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Laya’s fodder shortage being addressed

IMG_0337Improved pasture development has kept the number of yaks from declining

Livestock: The acute shortage of fodder in winter due to Laya’s extreme weather condition is getting addressed with the improved pasture development initiative.

The gewog of 286 households has the highest yak and horse population. There are 3,076 yaks, 1,296 horses and 50 local cattle. Only 73 households today rear yaks.

Laya’s livestock extension officer, Pema Wangda said in Laya, the grass starts growing only after May and by October end, the entire place turns dry.

He said yaks and horses are one of the main sources of livelihood for Layaps besides cordycep collection. To help people overcome fodder shortage problems, the livestock department has initiated a distribution of pasture seeds annually.


FC Terton are the YTPL 2015 champions

MG2546Diwah Subba scores the second goal to seal the title

Football: FC Terton wrapped up the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League (YTPL) championship when they defeated Drukpol FC 2-1 yesterday with an amassing 28 points from 12 games.

With three games in hand, FC Terton was made to wait till their final game of the tournament to claim the championship. After losing to Thimphu FC 3-1 on Wednesday, the game was a must win for the table toppers.

The win didn’t come easy for the champions. Drukpol FC dominated the game with a near lead in the first 10 minutes of the game when striker Jigme Drakpa’s goal was ruled offside by the referee.


A rethink on the reserve?

Given the huge volume of import from India, opinions differ on the merit of hoarding so many dollars

Currency: Bhutan is rich in hard currency reserve, but poor when it comes to rupee, begging the question why hold on to hard currency when the volume of the country’s trade is the maximum with India?

As of March, the central bank had a rupee reserve of Rs 10.9B (about USD 173M) compared to USD 834.9M, equivalent to around Rs 52B secured as convertible currency reserve.  This is almost five times more than the much needed rupee reserve.


Major quake likely to cripple mobile cellular services

Telecom: It is likely that the country’s mobile cellular services will become unavailable in the event of a major disaster hitting Bhutan.

When the April 25 earthquake struck Nepal, mobile cellular services even in Bhutan were affected.

Both the country’s telecommunications providers, Bhutan Telecom and Tashi InfoComm, have confirmed that this is a likely scenario.  The reason being put forth by the two companies is that their networks will not be able to handle the resulting surge in traffic.


Picture story

New Appointments: (from left) – His Majesty The King yesterday granted dhar to the General Secretary of the National Assembly Secretariat, Sangay Duba, the Works and Human Settlement Secretary, Phuntsho Wangdi, the Economic Affairs Secretary, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi and the Attorney General, Shera Lhendup.


Not seeing aye to aye

NC and NA remain at odds on whether commissioners/constitutional post holders need first to resign from civil service

Amendment: The National Council did not accept the amendment that commissioners and members of constitutional offices need not resign from the civil service on their appointment, as endorsed by the Assembly to the Entitlement and Service Conditions Act for the holders, members and commissioners of the constitutional office of Bhutan (amendment) bill 2014.


When opinions differ…

When the National Assembly passed the Entitlement and Service Conditions for Commissioners of Constitutional Offices (amendment) Bill, repealing the provision that requires commissioners and members of constitutional offices to resign, the expectation was that there would be a deadlock.

As expected, the National Council has objected to the amendment.  The house of review, rather endorsed that members and commissioners be reappointed for a second term.


Passing the buck on a pledge?

Govt. says it awaits pvt. sector proposal so as to set up three new colleges in the east

Education: Establishing three new colleges in the east would not be possible in a short period of time, but upgrading the existing ones would address immediate issues, home minister Damcho Dorji said at the Assembly’s question hour session yesterday.

Lyonpo said that, although the government had received several foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals for the establishment of three colleges, the government is waiting for a private entity to come forward.


What happened to a power tiller each to chiwog?

Agriculture: If there is no ox, how can a work to be done by an ox be really done? The question is critical, indeed. That was the gist of National Assembly’s question-answer session with agriculture minister yesterday.

When the present government fought the elections, providing a power tiller to every chiwog was a promise it made, among others.

Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji said that people in the rural areas need not power tillers but the service of the machine to grow the food they need to grow.


Diversifying and reforming subjects

Education: In a move towards preparing students better in classrooms, so that they are exposed to varied fields of study, the department of curriculum, research and development (DCRD) is working on diversifying subjects that are taught in schools.

About a decade ago, besides compulsory subjects (English, mathematics, history, geography, science and Dzongkha), optional subjects were limited for classes IX, X, XI and XII.