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Disproportionate assets shown against numerous declarants

50 flagged names yet to clarify though March 29 deadline has passed

ACC: Of the 1,000 public servants, who were asked to furnish written clarifications for declaring assets disproportionate to their income in 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission is yet to receive clarifications from about 50 asset declarants, even though the deadline elapsed on March 28.


Updating the Middle Path for sustainable development

National environment strategy to have specific mandates and to fix accountability on agencies

Environment: Sixteen years after the National Environment Strategy (NES) was adopted, the National Environment Commission is reviewing the strategy to make it relevant to the changes in environment and policies.

The commission adopted the first NES, called the Middle Path, in 1998.


Infrastructure-challenged Sherabgatshel LSS

Education: Sherabgatshel Lower Secondary School (SLSS) in Bara, Samtse is facing a shortage of classrooms.

The school has close to 600 students and 20 sections.  There are only 18 classrooms, however.

A hostel that was constructed recently is instead being used to hold classes as a temporary measure.  The hostel was constructed with a Nu 1.3M (million) fund from the Gewog Development Grant (GDG).


In the interest of conservation

If the judiciary is known for going by the book of law, the first case to reach the “green bench” could concern the Shingkhar-Gorgan highway.

This is because conservationists, who protested against road passing through a protected area, and the habitat of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, lost to the powerful politicians.  Going by the Forest and Conservation Rules, 2006, construction of motor roads in a protected area is prohibited.


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Belated Earth Hour: Exactly 48 hours after Thimphu residents observed a halfhearted Earth Hour on Saturday, the city was blacked out for more than 30 minutes last evening. The blackout was a result of maintenance work at the Chukha hydroelectric plant.


Udzorong cashes in on chips


The gewog has appreciated that processed potatoes fetch far more than the raw deal

Agriculture: Villagers of Dotphu in Udzorong depend on potatoes for a living.

While they previously used to take their potatoes all the way to the Samdrupjongkhar auction yard, however, life has become easier for the people of Udzorong.  They have started manufacturing potato chips.  Almost 70 percent of the total potato yield goes into making chips.

The villagers approached the agriculture extension office with a proposal to form a cooperative to make and marketing potato chips.


Japan grants Nu 978M to reconstruct bridges

IMG_5442Ambassadors Takeshi Yagi and General Vestop Namgyel

The three bridges have expired their lifespan

AID: To reconstruct the Chuzomsa and Nikachu bridge in Wangduephodrang and Zalam Chu bridge between Trongsa and Wangduephodrang, the Japanese government has committed Nu 978 million (1 billion and 956 million Japanese Yen).

The exchange of notes for the project – “Project for Reconstruction of bridges on primary national highway 1” was signed yesterday in New Delhi between ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi and Bhutan’s ambassador to Japan, General Vestop Namgyel.


Ginger – A struggling cooperative’s long shot

Agriculture: Almost two years after it was launched, Pemathang gewog’s vegetable cooperative, Tshesey Gongphel Dhetshen, is failing.

The cooperative has so far been able to save only Nu 600.

The 10-member cooperative is now planning on growing ginger on a six-acre land that the cooperative acquired from the government.

The members expect to earn more from ginger.


Shedra upgrade to college begins

IMG_2163Gyaltshab offers his prayers at the groundbreaking ceremony

Construction launched with groundbreaking ceremony graced by the Gyaltshab

Drametse: Construction work to build a Nyingma Peling college has begun in Thegchhog Namdrol Ugyen Chholing monastery in Drametse, Mongar, with HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck gracing the Salang Tendrel (groundbreaking ceremony) on March 29.

On the command of His Majesty the King, the construction is being done to upgrade the existing shedra at Thegchhog Namdrol Ugyen Chholing to a Buddhist college.

With an approved budget of Nu 107M (million) from the government, the construction includes a library, classrooms, dormitory, conference hall, administrative office, kitchen and dining hall.


His Majesty attends funeral service of Lee Kuan Yew

20150329-2C4A6709A thousand butter lamps were lit at Tashichhodzong in remembrance of the late Singaporean leader whose funeral was held yesterday

Funeral: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen joined world leaders and the people of Singapore in bidding farewell to the island nation’s founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew at the funeral service held in Singapore yesterday.

The Prime Minister who ruled Singapore for 31 years died on March 23 aged 91.

In an interview with Asia News Channel, Singapore’s English news channel, His Majesty said that the Bhutanese people equally felt the loss. His Majesty, who is an admirer of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and fondly referred to him as LKY during the interview, said: “When I look at LKY’s journey, his physical manifestation has ended, but his legacy will live on forever through Singaporeans and the success of Singapore.”