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Three new bills to be deliberated at fourth session

All in all, both council and assembly have a full agenda of legislative business to attend to

2nd Parliament: Three new bills will be up for deliberation at the fourth session of the second Parliament, which begins on November 12.

The new bills are the office of the attorney general bill of Bhutan 2014; enterprise registration bill of Bhutan 2014; and the companies bill of Bhutan 2014. The national assembly will also amend the entitlement [... Read More]

E-fencing for Nabisa village, Phangyul

IMG_0008The first electric fencing in Wangdue is installed at Nabesa village

First such apparatus to be installed in Wangduephodrang dzongkhag

Wildlife:  To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Wangdue dzongkhag officials and Phangyul gewog people inaugurated the 2.30km electric fencing at Nabesa village, on November 8.

This is the first electric fencing to be installed in Wangdue.

District agriculture officer, Sonam Zangpo, said to demonstrate rice production on dry land, 20 households of Phangyul cultivated 17.03 acres [... Read More]

Kurim to commemorate 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King

P54Kurim at the multipurpose hall at Trashigang middle secondary school

Prayer: Trashigang dzongkhag is performing a three-day prayer (kurim) to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King.

The kurim, which began yesterday, is performed for the good health, well- being and long life of the fourth Druk Gyalpo.  It is also dedicated to the long life of His Majesty The King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and His Holiness the Je Khenpo.

Led by three trulkus from Kanglung shedra, about 150 monks [... Read More]

President of India in Bhutan

unnamed-2His Majesty The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo with President Pranab Mukherjee at the Tashichhodzong yesterday

In an extraordinary gesture, His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen were there to receive him at Paro airport 

State visit: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in the country on a two-day state visit, yesterday.

In a special, unprecedented gesture and break from protocol, His Majesty the King received the Indian President at Paro airport.

The President was then escorted to Tashichhodzong in Thimphu and presented a guard of honour.

His Majesty the King granted an audience [... Read More]

The drying of Phangkhar

An MoH pilot project since July 2013 to reduce alcohol consumption in the gewog  

Alcohol:  It used to be normal for visitors to wake up with a cup of ara (locally brewed alcohol), instead of tea, on the bedside in Phangkhar gewog.

Not anymore.

That tradition is gone.  Guests are not served alcohol, not even at night.  The gewog has banned the sale and brewing of ara.  Seven villages in the gewog even agreed not [... Read More]

Proposed railway dropped

DSC_5319Lyonchhoen interacts with Indian journalists

Transport: While the two proposed railway routes that would have connected Bhutan to the Indian railway network have been dropped, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that another route would be welcome.

The Golden Jubilee railway line, announced by the former Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh during a visit to Bhutan in 2008, would have connected either Phuenthsholing or Toribari to Hashimara.

However, President Pranab Mukherjee, in an email interview with this paper, pointed out that [... Read More]

Lab blood tests confirm ‘very low’ thiamine levels

A random sampling of three of the Gomphu LSS students stricken by beri beri show these results 

Nutrition: Public health laboratory reports confirm that thiamine content in the blood samples of students, who fell ill in Gomphu lower secondary school last month, was way below the normal range.

Of the 35 samples collected, only three were randomly selected for tests.  Public health laboratory officials, who investigated the case, said the three samples were tested to [... Read More]

Wanted revenue assistant still on the lam

JDWNRH: Investigations are still on to trace the revenue assistant of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk national referral hospital (JDWNRH) who went missing since September 3, after allegedly embezzling more than Nu 5M.

JDWNRH’s medical director, Dr Sonam Phuntsho, over a telephone interview, said that they were yet to receive any updates from police after a filing a missing complaint the same month.

“Police informed us that investigations are still on, and the revenue assistant is suspended [... Read More]


Ensuring security

As family members of the truck drivers still held in captive by kidnappers across the border in Gelephu remain in shock, and try to come to terms with what has happened to them, there is an air of optimism on security prospects along the southern border.

A 30-kilometre wall is being planned to secure the border from Gelephu to Singye gewog.  The porous border and the thick jungle provided a safe haven for miscreants across the [... Read More]

Apologise or prove: DPT

The plaintiff presented in court a 26-page rebuttal 

Libel case: Druk Phuensum tshogpa representative asked Dasho Paljor J Dorji to publicly apologise that the comment he made on Facebook was not meant to accuse the DPT of ‘robbing the country blind’, or else to prove each of the allegations made against the party.

DPT’s representative, Ugyen Wangdi, said, “The plaintiff remains prepared, to this day, to consider an apology, because of our respect for him [... Read More]

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