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Drujeygang delegation ‘returns reassured’

DSC_3294The local leaders of Drujeygang leaves the works and human settlement ministry last week

The GNHC has assured that the issue would be raised at the SDP committee meeting

GCR: The group of local leaders from Drujeygang gewog, Dagana, has returned to their village after getting reassurance that their gewog centre road (GCR) would be blacktopped.

The reassurance came after their meeting with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) on Monday, following their appeal to the works and human settlement ministry on Friday last week.

After finding out that the [... Read More]

Mongar hospital without dialysis machines since Sept. 4

three-dialysis-machine-of-MRRHEngineers are trying to repair the machines

20 kidney patients on treatment have been referred to Thimphu since the breakdown 

Health: With both its dialysis machines malfunctioning, dialysis treatment for kidney disease has been suspended at the Mongar regional referral hospital.

Dialysis treatment has been suspended since September 4, after two of its machines broke down due to age.  The two machines were installed at the hospital in 2006.

The hospital has been referring patients to Thimphu for dialysis since then.  The hospital [... Read More]

44,500 voters added to voters ‘list

DSC_4176To vote: Voters and youth pledge to exercise their franchise in every election at the clock tower in Thimphu yesterday

First ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the country

Occasion: The total number of eligible voters by the next local government election in 2016 will increase by 44,500. This is the number of youth coming of age, reaching 18 years, taking the total eligible voters to 426,290.

In a symbolic gesture, the Prime Minister awarded five students their voter’s photo identity card (VPIC) during the first-ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the capital yesterday.

The day [... Read More]

Govt. skeptical over DHI plan to take over SOEs

Assimilation: Two more state-owned enterprises – Woodcraft Centre and Construction Development Corporation limited (CDCL) – will soon be under the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) umbrella, if negotiations with the finance ministry goes well.

Although DHI plans to gradually take over 10 state-owned enterprises (SOE), it has proposed the government to hand over four SOEs – Bhutan Post, Bhutan Development Bank limited (BDBL), Woodcraft Centre and Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) – within this [... Read More]

Land fraud defendant presses for dismissal of OAG case

Chang Ugyen submitted that both charges against him were based on mere speculation

Judiciary: The former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, appealed to Thimphu district court’s bench four to dismiss the case lodged against him by the Office of Attorney General (OAG).

Chang Ugyen made this appeal during his opening statement yesterday.

The OAG charged him for forging documents to increase his land holding in Omkha in Changjalu to 3.02 acres from 0.02 decimal, and registering [... Read More]


Over to youth

Bhutan’s voter population is increasing.  By the next round of local government elections in 2016, there will be 44,500 new voters qualified to vote for the first time.

If that is a huge number, there will be more by the third parliamentary elections in 2018.  We have a relatively young population.  If half of our population is below the age of 25 years, 30 percent of the population was made up of children below 15 years, [... Read More]

Real time monitoring of earthquakes

To make this possible, seven permanent seismometers are to be set up soon

DGM: To set up a seismic monitoring network in the country with real-time seismic activity data, the geology and mines department (DGM) under the economic affairs ministry will soon establish seven permanent seismometers.

Six seismometers are supplied by World Bank through a project called ‘Improving resilience to seismic risks’, funded by the Japanese government, while the seventh one is donated by Kyoto [... Read More]

Health worker held for circulation of offensive photograph

Suicide: Police have detained a health worker of Wangdicholing hospital in Bumthang for allegedly distributing the photograph of two students, who committed suicide last week.

The health worker has been detained since September 12.

The photograph, which had some graphic details, went viral on social media like Wechat and Facebook a few hours after the incident on September 11.

Police initially narrowed down their search to a monk, a cousin of one of the deceased.  But [... Read More]

Picture story

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale (right), cabinet ministers and senior government officials offered prayers and lit butter lamps at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong yesterday for the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir where hundreds of people were killed and thousands more displaced.


Police nabs handicraft thief

Crime: Thimphu City Police arrested a man for stealing from a handicraft shop and attempting to break in to another at the Craft Bazaar at Chubachu on September 14.

Police recovered four woven kiras, five wooden cups and other stolen items from the man. Police also recovered a wallet with Nu 1,100 and a gold bracelet that he had stolen from an office.

A security guard found shop 41’s lock tampered and another shop with [... Read More]

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