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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - 10:30 AM
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Editorial

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]

Most Tang collectors return empty-handed

IMG_3536Cordycep collectors in Tang, Bumthang attribute the unavailability of cordyceps to change in weather patterns

Opinion is divided as to whether the fungi has gone extinct or merely relocated

Cordyceps:  Cordyceps collectors in Tang, Bumthang most of who returned empty handed from the mountains last month, suggest royalty for cordyceps be collected only after their return, given the fungi’s dwindling quantity.

Every collector pays Nu 510 as royalty fees.  Tang would collect a royalty of Nu 36,720 as revenue, if all 72 villagers availed the permit in 2014.

A collector from [... Read More]

The centenarians of Chokhorling

photo2Meme Karpo and Abi Norbu Lhamo

A couple of venerable years recall the distant past

Aging: In a small hut in Chokhorling, Pemagatshel live two centenarians.  Meme Karpo is 101 this day, and Abi Norbu Lhamo, 100.  This oldest pair in the village bask in the sun all day saying the rosary.

Spades on their shoulders, a group of villagers are heading for work.  It’s a clear sunny day, a good day to work in the field.  Abi looks on.  Her [... Read More]

Picture story

More than 100 girls between the age of six and eight will learn basic skills in football through the “Live Your Goals” campaign, which kick off on Saturday, July 4 at Changlimithang.
The program with support from FIFA will train about 700 girls during the summer break. The campaign is aimed to get more girls and women around the world interested in [... Read More]

Pay revision, a done deal

As per the Constitution, as a money bill, the decision of the Assembly is final and binding

Government: If the Supreme Court’s verdict on the first constitutional case is to be referred to, then discussions on the pay revision saga ended when the National Assembly endorsed it with 30 Yes votes last month.

This means, irrespective of the twists and turns that are taking place outside the lower house, be it the house of review [... Read More]

The grey area of seized contraband

Goods confiscated by the army in border smuggling cases are not produced in court 

Judiciary: There are possibilities of loopholes in sentencing people involved in illegal trade, if the seized goods they are importing or exporting are not produced before the court to estimate its value.

Drangpons at the recently concluded judiciary conference brought the issue for discussion, saying that, without police declaring seized goods to court, sentencing people was becoming difficult.

Drangpons from Haa, Paro [... Read More]

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