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NA speaker, dy. speaker elected

Parliament: The first sitting of the second democratically elected members of the National Assembly voted Mongar Parliament member Jigme Zangpo as its speaker.

Jigme Zangpo secured 42 “yes” votes of the total 46 members present at the assembly hall yesterday.

Following the same pattern, Lingmukha-Toewang Parliament member, Chhimi Dorji, also secured 42 “yes” votes of the 46 that was cast, to be elected the assembly deputy speaker.

Besides the elections, it was the absence of the [... Read More]

Pedestrian Day is history!

Pday1Pedestrian day will now be observed only once a year (file photo)

The new cabinet has decided to give the old cabinet’s brainwave an immediate burial

Change: The Cabinet yesterday lifted the former government’s policy decision to observe Pedestrian Day every Sunday with immediate effect, but decided to observe the day every June 5, to mark World Environment Day.

Doing away with Pedestrian Day in its first 100 days in office was one of the pledges the new government had made in its manifesto.  Yesterday, the Cabinet [... Read More]


We are family

With the election of National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker by the members who donned on their new kabney, the house is complete.

This indicates the need for the members to put aside all differences, whatever happened in the lead up to the day and forge on to do what they were elected to.

If it is truly the feeling for the country and its people that the members, including those of the opposition ones partook in [... Read More]

SC overturns High Court ruling in missing girl case

In the same case, RENEW has been warned for jurisdictional interference

Overrules: In a complete reversal of the High Court’s ruling on the case of a 10-year-old girl gone missing three years ago, the Supreme Court (SC) on July 31 ruled that the three-year conviction was unreasonable.

The High Court (HC) on December 31 last year sentenced Gem Tshering, 57, a resident of Jyenkana, Haa, to three years in prison for child trafficking.  The 10-year-old [... Read More]

Tendu landslide destroys house

landslideThe damaged house in Saurani village

The occupants escaped in the nick of time but their cardamom orchard was washed away too

Monsoon: A house in Saurani village under Tendu gewog in Samtse was completely damaged, after the cardamom orchard above the house was completely washed away due to heavy landslide.

The incident occurred around 2am on August 1, when the family inside the house was still asleep.

There was the house owner, his brother, niece and mother inside the house at [... Read More]

Kengkhar’s long wait for power will soon be over

electricityWith power connectivity in the gewog, mud stoves will be replaced by electrical appliances

Power: With electrification work, which started less than two years back, Kengkhar in Mongar will soon be connected with power.

Rural electricity office’s site engineer, Karma Gyaltshen, said all work was completed. “What’s left is the inspection of the line, after which it will be handed over to Bhutan Power corporation for final inspection,” Karma Gyaltshen said. “The gewog will be connected by the end of this month.”

The electrification work began in February 2012, [... Read More]

Nailing the narcotic in the system

narcoticPolice officials experiment a drug testing equipment

Nobody challenged the presumptive test so far, now none can the confirmative one

Training: Although not one of those convicted for substance abuse has, in court, challenged the results of urine tests, the authenticity of the outcome can be questioned, since it is just a “presumptive test,” according to experts.

The result, according to a Thai scientist, Kanyanan Kongpatnitiroj, who is in the country to train some 35 law enforcement officers on drug and urine [... Read More]

Gelephu residents to pay more for gas cylinders and kerosene

gasThe empty cylinders at a depot in Gelephu

Despite the subsidy reinstatement, transportation costs have to be covered

Fuel: Although the subsidies on cooking gas and kerosene have been reinstated, residents of Gelephu will still be paying an additional amount of Nu 136 for refilling a gas cylinder and Nu 2.59 for every litre of kerosene.

The additional amount is being charged to compensate the transportation cost involved, since the trucks have to be routed all the way from Phuentsholing, instead of taking [... Read More]

Exports may be compromised by court case

orangeWorkers sort oranges for export to Bangladesh at a depot near Amochu bank

A dispute is underway over rent levied for use of land along the Amochu banks

Mandarin: Mandarin export could be stalled this year with an ongoing court case between the Phuentsholing thromde and Bhutan Exporters Association regarding rent levied for use of land along the Amochu banks.

The differences arose last year, when the thromde asked exporters, who set up their orange depots on the banks of Amochu, to pay rent.

The area, where the depot [... Read More]

A meteoric rise from retiree farmer to NA speaker

speakerNA speaker Jigme Zangpo

Jigme Zangpo’s return to national affairs has truly been a remarkable one

Profile: The man took almost three months to decide joining politics and be a part of the 2013 electoral process.  But once he did, there was no stopping.

Starting off as interim president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, becoming its vice-president later, losing in the primary, joining People’s Democratic party and winning from DPT’s stronghold.

From there, one of the senior-most entrants in this year’s [... Read More]