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Irregularities dug up across the board

Most of the Nu 391M not accounted for has been laid at the door of four ministries

RAA: Irregularities last year amounted to Nu 391M and pertained to all ministries, seven dzongkhags, 11 gewogs, six autonomous bodies, six corporations, four non-governmental organisations and two political parties according to the Royal Audit Authority’s final audit report for 2012.

It reached this figure after a draft report was circulated to all the agencies in February this year, [... Read More]

Schools, colleges could reopen soon in the hills

Education: Almost a month since the Bhutanese students studying in hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong came home, following the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) agitation, chances of them returning to their colleges look positive.

According to local media reports and a lecturer of BMC collage, where some Bhutanese students study, local leaders will hold a meeting tomorrow,  following which they would  be able to confirm when the agitation could end.

“Kalimpong TV had announced of [... Read More]

“EU will more than double development assistance to Bhutan”

DSC_4849Ambassador Joao Gomes Cravinho

The visiting Ambassador of European Union (EU) to Bhutan, Joao Gomes Cravinho, who was in the country spoke to Kuensel’s Rinzin Wangchuk on several issues. Excerpts.

Q&A: What is the purpose of your visit?

I am an ambassador to Bhutan and live in Delhi but I take this responsibility of being ambassador to Bhutan very seriously. There are people from my office who come regularly but I want to come at least once a semester [... Read More]

Picture story

Draught power: Farmer Chencho and his oxen move to Daag village in Silambi gewog, Mongar, to cultivate millet. Farmers in Silambi are busy cultivating millet and buckwheat after harvesting the maize crop.




The ups and downs of higher education

The education ministry announcing a list of 22 universities across India as found to be fake by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India, which also de-recognised another 44, should come as welcome news to thousands of parents in Bhutan.

India is, by far, the most popular destination not only for trade but also for higher education.

Every year, thousands of Bhutanese students go to India, starting from the neighbouring Darjeeling hills all the way down to [... Read More]

Wetlands in want of water

IMG_3124With no water to irrigate the fields, the wetlands of Wanringmo in Ramjar, Trashiyangtse have remained fallow

Agriculture: With streams that irrigate the paddy fields drying, wetlands in three gewogs of Trashiyangtse – Ramjar, Toedtsho and Khamdang – are left fallow.

Cultivation in more than seven acres of paddy field in Wangringmo, Ramjar, stopped after the Bamnari stream dried up. “Cultivation ceased after Bamnari stream, the only water source for the fields, shrunk as it was channeled to the villages from upstream,” a villager from Ramjar said.

The water from Bamnari was [... Read More]

People want a fuel depot in Dewathang

IMG_0214Almost every family in Dewathang owns a car but they all drive 18 kms away to Samdrupjongkhar for fuel

Fuel: With the nearest fuel station in Samdrupjongkhar and the new government pledging fuel depots, Dewathang residents are now hopeful that they wouldn’t have to travel 18kms away to fuel their vehicles.

The need for a fuel depot at this extended town area of the thromde has remained an issue but which had not materalised to date. The need for one was already discussed during the 6th thromde tshogdu and was again raised during [... Read More]

The market is bearish for Bhutanese apples

IMG_7482Workers sort apples for export to Bangladesh and India

Not for Assam strikes or dollar exchange rates, but due to a bumper crop in India  

Horticulture: While repeated strikes in neighbouring Indian towns and the Indian rupee’s sliding value were speculated to result into a drop in apple export, exporters have found the reason to be different.

A bumper apple crop in India, exporters say, has led to a slump in apple export, the season for which started on August 15.

Indian states, like [... Read More]

Man sent to a year in prison for selling fake dzee

Crime:  High Court’s bench two upheld the Thimphu district court’s judgment on transaction of a fake dzee (Cat’s eye).

The court order issued yesterday upheld the district court bench five’s judgment that sentenced Tempa Gyeltshen from Pemagatshel to a year in prison for deceptive practice and selling a fake dzee last year.

Tempa Gyeltshen was found guilty of selling a six-eyed fake dzee to Thimphu resident, Tashi Zangmo, for Nu 600,000.

Tempa Gyeltshen appealed to High [... Read More]

First group of pilgrims lands in Ladakh

Bhutanese-pilrimsThe pilgrims will attend the ADC which starts today at Hemis monastery

They’re at Hemis monastery to attend the 5th annual Drukpa council that starts today

ADC: With wrinkled face and grey hair, Lham Tenzin, 65, for the first time boarded a flight from Bagdogra airport, West Bengal, on August 26.

Excited and nervous, he anxiously looked underneath his seat adjacent to the window.  Feeling the window glass he asks, “How do I open the window?” while his seatmate break into a laugh.

As Lham and six other [... Read More]