Only eight kilometres of the 55km highway remains to be completed Road: The Panbang – Nganglam highway is expected to be completed ahead of its second deadline. A 30km section of the highway originating from Ngamglam dungkhag in Pemagatshel was completed on May 3, while the second 25km section from Panbang dungkhag in Zhemgang is almost completed. Only eight kilometres of the second section remain to be black topped.
Improved security and a govt. carrot and stick policy persuades locals to return to the land Agriculture: Hope and nostalgia is the mood as farmers, young and old, of Bafudar village in Samdrupjongkhar returned to their paddy fields after more than two decades. The farmers, with the help of the dzongkhag, are trying to revive paddy cultivation on more than 100 acres of land, which was once in abundance in the fertile and vast flatlands of Chokhorling gewog. Paddy cultivation was abandoned, following the security [... Read More]
Accident: A 45-year-old woman died on the way to hospital after she was hit by shooting stones in Yangmalashing chiwog in Decheling gewog on May 16. The woman and her father were walking to Nganglam, about three hours walk away, when the incident occurred. The village tshogpa said they started from home around 6:30am and the incident occurred around 8am near Bongbongla village. The father, a lay monk, was on his way to his sister in law’s home for a ritual, and his daughter had [... Read More]
The lack of suitable equipment makes the facility look full before its time Waste: Barely three years after Samdrupjongkhar thromde received its new landfill, the place designed to last a decade is today already filled to its capacity. The landfill, built at a cost of Nu 6.1 million, occupies two acres of land and is located about two kilometres from the main town. Everyday, two trucks dispose about three metric tonnes of waste. However, thromde officials disagreed that the landfill has reached its capacity. They [... Read More]
They claimed to have not been informed in advance though plant officials say otherwise DCCL: More than 200 Bhutanese and Indian trucks were stranded for about two weeks in Nganglam when the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) could not dispatch cement after the factory was shut down for maintenance since May 1. Transporters complained of not being informed about the maintenance. Each transporter had about 50 trucks waiting for the cement to be dispatched to various depots and hydropower projects. DCCL has about 17 transporters [... Read More]
Law & Order: The zero tolerance initiative of the Royal Bhutan Police is working, going by the number of motorists penalised. And it is not only in the capital. In the capital, following incidents after the initiative was introduced, the thromde was asked to designate pick-up and drop zones on the busy Thimphu-Babesa expressway by May 20. In Samdrupjongkhar, police are also seeing a reduced rate in what is called the police division VIII. Samdrupjongkhar, Pemagatshel, Nganglam and Jomotsangkha police stations (PS) fall under the division.
Accident: Five months after an ambulance driver hit a five-year-old boy in Dewathang, police on May 11 charged the 23-year-old driver to court for culpable driving and negligence. The incident occurred on December 5, 2014 when the driver for Dewathang hospital had gone to the army colony, a few kilometres from the hospital to get a patient. While reversing, the ambulance hit the boy, who fell and struck his head on the cement floor.
MoEA has notified the agency to focus on wholesale business instead Trade: The Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) has been asked to surrender all its retails licenses by July this year. The recent notification from the economic affairs ministry comes at a time when FCB has set up a retail shop in Pemagatshel but was refused a trade license to operate earlier this year. Instead the ministry has asked FCB to concentrate only on the wholesale business. The notification doesn’t state any reasons for such [... Read More]
The Bhutanese license holders have been asked to decide until June this year Trade: The regional trade office in Samdrupjongkhar and the dzongkhang fronting committee identified 50 shops that are involved in fronting after a recent investigation. A meeting was held with the 50 license holders (Bhutanese) last Friday where they were briefed on the trade rules. They were asked to run the business themselves or surrender the licenses. The licenses holders have been given until June to decide failing which the licenses will be [... Read More]
Residents of Jomotsangkha, a growing town, are paying exorbitant prices for fuels Service: Jomotsangkha dungkhag may be bordering Assam, the oil rich Indian state, but its fuel prices are still the highest in the region. This is because in the absence of a fuel distributor, residents buy fuel transported in barrels and drums from Samdrupjongkhar. Petrol costs Nu 85 a litre compared with Nu 58.6 in Samdrupjongkhar and diesel Nu 65, Nu 10 more. Fuel is cheaper in the nearest fuel station in the Indian [... Read More]