Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - 6:21 AM

Cabbies not yet sold on electric alternative

TaxiThere are 2,600 taxis in the capital

The general feeling is that some sort of a trial run should precede any mass replacement

E-Taxis: The government’s plan to replace half the taxis in Thimphu city with electric cabs has created a furore among taxi drivers.

In his state of the nation’s report, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said that the only way to reduce fuel imports, which has put pressure on the rupee reserve, was by reducing the number of fuel-driven vehicles and replacing [... Read More]

Working committee to tackle gungtong issue

IMG_2773Project gungtong: DT chairpersons agreed to submit vacant household list by August

DT chairpersons, at a recent workshop, decided that it was imperative to reverse the trend

Gungtong: To tackle rising incidents of gungtong (vacant households) across the country, a working committee will be formed soon.

This was decided during a workshop on implications of gungtong on local governance recently.  Chairperson of all dzongkhag tshogdus (DT) attended the workshop and decided it was important to tackle the issues, especially in districts in the east like Pemagatshel, Trashigang [... Read More]

Farmers in a needless funk

DSC04600In dilemma: Most farmers in Paro did not get their supply of butachlor this paddy season

MoA officials say the slight delay in supply of herbicide is no cause for alarm

Herbicide: A farmer in lower Thimphu is worried that his paddy yield this year might not be as good as in previous years.

This, he said, was because he could not avail herbicide, butachlor, which controls weeds in the fields on time.

Like any other farmers around the country, he sprays butachlor in his fields within a few days after transplanting [... Read More]

Commuting on a Thimphu city bus

IMG_20140613_172243Bus stop: Commuters will surely miss the bus if they wait at the stop sign

The writer takes a trip to share the daily grind of regular commuters

Feature: The city bus is full.  There is no more room for anyone else. A lucky few are in their seats.  The rest, standing in the aisle, are squeezed up against each other.

The digital display in front says it is 5pm, which is rush hour, and it is 38 degrees Celsius inside the bus!  The humid air, sweetened by the odour [... Read More]

Action yet to be taken against unauthorised dealer

BAFRA awaits directives from the agriculture ministry before proceeding

Herbicide: Bhutan agriculture and food regulatory authority (BAFRA) is yet to take any action against the unauthorised dealer in Paro, who sold the herbicide – butachlor – to farmers, in absence of supply from commissioned agents in town.

The unauthorised dealer sold butachlor, which he claimed to have brought from Falakata, India, to farmers in Paro about two weeks ago during the paddy transplantation season.

BAFRA’s chief [... Read More]

Interview to be held this weekend

GEP: The first batch of 2,243 jobseekers, registered with the guaranteed employment program (GEP), will sit for interview this weekend.

Jobseekers, including general graduates, master’s degree holders, and classes XII and X graduates, were given three days since Tuesday until Thursday 5pm to e-register for the program.  Only those registered in the job portal were eligible to enroll in the program.

But there are only 270 jobs are available in 44 companies that will be [... Read More]

Shamar rinpoche’s kudung arrives in New Delhi

The influential spiritual leader passed away on the morning of June 11 in Germany

Kagyu: The kudung (the mortal remains) of the 14th Kunzig Shamar rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro, was flown to the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) in New Delhi last night from Germany, according to a spokesman from Shamarpa’s administration.

Considered an influential spiritual leader from Karma Kagyu tradition, and one of the principal disciples of the late 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorjee, [... Read More]

Foreign relations – Consolidate rather than expand

Report: The government’s stand on diplomatic relations, which remained suspended since taking office last year, was finally made clear in the prime minister’s state of the nation report on June 19.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, presenting the report to the joint sitting, said, “our relations must be value-oriented and, therefore, more than expansion, the government has decided to consolidate on the relations we already have, by nurturing the existing relations and focusing on trade, investment [... Read More]

No Schedule Flights to Bumthang

IMG_2689Unfriendly: Fog hangs over Bathpalathang airport

Aviation: Schedule flight to Bumthang has been lifted since June 7 after Drukair’s last flight from Paro had to be cancelled because of bad whether conditions in Bumthang.

The last flight that landed in Bumthang was on June 4.

On June 7 over 12 passengers including 10 foreigners onboard had to wait for four-five hours only to have the flight cancelled as whether failed to improve.

“Because of monsoon disruption flights cannot operate following which the [... Read More]

Nine departments sign performance agreements with agriculture ministry

IMG_9451Agriculture minister signs the compact

Signing: For sustainable and adequate access to food and natural resources, nine departments in the agriculture ministry, yesterday, signed performance agreements with their minister and secretary.

With the signing, the departments are expected to work towards enhancing food and nutrition security, sustainable rural livelihood, conservation of plant and animal genetic resource and natural heritage sites and biodiversity resource management.

The departments have laid down their key objectives, priorities, success indicators, and targets that they will meet [... Read More]

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