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Taxi drivers stung by TINs on expressway

IMG_5809Taxi drivers caught unawares

Penalty imposed on Friday, designated as zero tolerance day against traffic violations

Traffic: More than 100 taxi drivers were issued transport infringement notices (TIN) yesterday for violation of traffic rules during an inspection by traffic police on the Thimphu-Babesa expressway.

This has left many taxi drivers unhappy.  They said such an ad hoc enforcement of regulation was not justified.  Taxi drivers gathered at Changlimithang stadium parking to discuss the issue.

Taxi drivers said inspection along the highway started since last Friday, after the traffic police division started observing the zero tolerance day against violation of traffic rules.  Every Friday is observed as zero tolerance day against traffic rule violations.


Work on JICA-funded Dechu bridge begins

20150416_093839An excavator clears the site on the left side of Debchu for the bridge.

Connectivity: Starting next year, the people of Athang gewog will not have to worry about being cut off during monsoon, thanks to a bridge being built over the Dechu (river) at Dogayphu, 36km from Bajo town.

The bridge, according to Athang gup, Khandu Dorji, will benefit some 800 people from 90 households living beyond the gewog centre opposite Kamichu on the Tsirang-Wangdue highway

The Grass Root Project with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding the project.


Tang applies for cordyceps permit

DT: With less than two months left for cordyceps collection, people of Tang in Bumthang are seeking permits to collect cordyceps from the mountains within their gewog.

Tang gup, Thinley Namgay, raised the issue at the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), saying that the people of Tang must also be given permit for cordyceps collection, since the villagers earlier depended on yak for livelihood.


Disputed structure falls into disrepair

IMG_8248The Zangtopelri

Land: There is a Zangtopelri in Samdrupjongkhar that needs some real attention, but there is a dispute as well over the property between the thromde and a private individual.

This Zangtopelri stands on the right side of the road towards the district hospital in Samdrupjongkhar.  It has suffered from disrepair.  Walls are coming off, statues inside are broken, and the prayer wheels are coming off the hinges.

People have raised the issue and asked authorities concerned to repair the place and save the nangtens (sacred relics) that it contains.


Police detain two in Thimphu over drug offences

Crime: Thimphu police arrested a 24-year-old man from Changzamtog for possession of dried marijuana leaves yesterday.

Police said the man, who also tested positive for drugs, confessed that he brought the marijuana from Phuentsholing.  Along with him, three acquaintances were also tested for drugs, but were found negative.


The ‘Black Horse’ of Bhutanese football

IMG_1056Goutam Mukherjee

The once striker of the national team reminisces about his heydays

Profile: Friday, 4:30pm: Two Indian men walk out of an office in Changangkha in Thimphu.  Inside the room, Goutam Mukherjee, CEO of KCR private limited, is silhouetted blackness.  He looks tired.  His personal secretary is seated next to him with a notepad taking notes.

From Kolkata, India, Goutam Mukherjee, 52, is one of the many non-national individuals, who played for the national football team from 1979 to 1982.

Goutam came to Bhutan in 1979 on the invitation of Urgan Lama, the then captain of the national football squad.  He was to play for the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) team in the Thimphu A League.


DPT seeks to withdraw libel case

The party says it wishes to do so ‘in the larger interest of the nation’

Legal: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa submitted its intention to withdraw the libel case it filed against Dasho Paljor J Dorji alias Dasho Benji, in the larger interest of the nation, to Thimphu district court’s bench V, yesterday.

DPT’s legal representative and Drametse-Ngatshang’s member of parliament Ugyen Wangdi said that, if the court is unable to dismiss the charge of sedition as irrelevant, the party ‘although have not robbed the country as alleged’, would withdraw the entire case in the greater interest of the nation.


1 out of 4 BFS transactions fail

The financial switch that allows ATM and PoS to function has a less than perfect record

Banking: Almost a quarter of transactions made through Bhutan financial switch (BFS) in the last two years have been unsuccessful.

BFS facilitates connectivity between the banks for customers to avail automated teller machine (ATM) services of one bank from another’s ATM.

Another BFS component was the point of sales (PoS) launched in July 2012.


Promotions until P2 decentralised to agencies

The move is expected to allow the commission to focus on its core mandates

RCSC: Come July, promotions from O4 to P2 will not have to come to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

This, the RCSC says will reduce administrative burden on the commission as human resource (HR) committees of government agencies will be empowered to endorse the promotions. The HR committees of agencies are chaired by the head of the agency.


Salami schools merge for safekeeping

mmexport1429753870513Closed: The old classrooms of lower Salami primary school

Education: With the school’s structures prone to disaster, the lower Salami primary school (PS) in Tsirang was merged with the upper Salami PS last week.

The lower Salami PS, which has 23 students from pre primary to class II, is now part of Salami PS, which opened in March 2012 with classes III- IV.  The lower Salami PS had eight classrooms and three teachers.

Salami PS’s principal Rigzin Thinley said the lower school’s structures were built in the 50s and prone to disasters. “We merged the school for the safety of students and to enhance the quality of education,” he said.