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No takers for transport service

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No buses have plied the Jomotsangkha-Samdrupjongkhar route since last year RSTA: The Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office in Samdrupjongkhar has not received any proposal to operate a transport service between Jomotsangkha and Samdrupjongkhar ever since the last service discontinued a year ago. People of Lauri, Langchenphug and Serthi gewogs in the dungkhag have been living with this problem after the only bus service that plied between the dungkhag and dzongkhag discontinued following an accident.  It later refused to operate, for lack of passengers. [... Read More]

Samrang is electrified … fortuitously

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Power: The long wait for electricity in Samrang gewog, Samdrupcholing dungkhag (Bangtar), is over with 24 households connected with electricity on August 16, more than a decade later after their neighbours. The village was unusually bright, with every home lit with tube lights.  Besides electricity, the gewog now has access to farm road and mobile connectivity. It was around 6pm.  Unlike other days, Ambika Gurung, 55, was not busy as she did not have to worry about fetching firewood from the nearby forest to cook [... Read More]

DT seeks gewog’s name change from Samrang to Doserling

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Chiefly to distinguish it from its namesake across the border Nomenclature: Following a request from Samrang gup to change the name of the gewog to Doserling, the Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) members unanimously agreed to it. Samrang gup Man Bahadur Gurung informed members that villagers wanted a Dzongkha name, as Samrang being derived from Sanskrit, none of the villagers knew what it meant. “Villagers are also not aware of how the village got the name,” the gup said, during the eighth DT on August 13. [... Read More]

The S/J Initiative

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The four-pronged program is making slow but steady progress in the dzongkhag COVER STORY It’s peak monsoon and in Ata Daza aka Tshering Jaypo’s farm in Bangtshog, Dewathang, tomatoes, beans, spinach, radish and potatoes are thriving.  He has a green thumb, and more important, his land is fertile with home made organic compost. Ata Daza makes the compost himself.  Each day, it’s a routine for the 33-year-old to collect cow dung and deposit it in a compost pit near his house. Tshering’s farm is known [... Read More]

Weaving from waste

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RECYCLING Instead of staying idle at home, Sonam Choden, 21, a resident of Dewathang, decided to intern with the Samdrupjongkhar Initiative. That was five months back, and it was a decision she is satisfied by, for she has gained skills she had not known of. She was taught how to make bags, cushions and stoles, all of which are woven from re-usable plastic material.  And to top it all, she earned Nu 4,990 each month as internship payment. She has been collecting plastic wrappers of [... Read More]

Southeast region struggles without gynaecologist

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Patients with delivery complications are referred to Mongar, emergencies to Guwahati   Health: While all equipment and an operation theatre for c-section cases are in place, Dewathang hospital in Samdrupjongkhar has been without a gynaecologist for over a year. Without other doctors or surgeons at the hospital, the operation theatre has been locked since last year. Yesterday, farmer Yeshi Dorji, from Samdrupcholing under Samdrupjongkhar, was worried because it was due date and his wife did not deliver. The 37-year old drove his wife to Dewathang [... Read More]

A wait without reward

Landowners, who lost land for the new township four years ago, still await compensation Denchi: It’s been more than four years since villagers of Denchi lost acres of land for the new Denchi township in Pemagatshel. Even today, the 30 landowners, who lost about 80 acres of land in all, are awaiting cash compensation from the government. Denchi is under Shumar gewog, about 18km from the gewog office. Located about an hour’s walk from the present Pemagatshel town, the township will have the new Pemagatshel [... Read More]

Pending budget paralyses work on new Pemagatshel dzong

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The GoI-funded project is slated to be complete by the end of the 11th Plan Construction: With budget on hold, the construction of Pemagatshel dzong, which began in November 2012, has come to a halt. About 20 percent of the work has been completed.  This constitutes foundation laying and groundwork.  The project is waiting for the Nu 30M fund to be released so work can continue.  Funded by the government of India, the total budget for the financial year 2014 to 2015 is Nu 100M. [... Read More]

Two primary schools to become ECRs, one ECR to be closed

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Education: Following shortage of students, two primary schools in Pemagatshel will be downgraded to extended classrooms (ECR), and an ECR in Nanong gewog will be closed. This was decided during the seventh dzongkhag tshogdu on August 1. Informing dzongkhag tshogdu members, district education officer Pema Dorji said Kheri PS in Zobel gewog has only 42 students, while Rizimo PS in Decheling gewog has 43 students. Located near Khenrigonpa, about five kilometres from the dzongkhag, Kheri  PS has about 10 students in each class from PP [... Read More]

Newborn found abandoned in forest

The baby boy is now in a stable condition at hospital and a hunt is on for the mother Birth: Search is still on for the mother who had abandoned her newborn baby boy near Trashigang town towards Rangjung. The infant, who is still under observation at Trashigang hospital, is in a stable condition, hospital officials said. Trashigang police said a shopkeeper informed them around 11am yesterday, after he found the baby crying at a sparsely populated forest below the road. “An old man had [... Read More]

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