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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - 2:41 AM
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Under, unseen, unattended: This potholed stretch under Olakha bridge in Thimphu, has been screaming for attention for months now

Standing for her constituency

IMG_0928Dechen Zangmo (right) with two DPT Parliament members, who are helping her campaign

By-election: It was the “call” of the people of Nanong-Shumar constituency that she was responding to, following resignation of former elected representative Jigmi Y Thinley, according to Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidate for the by-election, Dechen Zangmo.

Addressing the community at Chungkhar gonpa, where about 20 people showed up, Dechen Zangmo said she was standing up for the constituency she grew up in.

Helping her woo voters were the two members of Parliament, DPT’s Khar-Yurung representative [... Read More]

People want census again on Parliament’s agenda

IMG_1708Sangay Khandu listens to villagers

This was the message Samtse’s NC representative received loud and clear during his recent visit

Nurbugang: Issues pertaining to census once again topped the discussion when villagers of Norbugang gewog in Samtse met their National Council representative Sangay Khandu yesterday.

Council member Sangay Khandu, who was touring villages in Samtse, had asked them what issue should be raised in the next Parliament session.

After speaking almost for nine hours in two places, Dipujora and Norbugang, on [... Read More]

Editorial

An infusion of financial life

The receipt of the first billion Rupees on Tuesday as grant from India towards the government’s economic stimulus plan should raise hopes for businesses that have stagnated in the absence of credit to fuel growth.

As it is, the media these days carry quite a few stories as well as notifications, complete with image, of people who have taken loans and missed paying installments for several months.

In a number of cases, businesses are defaulting because they [... Read More]

Project authority responds to audit

IMG_3139Not wasted: The road tunnel termed as wasteful by the auditors

A road, the report calls redundant, turns out to necessary, after all

Mangdechhu: The Nu 122M spent on building a road access tunnel to the dam site of the Mangdechhu project was not wasteful expenditure, as labelled by an audit finding, say officials of the 720MW hydropower project being built in the central district of Trongsa.

The audit findings, done jointly by auditors from India and Bhutan, stated that the construction of the 270m-road tunnel [... Read More]

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Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency and the Paro police detained two women, 45 and 39 years, since October 28 after they found tobacco products in their shops in Tshogdue market.
The team searched the shops after Tobacco control office in Thimphu received a tip off, informing that they were selling tobacco and tobacco products to students and public.

 

Award for architectural preservation and restoration

DSC02565Kinley Wangchuk receives award from chairman of Toyama international college of crafts and arts

Award: Kinley Wangchuk, project manager of Pemagatshel dzong construction, was awarded DAIFUMI International Award in Japan for his “immeasurable contribution to the restoration and preservation of historically important architecture in the country”.

The award, presented by Toyama International College of Crafts and Arts in collaboration with the Kogakuin University, was also given for his active participation in the international collaboration and exchange of ideas.

Kinley Wangchuk was also with the university for six months in [... Read More]

Houses to make way for highway

IMG_20131025_153849The cottages that will be demolished soon

In the greater cause of a vital link, ‘collateral damage’ is inevitable

Road: Jangchuk, a truck driver living in Dewathang, got worried when two officials from the thromde recently showed up at his door and asked his permission to measure the rooms inside.

The five cottages, located just below the road leading towards the Jigme Namgyal polytechnic (JNP) institute and near the Dewathang military hospital, will soon be demolished to broaden the road and construct [... Read More]

Prickly sokshing issue

Whether age-old customs, or recent laws should guide woodlots goes unresolved at DT

DT: Following conflicting views on reinstating sokshing to its customary practice before introduction of Land Act 2007, Trashiyangtse dzongkhag tshogdu recently decided they wait for the Act to be amended.

Many villagers from various parts of the dzongkhag had their local leaders propose the government look into registering sokshing with an individual villager’s land, an old practice that changed after Land Act [... Read More]

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Officials of Brahmaputra and Barak Basin Organisation (B&BBO), India, and department of Hydromet services (DHMS) met last week to monitor and oversee the DHMS’s flood warning program funded by Indian government. The joint expert teams endorsed the proposed activities of the DHMS for which Nu 30M assistance was approved. The establishment of hydro-meteorological observation and flood forecasting network on rivers common to India [... Read More]