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Two-year deadline to blacktop 106 gewog centre roads

By the end of this plan period, all but four of these sub-districts will be so connected

DoR: In the next two years, 106 gewogs centres across the country will be connected with blacktopped roads, department of roads officials say.

By end of this Plan, blacktopping of 201 gewog roads will be completed.  The remaining four gewogs of Lunana, Soe, Lingshi and Geling in Chukha, which currently neither have road connectivity nor are included to [... Read More]

Gender equality needs implementation

Gender-law-and-practice

Forum: Laws and policies of the country are geared towards addressing gender issues, but it takes more than documents to create an impact.

A panel discussion at the third multi-stakeholders’ forum on role and contribution of women in economic development discussed how legislation and policies act as an enabler in promoting the role of women in economic development. The discussion took place in the capital yesterday.

Panelist Kunzang Lhamu, chief research officer with the Gross [... Read More]

Case dismissed but deferred

For want of evidence, the High Court ruled that a wife could not be charged for her husband’s death

Crime: For lack of evidence, the High Court yesterday dismissed and deferred the case of a wife allegedly murdering her husband.

One of the justices said there was not enough evidence to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.

The nephew of the deceased had appealed to the High Court after the Royal Bhutan armed forces’ court of [... Read More]

GEF-funded project to Rinchending goenpa’s rescue

PIC_0157The Rinchending Goenpa in Phuentsholing

Along with other landslide-prone infrastructure, mitigation measures are to be initiated 

NAPA (II): Built some four decades ago, the Rinchending goenpa in Phuentsholing is one of the landmarks that most locals and tourists from across the border visit every day.

The tall areca nut trees, prayer flags, pigeons, and flowers instantly appeal to the visitors.  However, what is known by few of these visitors is that the goenpa is located at a place that’s prone [... Read More]

Editorial

Selling the country short

Listening to Aum, rather Dasho, Neten speak, whether face-to-face or at forums is interesting.  It is not the speed at which she speaks, or the gestures as she mixes English, Dzongkha and Tshangla in response to questions, but her honesty and bluntness as she drives home the message.

The chairperson of the Anti Corruption Commission made some bold statements in a recent interview, which is worrying.  Following the suspension of 12 immigration officials and 21 commercial [... Read More]

The 20 year old Kabesa land case

RENEW volunteer seeks ACC intervention, lodges formal complaint

Dispute: A Kabesa farmer, who recently claimed that she was denied justice, three years after the case closed, has through a RENEW volunteer lodged a written complaint to the Anti Corruption Commission.

The volunteer, Tshering Yangzom, lodged the complaint on behalf of the farmer, Jakum. The letter to the commission stated that her father who is an alcoholic was cheated of 1.4 acres of land by a [... Read More]

No business on this bus route

IMG_20120103_143828Trashigang’s taxi parking

The Trashigang-Trashiyangtse route has proved a graveyard for public transport services

Connectivity: Trashiyangtse is the closest dzongkhag to Trashigang, but getting there is still a problem even with the increasing number of vehicles in the region.

Judging by the few passengers waiting for a taxi and fewer taxis waiting for passengers, there is not much movement of people between the two dzongkhags.

Wearing a tired look, Tshering, has been waiting for a taxi to Trashiyangtse since [... Read More]

Yongla gonpa lhakhang reconstruction on schedule

IMG_5577The reconstruction began this year

Despite adverse weather and delayed supplies, work is expected to complete on time

Project: Reconstruction of Yongla gonpa lhakhang in Pemagatshel is in full swing, with most of the major work almost completed, officials at the site said.

The reconstruction project began this year after the earthquake of September 11 in 2011 damaged the main lhakhang completely.

Yongla gonpa is about an hour’s drive from the dzongkhag, and located on a hilltop opposite the Tselingkhor gate, the entrance to dzongkhag.  It’s about [... Read More]

Where are the spectators?

DSC_0319A common scene: Only a handful watch football games played at the national stadium

Football: Except for those who have plenty of time to idle away, not many Thimphu residents come to watch the many football games played at the national stadium in Changlimethang.

On an average, not more than 50 people are seen watching even the Coca Cola national league where top teams compete.

Not long ago, Changlimethang was a busy stadium with residents coming and cheering their favourite team even if it is an inter-high school tournament.

According [... Read More]

Lack of support structure renders online services idle

Less than a third of the facilities are used by less than half the agencies they were developed for

G2C: While 159 G2C (government to citizen) services were developed at a cost of around USD 1M, only 54 are being used by government agencies.

The G2C project (2010-13) developed online services for 21 government agencies.

However, only nine agencies use at least half or all of the services developed for them.  Twelve of them do not [... Read More]

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