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Fire guts half of Sarpang bazaar

Breaking news: About half of some 100 shops that make up the Sarpang bazaar were completely gutted in a fire that started around 8pm today. Police suspect the fire started from a shoe shop that’s located at the end of the market. Residents said they experienced power fluctuation during the day and that the shopkeepers […]

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Amusement: A singer and an entertainer from Wales, UK, Lindsay Young entertains passersby in Thimphu by twisting balloons into animal shapes. He is in the country for the 10-day Bhutan International Festival which starts today. Photo: www.bhimf.org      

Acute teacher shortage in Samtse

Schools: Just as schools are about to reopen, Samtse dzongkhag presented to the cabinet that it was short of 116 teachers. The status was presented and discussed at the mid-year review of performance agreement for the southern districts, which was held in Phuentsholing on February 12. Samtse, Chukha, Dagana, Sarpang, and Tsirang dzongkhags presented their […]

Trimming the TA/DA sails

Call it a poor decision, or putting the cart before the horse, the decision to increase the daily sustenance allowance by 100 percent, without increasing the budget, has not gone well for civil servants. If the idea of increasing the allowance was to meet the cost of being away from home on official duty, it […]

Will incentives continue after EDP deadline?

Beneficiaries of existing privileges, like tour operators and hoteliers, are keeping their fingers crossed Tourism: With the existing privileges and fiscal incentives for the tourism industry as per the economic development policy (EDP) 2010 ending this year, concerns have been raised on whether these incentives would continue after the sunset limit of 2015. Tourism Council […]

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Department of Hydro-Met services’ director Karma Tsering and JICA team leader Dr Hithoshi Baba sign the minutes of the meeting of the mid-term review report of JICA assisted projects yesterday morning.  The team reviewed the Japanese technical cooperation in capacity development of GLOF and rainstorm flood forecasting and early warning. The project ends in September […]

Fishing to be allowed in the Haachu

So as to conserve the fisheries and help in the dzongkhag’s socio-economic development Livestock: The national centre for riverine and lake fisheries, under the department of livestock at Haa, will be legalising fishing in the Haachu for tourists and locals starting this year. According to the livestock production officer, Karma Wangchuk, the decision was taken […]

Police make arrests linked to kidnaps

Three suspects are in custody for selling Bhutanese SIMs across the border Crime: Three suspects are in police custody for selling Bhutanese SIM (subscriber identity module) cards to non-nationals from across the border. The three were arrested on February 12 and charged to court the same day. Some of the mobile numbers of the SIM […]

The man who made a “scootiller”

Kencho Wangdi, a BPC lineman, moonlights as an inventor Innovator: After years of hard work, Kencho Wangdi’s innovation might finally pay off. The 48-year-old average sized man ignites his “scootiller” engine and starts ploughing his field. “It’s costly and typical to hire oxen to till the fields here,” he said.  His scootiller does the job […]

Trongsa court releases detained gup

Judiciary:Langthel gup, Lham Dorji who was detained by the Trongsa district court for contempt of court on February 12 was released after being held for 24 hours. He was held for failing to produce evidence as demanded by the court. “The gup was detained under contempt of court but he was released yesterday afternoon,” Trongsa […]

Legend comes alive

A film on the rebirth of a renowned warrior from the annals of Bhutanese history Review: Pemi Tshewang Tashi, the most loyal chamberlain of Dzongpon Angdruk Nyim of Wangdue, and a great historical warrior of the late 1800s, comes to life in Talop Wangchuk’s film Lok sho – The undying love of Pemi Tshewang Tashi. […]

Taking stock of the southern dzongkhags’ progress

A mid-year review of annual performance agreement  was recently conducted by the cabinet Governance: Enhancing adult education through non-formal education (NFE) and reducing the incidence of infant mortality are the two common indicators across the five southern dzongkhags that are at risk of not meeting the target. Chukha, Dagana, Samtse, Sarpang, and Tsirang dzongkhags came […]

A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part VIII

The series of articles on the subject of rural-urban migration – numbering seven so far – have mainly focused on the principal causes that contributed to this malady. While a number of other causes have aggravated the problem to a lesser degree, clearly the principal causes, in order of severity, can be attributed to: 1.  […]