Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 4:30 AM

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Police chief Kipchu Namgyel signs the compact agreement with Mongar police superintendent L B Pradhan on June 6. The police chief is on tour in the eastern districts to sign performance agreement with police division heads.


No one stays at Kizom campsite

IMG_3554Unutilised: Kizom campsite in Tang

Once a fav spot for tourists, ever since it was spruced up, they seem to avoid it

Tourism: Since Kizom eco campsite in Tang, Bumthang opened last year in October, there has been no tourist using the site so far.

The campsite was developed to accommodate tourists, who were usually seen camping by the existing spot, located along the Tangchu opposite to Kizom village.

“With expectation to tap some cash income for the community, Wangchuck centennial [... Read More]

Constitute a third pay commission – BKP

The party weighs in on the pay hike controversy

Critique: Given the controversies surrounding the pay revision, a third pay commission should be constituted to relook at the revision of lower quintile civil servants, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party (BKP) said, joining the fray of the pay revision saga.

BKP president, Sonam Tobgay, at a press conference on July 5 in Thimphu, said everyone should be taken on board for a salary revision.

It was also undignified, the [... Read More]

Apple orchards shrink in Thimphu

Horticulture: In the absence of laws and guidelines, Thimphu has been rapidly losing apple orchards to development activities, especially infrastructure.

Although the forest and agriculture ministry does not have figures to substantiate how many orchards have been lost, the decrease in number is evident from the renewable natural resource’s (RNR) census 2008, and the agriculture statistics 2012.

In four years, the number of apple trees has reduced by almost half, states the RNR census.  In [... Read More]

3rd Haa summer festival draws 134 tourists

IMG_9946Tourists and locals play a friendly game of dart at the two-day Haa summer festival that ended yesterday (Photo: TCB)

The number of visitors this year was far higher compared with previous years

Tourism: The third Haa summer festival this year managed to draw 134 international tourists, the highest so far, since its initiation in 2011.

The festival is a part of Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) effort in promoting Bhutan as a year-round tourist destination.

Showcasing the traditional culture, nomadic lifestyles and unique Bhutanese cuisines, the festival was held over two days in Haa.  It [... Read More]

Man run over near Paro airport junction

IMG_2100Curious: residents of the locality and passer by stopped by to see police recover the body

Accident: A 58-year-old man was killed when a Mahindra bolero hit him and dragged the body about 29 feet near the airport junction in Paro on the night of July 4.

The incident took place between 12.45 to 1am, when the man, who owns a restaurant in Bondey, was walking near the airport junction.  The victim was from Bjokha, Zhemgang, but had re-settled in Gelephu.

The bolero was returning from Paro town when it hit [... Read More]


Fixing accountability

The villagers of Bikhar and Wungkhar gewogs in Drametse are feeling cheated.  And they have reasons to feel so.

The rural water supply scheme in the gewogs, according to them, is not complete although it was officially handed over.  If the scheme was to supply drinking water to villagers, villagers are right – it was not completed.

With their water posts dry, with some even without taps and others still being built, villagers are wondering how it [... Read More]

International GNH meet planned for next year

Conference: To mark the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, an international Gross National Happiness (GNH) conference is being planned for next year.

The plan to hold the conference was announced during the Prime Minister’s recent trip to Japan.

Speaking to Japanese media, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay had said that it is a “gratifying and humble experience for Bhutan to be at the centre stage of the world for its development policy [... Read More]

DHI-Infra projects still in planning stage

Land acquisition and inadequate funding are keeping work from moving forward  

Conference: Planning works for the Amochu land reclamation and township project, and the special economic zones (SEZ) in various districts, are at an advanced stage, but  still to take off, with finance and land acquisition yet to be secured.

“The Amochu project activities haven’t taken off yet, but things are at an advanced stage,” DHI-Infra’s chief executive officer, Dorji Namgay, said, during the [... Read More]

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PYPP cleaning campaign: Around 50 student-partners of police participated in a daylong cleaning campaign with police and municipal officials in Bajo, Wangduephodrang on July 5.
The students who are participating in the 14-day Police Youth Partnership Program (PYPP), organised during the summer break, are studying in Bajo HSS, Gaselo and Gangthangkha LSS.
The program, which started on July 1, is the 10th [... Read More]

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