Friday, April 25th, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Some relief soon for roofless Isuna CPC


A permanent roof is in the pipeline before the onset of monsoon

Disaster: From afar, the mud-rammed structures of Isuna community primary school in Shaba, Paro look as if they are roofless and abandoned.  They aren’t entirely roofless, but the school is still recovering from the windstorm that blew away the entire roof.

Since the windstorm, the school has had to make do with CGI sheets and tarpaulins over the structures in place of a [... Read More]

Phuentsholing seals border for election in India


Border: Both the pedestrian and border gates of Phuentsholing was sealed from 6pm yesterday. Human and vehicle movement will be restricted until 6pm today.

This is following a letter Dungkhag received from the office of the District Magistrate of Jalpaiguri seeking assistance from Bhutan on the movement of vehicle inside West Bengal district on the poll day in Jalpaiguri.

The assistance from the dungkhag according to Dungpa Rabgay Tobden said would mean the border gates [... Read More]

Fears of possible geological surprises in PHPA II

Hydropower: Punatsangchhu II, its project officials said was likely to suffer a geological set back, like its precursor Punatsangchhu I, which was delayed by a year.

Project managing director RN Khazanchi said Punatsangchhu I had passed that stage and that the remedial measures would take care of the slide.

“So there’s no problem with Punatsangchhu I,” he said. “But there is still possibility of geological surprises to occur in Punatsangchhu II.”

Project officials said the dam, [... Read More]

What’s in a name?

GAOs wish to be known with another title, a name determined by the nature of their responsibilities

Symposium: The widely used abbreviation, GAO in reference to Gewog Administration Officers across the country, however, is not how they like to be referred to.

The 10-gewog administration officers from central and eastern dzongkhags, who are in the capital for the three-day GAO symposium said the term was almost derogatory.

They said GAO in some parts of the country [... Read More]

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Paro Tshechu: His Majesty the King interacts with the people on the last day of the festival yesterday


PM interacts with Sherubtseans


Explained the importance of experience in contesting NC election

Meeting: If the prime minister represents the voice of the party, the 10-year experience criteria the National Council resolved to contest for the upper house will be a smooth sailing at the summer session of the Parliament.

Responding to a query from a Sherutse college student yesterday, Lyonchhoen said experience was needed while contesting for NC because the house must foresee beyond politics, review the functions [... Read More]

PoS make shopping in Jaigaon convenient


Business:  Phuentsholing residents have found a means to avoid paying extra Ngultrum or in Indian Rupee when shopping in the Indian border town of Jaigaon.

A number of shops in Jaigaon have installed point of sale (PoS) machines, which has made it convenient for people to shop as they can swipe the VISA debit card issued by Bhutanese banks instead of carrying cash.

This has come as a huge relief as traders in Jaigaon started [... Read More]

Man detained for malicious mischief

Crime: Police in Tsirang has charged a 29-year-old man who was involved in malicious mischief yesterday.

The man was arrested and detained on April 5 following a complaint from his elder sister that an accused had dismantled his kitchen.

According to the sister’s statement to police, her brother was drunk and urinating on the earthen oven. When she scolded him, he was aggressive forcing the sister and mother to runaway.

The man had dismantled kitchen walls [... Read More]

Farmers grow new variety maize to maximise economic viability


Agriculture: Villagers of Sadhu Madhu in Phuentsholing are now growing five varieties of maize to maximise economic viability and sustainability.

The village of 26 households has a total of about 30 acres of land where the farmers grow paddy. Now, paddy will be grown only after harvesting maize.

The farmers have tried four-hybrid and one local maize variety from Trashiyangtse distributed by RNR DC Wengkhar in Mongar.

Farmers are brimming with hope because the local variety [... Read More]

Meat van drivers schooled to drive responsibly

Twenty-one meat van drivers who drive between Phuentsholing, Thimphu and Paro attended a sensitisation program called “Safe and responsible driving” at Tshimasham police station in Chukha yesterday.

Police said the program was initiated because of complaints from others drivers and travellers that the meat van drivers are reckless on the road leading to accidents.

“But there has been decrease in the number of accidents involving van meat drivers,” he said officer in-charge (OC) Tsheten.  “So we thought [... Read More]

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