The debate among councillors with regards the mining issue was whether local government had the authority to stop mining activity in their locality
NC: The National Council yesterday saw a four hour discussion on the state of mining activity in the country and shortcomings of legislative provisions in providing proper guidance.
Samtse dzongkhag tshogdu disallowing mining business after it was found most of them were either fronts or run by non-Bhutanese gave the issue the [... Read More]
Gelephu: Despite being inaugurated almost a year ago, the Gelephu domestic airport will not be ready to handle scheduled flights until an army camp is constructed on site.
“Gelephu’s biggest problem for regular flights is security,” information and communications secretary Dasho Kinley Dorji said. “Gelephu is a high security-risk area.”
He explained the Royal Bhutan Army would be providing security at the domestic airport, however, accommodation for at least 100 army personnel would have to [... Read More]
The PM’s promise to take on at least one ministry has been dispensed with
Q-Hour: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay took accountability for not fulfilling one of the party pledges, to take on the responsibility of at least one ministry, that his party made during the recent elections.
PDP pledged “the prime minister will also assume the portfolio of at least one ministry, to ensure that there is no need to have too many ministers.”
“I take [... Read More]
A mending and revising the Tenancy Act gets only one mention in the agenda for the first session of the National Assembly, which began on September 11.
Yesterday, the relevant minister moved the motion to revise the legislation, but members, who stood up to express their views, said nothing was wrong with the legislation that was passed in 2004 to protect the rights and spell out the responsibilities of both tenant and house-owner.
The problem was with [... Read More]
A committee has been formed with MHPA to study the feasibility of the proposals
MHPA: The Mangdechu hydropower authority and the Trongsa dzongkhag administration have formed a committee to study the realistic costing and design of the Nu 212M development proposal the dzongkhag made to the project.
In July, Trongsa dzongkhag administration proposed activities categorised under social, cultural and environment themes to be funded by MHPA, which dzongkhag officials said are important and would benefit [... Read More]
The Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army, Maj Gen Batoo Tshering, who is on eight-day visit to India, calls on the defence minister, A K Antony on Thursday in New Delhi. He also called on the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, General Bikram Singh.
Maj Gen Batoo Tshering will visit the Army War College and Military [... Read More]
The only solution trade officials said was to stop the coupon system in a commercial area like Phuentsholing
Kerosene: No sooner than a woman in her mid ‘30s walks out of the regional trade office in Phuentsholing holding a pink slip in her hand, three people waiting at the gate approach her.
First a dark complexioned man asks the woman if she would sell him her pink slip, before she can respond two women quickly [... Read More]
Farmers may be holding on to their yields for a better price later in the year
Potato: It is the height of the potato export season, but the Food corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing is not receiving enough potatoes to auction off to buyers from India.
This, according to yard officials, was because farmers are hoarding potatoes, expecting better price towards the end of the season. The auction begins in mid May [... Read More]
It’s been one thing after another, with some repeats, that have conspired against its opening
Horticulture: After the retaining wall of the three-storied building collapsed for the second time in July this year, the Green Tea House in Samcholing under Drakteng gewog in Trongsa still remains unused.
Following its inauguration on June 27, 2012, the Green Tea House couldn’t be set up, as the building was not supplied with electricity and water. But soon after [... Read More]