Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 5:56 AM

A wait without reward

Landowners, who lost land for the new township four years ago, still await compensation

Denchi: It’s been more than four years since villagers of Denchi lost acres of land for the new Denchi township in Pemagatshel.

Even today, the 30 landowners, who lost about 80 acres of land in all, are awaiting cash compensation from the government.

Denchi is under Shumar gewog, about 18km from the gewog office.

Located about an hour’s walk from the present Pemagatshel [... Read More]


Bhutan seeking second win at Olympiad

Ranked 170 in the world, this is the first time the country is taking part in an international tournament

Chess: Despite not being able to achieve a second win in the ongoing Chess Olympiad, being held in Tromso, Norway, so far, team Bhutan is confident of achieving a second international win before the tournament ends.

In round six, Arab state of Oman (rank 116) defeated Bhutan on all four boards.  In round seven, the British [... Read More]

Four more Bhutanese abducted from Sarpang

A fifth managed to escape and provide information about the circumstances of the kidnap

Crime: Hours before local leaders in Sarpang met for a scheduled security meeting on Friday, four men from three families were abducted at gunpoint from their homes in Norbugang (Patabari) village, Sarpang on Thursday evening.

The men, including two Sarpang higher secondary school students were abducted between 7:30-8pm.

One of the abducted students is 17 years old and a class X student, [... Read More]

Gong – A village that’s been left in the dark

IMG_2214Electrification materials used as fence at Maogaon

A contractor with too much on his plate is partly the reason for the long delay to electrification

Power: The Gong river that runs at the base of Black Mountain divides the remote villages of Gong and Daragaon in Sarpang. The villages that face each other share the same vegetation and culture.

But as dusk envelopes the valley, the villages stand apart, as electricity lights up the homes in Daragaon, while homes in Gong on [... Read More]

Picture story

Business matters: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay moderates a ministerial panel on Asia-Pacific Development Financing at the UN ESCAP’s 70th Session yesterday in Bangkok. The Prime Minister, also moderated a session on sustainable development.


Rabid rumour spreads panic

About 170 people were vaccinated after consuming the meat of a suspected rabid cow

Samtse: The Samtse hospital had to vaccinate about 170 people from the town area in two days after a man in Sukrety allegedly sold a rabid cow to an Indian butcher in the bordering town of Chamurchi.

Since Bhutanese buy meat from this border town, people, who had consumed beef, rushed to the hospital fearing the risk of rabies.

Dzongkhag livestock officials, [... Read More]

BoBL offers two new loan schemes

Banking: Need to perform an urgent rimdo, but you are cash strapped?  Need to settle down and furnish a home, but you are cash strapped?

For such clients, Bank of Bhutan Limited (BoBL) has initiated two new loan schemes, establishment and festival loans, with comparatively lower interest rates.  The loans were made available starting August 5.

Any graduate joining the civil service, government corporations or a reputed private company with minimum of five years of [... Read More]


Sarpang’s kidnap concerns

While the fate of four men, including two students, abducted on August 7 evening, is not known, it’s clear what the intention of the abductors from across the border in Sarpang was.

The miscreants, about 30 of them, who strolled across the porous border, want to make quick money and are aware that kidnapping Bhutanese is a good way, as they make easy prey.

In just one and a half years, victims of kidnapping in Sarpang and [... Read More]

TRAI study may lead to lower internet costs

The Cellular Operators Association of India’s agreement to collaborate bodes well for such an outcome

SATRC: A study is to be carried out by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to find ways of how Bhutan can lower its internet connectivity costs.

This decision was made during the recently concluded South Asian telecommunications regulators’ council (SATRC) meet held in Paro.

Bhutan currently has one of the highest internet connectivity costs in the South Asian region.  [... Read More]

The waste bins that were laid to waste

DSC_8385The broken bins

Civic amenities are all too often the victims of mindless vandalism in our capital city

Thromde: There once was a happy and prosperous town.  Not a speck of dust could be found in that little town, not a scrap of paper.  Wastewater from homes did not run freely through thoroughfares, but into conduits that did not burst and create foul-smelling fountains in the middle of high street.  And a river called Wangchu ran through [... Read More]

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