Saturday, July 26th, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Nu 426M lost due to less rain

Energy: Poor hydrology so far this year has lad to a revenue loss of Nu 426M, which is worth the additional revenue expected from the revised tariff of the Chukha hydroelectric project. The total power generation until May this year has decreased by 222.29 million units (MU), compared with the same period last year, which translates to Nu 426M. Chhukha tariff was revised from Nu 2 to Nu 2.25.  But the rates were applied retroactively from 2013, for which India refunded INR 450M.  The revised [... Read More]

DT dispenses with signing performance contract

The rationale is that the agreement between PM and dzongda was sufficient to the purpose Trongsa: In Trongsa, no performance agreements will be signed between the dzongda, Tshewang Rinzin, its five gups and various sector heads, the eighth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) session resolved recently. The tshogdu resolved to forgo signing of any such agreements, reasoning that the agreement signed between lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and the dzongda is already an assurance and allegiance enough to guarantee results. DT chairperson, Tashi Pendhey, said the members and sector [... Read More]

Less rain forecasted this monsoon

Wangdue district is the hardest hit in the west Monsoon: Wangduephodrang has received the least rainfall this monsoon. After the 2mm rain it saw on July 8, Wangdue received the next rainfall almost a week later, on July 13, measuring 11mm.  The following day, it received 1.3mm of rain. Farmers have been conducting rimdos and visiting goenpas to appease local deities, to bless them with rain so that paddy plantation continues. But the country’s western region has been going through a dry spell this monsoon, [... Read More]

Two swollen rivers wash away two cantilever bridges

Monsoon: Two wooden cantilever bridges were washed away when the swollen Wakela and Tsachuphu rivers in Laya, Gasa, caused a flash flood on July 15 around 10:30pm. Gasa dzongda Sonam Jigme said the cantilever bridges over Lungoo river cater to people of Gasa and Lungoo villages.  No casualties or damage to properties were reported. “Villagers of Lungoo and Gasa will use the longer route to cross the river,” Sonam Jigme said. With the river swollen, following continuous rainfall, the dzongda said a flood warning was [... Read More]

Campaign against computer porn

The call is for specific laws and stiffer penalties against the practice Petition: At least 300 people have signed a petition to introduce stiffer penalties and more specific laws for computer pornography. The petition is a response to several Bhutanese pornographic videos being shared through social media, notably a mobile application called WeChat. Some of the videos have clearly been shot without the consent of the subjects by using hidden cameras.  The location is usually a hotel or guesthouse.  Some have been released into the [... Read More]

Colour code bid for S/J buildings

DSC_5354Go for sober colours: If approved, all buildings in Samdrupjongkhar would have uniform colours

The thromde awaits MoWHS approval for its four-shade cap proposal Township: If Samdrupjongkhar thromde’s proposal comes through, most of the buildings in the thromde will look alike, at least in colour. The thromde had proposed to paint all buildings in four colours and is awaiting approval from the ministry of works and human settlement. They proposed both residential and commercial buildings to be painted grey, white, dark yellow,  earth colour (mud) and sandalwood coloured.  There will be no pink, red, green or blue buildings. Samdrupjongkhar [... Read More]

Picture story

About 168 children between 9 and 15 years from across the country attended the Young Lions Camp organised by IMTRAT and Royal Bhutan Army during the summer break in Haa. The camp is held annually to help children develop personality through adventure.     

DT imposes minimum distance bar on bars

IMG_4524-1DT members takes a break

In a small township like Trongsa, though, the practicality of such a move is another matter By Law: No bars will be entertained within 50m from the dzong, institutions like schools and shedra in town area and 100m from such institutions in gewogs under Trongsa. The dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) endorsed a bylaw, which also regulates the sale of meat and alcohol in the dzongkhag on Tuesdays. “Although trade regulations prohibited the sale of alcohol near dzong, gewog office and institutions, lack of specific distance has [... Read More]

Patients decry home ministry proscription

20140715_141749JDWNRH patient guesthouse in-charge distributes ration to patients

They say that, while some may misuse donations, most are in dire need  Kidney: The home ministry’s move to restrict collection of donation for renal failure patients has come as a blow to patients, who feel that the decision has wronged them. With a majority of patients coming from low-income group and far-flung villages, patients and relatives said they don’t have a choice but to seek donation. Lack of organ donor, be it within the family, or non-relatives, is a major issue almost all kidney [... Read More]

The three uncared- for nyes of Chali

Neys_-if-not-taken-care-it-will-turn-to-junglePilgrims clear bushes at one of the Nyes

Heritage: Chali in Mongar has three nyes (sacred sites) – Chatong nye, Serbalung nye, and Khampajey nye.  However, they are increasingly being neglected by the people in the village.  Villagers no longer visit the nyes. 76-year-old Abi Lhamo said people are not interested in nyes, which their grandparents worshipped and received blessings from.  This, she said, is a sign of changing times.  When Abi Lhamo was young, people not only from Chali but from far-off gewogs would come to visit the nye. “During our time, [... Read More]

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