Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 12:26 AM

Capital lacks comprehensive drainage network

DSC_6381A residential unit in lower Motithang filled with water that overflowed from a nearby drain on Wednesday

Thromde’s master plan for the purpose failed to come through due to budget constraints  

Thromde: The brief but heavy downpour on Wednesday that flooded and damaged properties in some parts of Thimphu came as a reminder that the capital city needs a relook at its drainage system.

But the thromde and residents can only pray for lighter rains, as the city lacks a proper drainage network, and there is no data on the existing [... Read More]

Rice bank for indebted Punakha sharecroppers

IMG_2044VAST volunteers distributes rice in Kabisa gewog

VAST: Farmer Tshering, 50, of Zarbisa village in Kabisa, Punakha, need not worry about buying rice until the next paddy harvest season.

The father of three is among 13 beneficiaries, who received seven bags of 25kg white rice each from the Voluntary Artists’ Studio Thimphu (VAST), yesterday.

Initiated by the VAST as the first step towards their fourth rice bank project, volunteers were there to distribute rice crucially required to relieve shortages that occur at [... Read More]

Mebartsho – As perilous a pilgrimage site as ever


The dzongkhag however has plans to develop the place with emphasis on safety

Nye: History books and travel agents might hail Mebartsho (burning lake) in Tang, Bumthang as a sacred site with historical significance, but the safety aspect still remains as elusive as the lake itself.

That is after numerous accidents at the lake site, with the most recent one in October 2013 claiming the lives of an Indian couple, who visited the lake without [... Read More]

Villagers want menchu to be made off limits to public

DSC_0704Visitors soak in heated menchu, that’s believed to have healing properties

They believe soiling the sacred brook’s surroundings has caused recent disasters endured

Dogar: A ten-minute treacherous walk down a craggy cliff leads to a sacred brook that people of Dogar believe to be a menchu (medicinal water) near Dobji dzong in Dawakha, between Haa and Thimphu.

The holy water, which flows out from beneath a mammoth rock, is believed to have sprung in 1539, when Dobji dzong housed prisoners in its open compound.  Since then, [... Read More]

Significant increase in mobile data usage

The number of users has increased close to sixfold over the last year

BT 3G: The number of 3G mobile data users in the country has increased significantly over just a year.

From 23,000 mobile data users in March 2013, the number grew to 120,000 users by the end of the year.

The chief executive officer (CEO) with Bhutan Telecom, Nidup Dorji, at the annual press conference of Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) companies on Thursday, [... Read More]


Suicide trend in Bhutan from 2009 to 2013

Research by World Health Organisation shows that the problem of suicide has shifted from Western Europe to Eastern Europe and now it is shifting to Asia.

For example, already, female suicide rate is highest in South Korea with 22.1 percent in 100,000 inhabitants. The rate of suicide for the whole world is 11.6 percent per 100,000 inhabitants.

Using the record of suicide maintained by the Royal Bhutan Police from 2009 to 2013, the average annual growth rate [... Read More]

Officials seize Sandalwood

Smuggling: The Gelephu regional forest range officials seized 80 sandalwood logs, weighing about 1,190kg, from a jumbo truck en route to Gelephu from Phuentsholing.

The officials raided the truck at around 11.40am on Wednesday at the border town of Dadgari, following a tip off from informers.  The sandalwood logs were found hidden under cement bags the truck was carrying.

While the truck was kept at the forest office, the driver told forest officials that the [... Read More]

Picture story

World cup fever: Football fans watch Germany vs France game yesterday on the giant screen set up at Changlimithang, Thimphu


On the coat-tails of the civil service

Expectations are high, as usual in the wake, of a corporate employee pay hike next

Salary: Following the civil servants’ salary raise, the board of various companies under Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), will now study the possibility of a pay raise for its employees, in the next six months.

DHI chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu said the directors would be taking up the same task as the Pay Commission did to come up with civil [... Read More]

Job not done: Dremetse villagers

renovation-work-not-completedNot a done deal: Renovation works are left incomplete in Dremetse

RWSS: With handing and taking over done, the Rural Water Supply Scheme (RWSS) work for Bikhar and Wungkhar under Dremetse, Mongar is a done deal.  Villagers, however, say  it is far from over.

The communities on questioning about it were informed that works were completed and no budget was left. Gewog officials had done handing and taking over of the RWSS work.

“Without any notice to the villagers gewog officials considered all works done,” a [... Read More]

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