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Major quake likely to cripple mobile cellular services

Telecom: It is likely that the country’s mobile cellular services will become unavailable in the event of a major disaster hitting Bhutan. When the April 25 earthquake struck Nepal, mobile cellular services even in Bhutan were affected. Both the country’s telecommunications providers, Bhutan Telecom and Tashi InfoComm, have confirmed that this is a likely scenario.  The reason being put forth by the two companies is that their networks will not be able to handle the resulting surge in traffic.

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New Appointments: (from left) – His Majesty The King yesterday granted dhar to the General Secretary of the National Assembly Secretariat, Sangay Duba, the Works and Human Settlement Secretary, Phuntsho Wangdi, the Economic Affairs Secretary, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi and the Attorney General, Shera Lhendup.    

Not seeing aye to aye

NC and NA remain at odds on whether commissioners/constitutional post holders need first to resign from civil service Amendment: The National Council did not accept the amendment that commissioners and members of constitutional offices need not resign from the civil service on their appointment, as endorsed by the Assembly to the Entitlement and Service Conditions Act for the holders, members and commissioners of the constitutional office of Bhutan (amendment) bill 2014.

Passing the buck on a pledge?

Govt. says it awaits pvt. sector proposal so as to set up three new colleges in the east Education: Establishing three new colleges in the east would not be possible in a short period of time, but upgrading the existing ones would address immediate issues, home minister Damcho Dorji said at the Assembly’s question hour session yesterday. Lyonpo said that, although the government had received several foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals for the establishment of three colleges, the government is waiting for a private entity [... Read More]

What happened to a power tiller each to chiwog?

Agriculture: If there is no ox, how can a work to be done by an ox be really done? The question is critical, indeed. That was the gist of National Assembly’s question-answer session with agriculture minister yesterday. When the present government fought the elections, providing a power tiller to every chiwog was a promise it made, among others. Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji said that people in the rural areas need not power tillers but the service of the machine to grow the food they need [... Read More]

Diversifying and reforming subjects

Education: In a move towards preparing students better in classrooms, so that they are exposed to varied fields of study, the department of curriculum, research and development (DCRD) is working on diversifying subjects that are taught in schools. About a decade ago, besides compulsory subjects (English, mathematics, history, geography, science and Dzongkha), optional subjects were limited for classes IX, X, XI and XII.

Widow awaits compensation

Her husband, a municipal worker, died at the work site due to a collapsed wall on April 1  Accident: On April 1 Man Maya Rai, 74, lost her husband when a wall collapsed on him as he was cleaning a drain by the roadside. She is survived by two sons: one with impaired hearing and the other speech impaired.  After her husband Amrit Bdr Rai died, the family of 10 members has been surviving on the Nu 5,000 salary that her hearing impaired son earns [... Read More]

Gamrichu gorges on paddy fields

DSC01662Paddy fields along the sides of Gamrichu in Buna have considerably shrunk over the past decade

What the river gives with one hand (irrigation), it takes away with the other (erosion) Disaster: When do farmers not welcome monsoon?  Ask the rice-growing farmers of Buna in Trashigang. The much-needed rains are on its way, but farmers are worried, lest it might take another portion of their paddy fields.  For the last many years, some 27 households of Buna had been literally witnessing their paddy fields washed away by the river Gamri that also help them cultivate paddy.  The river, notorious for flash [... Read More]

Chokhorling goes back to paddy cultivation

IMG_8679Villagers till their paddy fields after more than two decades of leaving it fallow

Improved security and a govt. carrot and stick policy persuades locals to return to the land Agriculture: Hope and nostalgia is the mood as farmers, young and old, of Bafudar village in Samdrupjongkhar returned to their paddy fields after more than two decades. The farmers, with the help of the dzongkhag, are trying to revive paddy cultivation on more than 100 acres of land, which was once in abundance in the fertile and vast flatlands of Chokhorling gewog. Paddy cultivation was abandoned, following the security [... Read More]

Lhamoizingkha branch in-charge goes on the lam

BoBL: The Bank of Bhutan limited’s (BoBL) in-charge in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana has gone missing since May 11, after it was found that he had allegedly misused the bank’s fund. Following an internal auditing, the in-charge was found to have misused the bank’s fund and had made a shortage of Nu 719,000.  Sources said the in-charge reported to office in Phuentsholing on May 9.  He had promised to refund the money on May 11 but didn’t do so. Kuensel learnt he had requested for a 10-day [... Read More]

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