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No bending laws for substitute land

Land commission strikes down dzongkhag move to allocate plots in another gewog

Airport: The 13 landowners, who lost land to the airport construction in Samtenling gewog, will not get substitute land in Gelephu thromde (town) and Gelephu gewog, land commission officials have confirmed.

“The Land Act clearly specifies landowners wouldn’t be eligible for land substitute in another gewog,” land commission secretary, Dasho Sangay Khandu, said. “Nobody can bend the law, unless parliament amends it.”

The Sarpang [... Read More]

New improved watermills save time

IMG_4528A watermill in Tang gewog

An initiative of the agriculture ministry, it works faster and with less force required

Energy: The improved traditional watermills of Tang and Choekhor gewogs of Bumthang, initiated by the agriculture ministry, are expected to grind cereals in less time and considered more hygienic.

Most of the existing traditional watermill sheds are temporary structures, with wooden planks and bamboo as the roof, which were subject to decay.  They were also small, with less space and bad [... Read More]

Proposed hike in power rates raises rural anxiety levels

Tariff: With the news to increase electricity tariff for domestic consumers afloat in rural areas, villagers in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse are worried, claiming they are already grappling to pay off the existing rates.

If not for interventions, tariff hike would hit the poorer the hardest, rural folks said.

“While young would pay off, by making cash income doing manual jobs, the raise would be unfavourable for elderly and poorer folks with no income,” a villager [... Read More]

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Tshering Tobgay’s Blog  

Life and Politics in Democratic Bhutan

Not many prime ministers or for that matter, heads of state, maintain a personal blog.  However, the Bhutanese prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, not only has maintained a personal blog since late 2008 when he was the opposition leader, recent activity suggests he will continue to utilise the blog to share his thoughts, interact, and garner [... Read More]

“The govt.’s still working on it”: PM

With regards to providing free electricity to the rural poor and the new proposed rates

Tariff: With the electricity tariff revision proposal now in the hands of the cabinet, the government is studying the possibility of providing free electricity to the rural poor.

This was said yesterday during the meet the press forum with the local reporters.  Providing free electricity to the rural poor is one of the campaign pledges by the new government.

“The government’s [... Read More]

The knotty problem of maternity leave

A team of stakeholders and experts will study the issue and come up with a proposal

Flexi-time: While some relevant stakeholders and ministries have felt flexi-time maternity leave might not be feasible, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, on a positive note, that decisions should be made looking from the perspective of working mothers.

A three-month maternity leave, with an extra nine months flexi-time leave with 50 percent workload reduced, is one of the 100-day pledges made [... Read More]

Contradictory reports on white-bellied heron hatching

Juvinile-2012A juvenile spotted in 2011 Photo: Rebecca Pradhan

While RSPN claims it to be so, an RMNP researcher of the bird begs to differ

Wildlife: Five juvenile white-bellied herons, a rare and endangered bird, were spotted in Wangduephodrang and Zhemgang this year, according to records with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN).

Officials said three juvenile birds were spotted near Ada and Hararongchu around mid August and July end in Wangduephodrang.  In June, another two were spotted at Bertichu, a tributary [... Read More]

Irregularities dug up across the board

Most of the Nu 391M not accounted for has been laid at the door of four ministries

RAA: Irregularities last year amounted to Nu 391M and pertained to all ministries, seven dzongkhags, 11 gewogs, six autonomous bodies, six corporations, four non-governmental organisations and two political parties according to the Royal Audit Authority’s final audit report for 2012.

It reached this figure after a draft report was circulated to all the agencies in February this year, [... Read More]

Schools, colleges could reopen soon in the hills

Education: Almost a month since the Bhutanese students studying in hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong came home, following the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) agitation, chances of them returning to their colleges look positive.

According to local media reports and a lecturer of BMC collage, where some Bhutanese students study, local leaders will hold a meeting tomorrow,  following which they would  be able to confirm when the agitation could end.

“Kalimpong TV had announced of [... Read More]

“EU will more than double development assistance to Bhutan”

DSC_4849Ambassador Joao Gomes Cravinho

The visiting Ambassador of European Union (EU) to Bhutan, Joao Gomes Cravinho, who was in the country spoke to Kuensel’s Rinzin Wangchuk on several issues. Excerpts.

Q&A: What is the purpose of your visit?

I am an ambassador to Bhutan and live in Delhi but I take this responsibility of being ambassador to Bhutan very seriously. There are people from my office who come regularly but I want to come at least once a semester [... Read More]