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Recurrent Reotala roadblock is highway travellers’ bugbear

Reotala1Busy: Two excavators clear the block

Landslide: The Reotala block in Trongsa has been a major issue for commuters, especially last month with nine of the 13 scheduled buses to Zhemgang from Thimphu having to halt at Reotala for a night.

On September 1, passengers had to halt for a night in the bus again, owing to the roadblock at the same point, said bus driver Jigme Dorji.

Jigme Dorji said that the bus reached Reotala around 7.30pm but the road [... Read More]

Finance and foreign ministers sign performance compacts

DSC_2820Finance minister signs the performance agreement with Lyonchhoen

To reduce fiscal deficit to below three percent of GDP is one of the former’s key goals

Governance: The finance minister has agreed to a target of reducing the fiscal deficit below three percent of the gross domestic product.

The deficit in the 2012-2013  fiscal year was four percent.

This was agreed on Monday, when lyonpo Namgay Dorji signed a performance compact with the prime minister.  Enhancing domestic revenue to cover at least 60 percent of [... Read More]

Landowners appeal for extension to vacate govt. land

DSC09633Cowshed built on government land in Ura

Encroachers: Following an appeal from landowners, who have encroached on government land in Ura, Choekhor and Chumey gewogs in Bumthang, the dzongkhag administration, through its recent tshogdu, recommended that the national land commission (NLC) extend the deadline for vacating and dismantling structures on the land by five months.

Earlier, NLC has asked the landowners to vacate government land by July end.  NLC directed the dzongkhag to assess encroachment cases in April 2014, to curtail [... Read More]

Drukair resumes domestic flights to Bumthang

Aviation: National airline Drukair resumed scheduled domestic flights to Bumthang, yesterday.

Scheduled flights to Bumthang were stopped by the airline in early June.

Drukair domestic general manager Namgay Wangchuk said that the monsoon season disrupting flight operations to Bumthang had caused the temporary stoppage.

The twin turbo propellor ATR aircraft, used to fly to Bathpalathang domestic airport, is also used on some international routes to Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Namgay Wangchuk explained that, when the early morning [... Read More]

Mushroom poisoned family recovering

Fungus: A family of five fell ill and had to be admitted to hospital after eating what they believed to be edible mushrooms that they found growing in their backyard.

The victims, comprising a father, son, daughter and the latter two’s spouses, are currently recovering at the regional referral hospital in Mongar.

The victims experienced diarrhoea and vomiting for several hours after consuming a mushroom, locally known as khi bamung, for breakfast.

They were first brought [... Read More]

High court dismisses Nima Construction’s petition

So, ACC’s two-year suspension order against its contract license remains in effect 

Update: The constitution bench of the high court yesterday dismissed the petition submitted by Nima Construction to issue a stay order against its contract license suspension order.

This means the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) two-year suspension order that was issued on June 23 will stand.

The high court order stated that the Supreme Court (SC) issued an order on December 12, 2012 to take [... Read More]

GoI releases INR 1.299B

DSC_2846Ambassador Gautam Bambawale hands over the cheque to lyonpo Namgay Dorji

Funds: The new Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, on his first visit to the finance ministry’s office yesterday, presented a cheque of Indian rupees 1.299B to finance minister Namgay Dorji.

Handing over the cheque, ambassador Bambawale said that the success of Bhutan was important for India and vice versa. “The budget is released for the smooth functioning of the government and the 11th Plan,” he said.

Of the total, Nu 850M is under the programme grant [... Read More]

Fallen boulders rupture Mongar-Lhuentse highway

Tongkulung-road-blocked-in-LhuentseLhuntse town disconnected: Boulders falling from a cracked rock face swept away about 22m of the Lhuntse-Mongar highway

Road: Falling boulders have damaged the Lhuentse to Mongar highway near Tongkulung, creating a wide gap where the road should have been, and disconnecting parts of Lhuentse from the rest of the country.

The incident happened yesterday morning around 9:50am.  Around 22m of the road and the retaining wall supporting it gave away under the force of the falling boulders.  Tongkulung is one kilometre away from Lhuentse town.

Road officials said it could take several [... Read More]

Gidaphu community responds to companies’ rebuttal

Mining: Community members of Gidaphu, under Thimphu’s Mewang gewog, whose homes are allegedly cracked by blasting carried out by mines, have submitted a rebuttal to the district court.

The rebuttal, submitted to bench II of the district court on August 27, states that the government should take responsibility for their damaged structures.  Otherwise, it states, the four mining companies in the locality have to resettle the entire community to a safer location.

The rebuttal was [... Read More]

Editorial

Bodybuilding makes it big

From just a hobby for a few fortunate ones, who had exposure and the infrastructure to work out in, bodybuilding has hit the Bhutanese sports arena as one of the most popular sports.

Notwithstanding its late entry, the popularity and success has led to athletes representing the country at both regional and international tournaments.  Medals are now starting to accompany them home.

The latest were two athletes, one a woman, who won bronze competing at the 48th [... Read More]

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