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No gomchems in goendheys

unnamed-1Chungthang goenpa in Ura which was closed after 2010 because of lack of monks

Another casualty of rural to urban migration is the decline in the number of lay monks

Religion: There is no one to mend the displaced wooden shingles of Chungthang Goenpa’s roof since the day its routine offerings came to an abrupt end one fateful night five years ago.

Its monks never returned from a journey to Gyalpoizhing, Mongar in 2010 after a tragic accident in Namling.  Since then Chungthang goenpa has remained closed.  The drasha, [... Read More]

External debt growing at 9.5 percent

Hydropower loans now account for 83 percent of INR owing

Economy: The country’s stock of outstanding external debt saw an increase of 9.5 percent between June 2013 and June 2014.

In three months, from June to September 2014, debt swelled to 108 percent from 101 percent of the GDP size.  This means the total debt today exceeds the size of the economy by eight percent.

In absolute terms, from USD 1.6B in June 2013, the total [... Read More]

Lhakhang Karpo case – More heads roll

ACC has suspended three trade licenses and a CDB license of businesses involved 

Update: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on January 26 suspended three trade licenses and a construction development board (CDB) license of three business entities in connection with the alleged corruption case of lhakhang Karpo conservation project in Haa.

ACC suspended the trade license and CDB license of TNW Construction, Haa, and the trade licenses of Pema tshongkhang and Druk Leading enterprise, both [... Read More]

Masters programme deed renewed


The University of Canberra and the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) renewed the Deed of Variation for Master’s programme between the University and RIM on yesterday.

Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, who is in Australia,  signed the deed renewing the project until June 2017.

The project is related to Master’s programme, which was signed in June 2011 by a representative from the government, represented by the Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat and Commonwealth of Australia, represented by [... Read More]

Picture story

Cabbies day out: A road safety official explains the give-way rule to taxi drivers during an awareness campaign yesterday in Thimphu. (Photo: Kipchu)


Sephu wins claim to disputed cordyceps collection area

It was also decided that hence harvesting would be restricted to the respective gewogs

Fungus: Following two days of meeting, the home minister, Damcho Dorji, Gasa and Wangdue dzongkhags resolved that the much-disputed area, Metha-Chutha and Yangu, falls under Sephu gewog, Wangdue.

The first meeting was held last week at the home ministry headquarters in Thimphu, and later at the Wangdue’s dzongkhag tshogdu hall on January 26.

Until the meeting resolved the dispute, Lunana gewog has [... Read More]

Punatsangchhu-I mulls new dam construction methodology

damPunatsangchhu hydroelectric project I damsite (FIle photo)

Roller compacted concrete, a radical change of technology, would make up for lost time

Hydropower: The hydropower sector is mulling over adopting the methodology of roller compacted concrete (RCC) for the dam construction of Punatsangchhu-I hydroelectric project.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, while discussing hydropower during his recent visit to India, brought up the issue when he met with the Indian minister of power, Piyush Goyal, in Delhi.

The decision comes at a time when the project [... Read More]


Subjective justice?

With the Anti Corruption Commission issuing suspension orders to the two civil servants for alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo case, there are many questions being asked.  This is because, a few days earlier, the government granted the foreign minister ‘authorised absence.’

The first question on many minds is why are there two rules for the same alleged crime?  The foreign minister has also been charged in the same case.  The project engineer and the manager, [... Read More]

A shift of focus (and populace) to the east

Earmarking Kanglung and Nganglam as regional hubs is part of a broader development plan

EDI: In a move to shift the overcrowded population from west to east, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement is planning to develop two towns of Kanglung in Trashigang and Nganglam in Pemagatshel as regional hubs.

To start off, an expression of interest (EoI) to conduct a topographical survey of about 1,114 acres of land in Kanglung was announced yesterday.  [... Read More]

A malady called rural-urban migration Part III


While the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Acts may be the cause célèbre that encourage rampant predation by animals on human crops and livestock, the principal cause for Goontongs, there appears to be other causes that contribute to declining rural population and disenchantment with life in the villages.

The inordinate implementation of the commitment made at the 1990 Jomtien World Conference on Education for All, seems to have played a significant role in the annual [... Read More]

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