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Passenger allegedly kills taxi driver

Crime: Gelephu police arrested a 24-year old man from Mongar for allegedly killing a taxi driver on December 27.

The suspect, a trainee at the Nyenjor institute of Technical skills and human value, allegedly in a drunken state took a ride in the taxi to Pemathang between 5.30 and 6.30pm. Pemathang is about 5km from Gelephu town.

While getting off the taxi, he claimed to not have money to pay the fare, following which a [... Read More]

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The Royal Body Guards celebrated their 54th Raising Day on December 27 in Dechencholing, Thimphu.



On thromdes again

Public opinion on electing 20 thrompons and their team as early as 2016, it seems, is divided. But that is good. We need different opinions, if not debate on important issues, including the thromde issue.

By 2016, there will be 20 thrompons, 140 thromde thuemis (representatives) and 20 yenlag throm thuemis. The law says it and we will have them under the recently amended Local Government Act. The Election Commission is of the view that it [... Read More]

Vegetables have more health benefits than meat

bhutaneseParticipants at the Annual Drukpa Council are served vegetarian meals

Diet: That meat is an integral part of the Bhutanese diet is indicated from the amount the country imports annually.

According to the Royal Monetary Authority’s annual report, published early this year, import of meat increased from Nu 642M in 2011 to Nu 1B in 2012.

This means, Bhutanese on an average consume around 70 kilograms of meat a year. To reduce dependence on imports, the agriculture ministry plans to establish farms and abattoirs in [... Read More]

Martshala blacktopped road to improve accessibility

20141225_090642Lyonpo Dorji Choden inaugurates the blacktopping ceremony in Martshala

Connectivity: Although connected with a gewog centre (GC) road, driving on the remote Martshala road in Samdrupcholing Dungkhag has always been a tedious task given the road condition throughout the year.

Not anymore. Villagers will not have to worry about the road getting blocked next summer as the 13km Martshala GC road will be blacktopped soon with the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden recently inaugurating it.

Martshala gewog would have Samdrupjongkhar’s first blacktopped [... Read More]

Education sector is prone to corruption

17th AEC: Education is highly prone to corruption and with the centralisation of schools; corruption is likely to increase, anti corruption commission chairperson, Dasho Neten Zangmo said.

Dasho Neten Zangmo spoke on corruption and education yesterday at the on-going 17th annual education conference in Punakha.

Being a big sector with huge resources and budget makes the education sector prone to corruption, and the central school policy would mean additional resources for the system.

Dasho said that [... Read More]

Memelakha landfill to be extended

A network of pipes and a tank underneath would address the issue of leachate

Waste: To address the mounting waste disposal problem in the capital, Thimphu thromde will begin works to extend the Memelakha landfill starting next month.

The 3.41-acre dumpsite will be extended by 0.98 acres with a network of pipes and a tank for leachate collection. Works are expected to complete by April next year.

Thimphu Thromde’s head of solid waste management Yeshi Wangdi [... Read More]

Bhutan, no more a seasonal destination

IMG_9447-copyA group of tourists from India visit the Punaka dzong yesterday

It’s time tour operators start promoting Bhutan as a year-round destination

Tourism: There was a time when Bhutanese tour operators could relax and play archery during the lean tourist season.

Not anymore. This is how Yangphel tours and treks’ CEO Karma Lotey emphasised the need to make Bhutan a year-round destination. He was speaking to tour operators mostly new entrants to the industry at their induction program last week.

The scenario today, Karma Lotey, said is [... Read More]

Will thromdes bring  development?

With the decision made, the impact of creating a thromde is yet to be seen

LG: As decided by the Parliament recently, 16 dzongkhag thromdes and 20 yenlag thromdes will be established on time for the local government (LG) elections in 2016.

Works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden said work on instituting thromdes is underway.

“Once we declare the thromdes, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) will do the delimitation after which we will start [... Read More]

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