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For want of a road…

…halfway to the villages of Jangphutse and Manam Chemkhar in Trashiyangtse

Connectivity: Toedthso gup Dechen Wangdi requested home minister Damcho Dorji to consider opening roads within Bhutanese territory for villages of Jangphutse and Manam Chemkhar during his recent meeting at the eastern district of Trashiyangtse.

Further, the villagers said the roads need not reach their villages, which border the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, but reaching mere halfway to the village would suffice as that [... Read More]

Patients flock to reopened physiotherapy unit

monk-on-fitness-training-on-tredmill,-a-woman-getting-treated-for-arthritis-The unit has seen 250 patients in a month

Those with lifestyle ailments find the facilities on offer particularly helpful

Health: Tsirang’s present lam neten, its former lam neten, the umze, civil servants and a few farmers are some of the patients visiting the recently re-opened physiotherapy and rehabilitation unit.

They make up about 250 or so patients, who visited the one-month old unit at Damphu hospital so far, most of whom suffer from lifestyle diseases.  They come to exercise on a treadmill, to [... Read More]

Despite hike, still the lowest tariff by far in the region

As per a BEA comparative study with rates in bordering Indian states

Power: Although domestic power tariff has increased by 15-20 percent for different categories of consumers with the recent revision, it is still lower than the tariff in the neighbouring Indian states, according to officials of the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA).

BEA officials said a detailed study has been done to compare power tariff within the region.

For example, in the neighbouring Indian state of [... Read More]

Revised domestic power rates announced

Power: The cost of electricity for low voltage or household users will increase by almost 15 percent every year, over the next three year cycle until June 2016, according to the revised domestic power tariff announced yesterday, and is effective from October 1.

For the lifeline or block I (0-100 units) users, the rate has been revised from Nu 0.85 a unit (kilowatt-hour) to Nu 0.98 a unit for the first year.  This gradually [... Read More]

Farmers harvest in haste in fear of Phailin

The tropical cyclone had caused extensive crop damages and power and communications outages in India 

Cyclone: News of tropical cyclone Phailin in India has had many farmers in the central and western parts of the country hard at work trying to harvest as much of their crops before the cyclone’s peripheral effects spread to the country.

What they had to leave unfinished in the fields left many farmers spending sleepless nights yesterday.

Farmers, who harvested their [... Read More]

Two ministers ‘meet the people’ in a park

DSC_8957All ears: The two ministers listen to people at Changjiji

Changjiji: Carrying a plastic bag full of documents in her hand, Dorji Bidha, in her late 60s, approached the health minister seated under a gazebo at the Changjiji park in Thimphu.

Referring to the minister as lopon (sir), the woman from Dotey in Paro went on to explain about some issues she had with her land and sought help.  In between, the woman, slightly on a petite side, offered him doma.

After listening to her [... Read More]

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Despite the rain yesterday, devotees thronged the National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu to offer prayers and receive blessings from Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche.



Sugaring the pill

The revised power tariff for the next three-year cycle that was announced yesterday should come as a relief for the end users.

While there is definitely an increase, it is not to the extent as proposed by the power generating and distributing companies to the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) earlier this year.

When the revision proposal first came to light earlier this year, it indicated that electricity bills for urban consumers could triple from the existing rates.

Among [... Read More]

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Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay attended the closing of the annual nine-day Durja Puja at the Durja mandir yesterday in Thimphu.


Senior citizen CSO to provide free legal service to needy

IMG_3992Service: The society will provide free legal service to the disadvantaged

The RSSC was launched on the occasion of the Royal Wedding anniversary

PBO: At around 10am yesterday, five elderly people were gathered at the Royal Society for Senior Citizens (RSSC) office in Thimphu.

At a glance it looked like it was meeting of old friends, but their discussions were centred round civil and criminal cases, courts, jabmis and lawyers.

Four of them were retired drangpons, who were initiating a free legal service under the umbrella of [... Read More]