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Collateral damage of biological corridor

DSC_5835-(1)Idle: The tanks that was constructed at Nu 20.5M

Water: The recent demarcation of the biological corridor in Nganglam has not only affected the Rinchenthang township plan but has also left three water reservoir tanks worth Nu 20.5M idle for the last two years. Covered in vegetation, the reservoir tanks, were constructed in 2012 as part of township activities in Rinchenthang, and stand about a kilometre away from the existing Nganglam town.  The construction of the tanks was the first activity implemented after the master plan was approved. However, with the biological corridor’s demarcation, [... Read More]

Defense turns table on litigant

Counsel levels charges of sedition, corruption and incompetence against the accusing party Libel: Dasho Paljor J Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Benji, claimed that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa is a seditious political party in his statement to Thimphu district court’s bench five, yesterday. Dasho Benji’s defense counsel, Younten Dorji of Bhutan Law Services, gave his opening statement at Thimphu district court’s bench five after DPT took Dasho Benji to court for an alleged libel suit, following a comment on Facebook. The defense counsel requested the court [... Read More]

Defense goes on offensive

Counsel drew a distinction between personal defamation and comments on a political entity Libel: The defense counsel for Dasho Paljor J Dorji, in his opening statement yesterday, requested the court to bar political parties from filing defamatory suit against individuals. Lawyer Younten Dorji of Bhutan Law Services is representing Dasho Paljor J Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Benji, in the libel suit filed by Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), following an online comment against the party on Facebook. The defense counsel claimed that government agencies or [... Read More]

Second hearing on illegal roadside houses

The dzongkhag will present its rebuttal in court against the 18 charged households Drakteng: Court proceedings against 18 households, who constructed their houses within 50 feet of the highway against the road right of way in Drakteng, Trongsa, are underway since September 16. The second hearing for the 18 households in Drakteng will be done today, during which the dzongkhag administration will submit its rebuttal. Section 165 of the road act of Bhutan prohibits construction of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent structures within the road right [... Read More]

An insight into suicide


Dr Brent Waters has worked as a psychiatrist for the past 43 years in Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Australia.  He was also a professor of psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia.  Dr Waters, who is from Australia, often visits Bhutan as a tourist, but also provides his services in the fields of depression and disability while here.  Kuensel reporter Tenzin Namgyel recently spoke with Dr Waters on the rising number of suicides in Bhutan.  Interview: 1. Generally what makes people commit [... Read More]

Bhutan yet to be self sufficient in food

unnamed-5Family farming: Farmers display farm produce during the day

Was the reminder as World Food Day’s 33rd anniversary was celebrated in Phobjikha SAP: A decade ago, it used to be a norm for farmers like Phub Dorji, to skip meals and survive on flours for days. The 49-year-old farmer of Phobjikha said they grew up in poverty by surviving on potatoes and flours. Potatoes are the most grown crop in Phobjikha, but those days, accessibility to market was an issue. However, he said with various support, today, farmers even in a place like Phobjikha [... Read More]

The brass can benchmark

IMG_4592Measure measure: A fuel boy pours into a standard measuring can while trade officials observe at the Chubachhu fuel depot

Fuel station pumps are to be recalibrated next month onwards so customers get what they paid for Fuel: Pumps at fuel stations will be re-calibrated each month, so that customers are provided the closest volume of diesel or petrol that they have paid for. The stations will also be provided with a five litre new brass can, derived from international standard, with 0.6 percent tolerance.  It converts to about 30ml, up or down. These initiatives were taken, after Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) established that a [... Read More]

Potato price hits new high

PIC_0008Busy: The FCB auction yard in Phuentsholing

Exports: Potatoes fetched a record high price this year at the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing. To date, the highest recorded was Nu 52.40 for a kilo of potatoes, which was auctioned on October 14.  For the same period last year, the highest price a kilogram of potatoes fetched was Nu 31. It is the first time potato price has shot up at this rate, officials said. Starting May this year until yesterday, records with FCB officials showed an arrival and [... Read More]

Picture story

For clean hands: About 200 Jigme Losel Primary School students in Thimphu collected a donation of Nu 102,913 and about 2,400 soap bars to observe global Hand Washing Day yesterday. The donation will buy soaps for remote schools and monasteries.    

Picture story

Nepal’s foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey called on the Acting Prime Minister lyonpo Damcho Dorji on October 14 in Thimphu. As special envoy of the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr Pandey is in the country to extend invitation for the 18th SAARC Summit and its preceding meetings, which will be held in Kathmandu from November 22-27. Nepal hosted the third SAARC Summit in 1987 and the 11th in 2002.     

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