Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 7:49 AM

After 10 years occupancy,vacate quarters

So states the revised NHDC draft housing rule
Housing People who have lived in the many living quarters of the National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC) across the country for more than 10 years, going by its draft revised housing rule, will have to move out.

The revised rule, if it comes through, will apply to all occupants irrespective of whether they have resigned from civil service.

The rule will come into effect on the day [... Read More]

Gongdue, Silambi to be lit up in July

IMG_4854Chopper dropper: The helicopter did 41 trips to the two gewogs of Gongdue and Silambi to drop 28 transformers that each weigh 430kg

A helicopter has been hired to hasten electrification works
Power Villagers in the remote gewog of Gongdue and Silambi in Mongar are happy at the mere sight of transmission wires reaching their village.

If the wires are here, they said, the electricity supply should not be far behind.

Power officials said the village should receive electricity by the end of July.

To speed up electrification work, the local contractor has hired a helicopter from Nepal to transport [... Read More]

Poor turnout worries candidates

The lack of numbers is of particular concern to the new parties in the fray
Elections Poor voter turnout at common forum for campaigns held in Udzorong gewog in Trashigang has candidates worried.

Despite having more than 1,197 eligible voters, only around 40 people attended the common forums held in Chiya and Benshingmo under the gewog yesterday.

Benshingmo alone has over 121 households, and Chiya has 125 households.

Political parties, especially the new ones, are concerned [... Read More]

“We are in the business of minding our own business”

DGPCSonam Tobgay

Exactly two weeks after the disqualification of the party from contesting the ongoing primary round of assembly elections, Kuensel speaks to Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party president Sonam Tobgay on issues that transpired following the event.

Q&AWhat now for BKP as a political party?

BKP’s political mission goes beyond qualifying the Letter of Intent or winning an election. The party has been formed resulting out of a past connection among its candidates and supporters. The acute agony [... Read More]

Picture story

About 60 people who were involved in a village lhakhang renovation helped contain the fire on a two-storied traditional house on May 18 at Dangchu gewog, Wangdue. The fire had started from a LPG gas leak and caught onto the bamboo ceiling burning the roof down. The rescue team could save CGI sheets and re-roofed the house the same day. Except for the [... Read More]

Parties harp on Sangay shamu at Genekha forum

DSC_8474Issue-based: It was more about crops and mushrooms candidates discussed with voters than their manifestos

Elections Along with the pledges made by party candidates during the South Thimphu common forum in Genekha on May 17, the issue on Sangay shamu (Masutake mushroom) was the forum’s highlight.

Save for Druk Chirwang Tshogpa’s (DCT) Kinley Dem, candidates of the other three parties spoke on the potential of the fungus in lifting the gewog’s economy through better management.

Farming is the main occupation for people of Genekha and the mushroom is the gewog’s [... Read More]

The pinch of a price hike for power


Bhutan Power corporation’s proposal to revise domestic energy rates will increase bills by more than 100 percent for low voltage users like households, according to calculations by a private research firm.

For medium voltage users, like mine processing plants and plywood factories, it is a 99 percent increase; and for high voltage users like steel and cement plants, it is a 38 percent increase.

So basically, assuming the same amount of energy is used, what is being [... Read More]

Picture story:

An event to promote medical tourism in Thailand was held on May 17 at Tashi Taj in Thimphu by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Druk Air. The services provided by hospitals in Thailand entailed a range of medical treatments, beauty, wellness and other aesthetics.


Picture story:Volleyball

Kelki school boys and girls teams win the Thimphu Thromde inter-school volleyball championship, the finals of which was played on May 18 at Kelki school court. A total of 24 teams participated in the championship.


To put the money where the mouth is

At the rate political parties are making promises, the impression one gets is that there are plenty of funds to do so.

Some of the promises are blacking topping thousands of kilometres of dirt roads to make them all weather, a power tiller in every chiwog, banking, fuel depots and workshop in each of the 205 gewogs, a new ministry for gender and social development.

Purchase of two helicopters for emergency services, hiking travel and daily allowance [... Read More]