Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 - 8:23 AM
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Making ends meet

The National Assembly yesterday endorsed the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal, the first year of the 11th plan, after several hours of deliberations that tended to be repetitive.

This was because quite a few members of the opposition stood up to express the same view.  It centred on the pay raise and housing allowance the ruling party had promised during its economy-focused election campaign earlier this year, within the first 100 days of assuming office.

The new [... Read More]

No profit from forest produce

Saruwa-in-MerakPopular: Saruwa is collected in Merak, but is not legalised

For a number of reasons T/gang has not been able to gain from its resources

NWFP: Although Bhutan is blessed with more than 60 varieties of non-wood forest products (NWFP), the country’s biggest dzongkhag, Trashigang, is not able to cash in on its natural resources.

Only around seven products – lemon grass, bamboo, daphne, rubia cordifolio, chirata (or khalu in tsangla), star anise, ringsho (neomicrocalamus and ropogonifolious) and ingredients for making incense sticks, like juniper [... Read More]

Parking area finalized for SJ thromde

Thromde: Samdrup Jongkhar town will have a designated parking area, a problem that the thromde had been discussing for years.

Thrompon Karma Sherab Thobgyal said the plan was already included in the 11th Plan and the thromde had already identified two acres of land to build a multi-parking facility below the Bhutan oil corporation. Work will start by June next year.

Although the amount was not revealed, the Thrompon said there is a “reasonable amount’ [... Read More]

DPT to nominate Nanong-Shumar candidate soon

By-Elections: A month ago, it looked like Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), the opposition party, could not find a suitable candidate to contest the by-election for Nanong–Shumar constituency, which the former candidate elect, Jigmi Y Thinley, vacated on August 10.

The situation has now changed, with quite a few registered party members, including women, expressing interest to contest the by-election as the constituent’s representative to the National Assembly.

Several weeks ago, the party was still looking [... Read More]

Paying to pick snails, dispose them

gyalpozhing-166Burying a persisting problem: Gyalpoizhing residents dump several sacks of snails into a pit at Tshokor

The efforts Gyalpoizhing residents put so far proved futile because for every snail picked and dumped, just as many appeared

GALS: Every time Gyalpoizhing residents dumped sacks of snails that infested the town into a pit, just as many made their way into the town from the riverbanks.

Having learnt of their efforts being rendered futile, Gyalpoizhing town residents stopped picking any more snails.

Resident, students and shopkeepers of Gyalpoizhing, Limithang and Kurizampa living along Kurichhu [... Read More]

Wind power project – One step closer to fruition

Rubesa, Wangdue has been picked to host the two 250KW wind turbines 

Energy: By June 2015, two wind turbines should be up and spinning in Rubesa, Wangdue, and generating up to 250 kilowatts (KW) of energy each, enough to light up at least 100 village homes.

Last week, officials of the department of renewable energy (DRE) held a pre-bid meeting with contractors interested in supplying and installing the wind turbines for the wind power pilot [... Read More]

Point of sales culture yet to catch on

IMG_8945A PoS in handicraft shop in Thimphu

Three years after its launch, the goal of a cashless society is still to be attained

BoB: Going cashless is not a Bhutanese thing, at least for now, considering the popularity of the Bank of Bhutan’s point of sale (PoS) experiment.

Despite an increasing number of PoS installed across the country, paying through an automatic teller machine (ATM) card without having to handle cash is yet to pick up, according to shopkeepers and service providers, [... Read More]

Repeat offender gets 13 years

The 23-year-old man was involved in a series of burglary cases since some two year ago

Crime: Samtse district court sentenced 23-year-old Namgay Dorji from Wangduephodrang to 13 years and six months in prison on September 17 for a series of burglary and a larceny he had committed in two years.

The number of years was for all the crimes of burglary and larceny he had committed, which he confessed in the course of interrogation.

Since [... Read More]

Serial vehicle stealer arrested

Crime: Changjiji police, on September 16, arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with stealing vehicles. The suspect was caught at around 11pm from near Hotel Home at Olakha in Thimphu, police said.
Following the arrest, police found that the man had stolen four vehicles from across Thimphu. The vehicles were recovered from different places and handed over to the owners.
Police said they received the first complaint of a missing vehicle on September [... Read More]

Picture story

Festival: Indian construction workers immerse the statue of Lord Vishwakarma in the Thimphu Chhu on September 18, the morning after the Vishwakarma puja celebration