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The gone away gungtongs – An issue that won’t go away


The fact that those who remain pick up the slack left by the absent is especially galling Doongmanma:  Villagers of Doongmanma chiwog in Lauri gewog want the government to either annul and take over gungtongs, or require at least one member of each gung to return and reside in the village. A gung is a household, while gungtongs are registered households left unoccupied for a certain period of time. With many choosing to migrate to urban areas to either find employment or stay with their [... Read More]

The welcoming chiwog of Doongmana


The hospitality en route to this remote scattered settlement in Lauri, S/J is renowned Village: Greetings, smiles and offerings of refreshments and food are common on the way to Doongmana chiwog, Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar. Despite the arduous uphill walk, the warm hospitality of the village is what makes the trip worthwhile. Doongmana village in Jomotsangkha dungkhag is almost a six-hour walk from Depsang in Serthi gewog.  It is a remote scattered village of about 50 households. Lauri is about a four-hour walk from Doongmana. [... Read More]

Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away


Former secretary of the royal secretariat and cabinet, Dasho Kunzang Wangchuk, popularly known as Shingkhar Lam, passed away at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital in Thimphu on the evening  of October 16.  He was 86. He was admitted to the hospital a week before, after suffering from a weak immune system.  He had been bedridden for almost 10 years. Born in March 1928 in Shingkhar, Bumthang, Dasho Shingkhar Lam began his career as a tozeb under the second King in 1944. He also [... Read More]

Chengkari road in decrepit condition


DoR: Barely three years after the road from the Indian border up to Chengkari in Nganglam was handed over to the Department of Roads (DoR), residents complaining about its poor quality. The road, which is part of the Nganglam-Gyalpozhing highway, passes through Nganglam town to Chengkari, where the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is located, is damaged. Road users say accidents occur on this road frequently because it is difficult to negotiate the numerous potholes along the stretch. Pema Wangdi, a private employee said even [... Read More]

Collateral damage of biological corridor


Water: The recent demarcation of the biological corridor in Nganglam has not only affected the Rinchenthang township plan but has also left three water reservoir tanks worth Nu 20.5M idle for the last two years. Covered in vegetation, the reservoir tanks, were constructed in 2012 as part of township activities in Rinchenthang, and stand about a kilometre away from the existing Nganglam town.  The construction of the tanks was the first activity implemented after the master plan was approved. However, with the biological corridor’s demarcation, [... Read More]

Serthi gewog to be electrified by December


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 at the site, said they were only left with the [... Read More]

New Nganglam town location altered


A change made due to issues related to encroachment on the biological corridor Township: Nganglam town establishment, which was delayed with unresolved issues regarding biological corridor, will now come up at Satsalu and Tangzima under Norbugang gewog instead of Rinchenthang. Although the town planning began from 2009 and its master plan was completed and approved in 2012, implementation was halted after half of the envisaged town was identified as biological corridor, connecting Manas national part to Khaling wildlife sanctuary.  The project cost was estimated at [... Read More]

Doongmanma PS – A school on WFP life support


The only way to keep students in attendance is to feed them two square meals daily Education: Students of Doongmanma primary school don’t go to school for education alone. Since 2008, the school started providing two meals a day through the World Food Program (WFP), which, according to school authorities, was a blessing. The meals, besides improving their health, also brought tremendous change in the students’ attendance.  The school is located in Doongmanma chiwog under Lauri gewog in Jomotshangkha dungkhag. Principal Sangay Dorji said, in [... Read More]

Five die in farm road accident

Minjiwoog: Five persons, including the driver, a woman and an eight-month-old baby, died on impact, when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the farm road near Minjiwoog chiwog in Serthi gewog yesterday afternoon. The other two passengers, who survived with minor injuries, are being treated at Jomotsangkha basic health unit (BHU).  They were on their way to Zamteri village when the accident occurred. Zamteri primary school’s principal, a male teacher of the same school, his wife and their eight month-old baby boy were [... Read More]

Seven convicted for chorten vandalism

Crime: Former Chimong gup in Pemagatshel was one of the seven that Pemagatshel district court convicted for chorten vandalism on October 1. The court sentenced the seven men to prison terms ranging from 17 years to 35 years, under first-degree felony. Police forwarded the case to court in August and September after the accused were arrested following a tip-off.  They were caught from Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Pemagatshel. Except for one, the rest of the accused had vandalised the chortens, either as partners or abettors. They [... Read More]

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