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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - 11:50 PM
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Editorial

They also serve, and so deserve

The recent pay rise and increases in taxes was expected to lead to inflation.  Low-income group like those that make the national workforce bear the  brunt.

The minimum wage rate was revised from Nu 50 to Nu 100 in 2011, after about a decade and to Nu 125 last November. The five categories that make up the national workforce received in 2011 an increase between 60-65 percent.

The increase was made to improve the standard of living [... Read More]

Local leaders urge government for a bus service

IMG_2538Gasa: Connected with a road but not with a public transport

Gasa is the only district in the country with no public transportation service 

Transport: Voicing the concerns of some 3,000 people, local leaders of Gasa again asked district officials why the government was taking long to provide a bus service from Punakha to Gasa.

Gasa is the only district that does not have a public transportation service, and perhaps the only dzongkhag that’s still connected with a feeder highway road.

Khamoed gup Karma Tshering said they [... Read More]

Picture story

Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee inaugurates Volkswagen’s car showroom in Olakha yesterday. The dealer has to date received orders for about 20 cars, the cost of which ranges between Nu 800,000 – Nu 1.2M. The inaugural event was organised by Project Bhutan.

   

Rindhibi still in the dark

IMG_5614Rindhibi settlement in Trong on the Gomphu-Panbang highway

The makeshift settlement has not been electrified on account of its doubtful standing

Trong: Some nine shopkeepers in Rindhibi, Trong, along the stretch of Gomphu-Panbang highway in Zhemgang, have not received electricity despite repeated requests to the dzongkhag and the construction distribution division (CDD), which was earlier known as rural electrification division since 2010 December.

The bamboo makeshift camps by the banks of Mangdechu mushroomed in 2010 after the Gomphu-Panbang road widening and Chamkharchu hydropower [... Read More]

Tiger dolls stave off monkey raids

WeChatImage635443337303561-copyNot a monkey business: A Shumar farmer positions his tiger (a stuff toy) in his maize field to scare monkeys. Shumar became the latest gewog to resort to the idea of using stuff toys to guard their fields

Shumar has resorted to this ruse to protect their crops but the wild boar aren’t fooled

Wildlife: The arrival of what looks like a ferocious royal Bengal tiger, baring its menacing fangs, grabs the attention of Kezang, who is in the midst of farm work in his maize fields.  He drops his tools and runs — not away but towards the tiger.

As he approaches the tiger, his 60-year-old wrinkled and weary face breaks into [... Read More]

Tashi Tagay’s Tshering wins Bhutan’s best archer title

DSC_1954Winner Tshering celebrates his victory

 Archery: After scoring 16 kareys in 15 rounds and defeating 14 archers in the on-going 18th Yangphel open archery tournament at the Changlimithang range yesterday, Tshering won the best of Bhutan archer title along with a cash prize of Nu 200,000.

Tshering plays for team Tashi Tagay from Babesa, Thimphu. Team Meri Construction’s Tashi Dhendup hit 15 kareys to secure the second position and won Nu 70,000 while Chungdu Dorji of Choglay Namgyel (Punakha) [... Read More]

His Majesty grants audience to graduates

20140822-2C4A3766His Majesty the King with university graduates at the orientation’s closing ceremony yesterday

NGOP: His Majesty the King granted an audience to the 2,315 graduates before the closing ceremony of the national graduate orientation programme (NGOP) yesterday.

His Majesty began the address by sharing two stories: a senior red-scarf official laboured for many years with the objective to achieve success, and refused to be deterred even when faced with the prospect of going to school with 12-year-olds when he was 25; a teenage boy in conflict with [... Read More]

12 immigration officials suspended

Their alleged involvement in corrupt practices precipitated the punitive action

ACC: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has suspended 10 immigration inspectors and two officers in Phuentsholing for alleged involvement in corrupt practices.

This comes in line with the commission suspending 21 foreign worker recruitment agencies (FWRA) in Phuentsholing yesterday.

The case was exposed in 2013, when ACC investigated a case involving several taxi drivers, police personnel, and immigration inspectors at Tanalum checkpost, who were allegedly involved in [... Read More]

Editorial

A feeble fourth estate

The Journalists’ Association of Bhutan (JAB) has a damning report about the state of the Bhutanese media.  About 50 percent of practising journalists disagree that there is freedom of press that the Constitution guarantees.  This is worrying, to say the least.

Democracy will service only when there is vibrant media.  The report, at best, gives us a picture of doom.  It says the “hope of revival is grim and gloom.”

Eight years ago, when the country was [... Read More]

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