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A single storied house was razed to the ground around 3am yesterday in Dunglagang, Tsirang. The family, a mother and her two children are safe and staying in a makeshift hut, where she runs her shop from. The fire could have started from the embers that was left behind after cooking cattle feed.


Project engineer, fifth and last to be sentenced

Lhakhang karpo: Marking the closure of the Lhakhang Karpo case, the Haa court yesterday sentenced the project engineer of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project to two years and six months compoundable prison term for passive bribery of public servant and forgery.

Project engineer Tashi Gyeltshen was found guilty of colluding, soliciting and accepting a Samsung Galaxy phone worth Nu 33,500 as bribe from Nima of Pema tshongkhang in Paro.  He was sentenced to a year and six months for facilitating and placing the supply orders to Nima for repairing the existing water supply system at the project site and purchase of construction tools.


RICBL employee siphons off Nu 93M

The supervisor, who has been absconding since June 20, is yet to be traced

Crime: Police are yet to trace the supervisor with Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan’s (RICBL) Paro branch office, who absconded last week after siphoning off about Nu 93M.

Preliminary estimates show that the supervisor had siphoned off about Nu 47M in 2013, Nu 37M in 2014 and Nu 8M as of April this year.  RICBL officials said the amount was likely to change as investigations were still underway.


RSTA lifts temporary ban on new taxi registration

DSC_5202There are 3,802 taxis in operation today

However, the ban still applies to Thimphu and Phuentsholing

Transport: The Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) has started registering new taxis since May 22, more than a year after registration of new taxis was stopped to find out the exact number of taxis in the country.

A notification was issued on May 22 that states that new taxi registration would be allowed in all the dzongkhags with immediate effect except for Thimphu and Phuentsholing. For Thimphu and Phuentsholing owing to the excess taxis the information and communication ministry is still studying the issue.


Landslides block Pangbang-Nganglam highway

IMG_9050Cut off: Landslides along the recently blacktopped Pangbang--Nganglam highway have blocked traffic since June 7

Roads: A month after the Pangbang-Nganglam highway construction was completed, heavy rains on June 7 completely washed away about 300m of the road.

Since then, the road has remained blocked, with landslides occurring about a kilometre from Nganglam Dungkhag office.

The landslides have also washed away drains, cutting off Norbugang gewog, which uses the highway to travel to Nganglam dungkhag.  Norbugang is 23km from Nganglam.

Some of the villagers said it was fortunate that the four Bolero pickups, they use to transport rations, were at the gewog when the landslides occurred.

Project officials said, several landslides had also occurred from the Panbang side.  Blacktopping work for five kilometres of the highway is yet to be completed.


Beware mobocracy

The policemen at the Road Safety and Transport Authority on Tuesday were not traffic police to brief about safety issues to the 300 taxi drivers, who had thronged the premises.  They were called from the city police to maintain order as things started to get out of hand.


Top writers lined up for Mountain Echoes lit fest

10373684Students at last year’s festival (picture courtesy: Mountain Echoes)

The organiser has announced a tentative list of 63

Literary: A gourmet offering of authors, writers, poets, activists and journalists, among others, will be at this year’s sixth edition of Mountain Echoes scheduled to take place in Thimphu in August.

Like in all previous editions, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck will be attending and speaking at this year’s literary festival.

Local literary buffs will have a wide selection of styles and genres to choose from.

Ashwin Sanghi, the best-selling conspiracy fiction writer, also held by some to be the Indian Dan Brown, will be in attendance.


Kilay foundation donates two dialysis machines

MG_3793-(1)Umzee Karma Thukjee hands over the donation documents to Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk yesterday

Health: Trulku Zuri Rinpoche from the Karma Thegsum Dechenling Monastery, Barshong in Khaling (Kilay Foundation), Trashigang, donated two haemo-dialysis machines to the health ministry yesterday.

The dialysis machines were handed over to the health minister Tandin Wangchuk.

Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk said the donation would help the ever-increasing kidney patients in the country by making their lives better.

The machines will be installed at the Mongar Regional Referral Hospital and the Gelephu Regional Referral Hospital, health officials said.


26 power tillers for Wangdue and Punakha

IMG_8865So far 106 gewogs have been covered

The agriculture minister also inaugurated the country’s 600th community forest in Phangyul gewog

Pledge: Twenty-six gewogs of Punakha and Wangduphodrang were issued a power tiller each, yesterday at the Research Development Centre in Bajo.

The power tillers, which were handed over to the representatives, are part of the government’s pledge to distribute a power tiller to each chiwog in the country.

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said, including the 26 gewogs, the government had covered 106 gewogs to date.

He said that, although farmers might have started paddy transplantation, he was hopeful that the power tillers would be of some help to complete the remaining work.


BOiC training for fund recipients

DSC_0038Kalay in his poultry farm

Business: At 53, Kalay’s dream to start a poultry farm hatched.

His proposal was one of the activities that the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) funded to set up.

With a fund of Nu 367,000, which the centre has approved, the Bhozing resident of Bjabcho, Chukha has also been able to send his younger son to one of the private schools in the country.

Had it not been the centre’s financial support, Kalay said it would have been hard for him to sustain his family, with two children who are school dropouts and without a job yet.