At forum’s end: Villagers from various parts of Gelephu discuss what it was all about
… have led to confusion over NC and NA elections in Sarpang
Sarpang has completed common forums in all of its 12 gewogs and the thromdey (municipality).
A majority of the voters, particularly those that came for the common forum in Gelephu, however, failed to make similar progress, in that voters are still confused over for which election it was that their votes were being sought.
The confusion was caused as the number of National Council candidates the [... Read More]
The most common asset owned by Bhutanese households is cellular ‘phone according to the Bhutan living standard survey (BLSS) 2012 with 93 percent of households surveyed owning the gadget.
It was only 39 percent five years ago when the 2007 BLSS was carried out, four years after cellular services were launched.
As of December 2012, the two mobile cellular operators, Bhutan Telecom’s B-Mobile and Tashi InfoComm’s Tashi-Cell had a combined subscriber base of 560,890 as compared to [... Read More]
In accordance with the school performance rankings developed by the education ministry
Fifteen schools in the country have maintained their rankings in the list of top 40 performing schools in 2012, according to the school performance rankings the education ministry released yesterday.
The 15 schools, including nine high schools, were also in the list of the top 40 performing schools in the previous year.
However, unlike in the list of 2011, no community primary schools (CPS) in the [... Read More]
A 44-year-old driver died on the spot, and six passengers, including a 3-year-old boy, suffered major injuries, when the pickup truck they were travelling in veered off a farm road around 2pm yesterday.
The vehicle crashed about 45m below the road at Basantey bir (cliff), four kilometres before reaching Dophuchen gewog centre in Dorokha, Samtse.
The passengers, who were taken to Dophuchen BHU, were referred to Samtse general hospital.
A villager said the deceased, a former village tshogpa [... Read More]
A week from today, the nation will go to polls to elect 20 councillors, one from each district, from among 67 candidates.
The 20 elected, together with five eminent nominees, will form the national council, an apolitical institution and an integral part of the relatively new Bhutanese parliamentary system.
In most of the districts, the live public debates and common forum campaigns organised by the election have been completed or are winding up, which leaves candidates a [... Read More]
Outgoing Bangladesh Ambassador Imtiaz Ahmed made a farewell call on the Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley yesterday. Lyonchhoen congratulated Ambassador Ahmed for his appointment as the new Ambassador of Bangladesh to Portugal during the meeting. Ambassador Ahmed came to Bhutan in October 2010.
A building in Menchulumpa village lost its roof during the windstorm
A windstorm that struck Punakha on the night of April 14 has blown off and completely damaged roofs of 21 structures.
The windstorm, which occurred at around 8:30pm, uprooted the CGI roofings of Talo goenpa’s newly built two-unit drashas (monk’s residence), kitchen and teachers’ quarters built in February this year, among others.
The monks of the goenpa have moved to the main temple for now.
The roofs of a lam’s residence, kitchen and wall fencing of Labtshakha lhakang [... Read More]
The blame is being laid on lightning strikes on towers, near and far
Samdrupjongkhar residents have reached their wits end with the erratic B-mobile cellular network.
The southeastern border district was out of the loop for almost two days last week.
When there is heavy rainfall, accompanied by lightning, electricity supply and the cellular network get frequently cut off like what happened last week.
“Even when network bar on the cell is visible we experience a call drop or [... Read More]
A major maintenance of road will begin in two months
The rapid deterioration of road conditions is largely due to the project’s heavy-duty traffic
Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA) has taken charge of the 43.5km road between Trongsa and Zhemgang for maintenance and other related works hereon.
With hundreds of heavy vehicles plying the highway, from Dzongkhalum in Trongsa to Dangdung in Zhemgang, almost every day, the road condition had deteriorated over time.
Riddled with potholes, the narrow road poses inconvenience and risks to drivers. Several accidents have [... Read More]
With him, PDP has three candidates who were former district administrators
Haa dzongda Rinzin Dorje has submitted his resignation to join politics, making him the first dzongda to have done so to date.
Rinzin Dorje, 49, said his resignation is still under process and that, on being relieved by the civil service commission, he would join the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Originally from Shingkhar in Zhemgang, Rinzin Dorje will contest for the PDP from Chuabari, Dekiling in Sarpang, [... Read More]