Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 1:32 AM


(De) valuing local festivals

There were not many locals at the Paro dzong courtyard yesterday where the annual tsechu is going on.

Like one Thimphu resident who returned after the first day said, there were just as many locals as there were tourists.

This is not a trend isolated to Paro alone, but one that has been noticed in many other festivals across the country, more so in dzongkhags surrounding the capital city.

Local festivals, especially tsechus, besides being a religious event [... Read More]

A nation’s circumstance determines its own model


Q&A: For a small developing country, looking to draw from experiences and lessons of other nations, perhaps given its size and proximity within the region, it is quite common among Bhutanese to cite Singapore as a model.

A model in terms of efficiency in governance, its stance against corruption and today, in the face of growing fiscal instability, its robust economy.

But what should countries looking up to Singapore for these reasons be wary of [... Read More]

Lend a hand to control dog population


Sterilisation: Anyone bringing in dogs for sterilisation and vaccination will receive gift as a token of appreciation. Bringing in a female dog would fetch two.

This is a tactic, to be introduced in all districts for effective community involvement in controlling dog population and to make districts able to manage its dog population independently.

Program manager with humane society international (HSI), Antoinette Bradley said it was an initiative to encourage people to bring pets and [... Read More]

Over 10,000 acres of forest lost to fire

Disaster: Over 10,000 acres of forest was razed by a fire, which started above Rabuna under Phangyul gewog in Wangdue on April 10.

As of yesterday night, the fire was not contained.

Wangdue range officer, Chencho Dendup said the fire had reached Matalongchu forest and Lingmukha gewog’s boundary in Punakha, after burning the entire forest under Phangyul gewog.

He said a monk’s hostel and other documents belonging to 16th century Chungdu goenpa, which was under renovation [... Read More]

Druk United winners yesterday


A Division: Druk United beat struggling U-18 yesterday.

After a goal-less draw in the first half, Druk United went in front in full force and striker Diwas grabbed a goal in the 64th minute. But their lead lasted only 11 minutes when Kezang Wangdi of U-18 scored their equalizer. Druk United’s Captain Karan Gurung’s goal put his team in front and Diwas scored his second for the day to seal a 3-1 win.

Thimphu City [... Read More]

Prosecution held up for 11-28 months

Attorney general explained the delay was because of lawyer shortage and having to prosecute police cases from across the country

Corruption: Eleven health officials and five vaccines and medical equipment suppliers from India will be charged to court next week.

This decision against them, under four cases of bribery and fraudulent procurement of medical equipment and consumables, comes after it was pending with attorney general officials for 11 to 28 months.

“We will register the case [... Read More]

Ambiguities in community clearance rule

Mining: With several mines and quarries stuck at community levels, gaining community clearance has become a bottleneck to acquiring mines and quarry licenses or renewing them.

Of the 100 or so applications for mining and quarry lease annually, geology and mines officials said they approved about five.

Inability to produce community clearance was the main hurdle.

While villagers said they were aware of the negative impacts of mining to the environment and their livelihood, operators allege [... Read More]

Cement production picks up


DCCL: The Dungsum Cement Corporation Ltd (DCCL) that began operating commercially in January is seeing a rapid increase in its production and sales are picking up, according to officials.

Officials said over the past three months, sales have increased by threefold and they had been utilising about 70 percent of the installed plant production capacity of 4,130MT everyday.

Chief Executive Officer of DCCL, Dorji Norbu, said they are pumping more money in marketing their cement [... Read More]


Where are we on anti-corruption drive?

Much has been achieved in the country’s efforts towards fighting corruption, yet much remains to be done.

In less than a decade since the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was established, many incidents of dishonest and fraudulent conducts, especially in terms of misuse of public money, by those in power including their subordinates, were exposed, charged and taken to task.

The embarrassment that brought those involved in corrupt practices, to an extent, acted as a deterrent initially, so much [... Read More]

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