English | Dzongkha Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Construction of bridge delays completion of Samtse-Phuentshogling Highway

The construction of the longest bridge in the country over Amochhu is delaying the completion of the 54-kilometre Samtse-Phuentshogling Highway. The highway’s construction which began in 2005 should have been completed by 2013.

Death of hundreds of fish still a mystery

National Environment Commission‘s test does not explain the mystery behind the death of scores of fish in Dungsamchhu in Samdrup Jongkhar. Hundreds of dead fish were washed ashore Dungsamchhu in November, last year, baffling the locals.

Helicopter used for the first time to control forest fire

A helicopter was used to control a forest fire for the first time in Bhutan. Airbus H130 could contain the fire above Sangaygang in Thimphu within about five hours which otherwise could have taken longer. The chopper poured about 1,000 litres of water every four minutes.

Two eastern higher secondary schools to be upgraded to colleges

The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, during Meet the Press session today, said the government has already identified two higher secondary schools to be upgraded to colleges, this year. Establishing three colleges in the East was one of the promises of the government during 2013 elections campaign.

Government to allow street hawkers to sell food items

The government will allow street hawkers to sell their food items in the streets of Thimphu. However, the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, during a press conference today, said there will be strict monitoring.

Local leaders entitled to benefits: Lyonpo Damcho Dorji

Local Government’s elected members, completing their term in June this year, will be entitled to benefits, the Foreign Minister, Damcho Dorji said. He said their entitlement will be as per the Local Government Entitlement Act.

Bhutanese student detained for allegedly stabbing Indian student

A Bhutanese student, 15, is under Indian police custody after he allegedly stabbed an Indian student to death in Darjeeling. The deceased, who was also 15, succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital.

Ultramodern hospital’s completion of Wangdue Phodrang delayed

From its inception, the construction of an ultramodern 40-bedded hospital in Wangdue Phodrang was not falling in place. The construction in Jatshokha village under Rinchengang, which was to begin from 2013, got pushed to 2014 because of incomplete architectural drawing.

RCSC awaits Cabinet’s directives to implement maternity leave extension

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is still waiting for the Cabinet’s directive to officially enforce the extension of maternity leave from three to six months.

Could TOP mean end of livelihood for some Taxi Drivers?

Taxi Drivers in Paro say the Road Safety Transport Authority’s new rule of Taxi Operating Permit could mean the end of their livelihood. RSTA’s rule doesn’t allow those who drive hired cabs to avail Taxi Operating Permit (TOP). Most of the 300 taxis operating in the dzongkhag are on hire.

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