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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - 4:48 AM
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Defunct irrigation channel equals fallow paddy fields

DSCN3958Gone fallow: Kinzang Yeshi’s paddy fields

Who’s to blame? Thirsty built up structures or road widening fallout – take your pick

Agriculture: For many years, farmer Kinzang Yeshi harvested around 400kg of rice from his 189 decimal paddy field that sits on a wooded slope overlooking Jomtshang and Udzorong villages.  Then three years ago he took to growing maize.

The farmer from Tsushing village in Kanglung, Trashigang, was forced to switch crops when the irrigation that watered his fields started drying [... Read More]

About one in five minor females married

A multiple survey indicator showed the country’s early child marriage prevalence was 15 percent

Meeting: While age of consent for women to marry is a contentious issue, where men have gone behind bars for their relationship with minors below 18 years, about one in every five females between 15 and 19 years are currently married.

This is what Bhutan Multiple Survey Indicator, 2010 unveiled.

This takes the percentage of early child marriage in the country to [... Read More]

Deadline to upgrade extended

1- and 2-star hotels have been given more time to meet standards for a 3-star rating

TCBS: The Tourism Council of Bhutan secretariat (TCBS) has relaxed the deadline for one- and two-star hotels that are in the process of upgrading for a three-star rating.

The secretariat had earlier set December 2012 as the deadline to complete the upgrade.  But with most hotels unable to do so, time extensions were given.  Now the completion time has [... Read More]

Vice Chief on goodwill visit

IMG_9811 Vice Chief of Indian army (right) with RBA COO

Lt General SK Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, ADC, Vice Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army, is in the country on a goodwill visit from September 25 to 28.

The Vice Chief met with Major General Batoo Tshering, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Royal Bhutan Army yesterday.  Major General Batoo Tshering expressed his appreciation for the close cooperation the Royal Bhutan Army has continued to receive from the Indian Army.

Lt General SK Singh also received an audience [... Read More]

Full realisation of MDGs, a priority for Bhutan

photoForeign minister Rinzin Dorje

Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje joined the call of other leaders for sustainable development and poverty eradication to be placed at the core of the post 2015 development agenda, at the General Assembly’s Special Event on Millennium Development Goals, on September 25 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York.

Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje emphasised the need for a transformative development agenda that puts people at the center of development and seeks to bring about shared prosperity and [... Read More]

NA, NC, LG Acts up for amendment

Triggered by the recent resignation of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president the amendment will be discussed in the next session

Legislation: All assembly deputy speaker did was move the motion to review National Assembly, National Council and Local Government Acts and it sparked a lengthy debate on Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president’s recent resignation.

Limukha-Toewang constituency representative and deputy speaker Chimi Dorji said none of these Acts had clear provisions on elected members’ resignation.

He said [... Read More]

Remedial measures to be finalised next month

punaFor want of sample: Punatsangchhu workers drill the rock mass at the sinking area

PHPA I: Although some remedial measures to mitigate the sinking area at Punatsangchhu I dam site have been suggested, following inspections by expert teams, it will be further ascertained after completion of geological investigation of the slope on October 15.

Officials at the project location said a team from the geological survey of India (GSI), which went back after a physical examination of the sinking area earlier this month, will finalise the remedial measures [... Read More]

Report slams mine leasing process

In the absence of a public auction, the govt. is losing much revenue

RAA: Mines and quarries, a reliable source of revenue to the government, are still being leased out without conducting public auction, thereby impeding economy, transparency, fairness and competition, according to the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) report on leasing of government land and mines.

The performance audit report, August 2013, which was submitted to parliament and will be tabled during the winter session, [... Read More]

Editorial

A costly hiccup

The country’s economic dreams are getting a shake, a reality check, what with one hill at the 1,200MW Punatsangchhu I site sliding and bringing construction work at Bhutan’s largest hydropower project to a standstill.

Experts are still in the process of exploring the unstable zone, on which one side of the 136 metre high dam will rest, to map out stabilisation measures, but preliminary reports have confirmed the project is likely to get delayed by at [... Read More]

Penden Cement to come under ACC scanner

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Parliament has called upon the commission to follow up on the audit reports

PAC: Penden cement, the country’s premier cement manufacturer set up in the 80s, will be subjected to a special investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission as directed by parliament in connection with significant irregularities observed in 2011 -12 by the royal audit authority.

During the joint session parliament on September 23, which deliberated on the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) review of audit [... Read More]