Tanden Zangmo

Establishment of Thromde and Yenlag Thromde questioned

At the NA’s question hour this week the works and human settlement minister was asked when the government would establish the 20 Yenlag Thromdes and Thromdes and how it would be institutionalized in alignment with the Constitution. Works and human settlement minister Lyonpo Dorji Choden said “It is the responsibility …

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Bus services to all gewogs?

Opposition members questioned the government on its pledge to provide bus services in all gewogs with road access. Dremetse Ngatshang MP Ugyen Wangdi said 200 gewogs now have road access and are in need of public transport, as private operators have not stepped in.  “Four years of the government’s term …

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A female common leopard rescued

Picture courtesy Tshencho Tshering, Senior Forester

A female common leopard weighing about 30 kilograms and  measuring100 centimetres in length was rescued from a snare it had entangled itself into near the Phobjikha Central School in Wangdue district on May 23. The snare had been set up by the caretaker of the school to guard his potato …

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Pay Commission recommends hike for 1,499 LG members


The third pay commission has recommended revising the pay, allowances and entitlements of local government leaders, but not Foreign Service entitlements and pay and allowances for GSP and ESP personnel of the civil service. Specifically, the commission has recommended a 40 percent pay revision for local government, daily allowance by …

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Declining birth rates impact school enrolments

At the Friday NA question hour session the Nubi-Tangsibji constituency MP, Nidup Zangpo, asked the education minister on the government’s plan to make central schools sustainable at a time when most developmental activities are being funded by grants and foreign aid. The MP said that when the country is developing …

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Autsho goes for commercial vegetable production on fallow land


The village of Autsho in the eastern district of Lhuentse is the latest rural community that is using fallow lands to take up commercial vegetable production. Autsho’s vegetable programme has engaged about 17 households in an eight-acre area to practice commercial vegetable production. They have been provided with vegetable seeds, …

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