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What is the government’s vision? asks Opposition

Opposition party says government has derailed development process

Politics: The government will have to do a lot of answering in the upcoming parliament session going by the opposition party’s preparation for the fifth session of the second parliament.

The leader of the opposition (OL), (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, said almost two years have gone by since the government came to power. “But still the government is trying to find its way around,” he said.


P/ling thromde gives builders go ahead

Construction: Landowners in Dhamdara, Kabreytar, and Rinchending in Phuentsholing, waiting to construct houses, will now be allowed to do so with the Phuentsholing thromde completing the local area plans (LAPs) for these areas.

The thromde has also completed the plans for the core area, Pekharzing (Toribari), and Amochu.  However, demarcation is yet to complete for these zones.


Road network in south Thimphu in dire need of maintenance

DSC08027In poor state: A patch along the Babesa road network

The poor road condition will see no improvement unless the division concerned takes charge

Thromde: Lack of consensus between the urban road and drainage section and Asian Development Bank (ADB) project officials of Thimphu thromde has left the road network in south Thimphu crying for maintenance.

The development of the internal road network in the extended municipal area in south Thimphu began since 2009, with financial support from ADB.  The extended municipal area in the south extends from Changjalu to Babesa near the Thimphu gate.

ADB project officials under thromde said development of the road network began from Changjalu in 2009, followed by Olakha, Semtokha, Babesa and Chang Bangdu, where works completed last year.


Fuel prices hiked

Fuel: Following a hike in fuel prices in India, the cost of petrol has increased by Nu 3.67 a liter and diesel by Nu 2.35 a liter since yesterday night in Bhutan.

Petrol in Thimphu now costs Nu 63.37 a liter and Nu 61.42 a liter in Phuentsholing. A liter of diesel in Thimphu costs Nu 52.32 and Nu 50.64 in Phuentsholing.

This is the third hike after the last drop in prices since January this year. Petrol price was slashed by Nu 0.49 a liter and diesel by Nu 1.21 a liter on April 2. But there were two consecutive hikes in February and March.


ILCS4Nepal – Students show solidarity with quake victims

unnamedILCS students wash cars to raise money

RUB: It was an unusually busy Zhabdrung kuchoe day for the first year students of the Institute of Language and Culture Studies in Taktse, Trongsa.

If the day was auspicious, the students spent the day meaningfully and raised Nu 125,000 for the Nepal earthquake victims.

But the students didn’t just go around asking for money.  Calling themselves ILCS4Nepal, the students stopped and washed cars, cooked and sold food.  They also screened a disaster horror film, Aftershock, directed by Nichlos Lopez.

The institute’s home science group baked bread and other fast food items, knowing that they would sell and raise money quickly.  Students said people were kind to donate, while many bought their food knowing that it was for a cause. “We thought we had to do something when our brothers and sisters in Nepal are suffering,” said a group leader, Sonam Dema, 21.


Bypass completion confirms businesspersons’ worst fears

Hotel owners see a drastic drop in patronage since the Ura-Nangar road opened

Hospitality: Years ago, when the Ura-Nangar bypass road was planned, people in Chamkhar town, Bumthang’s business hub, expressed concerns that their businesses would be affected.  The road, they felt would isolate the town.

The 32-km bypass is completed, although not officially opened or inaugurated.  Distance between Bumthang and Mongar has been cut by 30km and vehicles, small and big, except passenger buses, prefer the shorter route, avoiding the meandering road to Shaytongla.


Doctor Claus Brun- The man behind the Bhutan Denmark relationship

hmHer Majesty Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck with Dr Claus Brun in Denmark, 1969. Photo: Xenia Brun

When the world-renowned nephrologist Dr Claus Brun died last year, he left a patang and a dozum for Bhutan.

According to his wife, Xenia Brun, her late husband bought the Bhutanese sword and the knife in Copenhagen from a person who had found it in London.

Few weeks after his death, Mrs Brun sent the sword back to Bhutan. The sword came with a letter addressed to our Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck. In the letter dated November  13, 2014, she writes, “We always wanted it [sword] to come home to you in Bhutan.”


Local tour operators hope to capitalise on home game

Football: Watching China take on Bhutan on June 16 in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will be one of the most expensive games for Chinese supporters.

Football fans, who want to come to Bhutan to cheer their team, will have to come as tourists and through travel agents, paying the daily tariff of USD 200 (off season) and USD 250 during peak season.  Although not finalised, the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) is thinking to charge USD 50 to 100 a ticket for visiting fans.


Investing more in our teachers

Teaching may be the noblest profession of all, but it’s certainly not a piece of cake.

It is not easy for a teacher to exercise patience when students cut classes despite repeated advices and counseling. It is not easy when parents, without hesitation, spout unwarranted vitriol conveniently imputing to the teachers their child’s carelessness and even behavior difficulties.


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