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Drivers and contractors behind chorten vandalism

Taxi and truck drivers, contractors and even entire families are behind the vandalism of 30 chortens in the seven eastern and central dzongkhags, sources said. More than 40 suspects were arrested by the Mongar police. Most of them are from Chaskhar and Thangrong gewogs in Mongar. The source said the suspects have vandalised chortens in Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Pemagatshel, Lhuentse, Bumthang and Trongsa. In 2013, Trashigang and Trashiyangtse recorded 72 chorten vandalism cases. Likewise, three men were arrested in Wangdue in July after Wangdue and [... Read More]

Serthi gewog to be electrified by December

unnamed-4With no power, students usually eat their meals outside the dining hall

To a wide cross-section of society the coming of power is an answer to their prayers BPC: After missing the earlier deadline more than a year ago, Sethi gewog’s long wait for electricity is expected to be over when Bhutan Power corporation officials connect the homes to the grid by December. Serthi gewog is about four hours drive from Jomotsangkha (Daifam).  With almost all electric poles installed and connected, supervisor Jigme Tenzin, who is stationed at the site, said they were only left with the [... Read More]

Settling down

IMG_5090Paro bound: Transporting goods is a source of cash income for Soe villagers

Highlanders acquiring land in Drukgyal may be setting a worrisome trend Lifestyle: To escape the harsh life in the remote mountains of north Thimphu and Paro, many yak herders have acquired land near Paro town. Some have built houses. Despite being provided with telecommunication, school, agriculture extension office and health services in Soe, the village has the highest number people acquiring land at Drugyal in Paro. More than half the 28 households in Soe own dry land, ranging from three to five plots, at Drukgyal, [... Read More]

Vehicle quota rule being violated

Perks: Vehicle quota allotted to the public and civil servants are being sold to third parties, breaching the finance ministry’s rule on vehicle quota. Some quotas belonging to civil servants are on sale at the vehicle showrooms, while a few individuals, who purchased quotas, availed loans from the banks. Recently, Druk PNB Bank rejected a couple of applications for vehicle loan, after it found that the quota was bought from another individual. Druk PNB’s chief executive, Mukesh Dave, said, the government made it clear that [... Read More]

Homestay sees fewer guests

DSC05961An overview of Tangchey village which has most of the farmhouses

Farmhouse owners are anxious now about recovering their investment Tourism: More than a year after several homes in Phobjikha converted to “farmhouse stays”, as part of the community-based tourism initiative, farmhouse owners are concerned with not many visitors availing the services. The problem is more prominent in Tangchey village, where a majority of the farmhouses, 10, are located. Besides not having visitors for several months, not even the Gangtey tshechu earlier this month brought any guests.  Some said they haven’t received any booking, as of [... Read More]

Picture story

Thousands of devotees attend the week-long annual Moenlam chenmo in Paro. His holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choeda is presiding over the prayer ceremony which ends on October 18.     

Five Lokchina villages take initiative to build bridge

unnamed-3Staying connected: Construction of the temporary bridge in full swing

Span: With the bridge over Pachu (river) yet to complete, people from five villages in Lokchina gewog, Chukha have constructed a temporary wooden bridge yesterday to connect to Phuentsholing town. As the citrus season starts from next month, about 140 households decided to build the bridge on their own expense.  The construction started on October 13 and completed yesterday. Each household contributed Nu 300 and they collected around Nu 50,000 to buy materials, such as wooden planks and poles, for the bridge. Until the bailey [... Read More]

OAG pegs away at ex-LRO’s culpability in rebuttal

Land case: The Office of the Attorney General, in its rebuttal to the former National Land Commission official, Sonam Norbu’s submission, to prove how he colluded with former royal advisory councillor Chang Ugyen, stated that he was the official assigned to keep the land records of Chang and Kawang gewogs in 1987. OAG prosecutor Tashi Gyalpo yesterday submitted to court that Sonam Norbu had written to the then land record office that Chang Ugyen’s thram (ownership certificate) had to be changed. “The OAG believes that [... Read More]

Tibetan mastiff

IMG_5299Competition: A dog being judged

A dog show was held at Lingzhi and Soe with a view to conserve the bloodline of a breed in decline Bjopchi: To conserve the native Tibetan mastiff (Bjopchi) on royal command, the department of livestock last week conducted a dog show at Lingzhi and Soe in northern Thimphu, where the species is reared to protect livestock from predators. Although no survey has been done to ascertain its population, it is said to have reduced over the years, because of cross breeding with other dogs, [... Read More]

What about SDP projects?

Bumthang DT is to submit a list of activities whose fate lies in the budget balance Development: Bumthang dzongkhag tshogu (DT) has decided to submit to the government, a detailed list of small development project (SDP) activities for budget allocation, after activities worth Nu 57.2M were dropped from the dzongkhag’s initial proposal of Nu 66M during the budget discussion. A total of Nu 8.8M was released for the 2014 financial year and the Gross National Happiness Commission later directed the dzongkhags to propose the dropped [... Read More]

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