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Shingkhar-Gorgan road makes it into 11th Plan

Forest officials still argue the project was in conflict with the country’s conservation policy and laws

Development: National Assembly members yesterday decided to include the 55km Shingkhar-Gorgan road construction in the 11th Plan.

Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said representatives from Bumthang and Lhuentse proposed for the road construction to the National Assembly is 2005.

“The road was included in the 2007-2027 road master plan and it is also in line with the government [... Read More]

A successful visit: PM

2Before leaving: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorji with Indian Foreign Secretary Sujhata Singh and Ambassador VP Haran

TALKS Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay requested the Nepalese government to facilitate the smooth progress of resettling people in the camps to third countries.

Prime ministers of the two countries met on Tuesday evening on the request of Nepalese counterpart. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala informed that most in the camps were resettled and that they wanted to discuss about the remaining few.

Lyonchhoen said he would discuss the issue with his Cabinet but said it was [... Read More]

Land issues hold up new township development

Landowners claim no compensation received for surrendered plots in biological corridor 

Assembly: The people of Nganglam might have to wait for some more time before the fate of the new town is decided.

Fifty-five landowners from the dungkhag had submitted a petition to the dzongkhag tshogdu, saying that they received neither compensation nor replacement for their land that fell within the biological corridor of Manas wildlife sanctuary.

The petition was also submitted to various agencies, including [... Read More]

Picture story

Scouts Commitment Ceremony: His Majesty encourages students attending the ceremony to learn the values the program might endow them with, so they can grow up to be capable future citizens

   

The tables are turned

It’s NC’s turn to reject clauses proposed by NA on clauses added to an amendment bill

Parliament: National Council yesterday did not accept the clauses in the National Assembly (amendment) bill on the refund of campaign fund should an elected member resign before their term expires.

As proposed by the National Assembly, the new sections 19.1 and 19.2 states that an elected member, who submits resignation before expiry of term, shall refund the campaign fund received [... Read More]

Education loan at 5 percent interest from July

Under the ESP, a sum will be set aside for this purpose, said the finance minister 

Assembly: Under the economic stimulus plan (ESP), education loan at five percent interest will be provided starting July this year.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji informed the house during the National Assembly session yesterday.  The minister was deliberating on the submission Paro dzongkhag made, with regards to the difficulty of repaying education loan.  People of Shaba and Dogar gewogs made [... Read More]

Editorial

After Shingkhar-Gorgan road

Much to the dismay of the conservationists, it looks like the Shingkhar-Gorgan road is going to come through anyway.

Today, politicians are bent on clearing the entire more than 60km road to Ura in Bumthang, through some 10km park area around Thrumshingla.

The visceral opposition of the foresters and conservationists were no match for powerful politicians and their interests, articulated through as powerful an argument.

That was how the road from Gorgan in Lhuentse was started.

The previous government [... Read More]

NA decides not to increase land tax

Parliament: The National Assembly yesterday resolved not to increase land tax.  Mongar dzongkhag had submitted to the house that land tax be raised.

The finance minister Namgay Dorji said that it was important to discuss the issue with the other dzongkhags.

“We have to look into how it [raising land tax] will benefit the people and the country. We have to see whether it’s really important to review the land tax,” lyonpo Namgay Dorji said.  The [... Read More]

First hearing on wife murder case

Investigation report presents evidence against the accused husband

Crime: Mongar district court yesterday conducted the first hearing of a 45-year-old man, who had allegedly murdered his wife on the night of February 14, after a fight broke out between the couple.

The incident occurred at the couple’s house in Senakhar, Sherimuhung gewog, under the influence of alcohol.

The accused was arrested on February 16, after the gewog administration reported the case to Mongar police.  It was [... Read More]

Sampheling poultry farmers pan Karma Feeds

DSC_51d93A broiler poultry farm in Sampheling

Instead they have opted for a pricier Indian import, saying it’s quality is better

Poultry: For about a year, poultry farmers of Sampheling gewog in Phuentsholing have given up on locally produced feed, citing low quality and repeated price hikes as reasons.

Farmers have switched to feeds imported from India, the price of which is higher than locally produced Karma Feeds.  “They should improve quality, instead of increasing the rate only,” a farmer said, adding [... Read More]

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