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Is Bhutan ready for the big one?

Not by a long shot, given the tardiness with which the infrastructure of the dept. concerned is being set up Disaster: How prepared is Bhutan?  This is the question on the minds of many Bhutanese since they felt the tremors of the earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25. For a country that sits on […]

Day 5 for Bhutan medical team in Trishuli

Quake: Bhutan’s medical team in Nepal has treated almost 400 earthquake victims, as of yesterday afternoon. The team treated 107 victims on April 30 and 66 as of 6:30pm, yesterday.  The team treated 217 victims in its first two days. The 63-member team, deployed to Nepal upon command of His Majesty the King, has been […]

One more convicted for tampering with witness

Chief supervisor has to refund Nu 71,550 for unaccounted nine labourers Verdict: Of the six individuals charged with abuse of functions, forgery, bribery and embezzlement in the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo corruption case, the Haa dzongkhag court yesterday sentenced the 51-year old lapon to a year in prison. Lhakhang Karpo conservation project’s chief labour supervisor, Lhab […]

Not a good example

Some 45 officials in schedule I, including members of parliament, a secretary and heads of non-government organisations, have failed to declare their assets. They have not done it so even in the month-long grace period the Anti Corruption Commission allows.  Are our ‘big” officials up to something then?  Will they be dealt with as per […]

Top officials fail to declare assets

Non-declarants will be dealt according to asset declaration rules 2012 ACC: A total of 45 officials, including members of parliament (MPs), heads of organisations and non-government organisations, failed to declare their assets for 2014. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday issued a list of non declarants of schedule I, under which falls ministers, MPs, heads of […]

Village looks forward to new irrigation channel

Irrigation: A rehabilitated irrigation channel that will cover the Lawa-Thaphu village in Athang is expected to be completed within the next two months. The rehabilitated channel will benefit 18 households. Lawa tshogpa, Tshering Dorji, said the new irrigation channel would not only save time and hard work as the wooden irrigation water channel had to […]

Use of illegal electric fencing rife among farmers

Despite a threat of penalties, the practice remains rampant on farms in Trashigang Agriculture: The use of illegal electric fencing in Trashigang is still rampant despite the dzongkhag administration issuing circulars to remove live electric fencing, according to local leaders in the dzongkhag. Villagers resort to such practices to keep wild animals off their maize […]

What is the government’s vision? asks Opposition

Opposition party says government has derailed development process Politics: The government will have to do a lot of answering in the upcoming parliament session going by the opposition party’s preparation for the fifth session of the second parliament. The leader of the opposition (OL), (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, said almost two years have gone by since […]

P/ling thromde gives builders go ahead

Construction: Landowners in Dhamdara, Kabreytar, and Rinchending in Phuentsholing, waiting to construct houses, will now be allowed to do so with the Phuentsholing thromde completing the local area plans (LAPs) for these areas. The thromde has also completed the plans for the core area, Pekharzing (Toribari), and Amochu.  However, demarcation is yet to complete for […]

Road network in south Thimphu in dire need of maintenance

The poor road condition will see no improvement unless the division concerned takes charge Thromde: Lack of consensus between the urban road and drainage section and Asian Development Bank (ADB) project officials of Thimphu thromde has left the road network in south Thimphu crying for maintenance. The development of the internal road network in the […]

Fuel prices hiked

Fuel: Following a hike in fuel prices in India, the cost of petrol has increased by Nu 3.67 a liter and diesel by Nu 2.35 a liter since yesterday night in Bhutan. Petrol in Thimphu now costs Nu 63.37 a liter and Nu 61.42 a liter in Phuentsholing. A liter of diesel in Thimphu costs […]

ILCS4Nepal – Students show solidarity with quake victims

RUB: It was an unusually busy Zhabdrung kuchoe day for the first year students of the Institute of Language and Culture Studies in Taktse, Trongsa. If the day was auspicious, the students spent the day meaningfully and raised Nu 125,000 for the Nepal earthquake victims. But the students didn’t just go around asking for money.  […]

Bypass completion confirms businesspersons’ worst fears

Hotel owners see a drastic drop in patronage since the Ura-Nangar road opened Hospitality: Years ago, when the Ura-Nangar bypass road was planned, people in Chamkhar town, Bumthang’s business hub, expressed concerns that their businesses would be affected.  The road, they felt would isolate the town. The 32-km bypass is completed, although not officially opened […]