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Samtse’s Sunday parking lot

DSC_0988Lots of parking space in Samtse

Township: To ease congestion and to avoid accidents, a new parking lot was built above Samtse town, two years back.  But the lot is almost on a daily basis empty, with drivers opting to park elsewhere.

Built in 2012, the parking area is designated for vehicle categories – light, medium, and heavy.  Municipal officials said a budget of about Nu 4M was spent to construct the parking area.

A businessman, Tobgay, said it was the [... Read More]

The shunned silo of Shumar

silo2Not in use: The silo in Shumar

Intended as a storage for maize, the Nu 191,000 cylinder has ended up a white elephant

Agriculture: A silo, built nine years back for Shumar gewog in Pemagatshel, has been lying empty, with farmers refusing to use it.

The Nu 0.191M silo was built in 2006, with a capacity of 8.7 metric tonnes (MT), so farmers could store maize, to protect from pests.  The farmers had welcomed it initially.

Shumar gup Lepo said the silo storage [... Read More]


Governments can play a pivotal role in preventing suicides

As a global health problem, the phenomenon merits prioritisation on the national agenda

Every 40 seconds, a person commits suicide somewhere in the world.  The impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching.

Suicides accounted for over 800,000 deaths in 2012 alone, according to a new global report of the World Health Organisation (WHO).  The estimated suicide rate is the highest in WHO’s South-East Asia region, as compared to other WHO regions.  As suicide is [... Read More]


Are we becoming selfish or penny wise?

The Kuensel story “Zhemgang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) ‘pony rule’ puts civil servants off” in the September 3 issue impelled me to ruminate over and over again. The Zhemgang DT decided to require getting approval from dzongda to use pony or forgo the claim. Why do we require such a rule when the BCSR 2012 sates that one is entitled to claim the porter and pony charges if one is travelling to places without road network?

This [... Read More]

His Majesty pardons 45 prisoners

His Majesty the King yesterday granted Royal pardon to 45 prisoners convicted under the Tobacco Control Act, 2010 and the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Act, 2012, giving them the benefit of the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Act, 2014.

The Royal pardon was granted to those prisoners who were not repeat offenders and didn’t have adverse prison records.

Under the earlier Tobacco Control Acts, sale and distribution of or the possession of tobacco or tobacco products, without proof of payment [... Read More]

Most project-tied assistance projects approved

DSC_3242Done deal: Foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji and secretary DPA&ER Sujata Mehta at the signing of the minutes of the meeting yesterday

GoI approved 48 projects during the third round of the development cooperation in talks yesterday Thimphu

11th Plan: The government of India approved 48 projects, under the project tied assistance, during the third round of the development cooperation talks yesterday in Thimphu.

The two governments finalised 84 projects under the project tied assistance in the 11th Plan, which was the main focus of the talks.

As the first year of the plan has already passed, the [... Read More]

Poverty slashed by half…

…extreme poverty slated to end in 2036

Report: Eradicating extreme poverty is achievable for Bhutan in 22 years time, going by the current pace, the country’s first poverty assessment report says.

Notwithstanding the projection that the country’s multidimensional poverty rate would stand below 10 percent in 2018, in just five years (2007-12), poverty in Bhutan was cut down by half, from 25 percent to 12.7 percent.

Using the internationally comparable USD 1.25 per day poverty line, [... Read More]

Police bust Thimphu gift shop selling tobacco

Crime: The Royal Bhutan police (RBP) raided a gift shop located on Norzin lam, opposite the old Bank of Bhutan in Thimphu yesterday, and confiscated tobacco products worth about Nu 50,000.

Police found 3,600 packets of chewing tobacco (baba) and about 143 packets of Wills cigarette (1,435 sticks).

Narcotic drug enforcement unit’s officer in-charge, captain Sonam Tashi, said they raided the house and storeroom beside the shop and found the tobacco products.  Most of them [... Read More]

15 tigers confirmed in RMNP

Wildlife: About 15 royal Bengal tigers are confirmed to be roaming in the forests of the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP), forestry officials confirmed.

This was found out from camera trappings set by RMNP and the Manas National Park in India in a transboundary tiger-monitoring programme initiated from February to April.

Officials from RMNP said camera traps have captured 25 tigers in the parks, 13 in RMNP, 11 in MNP and two found in both [... Read More]


Moral standards on social media

By sundown yesterday, the photo of a young couple that committed suicide went viral.  Those on social media were recipients of the graphic photo, either willingly or unwillingly.

There was no control on social networking sites; because of the interconnectivity between friends and friends of friends, it showed up.  Those receiving the image were disturbed, but even so, links were shared and comments made.   A lot of questions asked too.  One would be, ‘Who would [... Read More]

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