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OL makes conciliatory keynote speech

20130911-2C4A1586Parliament members offer Kusung Thukten Mendrel to His Majesty

The opposition, he pledged, would be constructive rather than confrontational

NA: Forgiveness, reconciliation of two parties, and long-term sustainable development of the nation were at the core of the opposition leader’s statement at the inaugural session of the second parliament yesterday.

On behalf of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), the opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, submitted to His Majesty the King and the Bhutanese people for forgiveness for disturbing the peace and harmony, as the two [... Read More]

His Majesty graces first session of second Parliament

NA: In a solemn prayer ceremony, during the inauguration of the first joint sitting of the second parliament yesterday, members of parliament offered Kusung Thukten Mendrel to His Majesty the King for his well being and long life, in reverence and unwavering loyalty and dedication from the people.

Before the formal opening with the zhugdrel phuensum tshogpa ceremony (celebration of harmonious fruition and prayers for peace, prosperity and happiness), His Majesty was received and [... Read More]


Happy, now?

Whoever thought a concept that was conjured up in the early ‘70s would catch on in the world with so much conviction today, the very concept it once looked at with cynicism.

The country may not be reflected among the list of happy nations in the recent World Happiness Report, but it is encouraging to learn that many nations across the world have begun giving the alternate index a serious thought that it merited to measure [... Read More]

Which kids fared how in board exams

An analysis of the pupils’ performance report 2012 provides some revealing nuggets of data

BHSEC: Children of farming parents have outdone students, whose parents work in government or private sectors, in Dzongkha both in the class X and XII board examinations last year, the pupils’ performance report 2012 states.

Class XII

Going by parental occupation, children of non-governmental organisations’ employees have performed better in most subjects.  Those from parents working in private sectors have done well [... Read More]

The RIA unit – Clearing house for new laws

Forthwith, all future legislation must be assessed on impact before being tabled

Procedure: To avoid unnecessary laws, and to ensure that new laws do not contradict existing ones, all Bills, amendment of Acts and rules and regulations, henceforth, must be assessed on their impacts before introducing them to parliament.

However, those laws, including the RTI Bill, which are already up for discussion in Parliament, have been already approved by the committee of secretaries (CoS) before [... Read More]

865 kgs of sandalwood seized

Image0252Laden: Northward bound

Forestry officials in the western district of Haa have seized 865 kgs of sandalwood smuggled in from India and headed for markets across the northern border.

The contraband, which was loaded unto 26 horses, were seized from Talung village, Bji gewog, at around 3 am on Monday, September 9.

About six men from Talung village were with the loaded horses.

On receiving a tip-off from an anonymous source forest officials went searching for the horses in Talung village [... Read More]

NHDC’s home maintenance service doing well

Indeed, lack of manpower constrains the unit from meeting the overwhelming demand

Buildings: Going by the demand for maintenance services from the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDC) repair and maintenance unit, many buildings in the capital city are suffering from plumbing and electricity defects.

The unit, set up to provide repair and maintenance services in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting and masonry, is in great demand, according to the managing director, Ugyen Tshewang. “Our people [... Read More]


A road by any other name

In the context of the thrombi’s renaming exercise, here are the stories behind some Thimphu street names

In a letter in Kuensel’s “My Say” column of August 24, I made some personal comments, in an attempt to enlighten readers on the more profound thinking behind the Thimphu thromde’s street naming exercise.  I trust it has gone some way to generate greater understanding and appreciation for the approach the thromdey has adopted in its work.

Several people I [... Read More]

Samdrupjongkhar gets disconnected for a day

IMG_0273People wait for their turns at the bank of Bhutan 15 minutes before the transactions stop

Internet: It was a blackout but yesterday it was about the Internet connection getting suspended for about eight hours in Samdrupjongkhar.

While Dewathang town experienced a very lazy day until the connection was restored around 3:30pm, for Samdrupjongkhar town, it was a blackout day.

According to the technical officer, Cheku with Bhutan Telecom, it was because of the failure in the functioning of the damaged inverter. “Inverters act like an end device and we have [... Read More]

Delay in bridge construction

Nubi: The two incomplete bridges in Nubi gewog, Trongsa are awaiting the release of new budget to pay for the materials, orders for which have already been placed but will be delivered only on full payment.

The 60-foot long Simjuling bridge is in Simphu-Daba chiwog while the other 60ft long bridge in Gagar-Karshong chiwog is called Kharkhichu bridge.  The abutment walls of both bridges have been completed, but the launching is yet to be [... Read More]