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Public bus from Samdrupjongkhar to Pemagatshel still a far cry

IMG_1039Vehicles, mostly trucks wait for a roadblock to be cleared on the Samdrupjongkhar - Pemagatshel highway.

Meanwhile, people risk life and limb hitching rides on speeding trucks

Transport: The bumpy ride on an old truck becomes more exhausting with every passing hour for Rinzin Lhendrup, who had hitched a ride to Pemagatshel with his wife from Samdrupjongkhar, after an hour long wait on the highway.

Like the couple, many people also travel to Pemagatshel, which is about 162km away, in a similar way, because there is no public transport to ferry [... Read More]

Living with delayed funeral services

DSC04022Soe’s crematorium in dire need of renovation with its roof blown away last year

Soe: In absence of religious personnel, nomads in Soe gewog in Thimphu encounter delay in carrying out to funeral rituals, every time there is a death in the family.

Located about 4,000m above sea level, it takes a two-day walk from Shana zam (bridge) in Paro to reach Soe.

Nomads said, whenever there is a death, they travel to Paro to look for monks, who will perform the rituals.

“If the monks are free, we manage [... Read More]

Wamrong’s reconstruction hopes rest with new govt.

IMG_5419In absence of loan: Construction that continue albeit rather slowly and those awaiting budget

Loans: Shopkeepers in Wamrong, Trashigang, who lost their homes to a fire in 2009, say they have hope in the new government to initiate release of loan that will enable them to carry out reconstruction.

About 12 shops in Wamrong had been pressing the previous dispensation to give them loan since early 2011.  For now, they have been living in temporary sheds built under His Majesty’s kidu grant.

Having coincided with the suspension of loan [... Read More]

Village skill development training transforms lives

UntitledParticipants learn to repair electrical appliances

MoLHR: Apart from the usual farm work, Nikita Rai, 19, from Mechetar, Samtse, has been devoting her time helping those in the neighborhood repair their electrical appliances.

Nikita had acquired the skill through a training she received for a month recently.

“I was overwhelmed, when I could first identify the problem with my water boiler, which was lying idle,” she said.

She then moved on to help the community, disseminating skills she gained from village skill [... Read More]

Contractor sues company

Over cement bags bought from an agent and found to be short in weight

PACL: A contractor in Haa has filed a court case against Penden Cement Authority ltd (PCAL), after the cement bags he procured from an agent in Phuentsholing were found to be lighter by five kilograms each.

The case was filed last week at Haa district court.  The contractor, Rinchen Khandu, said he bought 200 bags of cement, each weighing 50kg, from [... Read More]

Ugyen Academy FC win national league by a single point


Their 5-0 win over Drukpol makes them Bhutan’s team for the AFC President’s Cup

Football: Ugyen Academy FC will represent Bhutan in the upcoming Asian football confederation (AFC) President’s Cup, as the champion of the 2013 national league (Coca Cola Bhutan national football league championship).

Ugyen Academy won the championship by a single point, after hammering Drukpol FC 5-0 on November 23 at the Changlimithang ground.

With all three points needed to pip defending champion Yeedzin [... Read More]

Pay hike by removing pool vehicles

This, besides lifting pool vehicle quota for civil servants were identified as measures to cut government cost

Revision: On the government’s request, the pay commission, while working on civil service pay revision, has also been asked to look into discontinuing pool vehicle system and replacing it with a system of allowances instead.

The commission had its first meeting this week, but members did not comment on what was discussed then.

A member requesting anonymity, however, said [... Read More]

Spread the govt. ad largess

Is in effect what a circular from the Cabinet secretariat has instructed all concerned

Circular: All ministries and agencies should provide same opportunities to all newspapers or broadcast media when issuing government advertisements, a circular the Cabinet secretariat on November 19  issued stated.

The circular on “matters concerning government advertisements” is addressed to all government secretaries and signed by Cabinet secretary Dasho Penden Wangchuk.

“With reference to issuance of government advertisements, honourable Dasho is hereby directed [... Read More]

46 make it for masters’ in Australia

20131122_163223Australian ambassador (centre) and senior government officials with the AusAid scholarship recipients yesterday

1,223 Bhutanese had applied for the prestigious award in the 2014 intake

AusAid: Forty-six individuals will leave for Australia to pursue master’s program under the AusAid scholarship towards the end of this year.

These include three Australian leadership awardees.

Of the awardees, about forty percent are from private and corporate sectors, while the rest are civil servants.

Between February 1 and April 30 this year, some 1,223 Bhutanese had applied for the prestigious award for the 2014 [... Read More]