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Resources in the red

Mankind is in debt for the rest of the year.

As of today, we have consumed the earth’s annual supply of renewable natural resources and carbon absorbing capacity.  What we consume from tomorrow is going to be borrowed from our children’s share of the nature’s wealth or resources.

As we join the international community to mark the Earth Overshoot Day, also called ecological debt day, it is a timely reminder of the need to balance production and [... Read More]

Graduates hear some plain speaking on employment prospects

_DSC3762Labour and RCSC officials interacts with graduates

The message was that jobs were there aplenty but not to be cherry picked

Orientation: The drop in civil service vacancies for technical graduates this year is based on demand from ministries in which the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has no say.

This was said in response to a question from a bachelor’s of science (nursing) graduate at the orientation programme, yesterday, where RCSC chairman Karma Tshiteem also said that job projection entirely depended [... Read More]

Audit to take council’s commission in a week or two

NC has asked RAA to investigate allegedly suspect LPG and kerosene transactions

Probe: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) will probe into the issue of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene after the National Council found discrepancies in its data, and urged the authority to conduct an audit.

The council discussed the issue in its last session, and had urged the RAA to look into it.

When subsidies on LPG and kerosene were temporarily withdrawn during the [... Read More]

Falling boulders kill Jaiprakash employee

A 43-year-old Indian working with Jaiprakash Associates at Punatsangchhu Hydro Power Project died after he was hit by a falling boulder at Kamichhu.

The incident happened at 4:10am Sunday.

He was rushed to Jaiprakash hospital at JP’s old office in Kamichhu but died on the way.

The deceased was from Kerala. He was drilling hole with two other Indians at powerhouse 1’s vertical pressure shaft.


A marriage of convenience?

DSC_0153Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk meets the people of Doksum

The economic affairs minister moots the idea of merging the Kholongchhu housing colony with the Khetsang town plan

KHP: In Doksum, Trashiyangtse, the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said that there was a possibility of integrating the Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP) housing colony within the Khetsang town plan.

KHP could fund the construction of required houses inside Khetsang town, said lyonpo, and the project would not have to lease land.  Project staff would pay rent [... Read More]

Picture story

Coinciding with the nationwide awareness program on drug abuse and trafficking, 70 Sherubtse College students became members of the
Friends of Police (FOP) yesterday. This takes the total number of FOP in Trashigang to 120.


Central-local conflict of interest

The centre reigns supreme, through regional concerns are given due importance

Policy: The government’s decision to unlock no-mine zones in the country has opened up questions among local leaders on the authority of local government and its decisions.

Representing the local leaders, the Sarpang dzongkhag tshogdu chairman, and Jigmechheoling gup, Sherab Jamtsho, recently asked the Prime Minister on the need for community clearance if the government was anyway going ahead with its decision on mining.

“Lyonchhoen [... Read More]

Samrang is electrified … fortuitously

DSC_5723New beginning: Two elderly villagers take part in welcoming electricity to Samrang

Power: The long wait for electricity in Samrang gewog, Samdrupcholing dungkhag (Bangtar), is over with 24 households connected with electricity on August 16, more than a decade later after their neighbours.

The village was unusually bright, with every home lit with tube lights.  Besides electricity, the gewog now has access to farm road and mobile connectivity.

It was around 6pm.  Unlike other days, Ambika Gurung, 55, was not busy as she did not have to [... Read More]

Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway landslide hit

IMG-20140815-WA0107An excavator clears the Chasilakha roadblock on August 16. (Photo: Dantak)

Roads: Dantak workers were working late into the night to clear the roadblock between Wangkha and Chukha bridge (80.2km from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu).

The highway got blocked on Sunday, when a huge portion of the hill, measuring about 90m, slid down on to the road around 12:45pm when workers were clearing boulders and slush on the road that had blocked traffic for hours.

However, Dantak officials said they would be able to clear the road [... Read More]


BAFRA must not let us down

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) will conduct tests on tea imported from India in the coming week. Tests must be conducted, repeatedly if necessary, and we hope that the authority will be sincere in their business and take to heart the lives of hundreds of thousands of people that is in danger.

A report compiled by Greenpeace India, a non-government organisation that has been dealing with environmental issues since 2001, says that tests that [... Read More]

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