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His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the newly built Mani-Dungdrup Lobdra yesterday in Punakha. The Lobdra, has 30 classrooms, 150 rooms, an office and a dinning hall for monks. It was constructed with a GoI funding of Nu 51M.

     

Lhakhang Karpo to complete on schedule

Project officials are confident that, despite delays, the new mid-2016 deadline will be met

Update: Despite several delays and a construction freeze for eight months, lhakhang Karpo reconstruction project will complete by the new deadline of mid 2016, say project officials.

But the project has daunting challenges at hand. Except for timber works, Lhakhang Karpo’s restoration project has ground to a halt since December 1 due to extreme weather conditions.

Project officials said masonry and other [... Read More]

Immunity ends, OAG to prosecute lhakhang Karpo case

The foreign minister, one of those charged, will not be required to resign during the trial

ACC: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing the final report on the lhakhang Karpo construction corruption case in Haa to prosecute officials, including the foreign minister, Rinzin Dorje.

“We’re doing the final review on the investigation report, which was investigated and forwarded to us by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in September this year,” attorney general Phuntsho [... Read More]

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Undercover: Places such as the Dochula pass and those above 3,500m were under a blanket of snow yesterday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

20th by 2020 – What it will take to get there

To compete with the developed world, ACC feels, is going to take some doing

CPI: Bhutan may be the cleanest in Asia according to the Corruption Perception Index, 2014, but moving up the ranking ladder to achieve the target of 20th by 2020 would be a daunting challenge.

Bhutan scored 65 points to rank 30th among 175 countries in the global corruption index, which the Anti-Corruption Commission believes is a continued improvement.

But as Bhutan competes [... Read More]

Chamarchi incident hurts Samchi orange exports

DSC_2166Indian workers pack oranges for export in one of the depots in Bangay Bazaar, Phuentsholing

The citrus has to be sent via Phuentsholing to Bangladesh, which adds time and cost

Mandarin: Cost escalation in transportation, inspection timing, and deteriorating market due to sales of rejected produce are major problems confronting the orange export season today.

General secretary with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA), Tshering Yeshey, said transportation cost has shot up especially for exporters from Samtse.  The recent Chamarchi incident interrupted exporters from directly exporting from Samtse.

“We’ve requested the government [... Read More]

Police arrests brothers, seizes hashish

Crime: Tsirang police arrested two men in possession and transaction of controlled substances on December 11 night.

Police recovered 71.05grams of hashish from the two brothers aged 40 and 21.

Following an informant’s tip off, police nabbed the elder brother from Damphu town, while he was looking for a customer. Later they seized 41.08grams of hashish from his house in Tsholingkhar.

Police found out that he had sold four pieces of hashish for Nu 1,300 and [... Read More]

Paro airport proposes doing away with forms

Aviation: As part of an effort to improve services, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has proposed that all forms be done away with at Paro international airport.

Currently, passengers are required to fill up a departure form when leaving, or an arrival and customs declaration form when arriving in Bhutan.

DCA airport manager, Karma Wangchuk, said that the agency has proposed to the government and the Prime Minister that such forms be done away [... Read More]

Stone extraction from Sumthrang nye

IMG_9220Stones and boulders collected from the Khekharti nye being loaded onto a truck in Pangkhar

Unaware of a kasho forbidding the practice, park authorities first allowed it in 2011

Heritage: Despite instructions from a royal family member to protect and conserve Sumthrang nye in Ura, Bumthang, some individuals from Pangkhar are allegedly extracting stone slabs from Khekharti (white water) since 2011 right from under the noses of Phrumshingla (earlier known as Thrimshingla) national park (PNP) authorities.

The extraction of stone slabs and boulders is alleged to be occurring at a [... Read More]

Editorial

New hopes from new REC

The news of the merger of former Royal Education Council (REC) and Department of Curriculum Research and Development (DCRD) to form the new REC is indeed significant.

It shows we have now realised that we have allowed too much duplication of responsibilities and output between the two important educational bodies in the country.  We could have employed the meagre resources more meaningfully.

It is good news because headway has now been made to create an apex institution [... Read More]

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