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Serial vehicle stealer arrested

Crime: Changjiji police, on September 16, arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with stealing vehicles. The suspect was caught at around 11pm from near Hotel Home at Olakha in Thimphu, police said.
Following the arrest, police found that the man had stolen four vehicles from across Thimphu. The vehicles were recovered from different places and handed over to the owners.
Police said they received the first complaint of a missing vehicle on September [... Read More]

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Festival: Indian construction workers immerse the statue of Lord Vishwakarma in the Thimphu Chhu on September 18, the morning after the Vishwakarma puja celebration

Drill day to prepare students for disaster

IMG_2166Education Minister at the press conference

Day also to mark the anniversary of the 2009 Narang quake

Quake: Sirens will go off, whistle will blow and many students in more than 553 schools in the country will duck for cover at 10:15 am tomorrow. This will happen every year on September 20.

To mark the anniversary of the 6.1 magnitude Narang earthquake on September 21, 2009 in Mongar that claimed 12 lives and damaged hundreds of structures, the education ministry is [... Read More]

Training women local leaders to play mediators

Law: Eleven resource persons, including Supreme Court chief justice, four judges and five legal officers are conducting a two-week mediation training for 61 women local leaders from 11 dzongkhags in Paro.

This training, Bhutan National Legal Institute resource person said was organised to equip women with the required mediation skills and techniques for effective interventions when disputes arose in their communities.

“Women local leaders were chosen for the training so women in dispute could confide [... Read More]

CDG in spotlight again

NC: The National Council yesterday questioned the basis on which some party candidates were issued the audit clearance while the good governance committee recommended Constituency Development Grant (CDG) must never be implemented during discussion on the CDG performance audit report.

“Despite having observed that numerous activities had failed to comply with the CDG rules, the concerned National Assembly members were still issued with audit clearances at the end of their term,” Lhuentse councillor Tempa [... Read More]

A directive or a recommendation?

DSC_5515Council Chairperson Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga

Between the council and the DGM it is one of the two

NC: The Council did not send any directives to the department of geology and mines to complete the geological mapping of the country, rather it had enquired about the status of a recommendation made last year.

During the 10th session of the parliament last year, the council had reached a resolution regarding mining activity in the country. The resolutions included conducting detailed geological [... Read More]

Ministers update members of their activities

DSC_0543Education Minister Mingbo Drukpa said the ministry was reviewing national education policy after 25 years

Opposition members asked about policies in place for farm road construction, building teachers’ capacities and update on Sino-Bhutan talks 

Q-Hour: The opposition members yesterday questioned agriculture, education and foreign ministers on their priorities and issues facing their ministries during the question hour.

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji, updating the members on farm roads said his ministry was drafting a guideline for farm road construction in the country.

“While we are at it we use lessons learnt from [... Read More]

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Assembly in session: Finance Minister Namgay Dorji presented the budget for the first year of the 11th FYP yesterday



Consequences of abuse of power

It  is disheartening to learn that abuse of power continues to be a major concern going by what the country’s anti-graft agencies have reported.

Anti-Corruption Commission report stated that more than 30 percent, or more than 130 complaints of almost 450 in total it received between April 2012 and April 2013 were concerning abuse of power.

Such abuses were mostly in the form of favouritism, nepotism, or patronage, besides bootlicking to gain favours or personal benefits and [... Read More]

In Pangkhar and Dozhi, no buckwheat to harvest

IMG_5097The buckwheat fields in Pangkhar

Farmers say it was eaten by wild and domestic animals 

Agriculture: About 16 households of Pangkhar and 33 households of Dozhi, Ura gewog, are upset that they could not harvest the buckwheat that they sowed last year because wild and domestic animals ate it all up.

The farmers said that after agriculture ministry encouraged them to sow buckwheat and provided excavators to till their land, they were also told that seeds and fencing would be [... Read More]