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Lone candidate for Mongar gup post loses

Not a single postal ballot was availed in the election Election: The lone candidate, who contested for the post of Mongar gup in the bye-election yesterday, was not elected. Tshewang Dorji, 32, returned home disappointed, when it was announced that by 23 ‘No’ votes on the EVM, he had lost the election.  He received 308 ‘Yes’ votes and 331 ‘No’ votes. The former caretaker of Mongar gewog administration, Tshewang Dorji, said that he had nothing against the people for not electing him, but that the [... Read More]

Piloting organic mushroom production

DSC_5217HI Chairman explains how the technology works at the MoU signing yesterday

Project: With technical support from a Japanese mushroom producer, Haruka International Co. Ltd. (HI), Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) will start a pilot project on organic mushroom production in the country. The pilot phase will begin at the National Mushroom Centre where spawns of shiitake, oyster and king oyster and wood ear would be grown on trail. Once the project gains momentum, the spawn would be distributed to potential mushroom growers in the country. Haruka International and DHI in collaboration with Alliance Forum Foundation (AFF) [... Read More]

Opposition party against police frisking youth

Public opinion on the issue is divided  Security: Despite concerns raised by the opposition party that frisking youth after 10pm would be equal to the suspension of freedom of movement and criminalisation of youth, the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) will continue the already enforced measure. The opposition leader, Dr Pema Gyamtsho, in a letter submitted to the home minister yesterday, asked for a review of the measure and consideration of alternative ways to reduce youth related crimes. The police introduced the measure, which was announced [... Read More]

Fuel imports fall in 2014

Imports: Bhutan imported 1.7 percent less fuel last year compared to 2013 but still had to pay more. The country imported 166,433.64 kilo litres (KL) of fuel worth Nu 8.4B. In 2013, the total volume imported was 169,315.33KL for Nu 7.9B. The maximum drop occurred for diesel fuel, decreasing by 5,151KL in 2014. Diesel is mainly used in hydropower projects, farm road constructions and the transport sector or for heavy vehicles. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) executive director for West Bengal, YK Gupta attributed the [... Read More]

3-day old forest fire rages on across two dzongkhags

DSC01414The blaze, which began on Sunday night, has razed over 100 acres of chirpine forest so far

Disaster: The local community and forest officials are still trying to contain a forest fire in Yangnyer gewog, Trashigang that has razed over 100 acres of chirpine forest, including community forests, since February 15. The fire, which started from Khachikhar village in Durung, has also spread to neighbouring Narang gewog in Mongar. Yangnyer gup, Karma, said that the fire started around 8pm on February 15.  Without any forest officials arriving until yesterday, about 60 villagers from the two chiwogs of Durung and Lephu took up [... Read More]

BIL launches Lopthru Nyenchoel policy

A backup for students’ education in case of accidental disability or death of parent/guardian Insurance: Covering accidental demise and permanent total disability (PTD) due to accident, Bhutan Insurance limited (BIL) launched the student care insurance, Lopthru Nyenchoel policy yesterday in Thimphu. Parents or guardians up to the age of 65 can avail this policy for their children, who are studying.  Students aged 18 and above, as well as educational and vocational institutes, can also avail the policy. The policy has been divided into two categories [... Read More]

An authoritative tome about Bhutan’s premier treasure discoverer


The Autobiography of Terton Pema Lingpa by Lopen (Dr) Karma Phuntsho will be launched at 1.30pm on February 21 at Tarayana Conference Hall in Thimphu Review: History is a curious thing.  What’s more important, however, is the inquisitive nature of the people with whom the stories are indelibly linked.  Otherwise, narratives have a wonderful tendency to turn to shapes amorphous and meanings incomprehensible. Terton (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa, the greatest of all five terton kings, according to some accounts, is the face of modern Bhutan.  [... Read More]

Fire razes almost entire Sarpang town

10929947_878922472130144_8736819972895172489_nTragedy: The remnants of Sarpang town that was until the day before

Prime Minister to personally expedite new town plan  Disaster: In less than an hour, 81 shops in Sarpang town were razed to the ground by a fire on February 15. The remaining 51 shops escaped the inferno because a parking space separated them from the row of shops that caught fire. Most of the shopkeepers at Sarpang Taar, located about a five-minute drive away, had closed their shops and left for home when the fire broke out. Of the 81 shops, 49 belonged to Indian [... Read More]

Community school shutdown shocks parents

But the writing was on the wall, as the remote institute had barely enough students Education: Unlike students in other parts of the country, the school going children of Banjar village in Mongar had no school to go to when the academic session began yesterday across the country. After it was found short of one student to meet the extended classroom criterion of 10 students, Banjar community school in Tsamang gewog had closed since February 12. Worried about their children’s schooling, a group of 12 [... Read More]

Shortlisted candidates question re-advertisement of post

PHPA I: The two candidates, shortlisted for the post of chief environment officer of Punatsangchhu I hydroelectric power authority (PHPA I) some four months ago, were confused when they saw the post re-advertised once again this month. The two candidates, both senior forestry officials, were shortlisted by the economic affairs ministry’s human resource division some time in September last year. Of the four, two were shortlisted and told that they would be contacted soon after.  When they called in later, they were told some formalities [... Read More]

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