Saturday , November 28 2015

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  • Gaping holes in hydropower polices

    Council: The government has violated the Bhutan Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy (BSHDP) 2008 by not giving the agriculture ministry the one percent electricity royalty in cash for integrated water resource management.

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Zebra crossing campaign instills etiquette on the road


The campaign to sensitize road users on zebra crossings will continue, say police 

Traffic: An old man and a young monk wait at a zebra crossing to get over the other side of the road. A driver stops his car. He waits for the duo to cross the road. The little monk nervously gestures the driver to go. The driver smiles and lets them cross the zebra crossing first.

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Council drops Enterprise Registration Bill

Proposed Assembly to do the same, and redo it

NC: The National Council did not deliberate the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 that the Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk introduced in the house yesterday.

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Indian ministers call on Lyonchoen


Visit: India’s home minister Rajnath Singh and the state minister of commerce and industry, Nirmala Sitharaman called on lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday evening in New Delhi, India.

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Tourist arrivals up in Panbang


… but the lack of an immigration office there is hindering further growth potential 

Tourism: The remote community of Pangbang in Zhemgang eyes big from tourism as the dungkhag sees an increasing number of tourists by the year since it opened its doors in 2011.

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Gup accused of corruption in construction of farm road


The gup has countered that the allegations are based on personal grounds 

Roads: A resident of Ula village in Rubesa gewog, Wangdue has alleged that the gewog’s gup is involved in corrupt practices and has purposefully halted the ongoing farm road construction to Ula.

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Phongmey farmers demand separate RNR centre


The one in the gewog, they say cannot cater to all

Agriculture: Given the distance from the gewog center, villagers of three chiwogs of Yabrang, Phimsong and Thongrong under Phongmey gewog want a separate Renewal Natural Resource (RNR) extension center at Yabrang.

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Central school concept questioned


While agreeing that the idea is good, members were not satisfied with certain issues and the education minister's responses 

Education: In response to a question raised by the Kengkhar-Weringla MP, Rinzin Jamtsho, education minister, Mingbo Dukpa, agreed that central schools are irregularly distributed, at the National Assembly session, yesterday.

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NA lock horns over nomenclature


The house spent hours deliberating whether they should address each other by constituency or name 

Title: What’s in a name, asked Shakespeare. A lot, going by the hours the National Assembly members spent on deliberating how they should address each other yesterday.

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Council calls for specifications in Jabmi bill

There is a need to define legal qualification for legal representatives, say members

NC: The National Council yesterday resolved to revisit some of the clauses of the Jabmi  (amendment)Bill that some members felt needed further discussion.

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Japanese Ambassador bids farewell


Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi bid farewell to Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday. The Prime Minister conveyed his deep gratitude to the Ambassador for rendering steadfast support to Bhutan and working in his best interests during his tenure as the Ambassador to Bhutan.

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My Country, My Town

  • Tying the knot! These two de rigueur office devices kind of go hand in glove, don’t they? Photo by Tempa Rabgay, Mountain Hazelnut Venture, Mongar
  • Comedown or comeuppance: The prospect of a pricey pickup being towed by a humble tractor Photo by Chundu Nidup Tshering, Phuntsholing.
  • New Age cattle feed: Ever wonder how milk comes in plastic packets? It’s all part and parcel of a cow’s diet today! Photo by Dorji Pelzang
  • New use for old caps: While the bench may gain a longer innings, the butt may not feel so grateful Photo by Dorji Pelzang
  • Welcome, have a bite of maize while you wait: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home Photo by Sonam Jamtsho, Paro