fly via Myanmar and may concentrate on the market there Aviation: Despite concerns raised that the market may not be large enough for two airlines, Tashi Air will join Drukair in connecting Singapore to Bhutan. “Survival of the fittest,” Tashi Air CEO Phala Dorji said in reference to concerns on two airlines competing for a limited market. National airline Drukair had strongly recommended in February that Tashi Air reconsider its decision on flying to Singapore given that demand is not high [... Read More]

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