He had, allegedly, unilaterally sold the timber rights of a 300-acre lot to two contractors
Crime: Forest officials in Zhemgang are investigating an alleged attempted misuse of Dangkhar community forest by its chairperson.
The issue came to light last month, when two contractors approached the agriculture minister to allow them to take the “lops and tops” (tree branches) of the community forest to Gelephu.
The two contractors, based in Pemagatshel and Punakha, submitted to the minister [... Read More]
Human-wildlife conflict was prevalent in the past, is a major issue, at least for many in the rural areas today and will continue to persist even in future.
The previous government was presented this growing, menacing problem, as were the assembly members that came before and they all left helpless to the desperate calls of the farmers.
The problem, no doubt, is one the government today will be faced with and how they deal with it will [... Read More]
Gup Kinga Wangdi makes his point at the DT
However, it was found that the suspicions of the Kopche villagers were largely baseless
Mining: Residents of Kopche village in Norbugang, Samtse, refused to issue social clearance to Dhappar quartzite mining of Bhutan Minerals, whose license expired in June.
The mining company had been extracting quartzite from a site below the village.
The villagers turned down the request on environment grounds, saying mining activities was polluting the air, damaging their paddy and mandarin crop, while blasting [... Read More]
A portion of the 11.4km Buyang channel
With two deadlines missed already, questions are now being raised on quality of work
Irrigation: Frustrated with the delay and alleged quality of the renovation work on the 11.4km Buyang irrigation channel in Trashiyangtse, Khamdang villagers are considering seeking Anti Corruption Commission’s intervention.
The contract for repairing the channel, which irrigates paddy fields in Khamdhang gewog, including villages like Shali, Yartse, Tsankharla and Brenglung, was awarded to Chime Phangma construction of Mongar for Nu 10.39M [... Read More]
A 2013 BNLI nationwide survey has this recommendation, among others, to make
Conference: There is a need for a child justice court and a specialised judge to administer juvenile justice, according to the 2013 need assessment survey on child justice system in Bhutan.
The survey, done by Bhutan national legal institute (BNLI) with financial support from the UNICEF, was carried out across the country in 19 dzongkhags and four dungkhags.
Court officials, police, children living in [... Read More]
Said His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh, in his address to students of RTC yesterday
Time out: Meditation is gaining popularity in the world and as Bhutanese and Buddhist, it is important to understand meditation in the proper context, Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh, popularly known as Khamtrul rinpoche, said.
His Eminence, who talked to students of Royal Thimphu College on the importance of daily meditation and analytical meditation yesterday, said, while many practice [... Read More]
Tied up in litigation to date, the Wangdue BoBL branch office may now make its move to Bajo
Tenancy: The High Court upheld Wangdue district court’s judgment on the disagreement between the Bank of Bhutan limited’s (BoBL) branch office and lessor of the office space at the old Wangdue town.
Ruling in favour of BoBL, the High Court verdict stated that the bank could shift their branch office within 10 days, without having to restore [... Read More]
However, it won’t be BPC but the govt. that will be footing the bill
Power: The government’s 100-unit free electricity scheme to rural consumers will amount to 90MU (million units) of free power annually, according to Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) estimates.
The estimates were done, taking into account that there will be 75,000 rural domestic consumers by December this year. There were about 72,000 rural consumers as of December 2012.
However, the government is entitled to [... Read More]
Prevention: Dessups talk to an apple orchard caretaker at Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, on the risk of forest fire.
The department of forest and park services is conducting a three-day “Reducing forest fire through volunteerism” campaign, which started yesterday. Forestry officials, Dessups, forest fire volunteers taking part in the campaign will talk to students, orchard owners and caretakers, residents near government forest on forest fire [... Read More]
Meet-the-press: The government brings local reporters up to speed on its achievements during its 100 days in office
A closer look at the 74 percent mark the government has given itself in this regard
100 Days: Save for nine partially fulfilled pledges, the government claims to have fulfilled 25 of its 34 pledges, which they had promised to implement in their first 100 days in office.
The claim of having achieved 74 percent of the pledges comes a week after the government completed its first 100 days in office on November 9.
In a press conference [... Read More]