Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - 5:27 AM
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A logical rural land tax

Call it bold, shrewd or dogged, but Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu has again resolved to increase land tax and propose the same to Parliament for a second time.

Their proposal, submitted during the last session of Parliament, was shot down by the National Assembly, but this has not deterred them to risk a second submission.  This time, it seems, they have the backing of at least all the chairpersons of the tshogdu, the highest decision making body [... Read More]

Road quality should be ensured: PM

Transport: The prime minister expressed concern about the condition of Bhutanese roads to works and human settlement engineers and asked them to ensure quality by adhering to requirements, yesterday.

Paying an informal visit towards the end of a four-day meeting for Department of Road engineers, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay pointed out that roads in bad conditions are visible almost everywhere.

“When travelling through a newly black-topped road I am worried as to how long it might [... Read More]

DoR to construct and maintain GC roads

DSC09941Chukha dzongda Pemba Wangchuk hands over GC roads to a DoR official

The dzongkhag handed over seven roads following instructions from MoWHS

Chukha: Following an instruction from the works and human settlement ministry, Chukha dzongkhag yesterday handed over all the gewog connectivity (GC) roads to the department of roads (DoR).

Chukha will be the first dzongkhag to hand over GC roads, after the cabinet instructed the ministry to take over all the roads in 205 gewogs.

As per the letter received from the ministry on May 1, the [... Read More]

Dialogue for better democracy

DSC_8316Representatives at the forum yesterday

ECB: To promote a culture of dialogue and cooperation among political parties, and to build leadership in party members, a Bhutan democracy dialogue will be held annually starting this year.

This was one of the ideas proposed by a team of 15 former members of Parliament, and top-level party executives from the five political parties, who visited Denmark on a 10-day trip last month.

The chief election commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, announced it yesterday at [... Read More]

Picture story

The first agri-flori expo opened in Thimphu yesterday at the Changlimithang stadium parking. The four-day expo has, among others, farm machineries and equipment, dairy, poultry and agro processing technologies, plants and gardening equipment on display. The expo ends on July 28.


Landowners landed in dilemma

Whether or not to sell land to MHPA now that new (but not formalised) thrams reflect larger holdings

Namthoebi: Discrepancies between thrams that landowners have in possession, and the result of the cadastral survey, have left landowners of Namthoebi, Zhemgang in a dilemma, whether they should or should not give land to the Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA).

Though the villagers committed Namthoebi, under Gholing in Ngangkhor, to MHPA, landowners are now having second thoughts, [... Read More]

Man dies from suspected fatal fall

Accident: Thimphu police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man, who died after he fell off from a three-storey building at Changzamtok on July 25.

The incident occurred between 12:30 and 1am after the deceased returned from a friend’s farewell party.

The deceased was staying with four friends in a rented apartment.

In the statement given to police by the friends, the deceased went out to the veranda after returning from town. They assumed he [... Read More]


20 teams set for elimination round

BtUISI9IEAEL85lSonam Tshering

Archery: Sonam Tshering of team ‘Kuzu Mobile’ joins the league of sharp shooters after he hit 44 kareys in 45 rounds in the ongoing Yangphel open archery tournament.

Sonam Tshering reached the mark after he hit 17 kareys in 15 rounds on July 24. He hit 27 kareys in the two previous matches (15 rounds each). He is the highest hitter in this year’s tournament as of now.

[... Read More]

Tomatoes become dearer

IMG_8814Hike surprise: A customer at the Centenary Farmer’s Market yesterday

Trade: The price of imported tomatoes in the local vegetable market has almost doubled because of the price hike in India.

Until last week, a kilogram of tomatoes would cost about Nu 40 but now it has soared to about Nu 65 or more.

It is estimated that the price has increased by about 200 percent in New Delhi and 300 percent in Mumbai because of scarce rainfall this year.

Kinley Dem, 59, a customer at [... Read More]

Yudhiri bridge receives DT support

Uncertainty as to whether DoR and dzongkhag was responsible has delayed a resolution

Infrastructure: Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) has agreed to request works and human settlement ministry to look into the possibility of building a bridge over Yudhiri river.

The issue was raised by Phongmey gewog repeatedly in several tshogdus.

“Without a bridge, villagers of four gewogs of Phongmey, Radhi, Sakteng and Merak were suffering,” Phongmey gup Palden Dorji said, adding the lack of support had [... Read More]

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