Monday, July 28th, 2014 - 12:15 PM

DPT’s 15-point submission to His Majesty

dptAt the convention: DPT supporters and members from across the country at the Nazhoen Pelri basketball court yesterday

Convention: The almost five-hour meeting among Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) supporters and members culminated in a decision to submit a list of 15 issues to His Majesty the King.

Until then, as the members wished, the 15 elected members of the party, it was agreed would be disallowed from assuming their opposition roles at the Parliament.

“It’s in deed in your hands to decide whether we assume the role of the opposition,” party president Jigmi [... Read More]

Why Tsirang’s Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang voted the way it did

tsirangDPT’s Udya C Bhandari (left) and PDP’s Novin Darlami

Post Poll: Speculation doing the rounds pre-election in Tsirang was that former deputy speaker, DPT’s Yangku Tshering Sherpa, would be the sure winner considering his experience, oratory skill and being approachable.

But the outcome on the poll day on July 13 turned out totally opposite.  PDP’s Yogesh Tamang won in both EVM and postal ballot votes, that too with a huge margin.

He secured 4,564 votes in the EVM and also led in postal ballot [... Read More]


Post-election angst

When word was out that the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), which is now the opposition party, would be holding a post election convention in the capital, it was assumed that not many would show up; after all, the elections were over.

But yesterday, they showed up in numbers, like it was a pre-election meeting, and filled to the brim the spacious hall at the Nazhoen Pelri complex.

At the meeting, supporters openly voiced their grievances and resentment [... Read More]

A road that’s ever in need of repair

roadThe potholes in front of RRCO are pressed with soil for now

A thoroughfare that’s on the tourist trail is seldom, if ever, free of potholes

Bumthang: Despite the maintenance of the stretch in March this year, road condition in Wangdicholing and Dekiling areas of Bumthang is back to its potholed state, causing much pain to travellers.

The stretch, particularly in front of the regional revenue and customs office (RRCO) in Wangdicholing, was repaired twice after that.  Even this time, the roads department has filled the potholes [... Read More]

New school takes pressure off P/ling LSS

schoolMorning assembly: Students of Sonamgang school

Sonamgang LSS will let the once only LSS in town to dispense with its double shift

Education: From today, ten-year old Sonam Choden will no longer have to wake up at 5 am and be in school, Phuentsholing primary, at 6am.

Thanks to the opening of a new school, Sonamgang lower secondary, in Phuentsholing, she can now be at school at 8am, like most other schools in the country.

And that’s

With the opening of the new [... Read More]

Three family members food poisoned

beensThe sample of the bean sold at the farmers’ market

Vegetables: Three members of a family in Thimphu suffered continuous vomiting, diarrhoea and stomachache after consuming curry prepared out of beans on the night of July 18.

One of the patients, Nima Zangmo, who fell ill along with her husband and sister, said the beans, which were “unusually long”, measured about 30cm, had a different smell and taste.

She said they prepared the curry after her husband bought 1kg of beans costing Nu 100 from [... Read More]

Tashi Air to launch int’l flights come October

tashiairThe Tashi Air check-in desk at Paro airport remains unused and empty since the airline suspended flight operations in June last year

Aviation: Tashi Air is on track to launch international operations by October, according to the private airline.

Tashi Air CEO David Young said that the company has reached an agreement to lease an aircraft from a Lithuanian company.

Financial constraints and the inability to find an aircraft has delayed Tashi Air’s plan to introduce international flights by the end of last year.

Tashi Air is leasing an Airbus A320, a slightly larger version of the A319, [... Read More]

In Samdrupcholing elephants are like cattle

wildlifeBefore dusk: A paddy field in Mendrupling

Wildlife: There is an unused farm road, surrounded by thick bush and some scattered tall trees, which the people of Mendrupling village under Phuntshothang gewog in Samdrupjongkhar avoid using after dusk.

This is because of tuskers that come close to the farms in the village and surrounding areas at night. Therefore people of different villages who have to pass through the area do it before darkness falls.

Anil Kumar Bujel from Mendrupling village said the [... Read More]

New low in applications received to construct houses

workersSlow down: Expatriate workers at a construction site in Thimphu (File photo)

From 164 last year in Thimphu thromde, the number has plummeted to just 24

TCC: The Thimphu City Corporation (TCC) has approved construction of 12 houses so far this year, the lowest number in the past decade, indicating a slowdown in the housing boom that has dramatically altered the capital’s landscape in the past few years.

A total of 24 applications to build houses were received this year, of which 12 were approved as of [... Read More]

The case of the stolen Dzongkha answer scripts

educationParents raise their hands in agreement to allow their children reappear the Dzongkha examination

Education: The parents of Kurichu lower secondary school students in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar, unanimously agreed yesterday to make their children re-sit their Dzongkhag paper, after the subject teacher lost the mid term exam answer sheets on her way to Thimphu.

The Dzongkha teacher of classes V, VI and VIII had travelled to the capital to attend a meeting and hitched a ride in one of the public transports.  But upon reaching the bus terminal in [... Read More]