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Woman dies in fire

An 84-year-old woman died in a fire that razed her house to the ground on the morning of December 15 at Drangla in Tangsibji, Trongsa. The fire occurred around 1am. The family was not able to salvage any of their belongings. The deceased lived in a separate room with her cousin. The fire is suspected to have started from the oven. Tangsibji gup, Jigme Namgyel said the family also lost Nu 150,000 that was supposed to be paid to the bank to clear the vehicle [... Read More]

Buli-Shingkhar farm road construction resumed

IMG_2750The 78 km road is expected to complete by June next year

The difference among people of Wamling helped road officials to compile report Zhemgang: Construction of the Buli-Shingkhar road, which was suspended since September this year, has resumed since last month. The road construction resumed after the department of roads’ chief engineer in Tingtibi, Prabhat Rai, met with the people of Wamling and submitted a detailed report to the dzongkhag tshogdu last month. The DT chairman then directed DoR to resume the road construction from the initial alignment. Prabhat Rai said the department looked into the [... Read More]

Minong to bank on red kidney beans

DSC_6328Shift in cultivation : An elderly villager of Minong in Nanong gewog segregates red kidney bean seeds after harvest

After poor returns from maize and mandarin, the village turns to new crop Agriculture: Lack of proper market for maize, and citrus trees dying from diseases has forced some villagers of Minong in Nanong gewog to shift to kidney bean cultivation. Today, most villagers cultivate red kidney beans on huge areas of land.  Villagers are hopeful that it would serve as a better source of income like it did for some villagers, who have been cultivating it over the years. Less income from maize and [... Read More]

While (in)g vacation program for youth

img_8102Youth set up stalls at the end of the program last year File photo

Youth: About 200 youth from across the country have registered to participate in the While (in) g Vacation Program, which starts from December 18 at Nazhoen Pelri Youth Development Centre, Thimphu. The event is organised annually to meaningfully engage children and youth during their vacation, stated a press release from the Youth Development Fund (YDF). “Unlike in the past, the event this year will focus on wholesome education of participants with new activities like acting for children and various trainings on Life Skills, Leadership & [... Read More]

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the newly built Mani-Dungdrup Lobdra yesterday in Punakha. The Lobdra, has 30 classrooms, 150 rooms, an office and a dinning hall for monks. It was constructed with a GoI funding of Nu 51M.      

Lhakhang Karpo to complete on schedule

Project officials are confident that, despite delays, the new mid-2016 deadline will be met Update: Despite several delays and a construction freeze for eight months, lhakhang Karpo reconstruction project will complete by the new deadline of mid 2016, say project officials. But the project has daunting challenges at hand. Except for timber works, Lhakhang Karpo’s restoration project has ground to a halt since December 1 due to extreme weather conditions. Project officials said masonry and other works would resume only from March next year. Project [... Read More]

Immunity ends, OAG to prosecute lhakhang Karpo case

The foreign minister, one of those charged, will not be required to resign during the trial ACC: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing the final report on the lhakhang Karpo construction corruption case in Haa to prosecute officials, including the foreign minister, Rinzin Dorje. “We’re doing the final review on the investigation report, which was investigated and forwarded to us by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in September this year,” attorney general Phuntsho Wangdi, who refused to give details, said. A Kuensel source, [... Read More]

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Undercover: Places such as the Dochula pass and those above 3,500m were under a blanket of snow yesterday                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

20th by 2020 – What it will take to get there

To compete with the developed world, ACC feels, is going to take some doing CPI: Bhutan may be the cleanest in Asia according to the Corruption Perception Index, 2014, but moving up the ranking ladder to achieve the target of 20th by 2020 would be a daunting challenge. Bhutan scored 65 points to rank 30th among 175 countries in the global corruption index, which the Anti-Corruption Commission believes is a continued improvement. But as Bhutan competes with developed countries, the rate of improvement is going [... Read More]

Chamarchi incident hurts Samchi orange exports

DSC_2166Indian workers pack oranges for export in one of the depots in Bangay Bazaar, Phuentsholing

The citrus has to be sent via Phuentsholing to Bangladesh, which adds time and cost Mandarin: Cost escalation in transportation, inspection timing, and deteriorating market due to sales of rejected produce are major problems confronting the orange export season today. General secretary with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA), Tshering Yeshey, said transportation cost has shot up especially for exporters from Samtse.  The recent Chamarchi incident interrupted exporters from directly exporting from Samtse. “We’ve requested the government to intervene and are waiting for the problem to [... Read More]

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