Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - 1:18 AM
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Making do in Sangbaykha dungkhag

Conditions on this sandy outpost are pretty grim for administrative staff

Lifestyle: The nearest villages are located about three to four hours walk away and it takes four days to reach Haa, the dzongkhag town on foot.

Administering this jurisdiction is Sangbaykha dungkhag (sub-district), which lies a few feet above the bank of Amochu (river).  Some 50 years ago, land erosion, according to locals, had resulted in a flat area, where the dungkhag office today stands.

Since the area is centrally located, the dungkhag administration was set up there.


Bhutan’s medical team in the thick of action

217 earthquake victims treated as of yesterday

Nepal Quake: Bhutan’s medical team based in Nepal has treated 217 earthquake victims as of yesterday, according to the Bhutan4Nepal control room.

On Tuesday, 86 earthquake victims were treated with nine receiving surgeries. Yesterday,  the team treated 131 victims, with some of them receiving minor surgeries, according to the media focal person for the Bhutan4Nepal control room, Tshering Wangmo.


ACC freezes properties of four individuals

Including two customs officials

Corruption: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), in its ongoing investigation into the alleged customs maladministration and entrenched corruption in the fraudulent export and import businesses in Phuentsholing, issued another three freeze notices of movable and immovable properties belonging to four individuals yesterday.

The commission froze two flats in Phuentsholing, which belong to the customs officer of Samtse, Kush Chettri, and his mother Uma Devi Chettri.  Kush Chettri’s 0.25acre of tseri land in Nechula gewog, Dagana, and 0.30acre of dry land in Phuentsholing were also frozen against any transactions with immediate effect.


His Majesty grants audience to Desuung trainees

20150429-907A4267Audience: His Majesty the King with the 15th batch of Dessung trainees in Tencholing yesterday

Dessung: His Majesty the King granted an audience to the 15th Batch DeSuung trainees at the Military Training Center in Tencholing, Wangduephodrang.

Addressing the 80 men and 41 women volunteers participating in the 15th DeSuung training programme, His Majesty spoke to the volunteers about the numerous concerns facing the country in the 21st century and of their own roles as DeSuups.

“You are the guardians of peace, stability and happiness of our country, and the custodians of our National Identity,” His Majesty said. “Your character and attitude towards work and disposition towards service will shape our future.”


Independence of constitutional offices

The ACC has objected the amendment that seeks to repeal the provision for commissioners to resign from civil servants

BILL: The Entitlement and Service Conditions for Commissioners of Constitutional Offices (amendment) Bill, that seeks to repeal the provision on the need for members or commissioners to resign from the civil service may not sail as smoothly in the National Council (NC) as it did in the National Assembly (NA).

The bill has reached the council after the assembly endorsed it in the last session.


Picture story

Manfred Gerner, president of German Bhutan Himalaya Society, and Yeshey Peldon, head of Philately Division of Bhutan Post, launched stamps of Drubthop Thangtong Gyalpo yesterday in Thimphu.
German Bhutan Himalaya Society, Permamed Switzerland and Bhutan Post issued a souvenir sheet of Nu 40 and sheetlet of eight value stamps of Nu 20 each.


Better late than never

Getting around the capital city, even for long time residents, is quite a challenge.

This is because our address system has not kept up with the growth of the city, especially in terms of numbers of building mushrooming every year.  In fact, we never had a street address system, although attempts were made as far as 2001, when the Thimphu structural plan was just taking off.


Satellite town status saves Narphung from extinction

At risk of relocation earlier due to road widening work, the settlement is now here to stay

Township: Much to the relief of shop owners in Narphung, located on the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway, the town will not be relocated as it has now been identified as a satellite town.

The demarcation and feasibility study of the township was completed a week ago.  As it was found feasible, Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag officials said that they would now focus on the development and expansion of the area for a proper township.


Work on truncated road resumes

 Merak: More than two years after the highlanders of Merak decided to leave their gewog centre (GC) road until Jigmiling, work to stretch it to the gewog centre has now begun.

Jigmiling is about eight kilometres away from proper Merak and takes about three hours on foot to get there.  When construction of the GC road started in 2011, the last government, looking at the prospects of income for the people of Merak through eco-tourism, had recommended that the road stopped at Jigmiling.


Gomdar continues to depend on mandarin orange

IMG_0775Gomdar is the highest producer of orange in Samdrupjongkhar

Citrus greening may be a problem in many of the mandarin-growing areas in the country, but not in Gomdar 

 Agriculture: Villagers of Gomdar in Samdrupjongkhar are not worried about citrus greening disease that has affected the neighbouring gewog of Martshala.

The villagers are being encouraged to grow other crops as some of the orange trees have started showing the symptoms of the disease.

Agriculture extension officer Tsheten Dukpa said the vector that carries the disease has entered the village.  However, the disease has not tested positive yet.

“After examining the symptoms, we again sent two samples again but both the samples tested nevegive,” Tsheten Dukpa said. “But we cannot take risk.”