Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 12:57 AM

Evicting illegal occupants of Bajo vegetable market

IMG_0393The sheds in question

Despite several notifications, the occupants refuse to budge

Municipality: None of the 28 vegetable vendors below Bajo town have dismantled the temporary sheds that they are occupying illegally despite March 16 being the last date to do so.

Wangdue municipal officials said the vendors, who have occupied the shed since 2012, were last notified on March 6. But they had requested the municipal office to reconsider their decision and let them stay.

The municipal, however, denied [... Read More]

Tunnel survey between Thimphu and Wangdue resumes


Transport: The aerial feasibility survey of the 10.5km proposed tunnel between Thimphu and Wangduephodrang began today.

A team of experts conducted a test flight yesterday to calibrate the equipment.

Dowchu Drukpa, head of seismology and geophysics division, said there is a change in survey plan.

“Now the survey will be conducted parallel and not perpendicular to the line between starting and end points of the tunnel,” he said.

SkyTEM, a Danish consultancy firm specialising in geophysics surveys, [... Read More]

Picture story

About 35 kiras were stolen from a handicraft shop in Craft Bazaar, Thimphu on the night of March 16, making it the fourth burglary case in the area this year.

The shop lost 28 sesho (silk) kiras of prices ranging from Nu 10,000 to 28,000, five plain kiras costing Nu 1,700 each and two new design kiras costing Nu 2,000 each.

The shopkeeper, who learnt [... Read More]


An insight into the Construction Industry of Bhutan

The construction industry of Bhutan is about 40 years old. However, very little advancement has taken place in terms of the quality and technology of construction. For a small country like Bhutan, there are far too many contractors given the small size of the construction industry. At present there are over 4,000 contractors in  the country.

In the absence of sound and definite construction policies, the construction industry today is going through a rough time. Contractors [... Read More]

Biometric registration system at airport backfires

PIA-2014-2Not happy: Foreigners arriving at the Paro airport complained of the long wait

System suspended until space is made available

Immigration: The biometric registration system set up at the Paro international airport for foreigners was suspended four days after it was introduced.

The system, introduced on March 12, led to immigration formalities taking longer with some passengers having to wait in the queue for more than an hour, said an airport officials. Biometric registration system registers fingerprints and takes photos when processing immigration formalities.

The long waits led to [... Read More]

Deficiencies in education system need redressal

Society: Following the spate of reported suicides in the country, the health ministry has formed a team, led by the public health director general, to study this trend of people taking their own lives.

In the last two months this year, police recorded 13  suicide cases in seven districts.  Samtse reported six; Thimphu and Trashigang saw two each; Chukha, Sarpang, Trashiyangtse and Trongsa reported one each.

Among the 13, the oldest was a 61-year-old man [... Read More]


Awaiting the pay raise

There is a lot of expectation, suspense and speculation among civil servants with the Pay Commission’s report now resting with the government.

Will there be a raise? How much will be the raise? Will we get housing allowance? When will it come into effect? These are some of the burning questions on civil servants’ mind even as they wait for the government to review the report and make the final decision.

The government and the Pay Commission [... Read More]

Lack of control ups price beyond MRP

Trade: Customers in Bumthang pay more than the than the maximum retail price (MRP) for most commodities, which shopkeepers say is due to rising transportation cost.

From groceries to toys to cosmetics, residents say they end up paying Nu 2 to 10 more than MRP.

But it’s not just shops in Bumthang that charge more than MRP.

A Thimphu resident Karma Yangchen said she heard shopkeepers weren’t allowed to charge more than the MRP. “I always [... Read More]

Two percent less to vegetable sufficiency

Vegetables: The country may be far from achieving food self-sufficiency, but it has today achieved 98 percent vegetable self-sufficiency.

From producing 44,650MT of vegetables in 2011 or 79 percent self-sufficiency, it has increased to 56,756MT in 2013.

The country also exported 2,822MT of vegetables in 2013, which amounts to Nu 53M. Export figure in 2012 was Nu 36M (2,088MT), Nu 16M (973MT) in 2011.

Cabbage, carrot, pea, radish, green chilli and beans were among the top [... Read More]

Weighbridge weighs heavy on truckers

pic-a-truckAt present truckers have the option to weigh or not

Transport: If the Phuentsholing thromde finds the weighbridge a bottleneck for the smooth flow of traffic, truckers want it to be done away with or increase the load trucks are allowed to carry today.

The bridge is seen as a hurdle to their business. If they have to follow the maximum weight rule, they would not make ‘any” profit, they claim. And they want to carry more than what the rule permits to “make [... Read More]

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