Sunday , November 29 2015

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  • Gaping holes in hydropower polices

    Council: The government has violated the Bhutan Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy (BSHDP) 2008 by not giving the agriculture ministry the one percent electricity royalty in cash for integrated water resource management.

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Heavy rain cuts off Lhamoizingkha


Road: For the last five days, Lhamoizingkha dungkhag has remained cut off from Phuentsholing and other parts of the country after the swollen Kalikhola stream at the border prevented vehicles from entering the dungkhag.

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Overwhelming turnout on first day of Mountain Echoes


Lit fest: If Bhutan had a space programme, there would be no dearth of Bhutanese astronauts, going by the number of school students who raised their arms in response to a question by the children’s science author, Lucy Hawking, at the first session of the literary festival, Mountain Echoes, held at the Tarayana centre, yesterday.

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Wangdue behind 11th Plan target

The dzongkhag is behind in reducing infant and under-five mortality

MTR: Less than half of its 11th Plan activities have been completed in Wangduephodrang while it’s on track to achieve the remaining targets, according to reports from the dzongdag and the local government leaders yesterday during the mid term review (MTR).

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Parent assaults teacher

Crime: A parent of a middle secondary school student assaulted a high school’s expatriate teacher for allegedly molesting the student last week.

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Gewog clerks seek clarification on their status

Submits petition seeking clarity on post and entitlement

Petition: Gewog clerks or gaydrungs from across the country had submitted a petition to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and the local government department last week seeking clarification on the status of their post and their entitlements.

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Project DANTAK blamed for drowning incident

Mishap: Villagers of Rongthong in Trashigang are asking compensation from project DANTAK after a nine-year old boy drowned in one of the pits the project had dug up and left open below the Draktsho vocational centre.

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Egg tray unit overwhelmed with demand

Besides producing about 4000 trays a day, unit cannot meet the demand

Egg: The Bhutan Youth Development Fund’s (YDF) egg tray-manufacturing unit in Bjemina produces about 3,500 to 4,000 trays a day, yet it is not enough to meet the demand of its sole retailer, Karma One-Stop shop.

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Doing mathematics is a very meditative process

Marcus Q&A: Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Fellow of New College. He is the author of The Music of the Primes, Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Symmetry, Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature and The Number Mysteries. He has presented numerous radio and TV series including The Story of Maths and The Code. He is a recipient of the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize (2009) and has also received an OBE for services to science (2010).

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Sixth edition of Mountain Echoes begins


Lit Fest: The sixth edition of the literary festival Mountain Echoes, dedicated to His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo in commemoration of His Majesty’s 60th Birth Anniversary celebrations, was inaugurated in Thimphu, yesterday.

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Zomdus go virtual


ICT: It required a few retrials and redials. More than 50 people, most of them with radiant blue scarves and dangling patangs, gazed at the screen. Some frowned. The IT officials ran across the room, calling and fiddling with the remote control.

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Punakha’s progress on track

The dzongkhag is behind its target on potato production, enrollment in NFE and infant mortality

MTR: Punakha dzongkhag has achieved more than half of its targets for the 11th Plan, according to the dzongdag and local leaders who presented the progress to the government yesterday during the Mid Term Review (MTR) at Lekithang higher secondary school.

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My Country, My Town

  • Tying the knot! These two de rigueur office devices kind of go hand in glove, don’t they? Photo by Tempa Rabgay, Mountain Hazelnut Venture, Mongar
  • Comedown or comeuppance: The prospect of a pricey pickup being towed by a humble tractor Photo by Chundu Nidup Tshering, Phuntsholing.
  • New Age cattle feed: Ever wonder how milk comes in plastic packets? It’s all part and parcel of a cow’s diet today! Photo by Dorji Pelzang
  • New use for old caps: While the bench may gain a longer innings, the butt may not feel so grateful Photo by Dorji Pelzang
  • Welcome, have a bite of maize while you wait: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home Photo by Sonam Jamtsho, Paro