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Less vehicle accidents but more fatalities last year

RSTA: Despite a large fall in the number of vehicle accidents, the number of fatalities on the road was higher in 2014 as compared to the previous year.

There was about 23 percent decrease in vehicle accidents from 1,023 in 2013 to 791 in 2014.

Of these accidents 76 percent or 602 occurred in Thimphu city alone.

Seventy people died in vehicle accidents nationwide last year as compared to 59 in 2013.

There was a sharp decrease [... Read More]

Dzongkha is not difficult, it never was…

IMG_6942 Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen

Dzongkha Development Commission’s (DDC) secretary Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen retired on December 16 last year after completing 37 years in the civil service. Originally from Tshakaling, Mongar Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen, 60, started his career with the home ministry in 1978.

 A pioneer in the promotion of the national language, Dasho Sherab spent a moment with Kuensel’s Thinley Zangmo to share his experience working with the commission.


How has your experience been working with the DDC?

As many people weren’t [... Read More]


Sharing information

Information is power. In the democratic establishment we are in today, providing timely and relevant information is vital for transparency and accountability and for people to make informed decisions.

The highest law, the Constitution, guarantees the right to information to all citizens. This means that it is the birth right of individuals in the society to have access to information.

Media is there just as a vehicle to carry information to the citizens. As individual citizens cannot [... Read More]

Solar fencing benefits farmers of Pangthang

DSC_6417The solar fencing in Pangthang was installed last year

Conflict: Villagers of Pangthang in Nanong gewog have found some respite from wild animals with the installation of solar fencing covering 67 acres of land.

Unlike past years, villagers no longer spend sleepless nights guarding their fields. The solar fencing was installed last year after villagers requested the Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) centre following high incidence of human-wildlife conflict.

The solar fencing benefits 37 households. Villagers grow sugarcane and maize as their main cash crops [... Read More]

Power restored after 20 hours

Blackout: Power in Trongsa and Bumthang was restored at around 6:40 pm yesterday after 20 hours of blackout caused by a broken jumper at Bayling between Yurmu in Trongsa and Tingtibi substation under Zhemgang.

A jumper is a device used for continuity of power between two electric towers. The power went out at around 9:15 pm on January 6.

“Our system could not locate the glitch because the broken jumper was hanging in the air [... Read More]

His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates Wachen dzong

DSC_0648Ceremony: His Holiness the Je khenpo presides over the consecration ceremony of Wachen dzong at Bjena gewog, Wangduephodrang yesterday.

Consecration: His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Wachen dzong yesterday that was built on the ruins of the 13th century old dzong at Bjena gewog in Wangdue.

Wachen dzong served as the centre of administration for descendants of Sangdag Garton, Phajo Drugom Zhigpo’s son, from 13th century until the mid 17th century.

However, the dzong was abandoned after the construction of Wangduephodrang dzong in 1738. All the sacred relics were moved to Wangduephodrang dzong, [... Read More]

Another shot to strengthen the govt-media link

… a permanent information and media officer is crucial for a better relationship

IMO: For a better working relationship between the government and the media, information and communication ministry has called for permanent information and media officers (IMO) in the ministries and their agencies.

Media has for long complained that it was difficult to get information from civil servants and the government offices. MoIC secretary Dasho Kinley Dorji said, “The ministry would take up with [... Read More]

Three convicts escape in Wangdue

BREAKING: Three male inmates convicted to life imprisonments for Chorten vandalism escaped Wangdue police custody, between 7:30pm to 8pm, yesterday.

Kuensel has learnt that the three men were from Sephu and were sentenced five days ago by the Wangdue district court for vandalising Chortens in Sephu and other places in Wangdue.

The three were able to break out after bending the iron bars of a toilet window, sources said.

Wangdue police are currently searching [... Read More]

Cabinet asks BCSEA board to review decision

… board meeting likely to happen tomorrow

Examination: There is a possibility of re-examination of the leaked Class XII English II paper with the Cabinet asking the Bhutan Council for School Education Assessment (BCSEA) board to review its decision yesterday afternoon.

The cabinet after its weekly meeting yesterday afternoon sent a letter to the BCSEA secretariat, the secretary of which is also the member secretary of its board.

In the letter, the Cabinet requested BCSEA board [... Read More]

Preparedness – Bhutan’s weapon against Ebola

IMG_3705Health screening counter at the airport’s entrance (arrivals)

A total of 13,470 people were screened at Paro airport until December 28, 2014

Health: Even if one case of Ebola virus disease is reported in the country, Bhutan should declare it as a national emergency, public health officials cautioned.

It’s for this reason that despite being a low risk region for the disease that had claimed 20,206 lives so far, Bhutan is not being complacent with its preparedness.

“Our main focus is to not have [... Read More]

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