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No takers for Nanong’s tsatsi buram

DSC_6433Villagers have started using machines to make buram with the help from agriculture office

The sugar cane-based, endemic to the gewog, delicacy struggles to find a market

Agriculture: Popularly known as tsatsi buram, the villagers of Nanong gewog produce this sweet from sugar cane stalks.  While the name of the sweet is popular in the east, production has remained limited to the gewog.

The sweet otherwise could increase income as a main cash crop.  Nanong gewog, under Pemagatshel, is about 31km away the district head quarter.

Although the village has [... Read More]

Houses in the wrong on road’s right of way

The issue of illegal constructions continues to beset the Trashigang highway

DoR: Without informing the gewog administration, Karma Phuntsho constructed a temporary shelter along the highway at Pam in Trashigang.

For the past few months, he has been running a grocery shop in the shelter, mostly catering to travellers.

However, he has now been asked by the gewog administration to dismantle the structure.

The department of roads (DoR) in Trashigang has reported 86 cases of illegal constructions [... Read More]

The Two-Day War – Recalling December 15, 2003

The military operation to remove foreign militants from Bhutanese soil was heralded by the Geminid meteor shower

History: In  2003, Bhutan had to go to war.  On the eve of battle, the militia company based in Gelephug was ready.  It was December 14 and 132 of us were waiting anxiously to play our part.

The exact time set for the operation was a closely guarded secret.  The only cue was the movement of the mortar [... Read More]

Light snowfall, rain, expected in next 48 hours

The Department of Hydro-Met Services has forecast that there will be light snowfall in areas over 3500 meters and the high passes. It also has forecast that the rest of the country will be partly cloudy and receive light rainfall during the next 48 hours.
The weather is expected to improve from Monday evening.
The forecast was made at 4PM today.


Govt. surrenders three secretaries to RCSC

IMG_6107The three secretaries leave the RCSC secretariat after meeting the commissioners yesterday

This drastic action was taken for their purported failure to fulfil their responsibilities

Governance: The government is concerned that the actions and decisions the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) took without the knowledge of the cabinet might constitute running a “parallel government”.

In a press conference yesterday, following the ‘surrender’ of three secretaries to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk said that, when the CoS took the matter of foreign relations [... Read More]

A question of independence

NA: The civil service is not only the preferred choice for graduates, but also for commissioners and members of constitutional offices, going by discussions following the recent National Assembly decision.

On November 26, the National Assembly, with 21 “yes” votes, amended chapter 2, section 4 of the entitlement and service conditions (amendment) bill for holders, members and commissioners of constitutional office Act, 2010, not requiring  members and commissioners to resign from their previous posts.

Section [... Read More]

BPC compensates families of electrocuted four

Update: The Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) paid compensation of Nu 217,780 to the families of four men who were electrocuted on November 12 in Bidung, Trashigang.

A BPC employee and five wageworkers from Bidung were erecting an electric pole that accidentally fell on an active transmission line.

Kunzang Dorjee, BPC’s regional manager, said the compensations were made according to the rate fixed by the government whereby a labour employed by the agency should pay a [... Read More]

Expired goods seized from Wangdue establishments

DSC01781BAFRA officers inspecting food items

Food: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) seized grocery items and beverages that had expired and were not labelled from shops and restaurants in Wangdue, yesterday.

The inspection, which began yesterday, is expected to be completed in about a week.  There are 269 grocery shops, 89 restaurants, 139 bars and eight resorts in Wangdue.

“We seize expired goods and those without proper labeling,” BAFRA officer for Bajo, Norbu Gyeltshen, said. “In most cases, we [... Read More]

REC and DCRD merged into new council

The new autonomous agency will deal with education research, curriculum and teacher development

Education: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay launched the new Royal Education Council (REC), a merger of the previous REC and the education ministry’s curriculum and research development department (DCRD), yesterday.

The merger, officials say, to create an apex institution that will help education grow in the country, has come after months of closed-door meetings, ‘anxious moments’ and speculation, with even the prime minister [... Read More]

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