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Not many takers for kushu thara

unnamed-20A young weaver with her kushu thara during the recent textile exhibition in Lhuentse

Weavers in Lhuentse say they have a hard time finding buyers for their hard work

Handicraft: Thukten Lotay, 26, gets busy as March approaches, weaving the kushu thara, a prestigious brocaded kira for women valued for its beautiful kushu patterns.

The only man, who can weave in Lhuentse, is from Minji gewog.  He takes time off from his usual farming routine to weave the renowned textile of Bhutan.

“Unlike in the past, not many men weave [... Read More]

8-km farm road incomplete after three years

IMG_20141112_150807A long way to go: The incomplete Ula farmroad

Connectivity: It has been more than three years since Ula’s eight-kilometre farm road in Wangdue was cleared with its first cutting till the village Lhakhang from the Jala bridge.

However, as of now, the farm road has not been of any help to the people of Ula.  People still have to walk for hours up the hill.  The farm road remains heavily blocked at several points.

Villagers said, “Since the farm road is a key [... Read More]

Three-month sentence for principal in corporal punishment case

Crime: Dagana district court last month sentenced Drujyegang HSS principal to a three-month prison term for resorting to corporal punishment on a student.

But the principal paid a thrimthrue of Nu 11,125 in lieu of the prison term, after deducting his one-day stay in custody on the day he was arrested on September 15.  The court ordered him to pay a lump sum compensation of Nu 0.225M to the boy, based on the national [... Read More]

Ugyen Academy shocks Abahani Limited

DSC_0756Heap of joy: Ugyen Academy players celebrate the goal that won them the match at the King’s cup yesterday

The underdogs pulled off a surprise 1-0 win against the run of play

King’s cup: Ugyen Academy, which considers itself an underdog in the ongoing King’s Cup football tournament, pulled off a surprise win over Abahani Limited yesterday, beating them 1-0.

Striker Tshering Wangdi took advantage of a defensive error in the 87th minute, and neatly slid the ball through the legs of the Abahani Limited’s goalie, giving the crowd a reason to celebrate.

The Bangladeshi [... Read More]

150-bed mother and child hospital to be built

DSC_9646Tiny socks, Big dreams: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay launches the Tshegho initiative project, which knitted more than a thousand woollen caps and pairs of socks for preterm babies

The PM made this announcement on the occasion of World Prematurity Day

Health: At the only event to which he invited himself, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday announced that the government has decided to establish a 150-bed mother and child hospital at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital complex.

The Prime Minister, although about two hours late, made it to the venue to join the health fraternity and parents in observing the World Prematurity Day, [... Read More]

Govt. maintains “status quo” on pool vehicles and quota rules

Assembly: The government has decided not to withdraw the 932 commonly used pool vehicles, recommended by the second pay commission in the last Parliament session.

However, the finance minister said this was only an interim measure.  He said the Cabinet has already directed the finance ministry to come up with a clear policy on the pool vehicle system, including a strategy on procurement of vehicles by the government and cost implication for replacing and [... Read More]


The pool vehicle pickle

Pool vehicles will not be withdrawn, at least for now.  Rather, the finance ministry will come up with an overall policy on the pool vehicle system.

This is a new development in the long drawn out pool vehicle story.  To remind ourselves, withdrawing 932 pool vehicles was recommended as one of the means to fund the civil servant, local government and member of parliament salary revision.

The revision went ahead, despite opposition from the National Council, which [... Read More]

OAG presents a dozen pieces of prosecutor evidence

Land Case: The Office of the Attorney General submitted 12 evidence to Thimphu district court’s bench four yesterday to prove that the former National Land Commission official, Sonam Norbu, colluded with the former royal advisory councilor, Chang Ugyen, to manipulate and change the latter’s land holding in Thimphu.

OAG’s prosecutor, Tashi Gyalpo, said the evidence was submitted in accordance to the Evidence Act of Bhutan.

Termed as ‘prosecution evidence (PE)’, the first evidence was the [... Read More]

Income tax exemption limit may be raised

It was one of this govt.’s campaign promises to revise the PIT bracket

Amendment: To ease the tax burden on the middle-income group, Parliament will amend the Personal Income Tax (PIT) Act of 2001.

The national assembly (NA) was scheduled to submit the Act for amendment, particularly on increasing tax bracket form Nu 100,000 but it was postponed.

However, finance minister Namgay Dorji told Kuensel the government, in fact, is looking to rationalise the entire income [... Read More]

Ula under line of fire

unnamed-17A crack on a lhakhang which villagers claim was caused by blasting

Village claims blasting at dam site has caused water sources to dry up

PHPA II: Despite a successful paddy harvest, Phub Dendup, 59 of Ula village, is worried about the quantity of this year’s yield.

In previous years, Phub Dendup and his wife usually got 1,200 drés (one dré is more than a kg)  from their three-acre land.  However, this year, they are worried that the yield won’t be even 400 drés.

The couple is amongst [... Read More]

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