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Eusakha follows its own milky way

fam.The farmers’ group was launched on October 14

18 households from a Punakha chiwog form a dairy farmer’s dairy collaborative group

Cooperative: Farmers of Eusakha chiwog in Kabjisa gewog, Punakha are not only earning good income, but also saving on high taxi fares, after they formed the Eusakha Chortenypo farmer’s diary collaborative group two months ago.

The group’s chairman, Dodo, said 18 households from Eusakha village formed the group, with an objective to increase their income, and also help create employment opportunities for [... Read More]

Summer dry spell put paid to Khamdang-Manla maize harvest

KhamdangKhamdang-Manla chiwog saw a 50 percent drop in maize yield

Agriculture: By this time of year, farmers of Khamdang-Manla chiwog in Trashiyangtse would have harvested half their maize fields.  But not this time.

The dry spell during the summer has resulted in a much smaller yield.

Khamdang tshogpa, Tshering Dorji, said the yield went down by almost 50 percent compared with last year.  The crop began to die by the month of August.

“It was unusually dry this summer, and plants began to slowly die. Had [... Read More]


Some consumer protection, please

The Bhutan Standard Bureau in its routine inspection of the fuel distributors found that customers are not getting fuel worth the money they pay.  Fuel, both petrol and diesel, has become expensive and is a necessity.  So, it gives cause for concern.

Oil distributors are not cheating customers, intentionally.  But if customers are not getting their money’s worth, they will feel cheated, even if it is by a few millilitres.  With the pump dispensing 20 to [... Read More]

‘Discovery documents’ handed over to defense

It included 12 different thrams and the NLC investigation reports

Land case:The Office of the Attorney General submitted copies of 12 different thrams (land ownership certificates) and two investigation reports, conducted by the National Land Commission, in regard to the alleged land fraud case of Chang Ugyen, to the court yesterday.

The court, after putting its initials on all the pages, then gave it to Chang Ugyen’s defense counsel, lawyer Ugyen Dorji.

The thrams and NLC [... Read More]

Absconding cashier yet to be apprehended

JDWNRH: Thimphu police are yet to trace the cashier of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital (JDWNRH), who went missing since September 3, after she allegedly embezzled over Nu 5M.

Police are still searching for the cashier, say sources.  A missing complaint was filed with police last month after she went missing.

JDWNRH officials said the money has been embezzled over a period of six to seven months.  The cashier was collecting the money from [... Read More]

Business picking up at IT Park

Lesees: While Bhutan’s first IT park may not have met initial expectations, such as acquiring a major global IT company as a tenant, modest gains have been made recently.

A software development company in Bangladesh will be moving into the park next month, and eventually could lease around 2,000sqft of commercial area.

An existing tenant, ScanCafe, plans to upscale operations, after finding that the available talent pool is of high global standard.  It already employs [... Read More]

Drivers and contractors behind chorten vandalism

Taxi and truck drivers, contractors and even entire families are behind the vandalism of 30 chortens in the seven eastern and central dzongkhags, sources said.

More than 40 suspects were arrested by the Mongar police. Most of them are from Chaskhar and Thangrong gewogs in Mongar.

The source said the suspects have vandalised chortens in Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Pemagatshel, Lhuentse, Bumthang and Trongsa.

In 2013, Trashigang and Trashiyangtse recorded 72 chorten vandalism cases. Likewise, three men were arrested [... Read More]

Serthi gewog to be electrified by December

unnamed-4With no power, students usually eat their meals outside the dining hall

To a wide cross-section of society the coming of power is an answer to their prayers

BPC: After missing the earlier deadline more than a year ago, Sethi gewog’s long wait for electricity is expected to be over when Bhutan Power corporation officials connect the homes to the grid by December.

Serthi gewog is about four hours drive from Jomotsangkha (Daifam).  With almost all electric poles installed and connected, supervisor Jigme Tenzin, who is stationed [... Read More]

Settling down

IMG_5090Paro bound: Transporting goods is a source of cash income for Soe villagers

Highlanders acquiring land in Drukgyal may be setting a worrisome trend

Lifestyle: To escape the harsh life in the remote mountains of north Thimphu and Paro, many yak herders have acquired land near Paro town. Some have built houses.

Despite being provided with telecommunication, school, agriculture extension office and health services in Soe, the village has the highest number people acquiring land at Drugyal in Paro.

More than half the 28 households in Soe own dry [... Read More]

Vehicle quota rule being violated

Perks: Vehicle quota allotted to the public and civil servants are being sold to third parties, breaching the finance ministry’s rule on vehicle quota.

Some quotas belonging to civil servants are on sale at the vehicle showrooms, while a few individuals, who purchased quotas, availed loans from the banks.

Recently, Druk PNB Bank rejected a couple of applications for vehicle loan, after it found that the quota was bought from another individual.

Druk PNB’s chief executive, [... Read More]

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