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It’s either too little water or fear of too much

unnamed-9Drying up: Water sources in Wangdue are disappearing

While most farmers have run out of the resource, those in Punakha worry about overflowing lakes

Water: Of late, farmers of Rubesa village, in the central district of Wangduephodrang, are in search of new water sources for drinking and irrigation purposes.

Although water sources in the locality started drying up a few years ago, farmers did not  face acute water shortage like they do today.

This, according to the Rubesa gup, Gyeltshen, was because of timely [... Read More]

Judge open to out of court settlement

unnamed-7Waiting repair: Some houses in Gidawom allegedly cracked by blasting at the mines

The conflicting parties were offered a way out of an otherwise long drawn out affair

Gidawom: The legal battle between Gidawom community members and the four mines that operate above the villages has boiled down to two issues, the court stated, even though the parties continue to hurl numerous charges.

Thimphu district court’s bench II drangpon, while presiding over the evidence submission from the defendants on October 15, said the main issues of contention are [... Read More]

Company appeals against compensation verdict

Contract: Lama Industry, awarded a contract, which was later retracted, has appealed to the high court against Dagana dzongkhag administration’s tender committee.

The verdict, passed on September 12, required payment of compensation to Lama Industry.  For issuance of acceptance letter without proper verification, the dzongkhag tender committee had to pay Nu 17,143 as compensation, and Nu 7,500 (two months wage rate) for holding the performance security deposit for two months.

The company’s appeal letter to [... Read More]

Chengkari road in decrepit condition

unnamed-12Bumpy ride: Cracks and the potholes along the road have irked many

DoR: Barely three years after the road from the Indian border up to Chengkari in Nganglam was handed over to the Department of Roads (DoR), residents complaining about its poor quality.

The road, which is part of the Nganglam-Gyalpozhing highway, passes through Nganglam town to Chengkari, where the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is located, is damaged.

Road users say accidents occur on this road frequently because it is difficult to negotiate the numerous potholes [... Read More]

Norbuling’s non-functioning farm road

Tashiding: Three years after Norbuling chiwog in Tashiding, Dagana, was connected with a farm road, residents are yet to reap its benefits, as the farm road is not pliable.

The five-kilometre farm road, constructed in 2011, connects the village to the Sunkosh-Dagana highway.  But the road is pliable for only two kilometres from the highway.

The former Norbuling tshogpa, Thak Bahadur Rai, said people have to carry their goods on their backs even though there [... Read More]

White cane safety day observed in Khaling

unnamed-10Right of way: Visually impaired students and Khaling residents observed the day with a walk

An international day to pay tribute to the international symbol of blindness

Occasion: International day for “white cane safety” was observed by the Muenselling Institute in Khaling, Trashigang on October 15.

The white cane is an instrument used by the blind for walking.

To observe the day, students from the institute, Jigme Sherubling higher secondary school, and Khaling lower secondary school, visited the Rongthong Draktsho vocational centre.

In Rongthong, almost a hundred officials of various agencies joined [... Read More]

Couple convicted for criminal elopement

Crime: Tsirang dzongkhag court convicted a man for criminal elopement and sentenced him to one year and six months in prison.  The woman he eloped with was sentenced to six months in prison.

The defendant, Lok Bahadur Rai, 26, and the woman he eloped with, Suk Maya Rai, 32, are from Semdenjong village of Sergithang gewog.  They eloped to Gelephu in February this year after telling Suk Maya’s husband, Birkha Bahadur Rai, that she [... Read More]

The Begana community of senior citizens

IMG_4622Left behind: More than twenty abandoned elderly people have made Begana chorten their home

Left to fend for themselves, these old folks can do with whatever help is forthcoming 

Lifestyle: Like the elderly circumambulating the memorial chorten, about two dozen elderly men and women can be seen at the Begana chorten in the capital.

But unlike the elderly in the city, who return to their families in the afternoon, the elderly at Begana go back to their rat-infested huts, curtained by a thick forest, a few metres above the [... Read More]

Collateral damage of biological corridor

DSC_5835-(1)Idle: The tanks that was constructed at Nu 20.5M

Water: The recent demarcation of the biological corridor in Nganglam has not only affected the Rinchenthang township plan but has also left three water reservoir tanks worth Nu 20.5M idle for the last two years.

Covered in vegetation, the reservoir tanks, were constructed in 2012 as part of township activities in Rinchenthang, and stand about a kilometre away from the existing Nganglam town.  The construction of the tanks was the first activity implemented after [... Read More]

Defense turns table on litigant

Counsel levels charges of sedition, corruption and incompetence against the accusing party

Libel: Dasho Paljor J Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Benji, claimed that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa is a seditious political party in his statement to Thimphu district court’s bench five, yesterday.

Dasho Benji’s defense counsel, Younten Dorji of Bhutan Law Services, gave his opening statement at Thimphu district court’s bench five after DPT took Dasho Benji to court for an alleged libel suit, following [... Read More]

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