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Selling the country short

Listening to Aum, rather Dasho, Neten speak, whether face-to-face or at forums is interesting.  It is not the speed at which she speaks, or the gestures as she mixes English, Dzongkha and Tshangla in response to questions, but her honesty and bluntness as she drives home the message.

The chairperson of the Anti Corruption Commission made some bold statements in a recent interview, which is worrying.  Following the suspension of 12 immigration officials and 21 commercial [... Read More]

The 20 year old Kabesa land case

RENEW volunteer seeks ACC intervention, lodges formal complaint

Dispute: A Kabesa farmer, who recently claimed that she was denied justice, three years after the case closed, has through a RENEW volunteer lodged a written complaint to the Anti Corruption Commission.

The volunteer, Tshering Yangzom, lodged the complaint on behalf of the farmer, Jakum. The letter to the commission stated that her father who is an alcoholic was cheated of 1.4 acres of land by a [... Read More]

No business on this bus route

IMG_20120103_143828Trashigang’s taxi parking

The Trashigang-Trashiyangtse route has proved a graveyard for public transport services

Connectivity: Trashiyangtse is the closest dzongkhag to Trashigang, but getting there is still a problem even with the increasing number of vehicles in the region.

Judging by the few passengers waiting for a taxi and fewer taxis waiting for passengers, there is not much movement of people between the two dzongkhags.

Wearing a tired look, Tshering, has been waiting for a taxi to Trashiyangtse since [... Read More]

Yongla gonpa lhakhang reconstruction on schedule

IMG_5577The reconstruction began this year

Despite adverse weather and delayed supplies, work is expected to complete on time

Project: Reconstruction of Yongla gonpa lhakhang in Pemagatshel is in full swing, with most of the major work almost completed, officials at the site said.

The reconstruction project began this year after the earthquake of September 11 in 2011 damaged the main lhakhang completely.

Yongla gonpa is about an hour’s drive from the dzongkhag, and located on a hilltop opposite the Tselingkhor gate, the entrance to dzongkhag.  It’s about [... Read More]

Where are the spectators?

DSC_0319A common scene: Only a handful watch football games played at the national stadium

Football: Except for those who have plenty of time to idle away, not many Thimphu residents come to watch the many football games played at the national stadium in Changlimethang.

On an average, not more than 50 people are seen watching even the Coca Cola national league where top teams compete.

Not long ago, Changlimethang was a busy stadium with residents coming and cheering their favourite team even if it is an inter-high school tournament.

According [... Read More]

Lack of support structure renders online services idle

Less than a third of the facilities are used by less than half the agencies they were developed for

G2C: While 159 G2C (government to citizen) services were developed at a cost of around USD 1M, only 54 are being used by government agencies.

The G2C project (2010-13) developed online services for 21 government agencies.

However, only nine agencies use at least half or all of the services developed for them.  Twelve of them do not [... Read More]

Alleged corporal punishment victim in Thimphu

School: A 17-year-old class VII student of Drujegang HS in Dagana will be consulting an ENT specialist at Thimphu referral hospital today to check for any internal injuries he might have suffered when the school principal allegedly beat him on August 22 evening.

Health assistant (HA) at Drujegang BHU had asked the boy’s relative to take him to Damphu hospital to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist.

“I saw a clot of blood [... Read More]

Small fish can stake the larger interest of the country

Moral responsibility must be placed on persons sitting on the top

Corruption: In what could be a mass suspension in recent times, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last week suspended 12 immigration officials from service, and 21 commercial licenses of foreign workers recruitment agencies after a prima facie case of corruption.

Another 14, including police personnel, immigration inspectors and taxi drivers, are yet to be suspended for their involvement in bribery.  They allegedly received bribes in [... Read More]


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]

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