Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 5:35 AM

Interim govt. to exit on July 26

Government: The interim government, the Constitution states, shall cease to exist the day the new prime minister enters office when the new National Assembly is constituted.

That day, according to official sources, has been decided on July 26 when His Majesty the King would formally confer dakyen to Prime Minister-elect Tshering Tobgay, who on the same day would submit a list of names of ministerial candidates to the King.

The ruling party, People’s Democratic one, [... Read More]

Voters go over PDP promises

From civil servants to businessmen, graduates and youth, they are all eager to see the changes

Party: Allegations and other political issues having barely settled and certain sections of the Bhutanese population are already looking forward to the new government taking office.

It is more the pledges People’s Democratic Party (PDP) made during its campaigns that they are eager about.

Of the many pledges PDP made to fulfill within the first 100 days of its governance, [... Read More]

The 15-point ball is in the ECB court

DPT: It is not yet certain how the election commission of Bhutan will tackle the so-called 15 points Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) submitted to His Majesty during an audience on Sunday.

As of 5pm yesterday, when asked for an update, chief election commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi said, “I don’t know anything. I have no comments.”

According to the DPT party workers who received an audience, His Majesty had assured them that he would have ECB [... Read More]

Sarpang’s sixth abductee

Crime: A 28-year-old man, who went missing on July 18 from Dadhgari, which borders Gelephu town, has been kidnapped by miscreants from across the border, say his relatives.

The man from Jigmeling, who left school after class X, is believed to have gone missing from nearby the Dadhgari market.

His brother, Tshering Wangdi, who is a ranger, said his brother had told a friend that he was going shopping to the Thursday market in Dadhgari, [... Read More]


A full plate of pledges to fulfill

At the PDP headquarters in the capital yesterday, party officials did not say much, when asked about its pledges for the first 100 days in office.

But there is not much to say because it is already out there, in black and white, in the fliers that were distributed weeks to the general election poll day.

Now that the election is over and done with, the electorate is reading the pledges in the flier with great interest [... Read More]

Government to shoulder school feeding programs

wfpRangjung Higher Secondary boarding students at the dinner in the school mess (File picture)

With WFP phasing out by 2014, the onus has fallen on the country to feed its own 

WFP: Government will have to inject an additional amount of about Nu 46.2M in the education ministry to sustain their school feeding programs, when the World Food Program (WFP) gradually pulls out its assistance starting next year.

Come 2014 and WFP won’t be feeding 7,000 students in boarding and the burden will fall on the government.  Besides the [... Read More]

An even further hike in power tariff?

As per the latest BPC bid, mass consumers my end up paying thrice what they do now

Electricity: The most recent proposal to revise power tariff, which was discussed on July 18 at the first public hearing in Thimphu, suggests tripling electricity rates for low voltage consumers or domestic households.

This is a change from the initial proposal that was submitted to the Bhutan Electricity Authority for review earlier this year.

“Things don’t match with their [... Read More]

Picture story

Bhutan Football Federation President and Kuwait Football Federation President signed an MOU on July 18 to exchange visits between national teams, exchange expertise, support from KFA to BFF for grassroot football program and any point of interest that will help develop football in Bhutan. A committee from BFF and KFA will be constituted and will work out on the details of the cooperation. [... Read More]

Tagkhambi chiwog will be lit up by August end

mudstoveAlmost a history: With electricity soon to arrive, villagers are ready to replace mud stove with electric cookers

Electrification: More than 56 households of Tagkhambi chiwog under Tsakaling gewog in Mongar will soon live “brighter” days.  The village will soon be connected with electricity.

According to rural electrification officials in Mongar, with the project in the chiwog almost done, it could happen at least by the end of next month.

Villagers said forests have been cleared in an alignment to erect poles.  All the households are also ready to welcome the much-awaited light [... Read More]

The farmer turned baker of Peljorling

bakerBuns in oven: Durba prepares to bake buns

Against all odds and forced by circumstances, a change of profession is finally paying off

Occupation: When DB Gurung, a farmer, fell from a tree and broke his leg in 2009, he could not work in the field to bring income for his family.

He then decided to open a small shop in Peljorling under Trashicholing gewog in Sipsu dungkhag.  But it didn’t do well, considering there were many other shops in the area.

Then it [... Read More]