Thursday , August 25 2016
  • Indo-Bhutan energy cooperation agreement questioned

    Lack of access to basic information relating to the agreements deprive the public from knowing the potential impacts Energy: Bhutan’s diplomatic relations with India and the consequent implementation of hydropower projects are considered “politically sensitive” and could potentially prevent critical information from reaching the people, a study of the Bhutan-India energy cooperation and implementation says.

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45 acres of maize fields destroyed

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Disaster: Around 84 households in three gewogs in Lhuentse lost at least 45 acres of maize crops to a wind storm on July 3. Furthermore, rain since July 2 also contributed to the damage.

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RAA calls for uniformity and reforms

Report: Some agencies have terminated the service of those involved in fraud and corruption cases after recovering the misused amount and in other cases, individuals were either demoted to lower grades, issued reprimand letters, withheld promotions, trainings and annual increment for up to three years.

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Chanachen village gets electric fencing

Agriculture: Chanachen village in Geling gewog got its first electric fencing system (EFS) yesterday. The five-kilometre fencing that was launched yesterday will benefit and protect the fields of  24 households in the village.

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From farmer to maker of machines

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Innovation: In the village of Septokha in Baap gewog, Punakha, 44-year old Namgay is fabricating wood to be used for a machine, while his neighbours are busy working in the paddy fields.

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Potassium bromate banned in food

Only a few bakeries in the south were found using potassium bromate

Food: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) issued a notification banning the use of potassium bromate as a food additive on July 4.

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Human-wildlife conflict rampant in Chumey

The government is studying the possibility of providing the villages with electric fencing

Five villages of Chumey cultivate only wheat given the issue 
Agriculture: Given the rampant human-wildlife conflict in five villages of Chumey, Bumthang, many farmers today opt to leave their lands fallow and use only a small portion of it to cultivate wheat.

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Bangladesh President addresses Parliament

He concluded his four-day visit to Bhutan yesterday
Relations: The President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, said hydropower is one of the sectors that holds the “greatest potential” for cooperation between Bhutan and Bangladesh, during his address to the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday.

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PE from Gelephu and Mongar a possibility

RCSC exams: Should the number of graduates meet the minimum threshold, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is planning to facilitate the conduct of Preliminary Examinations (PE) for the civil service exams in Mongar and Gelephu.

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Hydropower under RAA scanner

Nu 577M in unresolved irregularities from three projects
Audit: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) found irregularities worth Nu 577 million (M) while auditing the three hydropower projects of Mangdechhu, Phunatshangchhu-I and Punatsangchhu-II last year.

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My Country, My Town

  • Road read: The question is whether it’s advice (while good, no doubt) for self or others or both? Photo Bidur Rai
  • Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
    Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
  • Dancing goat: Sometimes one just gets the urge to get up and shake a leg Photo by Kelzang Wangchuk, Kuensel, Thimphu