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Township waits donkeys years for plans to take off

DSC_1005Samtse town in anticipation of development

Initiated in 1994, townsfolk have grown old in anticipation of a signal to go ahead

Samtse: Although it has been more than a decade since the completion of the Samtse town planning, the town still wears the same look as it did in the nineties, when it was first developed.

Amidst intense heat, rain, and frequent power shutdowns, residents still await instruction from the dzongkhag and municipality on the town planning approval.

Like always, they are [... Read More]

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Gewog administrative officers and lhakhang caretakers from 11 gewogs in Pemagatshel are being trained on disaster preparedness, fire safety and strengthening emergency management. The four-day training began yesterday.


Deadline deferred for a third time

DSC_5648Delayed: Completion date of the bridge over Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway in Samdrupjongkhar is pushed by four more months

Monsoon precipitated landslides are being blamed for the delay

CDCL: Completion of the Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway could be further delayed with the deadline extended by four months.

This is the third time the deadline has been extended to Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) that has been awarded the works.

The initial completion date was May 31.

An official at the site said that CDCL requested the government further postpone the deadline to December after failing to meet the [... Read More]

Primary school pioneers mass cleaning campaign

20140906_120206More than one and a half truckload of garbage were collected during the campaign

Waste: To sensitise youth, parents and the community to improper garbage disposal in schools and villages, Zangkhar primary school in Lhuentse organised a mass cleaning campaign on September 6.

With the theme, ‘Let’s work together for a safe earth,’ more than 200 villagers of Tshochen were involved including Zangkhar-Yabee and Zangkhar PS students, teachers, health staff, gewog officials under Jarey gewog and Thrumshingla national park officials.

This first ever mass cleaning campaign covered places from [... Read More]

‘Passport to success’ training imparts confidence

Program: Over the past month, Kuenlay Biddha, an unemployed university graduate, has learnt to build confidence, important not only for job interviews but also to face the challenges of seeking employment.

Her confidence comes from a month-long ‘passport to success training program’ in Thimphu that ended yesterday.

Kuenlay and 17 other graduates learnt problem solving, positive attitude building, discovered their strengths and weaknesses, conflict management, and entrepreneurship skills.

A graduate from St. Joseph College in Darjeeling, [... Read More]

No benefits after 20 years of service

IMG_5647NWF colony in Phoshing, Zhemgang

All that Laxman Subba got from DoR were his last monthly salary and a lift home

NWF: After 19 years of working on the nation’s highway as part of the national work force (NWF), Laxman Subba, 66, was laid off with neither gratuity, provident fund or pension by the department of roads (DoR) in Phoshing, Zhemgang.

His Nu 5,050 salary was the only benefit Laxman Subba was sent home with, besides a free ride in [... Read More]

DPT sues Dasho Benji for defamation

Court: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa has lodged a defamation case against a former deputy minister, Dasho Paljor J Dorji, fondly known as Dasho Benji, following his comments on social media.

Although the comment has been removed from Facebook, Dasho Benji had reportedly accused the party of  “robbing the country blind”.

Leader of the opposition, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, on behalf of the party, submitted a written petition, both in Dzongkha and English, on August 15, asking the [... Read More]

Community centres now offer financial services

More and more facilities are being made available as time goes by

Governance: In an effort to transform community centres (CCs) into hubs for socio-economic development of rural communities, financial services are being introduced as another one of their functions.

For the past month, three CCs in Thimphu have been offering basic Bhutan Development Bank services, such as deposits, withdrawals and loan applications.

One of the CCs has already recorded Nu 571,900 of transactions just a [... Read More]

PMO clarifies recruitment cancellation

The matter, the office contends, has been blown out of all proportion, given that no appointment letter was issued

Media: The selection of the former editor of Bhutan Observer, Needrup Zangpo for the post of media attaché at the prime minister’s office was cancelled because someone in the office  had won the confidence to fill the post.

The cabinet secretary, Dasho Penden Wangchuk, said that he fully sympathised with him, but the cancellation was not [... Read More]

Precautionary measures against Ebola in place

Though in a low risk region, the health ministry has issued an advisory on the issue

EVD: Following the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa, the health ministry has issued an advisory on the issue to prevent the risk of exposure to EVD, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Public health department’s director general Dr Dorji Wangchuk said precautionary measures are being taken, [... Read More]

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