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The cranes are back in strength to Gyetsa

unnamed-16Visitors: After more than two decades, Gyatsa, Bumthang saw more than 22 black-necked cranes flying in this year.

For the past twenty years or so, the swamps here have seen but a sprinkling of the species

BNC: Gyetsa in Chumey, Bumthang is once again seeing more black-necked cranes, after witnessing a dearth for the past two decades.

Already more than 22 cranes have arrived in the swamps of Gyetsa, despite winter just beginning.

For the past twenty years, only around six cranes would come to Gyetsa.

“The number of black-necked cranes have increased drastically this [... Read More]

National Council advises nationalisation

House of review says benefits of state resources should benefit all

Mining: The National Council yesterday recommended the government to amend or enact laws, terminate licenses of defaulters, and take administrative action on civil servants and mining companies failing to do their job.

The recommendations follow the concerns the house expressed on the current policies and practices related to mining and quarrying sector, which the recent audit report highlighted.

The council asked the government to expedite [... Read More]

Council wrangles over legality of centre

The house recommended that the govt. urgently take measures to legitimise BOiC 

BOiC: The Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) is in its fourth month of operation, but the legality of the centre, a government initiative, seems to overshadow its mandate.

The National Council yesterday again questioned the centre’s legality, the third time it is being questioned in either of the two houses.  The more than three-hour debate on the centre yesterday, with members becoming [... Read More]

Picture story

Royal patron of Ability Bhutan Society, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Royal banquet hall yesterday. A documentary on Special Needs, produced upon the Royal command of Her Majesty was launched as part of the celebration. A music video album composed and directed by DPAB music group was also launched at the [... Read More]

Opposition grills govt. on southern border security

In response, the home minister informed the house of actions taken to address the issue

NA: In view of the recent death of the Indian domestic maid in Samtse, and the spate of abductions that occurred in the border town of Gelephu, opposition members questioned whether the government was taking the issue seriously, and if safety measures were in place.

Drametse-Ngatshang representative Ugyen Wangdi, during the question hour on December 2, said people in Gelephu [... Read More]

The census of a child born out of wedlock

The mother is 15 and the father in prison for minor rape, what will be the fate of their offspring? 

Citizenship: Having not registered her six-month old baby in the census, a 15-year old mother is worried.

There is talk that the annual census registration in Punakha will occur soon.

The girl, who lives in a small village close to Khuruthang, says she does not have the required documents to register her baby.

The girl, who cannot [... Read More]

Editorial

It takes just a game to lose it all

The last game of the King’s Cup in Thimphu Tuesday left us with an awakening that compels us to look deeper into our own soul.

What we discovered about ourselves that day was shocking. It was sad too. But learning is good, always. We need to understand what stock we are made of.

The audience at the final game of the King’s Cup behaved in a way that bordered on hooliganism. Racial remarks were hurled, bottles and [... Read More]

High Court awards disputed land to NA speaker

In doing so, the district court’s restitution of said holdings to the govt. was reversed

Gyalpoizhing: The high court, on December 2, overruled a Mongar dzongkhag court verdict, which restituted the land belonging to the National Assembly speaker to the government, and awarded the land to the speaker.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo claimed the plot measuring 5,373.12sqft in Gyalpoizhing town, after his land in Gyalpoizhing was acquired by the Kurichu hydro electricity project.

The high court judgment [... Read More]

Committee recommends reporting pregnancies in minors

From a WCYC report compiled following a visit to seven dzongkhags in October

NA: Pregnancy of minors is a major concern due to legal consequences the father would face if the case were reported to police, according to the latest report compiled by the Women, Children and Youth Committee (WCYC) of the National Assembly (NA).

Presenting the report to the NA on Tuesday, the committee’s vice chairman Karma Dorji said most pregnant minors were married, [... Read More]

Waiting for word on approach road repair

unnamedBad: The road between Birpara and Gomtu is riddled with potholes

As it lies in India, the issue has to be discussed and decided on a govt.-to-govt. level

Gomtu: Gomtu residents say they are still waiting for the government to hold talks with the Alipur district authority in India to improve a 14km road stretch between their town and Birpara.

With hundreds of potholes and a perpetual dust cloud hanging over the road, Gomtu residents and industries complain the road is causing them major problems.

The travel [... Read More]

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