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No citrus blight but no farm road either

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The good fortune of the former is unfortunately matched by the ill luck of the latter Yangmalashing:  Yangmalashing is the only chiwog in Decheling gewog, Nganglam, to have had a good mandarin harvest every year, despite citrus blight affecting orchards in the other four chiwogs. But residents of the 28 households in Yangmalashing do not generate good income from the sale of mandarin. That is because, unlike the other four chiwogs, Yangmalashing is not connected with a farm road. “We’re in dire need of a [... Read More]

DoR takes over work from tardy contractor

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The Gongrizomsa stretch is considered a tough job because of its rocky terrain Road: A stretch of road on the Nganglam-Gyalpoizhing highway will be taken over by the department of roads (DoR), after the contractor failed to complete the work on time. The contractor, Rinsons Constructions, failed to complete the road stretch within the contract period of six months. DoR engineer Ugyen Norbu said the contractor’s deadline was even extended by a hundred days, considering challenges and obstacles, but it had still failed to complete [... Read More]

Dungsum Polymers yet to maximise production

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There has however been a rise from 20 percent of total capacity in 2012 to 35 percent now Industry: Dungsam Polymers limited (DPL) in Nganglam, Pemagatshel, has so far been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day. This, company officials said, had picked up from the 20 percent utilisation of production capacity in 2012, after it went operational in March, the same year.  Business, officials said, was slow but steadily picking up. The company [... Read More]

44,500 voters added to voters ‘list

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First ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the country Occasion: The total number of eligible voters by the next local government election in 2016 will increase by 44,500. This is the number of youth coming of age, reaching 18 years, taking the total eligible voters to 426,290. In a symbolic gesture, the Prime Minister awarded five students their voter’s photo identity card (VPIC) during the first-ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the capital yesterday. The day was celebrated at the clock tower square in Thimphu [... Read More]

Women’s centre shuts down once more

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The Nu 2.3M drongseb tshogpa closed this time for want of a Nu 100 daily wage stipend Shumar: Handlooms and sewing machines in a centre in Pemagatshel, established to impart skills that would help women generate income, have been lying idle with the centre closing down recently. The Nu 2.3M centre, also known as drongseb tshogpa, was constructed using the constitutional development grant.  This is the second time the centre, constructed in 2011 and located in Shumar gewog, was closed down.  It was earlier shut [... Read More]

The shunned silo of Shumar

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Intended as a storage for maize, the Nu 191,000 cylinder has ended up a white elephant Agriculture: A silo, built nine years back for Shumar gewog in Pemagatshel, has been lying empty, with farmers refusing to use it. The Nu 0.191M silo was built in 2006, with a capacity of 8.7 metric tonnes (MT), so farmers could store maize, to protect from pests.  The farmers had welcomed it initially. Shumar gup Lepo said the silo storage was first constructed in 2003 by the agricultural department [... Read More]

Deadline deferred for a third time

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Monsoon precipitated landslides are being blamed for the delay CDCL: Completion of the Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway could be further delayed with the deadline extended by four months. This is the third time the deadline has been extended to Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) that has been awarded the works. The initial completion date was May 31. An official at the site said that CDCL requested the government further postpone the deadline to December after failing to meet the second deadline. CDCL was granted extension only untill [... Read More]

Errant P/gatshel companies agree to regularise workers

On the heels of an ‘improvement’ notification issued by the regional E&L office Labour: Three companies in Pemagatshel, where some employees were found to be working over five years as temporary staff, have been issued notification by the regional employment and labour office to regularise these employees. Druk Satair Corporation ltd, Druk Plaster and Chemical ltd, and Barma Chemical Industries, who were issued the improvement notification, have agreed to regularise the workers. Employment and labour officials said the notifications asked companies to regularise these workers [... Read More]

Work on township local area awaits NLC nod

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The commission has yet to approve the four LAPs and carry out a resurvey to confirm details Thromde: More than three years after becoming a Class A thromde, Samdrupjongkhar town is yet to begin work in its demarcated local area plan (LAP). The thromde is still waiting for the National Land Commission (NLC) to carry out the cadastral resurvey, only after which landowners would be issued the new lagthram (ownership certificate). Without approval of land ownership, the LAP couldn’t be developed.  There are, however, some [... Read More]

A new method of cultivating rice

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S/J Initiative funded the ‘system of rice intensification’ to the tune of Nu 300,000 Agriculture: Sangay Wangdi was a worried farmer about a month ago.  He did not follow the normal practice of paddy transplantation and followed agriculture officials, who were trying a new ‘system of rice intensification’ (SRI) method. The system to boost rice production required farmers to use a singly spaced young paddy seedling when transplanting.  Farmers were used to transplanting two to three seedlings. “The field looked odd after the transplantation and [... Read More]

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