Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 5:26 PM

Wangdue commits to increase food production

IMG_0652Lyonchhoen interacts with LG officials after the signing

Signing: Wangduephodrang becomes the second dzongkhag to sign performance agreement with the Prime Minister to increase food products.

Like Thimphu, Wangdue agreed to produce 3,900 mt of paddy, 1,100 mt of wheat, 2,000 mt of vegetable and 1,650 metric tons of milk.

These were the pledges highlighted in the agreement dzongda Lhendup Wangchu signed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday.

Like the other performance agreements signed with ministries and Thimphu dzongkhag, Wangduephodrang dzongkhag’s performance agreement [... Read More]

Economic slowdown constrain financial institutions’ performance

Insurance companies, unlike banks however, registered reasonable growth in income

FIs: Banks and insurance companies are beginning to feel the pinch of economic slowdown in the form of decrease in income, the major reason being restrictions on housing loans and ban on vehicle imports still continuing.

While some had seen significant decrease in profits, those that saw increases were marginal.

Bank of Bhutan and Druk PNB saw marginal increase in profits while Bhutan National bank and [... Read More]

Phuentsholing residents observe WH Day

pic-a-world-health-dayCampaign: Phuentsholing residents and students clean the town as they observed the World Health Day yesterday

Health: Phuentsholing residents and students observed the World Health Day (WHD) yesterday with a massive cleaning campaign.

This year’s theme for the WHD was Vector-borne diseases: know before you travel.

Vector-borne diseases are becoming a global concern. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk said about 70 percent of the population lives in malaria risk areas like Sarpang, Samdrupjongkhar, Samtse, Chukha, Dagana, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang. These dzongkhags experience malaria transmission throughout the year.

“The theme is timely as we’re [... Read More]


Teacher shortage must be addressed

The news from Gaselo Higher Secondary School in Wangdue is no good news. The report puts the education sector on the limelight yet again. Schools, not just in the rural areas but also in the urban centres, are calling urgently for attention.

Education being one of the biggest sectors, the education ministry has had always to face shortage of teachers against rising number of schools and students. We need only to hark back to the times [... Read More]

Renovation of Paro Ta dzong begins

IMG_4658Paro Ta Dzong

Museum: Works on renovating the national museum in Paro has begun exactly 365 years after it was first built by the half brother of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, La Ngonpa Tenzin Drukda.

The museum hosted in the famous watchtower, Ta dzong, had suffered severe damage during the 6.9 magnitude September 18, 2011 earthquake, which had its epicentre in Sikkim. The Ta dzong was converted into museum in 1967.

Uniquely designed in the shape of a conch-shell, [... Read More]

SJ residents look to Dewathang for houses

IMG_20120103_024204The few buildings in Dewathang are used as offices

Housing: With the housing crunch getting worse in Samdrupjongkhar town, people are now looking for a place to stay in Dewathang, about 18km uphill drive from the town.

Tired of living in stores, as paying guests, and even in hotels, those without a house said it would be better travelling from Dewathang if they found a decent house.

A driver with the dzongkhag, Ugyen Gyalley had been living as a paying guest with a family [... Read More]

OAG prosecutes 13 for currency trading

Update: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) yesterday filed a case at the Thimphu district court against 13 people involved in repatriating INR 70.056M from Druk PNB Bank Ltd. branch in Thimphu.

Based on Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) findings, Attorney General Phuntsho Wangdi said, three prime accused, two Indians from Jaigaon and a senior executive officer of Druk PNB branch in Thimphu, one government driver and nine private individuals were charged for bribery, [... Read More]

Restitution verdict leaves 12 aggrieved

DSC02486Gyalpoizhing town

Update: Mongar’s district court verdict that says the 12 building owners in Gyalpoizhing should forfeit their property to the state has left the building owners in a difficult situation.

Of the 75 land restitution cases in relation to Gyalpoizhing land allotment problem, the district court since last year has passed judgment against 72 cases.

According to the verdict, of the 16 buildings in the current township, twelve building owners have to restitute their buildings to [... Read More]

MoLHR to resume internship stipend from July

Employment: Come July and interns will again receive monthly stipend from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources.

Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said that the system of providing stipend will resume from the next fiscal year.

The ministry stopped paying stipend to interns from mid-March after the ministry ran out of budget.

“The number of interns exceeded our projection and we have suspended paying them for now because of budget shortage,” said Lyonpo at the [... Read More]

Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoeda consecrates the Kuenphen Yoeselcholing monastic school in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar, yesterday. Spread over 20 acres, the school, which can accommodate 200 monks is equipped with facilities such as library, dinning hall, academic block, and staff quarters. The government of India funded the construction, which cost about Nu 50M.


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