Analysis: With the first ever by-election to the National Assembly due in three days in Nanong- Shumar, Pemagatshel, two candidates contesting for the seat are making the best of the campaign, which closes tomorrow morning.
But equally enthusiastic about the election are the parties the two candidates are representing, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
While PDP is pitching Pema Wangchuk, a familiar face having this year alone contested in three parliamentary [... Read More]
The Dungsam cement plant
The electricity, the plant will consume, will push the country to import a significant amount of energy
Cement: Dungsam cement plant, which in a month’s time will begin selling its produce in India and within the country, its officials reckon, will earn the country a gross revenue of Rs 6B annually.
The plant started producing cement last month and to begin exporting the produce to India and sell in the domestic market, the project [... Read More]
PDP: The cabinet deliberated at length yesterday on the People’s Democratic party’s pledges for the first 100 days in office that completes today.
It will formally declare its achievements on Friday.
Of the 34 pledges it made during the election campaign, the prime minister declared 11 as fulfilled, including one partially fulfilled, during a meet the press forum on October 28.
Since then a few more pledges were fulfilled, as ministries launched their programmes.
The ministry for [... Read More]
JICA vice president Toshiyuki Kuroyanag with Nancy Strickland
The JICA vice-president says the Bhutanese development philosophy has struck a chord in his country
JOCV: The prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, during his first foreign visit to India last August, took pears as one of the gifts to Indian prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.
These pears, according to the vice president of Japan international cooperation agency (JICA), Toshiyuki Kuroyanagi, were grown with support from Japan’s farm mechanisation project for horticulture research and development in Wengkhar, [... Read More]
Delay due to ongoing rural electrification scheme to which fibre optic network is tied
DITT: Almost 90 percent of the national broadband master plan implementation project, which includes connecting all dzongkhags and gewogs with a fibre optic network, has been completed, according to the department of information technology and telecommunications (DITT).
“About 88 percent of the national broadband master plan implementation project scope has been completed,” said DITT infrastructure head, Karma Wangdi.
Optical fibre cables, which [... Read More]
A by-election, it is believed, can be worth campaigning for if the ruling party had a small majority.
For the minority party, to gain one more seat becomes crucial if it helped in balancing power at the Parliament.
Apparently neither seems to be the case with regards the by-election in the offing for Nanong-Shumar constituency in Pemagatshel.
Yet, not only candidates of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), but senior members of the party are [... Read More]
At work: 10 young roosters castrated
The scheme involves castrating roosters to improve quality of flesh for food
Poultry: As a part of a research-based programme, 10 cockerels (young roosters) of a poultry farm in Tsirang were caponised by a team of veterinary doctors from Tsirang and Wangduephodrang, yesterday.
Caponisation is the process of turning a cockerel (young rooster) into a capon through castration to improve its quality of flesh for food. It is either done by surgically removing the testes [... Read More]
All ears: works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden listens to engineers
Mostly to do with double standards w.r.to further studies
Tour: Many junior engineers in Mongar, who possessed diploma certificates, said there was no uniform application of law when it came to them wanting to upgrade by pursuing degree courses.
In raising the issue to the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden on November 4, they said, while some got opportunity to study degree course without spending a penny, others were asked to resign from [... Read More]
There are about 200 mules and 1,500 yaks in Soe
Does the return of a few educated youth to Soe mark a new urban to rural migration?
Time out: Nim Tshering dropped out from Class X after he couldn’t qualify for a government school. But what the porter learnt at school is coming in handy in the highlands of Soe in north Thimphu.
As an English speaking porter, Nim Tshering has a slight edge over other porters. “Being able to communicate in English with tourists [... Read More]
Hard work: Farmers resort to making chugo to save milk
Where milk products supply outstrips demand, a dairy group takes recourse to … chugo
DMDG: After being unable to sell fresh milk, butter and cheese in the local market, the Domkhar Manthung diary group (DMDG) has started processing chugo or hardened cheese to increase the life of dairy products.
The increased production of fresh milk, butter and cheese in Trashigang area is now exceeding the demand from its target in Kanglung.
DMDG, with 42 members from [... Read More]