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The European Union Commissioner for Development Cooperation, Andris Piebalgs called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen said since 1982, Bhutan has benefitted a lot from EU’s aid and thanked the Commissioner for enhancing EU’s assistance in Bhutan by committing Euro 42M in grant under the Multi-Annual Indicative Programme recently. Commissioner Piebalgs said the EU is committed to supporting Bhutan in all its future endeavors        

Khuruthang stinks

unnamed-39Neglected: An unattended septic tank in the town

The township has lacked a proper sewerage system since its inception 14 years ago Township: If Khuruthang town is an eyesore of urban development, lack of proper sewerage system has not helped it either. Established more than 14 years ago, Khuruthang town, four km away from Punakha dzong, has neither sewerage networks nor street lightning. Residents complain of stench from leaking or overflowing sewerage tanks on a daily basis. The problem is not new either. The town’s representative, Namgay, said it was raised in almost [... Read More]

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Bhutan observed the United Nation’s Day yesterday by lighting 1,000 butter lamps at the Kuenroy, Trashichhodzong. The day celebrates 40 years of Bhutan’s partnership with UN Agencies and it marks the UN Charter entering into force on October 24, 1945. Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, along with Cabinet Ministers, senior government and UN officials attended the lighting ceremony.        

Lower Kheng villagers trained in cane and bamboo management

Handicraft: Farmers of five villages in lower Kheng will soon materialise their dream of earning cash income from cane and bamboo products. The residents of some 55 households of Pongchula, Gujong, Redijong, Tradijong and Chabgoen in Phangkhar gewog, after realising the availability of yula, the main raw material for cane and bamboo products in abundance, approached gewog officials about seven years ago to explore the possibility of educating them in weaving bamboo products. The gewog officials submitted the proposal at the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) and [... Read More]

Need for legal angle on gungtongs

A uniform approach to the issue, local leaders here feel, would help resolve the problem Absenteeism: With problems related to gungtongs or vacant households increasing, Trashigang dzongkhag has decided to ask parliament to deliberate the issue. Without any laws regulating gungtongs, local leaders said that, while some gewogs were collecting annual taxes from such households, others were not. Gungtongs are also impeding developmental activities in the gewogs.  Shongphu gup Kinzang Wangdi said the government should frame laws on how gewogs should handle the issue of [... Read More]

The sculptor-gomchen from Doongmanma

unnamed-46Self taught: It takes Sonam more than three months to complete a statue

Initially inspired by a dream, the self-taught artist now has plans to start an institute Profile: A 52-year old self-taught sculptor and his son-in-law, a university graduate, from Doongmanma under Lauri gewog in Samdrupjonkhar, plan to start an institute through which the father’s skills can be transmitted. Sonam Jamtsho, a gomchen (lay monk) is a busy man, whose mobile phone never stops ringing.  These are business calls, with people making orders for sculptures of various gods and goddesses. Sonam claims that his  talent emerged years [... Read More]

Better road needed for safer travel

Highway: The poor road condition near Santabari on the Gelephu-Phuentsholing highway could lead to more abduction cases, Gelephu business community told their parliamentarian, foreign minister Rinzin Dorji. It was the main concern of the community during a meeting with the parliamentarian, who is on a constituency visit, on October 23. A businessman, Ugyen Rabten, said that the poor road condition could aid abductors. “Our government has to look into the matter seriously and do something with the maintenance of the road in Santabari,” he said. [... Read More]

Plans to break two world records

ashiHer Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and PICSA’s coordinator Karma Tshering at the launch

11 events to commemorate 60th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Occasion: While celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo next year, Bhutan will attempt to break two Guinness World Records in mass tree plantation and publishing the world’s largest book. People’s Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA), which Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck launched yesterday, along with its website www.picsa.bt, will carry out mass tree plantation tentatively at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck national park [... Read More]

Miffed at being passed over for extension counter

BDVL: Residents of Rangjung and nearby gewogs in Trashigang are disappointed after Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) decided to establish an extension counter in Kanglung instead of Rangjung. Shongphu gup, Kinzang Wangdi, said BDBL officials had visited Rangjung and assured them on the possibility of coming up with an extension counter this year. “But we were informed later that the extension counter would be established at Kanglung. I don’t understand on what basis Kanglung was prioritised,” he said. Kinzang Wangdi said Rangjung connects to five [... Read More]

Better road needed for safer travel

Highway: The poor road condition near Santabari on the Gelephu-Phuentsholing highway could lead to more abduction cases, Gelephu business community told their parliamentarian, foreign minister Rinzin Dorji. It was the main concern of the community during a meeting with the parliamentarian, who is on a constituency visit, on October 23. A businessman, Ugyen Rabten, said that the poor road condition could aid abductors. “Our government has to look into the matter seriously and do something with the maintenance of the road in Santabari,” he said. [... Read More]

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