Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - 10:13 PM
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Two men drown in Dagana

Police and a village search team, comprising family members, relatives and neighbours, are still looking for two men, suspected to have drowned in Dagachu and Pelechu in Dagana on August 25 and 26.

Of the two men, both aged 29, one was suspected to have drowned in Dagachu on the morning of August 25, and the other in Pelechu on the evening of August 26.

Police sources said that, in the August 25 incident, the missing man [... Read More]

More police protection for Dewathang?

Local residents feel the need, the law enforcers less so

Security: After the neighbouring Samdrupcholing dungkhag was provided with a branch office of the Royal Bhutan Police, it is now the people of Dewathang, who are asking for either more police patrolling at night, or a centre in their locality.

Dewathang residents have been feeling the need for more security, since the number of people living in the neighbourhood has been escalating.  This issue was [... Read More]

Market shed for organic products

IMG_0229The recently completed vegetable market shed in Dewathang

Agriculture: With the new vegetable market shed along the Dewathang to Samdrupjongkhar highway due to open soon, farmers living in and around are excited that they now have a proper place to sell their organic vegetables, fruits and other homemade products.

Although the market shed was inaugurated on Monday, the official operating day for the market shed could be fixed most probably on Sundays, officials said.

Supported by the thromde, the need to come up [... Read More]

Encroachment of government land in court

Nganglam: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has begun prosecuting people involved in the illegal encroachment of government land in Nganglam, Pemagatshel, which features prominently in the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) annual report that will presented and discussed in the first session of parliament next month.

In its report the ACC has said the illegal encroachment of government land at Nganglam has revealed that few influential local residents were in collusion with land [... Read More]

Picture story

His Majesty granted an audience to the members of Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa, at their first ever general meeting yesterday.

The organisation, which comprise of retired red-scarf recipients who have served the kings in various capacities, seeks to conserve and promote traditions of Bhutan as well as document history as they have experienced it during their service.

The tshogpa was initiated on the command [... Read More]

One TCC loses legal battle over other TCC’s plot ownership

DSC_7762Thimphu taxi parking: SC says it belongs to Tashi

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the longstanding controversy has raised many a lawyer’s brows

Taxi Parking: In contrast to the Gyalpoizhing case, where a number of plots allotted were restituted since its allotment and regularisation was deemed illegal, the Supreme Court last week ruled that Tashi Commercial corporation (TCC) owned the taxi parking area, adjacent to the fuel station at Lungtenzampa, Thimphu.

The SC on August 22 dismissed the appeal petition filed by the Thimphu [... Read More]

A case of pinching Peter to pay Paul

Providing free electricity to the rural poor may be doable, but at whose/what cost?

Tariff: It would be difficult for the government to fulfill their promise of providing free electricity to the rural poor, given that the government only has royalty energy worth around Nu 1.4B to meet the pledge.

This comes from the 15 percent of total generation that is given to the government as royalty energy by the generation company, Druk Green Power [... Read More]


Unpegging the parity exchange rate: Need for a dose of realism

The writer advises against a leap into the darkness of a free-floating Ngultrum

In the wake of a steep depreciation of the Indian rupee in the last three weeks, the confidence of people in the currency is naturally shaken, and public discourse has started on the issue whether the time has come to snap this exchange rate parity-based pegging arrangement (one INR equal to one Ngultrum) and let Ngultrum float with respect to the Indian rupee [... Read More]


What is a Responsible Company?

Shedding some light on the corporate social responsibility catchphrase

In last weekend’s Kuensel, Jambay Gyalay, director of the department of employment at the labour ministry, indicated that the private sector should think of corporate social responsibility.  He was specifically referring to the role of the business in providing meaningful jobs with fair pay to the country’s youth.  But what does corporate social responsibility really mean?

Corporate social responsibility, or CSR, is a global phenomenon that has emerged [... Read More]

To move or not to move?

Tenancy: The bank of Bhutan limited’s (BoBL) branch in Wangdue is caught in a fix, unable to move out of its current office to a new space because of a disagreement with the lessor.

The bank filed a case with the district the verdict was out since August 27, favouring the bank.   But the lessor has appealed to the high court and this has put the bank in dilemma.

The verdict stated that the [... Read More]