Despite having one of the highest number of constituencies, political developments in Trashigang is pretty inert as compared to the capital, where political parties are making announcements and launching candidates every second day.
In a random interview with those across the 15 gewogs, many villagers are hardly aware of the new political parties or the prospective candidates that are representing them.
“We know that elections are nearing but we don’t know or discuss much about candidates or [... Read More]
Education This year on, commercial studies as an optional subject in middle secondary schools will be discontinued.
The decision was reached after the Curriculum Research and Development Department recorded poor attendance for the subject in the schools for several years now.
Students of Peljorling Higher Secondary School in Samtse sat for the subject’s last examination last winter.
Of the 31 students, 26 passed, securing an overall mean mark of 48.77 percent.
Curriculum officials said this was the [... Read More]
… that will commence early next month
Council Aspirants Almost 50 individuals have come out in open so far with aspirations to take part in the second National Council election, which is expected to kick off early next month.
Chief election commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, while addressing the council aspirants at a seminar yesterday, said while discussion was still on to determine National Assembly election dates, the “council ball would start rolling by early March”.
The law [... Read More]
Hydropower Besides being a harbinger of good agriculture season and harvest, the recent snowfall also spells lucrative for the country’s hydropower.
Druk Green Power Corporation officials said the country’s hydropower sector would see an additional Nu 15M revenue earnings this year because of the snow.
As of today, power generation has more or less normalised.
Dzongkhags under the western region – Gasa, Haa, Paro and Thimphu – recorded between 5cm and 22cm snow cover between February [... Read More]
Public Accounts Committee In keeping with the resolution of the ninth session of Parliament, assembly’s Public Accounts Committee members yesterday presented a follow up report on five issues.
The issues pertained to review of annual audit reports of 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Trowa theatre land and budget under use among others.
One of the committee members, parliamentarian Sonam Penjore, updating the members on the Trowa theatre land at Changjiji that government leased to a private [... Read More]
She stands against three men, one from her own chiwog
Candidates With Ugyen Dema from Ramtokto, Thimphu declaring her interest to stand for National Council elections, she breaks the trend that’s seen only men declaring candidature so far.
The 26-year old is self-employed and a mother of one.
Ugyen Dema said her reasons for wanting to be in the National Council was to represent youth issues.
“I am thinking of using the platform, that’s if I [... Read More]
Judiciary The Supreme Court will soon begin trials and conduct hearings on the first Internet banking fraud case after both the parties, Bank of Bhutan (BoBL) and the former proprietor of Lhazin press, Sangay Tenzin, appealed to the court.
The High Court, on December 31 last year, ruled that BoBL should repay Nu 2.23M to Tenzin Wangdi, the current Lhazin press owner, while the bank recover the same amount from Sangay Tenzin.
Sangay Tenzin was [... Read More]
There are double the aspirants than there are seats for the National Council.
Going by the media reports and based on the number of candidates who showed up for a briefing by the election commission yesterday on electoral laws and procedures involved to contest for the council seat, there are almost 50 aspirants.
Consider the existing members, most of who have shown interest in re-contesting for the seats, and there are enough to fill the entire Parliament [... Read More]
Police in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar, are looking for a vehicle and driver that was suspected to have hit a 37-year old woman on February 16 at Kurizampa. The woman died two days later in Mongar referral hospital.
In the incident that occurred around 7pm, the woman was sleeping on the junction of the rough road that led to Kurizampa Lhakhang when the vehicle hit her.
Although there were no eye-witnesses, police sources said a taxi driver from Gyalpoizhing [... Read More]
Coming in of over 10 new farm roads in Pemagatshel in recent years have not just made lives of villagers easier but have done a huge good to the government coffer.
Dzongkhag officials said it was helping save in millions spent mostly in transportation of materials to gewogs, among others.
Dzongkhag engineer, Ugyen Norbu, said with the arrival of farm roads to gewogs, cost of construction works have come down by around 30 percent from the estimate, [... Read More]