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Deadline deferred for a third time

DSC_5648Delayed: Completion date of the bridge over Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway in Samdrupjongkhar is pushed by four more months

Monsoon precipitated landslides are being blamed for the delay CDCL: Completion of the Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway could be further delayed with the deadline extended by four months. This is the third time the deadline has been extended to Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) that has been awarded the works. The initial completion date was May 31. An official at the site said that CDCL requested the government further postpone the deadline to December after failing to meet the second deadline. CDCL was granted extension only untill [... Read More]

Primary school pioneers mass cleaning campaign

20140906_120206More than one and a half truckload of garbage were collected during the campaign

Waste: To sensitise youth, parents and the community to improper garbage disposal in schools and villages, Zangkhar primary school in Lhuentse organised a mass cleaning campaign on September 6. With the theme, ‘Let’s work together for a safe earth,’ more than 200 villagers of Tshochen were involved including Zangkhar-Yabee and Zangkhar PS students, teachers, health staff, gewog officials under Jarey gewog and Thrumshingla national park officials. This first ever mass cleaning campaign covered places from Zangkhar to Gorgan, collecting more than one and a half [... Read More]

‘Passport to success’ training imparts confidence

Program: Over the past month, Kuenlay Biddha, an unemployed university graduate, has learnt to build confidence, important not only for job interviews but also to face the challenges of seeking employment. Her confidence comes from a month-long ‘passport to success training program’ in Thimphu that ended yesterday. Kuenlay and 17 other graduates learnt problem solving, positive attitude building, discovered their strengths and weaknesses, conflict management, and entrepreneurship skills. A graduate from St. Joseph College in Darjeeling, India, Kuenlay said, “It has made a huge difference [... Read More]

No benefits after 20 years of service

IMG_5647NWF colony in Phoshing, Zhemgang

All that Laxman Subba got from DoR were his last monthly salary and a lift home NWF: After 19 years of working on the nation’s highway as part of the national work force (NWF), Laxman Subba, 66, was laid off with neither gratuity, provident fund or pension by the department of roads (DoR) in Phoshing, Zhemgang. His Nu 5,050 salary was the only benefit Laxman Subba was sent home with, besides a free ride in a DoR vehicle to Zhemgang, where he will retire with [... Read More]

DPT sues Dasho Benji for defamation

Court: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa has lodged a defamation case against a former deputy minister, Dasho Paljor J Dorji, fondly known as Dasho Benji, following his comments on social media. Although the comment has been removed from Facebook, Dasho Benji had reportedly accused the party of  “robbing the country blind”. Leader of the opposition, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, on behalf of the party, submitted a written petition, both in Dzongkha and English, on August 15, asking the court to ask Dasho Benji to substantiate or prove his [... Read More]

Community centres now offer financial services

More and more facilities are being made available as time goes by Governance: In an effort to transform community centres (CCs) into hubs for socio-economic development of rural communities, financial services are being introduced as another one of their functions. For the past month, three CCs in Thimphu have been offering basic Bhutan Development Bank services, such as deposits, withdrawals and loan applications. One of the CCs has already recorded Nu 571,900 of transactions just a month into the two-month pilot scheme. Similarly, agreements have [... Read More]

PMO clarifies recruitment cancellation

The matter, the office contends, has been blown out of all proportion, given that no appointment letter was issued Media: The selection of the former editor of Bhutan Observer, Needrup Zangpo for the post of media attaché at the prime minister’s office was cancelled because someone in the office  had won the confidence to fill the post. The cabinet secretary, Dasho Penden Wangchuk, said that he fully sympathised with him, but the cancellation was not a big issue, as he has not received the appointment [... Read More]

Precautionary measures against Ebola in place

Though in a low risk region, the health ministry has issued an advisory on the issue EVD: Following the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa, the health ministry has issued an advisory on the issue to prevent the risk of exposure to EVD, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Public health department’s director general Dr Dorji Wangchuk said precautionary measures are being taken, although the country is at a low risk currently. “People [... Read More]

The green-and-blue project

blueYouth in action: Members of YIB collecting waste at Changjiji

An initiative to build awareness on blue-collar jobs and waste management YIB: A group of youth who call themselves Youth in Blue (YIB) have started a waste management initiative to drive home the message that blue-collar jobs are respectable, while productively addressing an issue confronted by the country, especially in urban areas. Kinley Wangchuk, 24, an undergraduate student at Gaeddu college of business studies, started the initiative, which has 10 members. The project was started in July this year.  YIB has an office in Thimphu, [... Read More]

A (monastic) home for the old

IMG_3332His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates the old age home for monks in Limukha, Punakha yesterday

HH the Je Khenpo yesterday consecrated eleven such one-storied houses for retired monks Dratshang: Monks retiring to a life of prayers have found a place to retire in peace with an elderly home for monks completed in Limukha, Punakha. His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choeda yesterday consecrated the eleven one-storied elderly home for retired monks, which was attended by the agriculture minister, sponsors, dzongkhag officials and nearby local people of Punakha and Wangdue. Spread across 72 acres of chirpine forest, far from the [... Read More]

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