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Pemagatshel takes steps to curtail alcohol consumption

DSC_5422Shumar gup Lepo makes his point

National Health Survey 2012 found the dzongkhag to be one of the highest consumers

DT: Starting September 1, villagers in Pemagatshel should think twice before brewing alcohol or selling it.

Except for personal consumption, villagers will not be allowed to serve alcohol on “any kind of occasions or ceremony.”

The dzongkhag tshogdu yesterday resolved to curtail the consumption of alcohol in the dzongkhag, and also approved an “implementing strategy,” which bars people from serving alcohol during public [... Read More]

Vehicle quota revised and reinstated

Perquisite: The finance ministry issued a notification on July 30, stating that the quota system has been revised and reinstated.

Instead of a lump sum amount of Nu 160,000 whenever the quota was due, as recommended by the second pay commission, the eligible civil servant can now import and purchase vehicles, like before.

Since the pay commission’s report also mentioned that doing away with the vehicle quota for civil servants would save Nu 665M, Parliament [... Read More]

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Appeal: Representatives of the 27 households of Gidaphu in Thimphu leave the district court after filing a petition yesterday appealing the court to suspend all mining activities in [... Read More]


Brewing a new way

Pemagatshel dzongkhag tshogdu has made a most sensible decision.  In what may be an unpopular move among the villagers, the tshogdu banned serving alcohol during gatherings and selling home brewed alcohol.

The decision should be appreciated, considering that alcohol is a problem in the dzongkhag.  In fact, alcohol is a problem in the country, but our policies are mostly business friendly.

In those parts of the country, alcohol is a part of daily life.  Some villagers begin [... Read More]

Elections 2013 encapsulated

1covers-1Book: Drukyul Decides II, Bhutan’s Second Parliamentary Elections, 2013 Author: Gyambo Sithey ISBN: 978-99936-53-16-5 Pages: 408

The book is a useful source of reference both for facts and analyses

Review: With more than half the book containing page after page of statistics and data, Drukyul Decides II provides a ground, from which one can analyse Bhutan’s second parliamentary elections.

It’s a fat book, with facts of the outcome, in figures, of the elections, primary, general and that of National Council’s too, supported by graphs and charts, and commentaries.  Then there are [... Read More]

FCB initiative enlivens paddy cultivation

IMG_5462-(1)Going commercial: Farmers in Samrang transplant paddy

With a ready market assured, S/J farmers are looking forward to this year’s rice harvest

Agriculture: Farmers of Phuntshothang, Pemathang and Samrang gewogs under Samdrupjongkhar are excited at the prospect of selling their grains directly to the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) this harvest season.

The FCB has assured the farmers a few weeks back that the rice grains will be bought by the corporation.  The farmers will be spared the trouble of seeking customers [... Read More]

Melphey town expands to include Chema

IMG_20140801_114651The five households at Chema will soon be in thromde

Five more households have thereby fallen into the thromde fold

Township: Soon, five households of Chema and one at Shangsheri, under Samkhar gewog, will come under Trashigang thromde after they receive their thram numbers.

Engineer with the Trashigang municipal authority (TMA), Pem Choki, said the National Land Commission is reviewing reports of the nationwide re-cadastral survey that was carried out few years back.

“A few gewogs didn’t receive thram numbers after the survey and we were [... Read More]

Drungeygaon – a byword for hospitality

IMG_2187-1Hospitality: Chitra Rekha readies tea for her unexpected guests

Retey: Retey is a hidden valley.  It is at the base of the Black Mountain, a range that separates west Bhutan from east.  The path through Gong village is treacherous.  The trail is steep and infested with leeches and snakes.

The journey through the valley may be tough, but the welcoming smiles and warm hospitality that the people of Drungeygaon village accord gives one reason and energy to trudge on.

Drungeygaon village sits on a [... Read More]

Foundation awaits authorisation to collect donations

DSC_8565Home minister Damcho Dorji

This follows talk of misuse of solicited funds by family members of kidney patients

BKF: The Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF) will be collecting donations on behalf of the kidney patients, who will not be doing so themselves.

BKF is waiting for an official letter or a memorandum of understanding to be signed between them and the ministry to carry on the donation work.

The decision was made after noticing several issues like illegal buying and selling [... Read More]

The ecological fallout of religious observances

IMG_20140731_120846The practice of tshok is not an eco-friendly activity

The quick fix, plastic-filled tshok, whatever its spiritual import,  is also a recipe for litter

Environment: Like flowers, the plastic wrappers of various processed foods and beverages seem to sprout around Changangkha lhakang following a religious event.  A pond of plastic bottles behind the lhakhang grows deeper.

It is the day after Drukpa Tsezhi, marking the First Sermon of Lord Buddha.

A large number of devotees visited the lhakhang the previous day.  Most of them chose [... Read More]

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