Kuenzang Choden

Denchi residents unhappy with delayed compensation

Villagers say that PM’s Aunt received bulk of the compensation already paid There is unhappiness among the residents of Denchi over delayed land compensation. Local villagers say that a few have been paid compensation but the bulk of the compensation so far has gone to the Prime Minister’s aunt Aum …

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Government’s Denchi defense falls apart

After The Bhutanese ran the story titled, ‘Denchi Land Compensation Scam,’ the Prime Minister’s office issued a press release to all media houses except this paper clarifying its stand. The Denchi land compensation scam saw cabinet ministers giving abnormally high compensation rates well above government rates of Property Assessment and …

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Denchi Land Compensation Scam – II

New documents and evidences show that inspite of the government’s clarifications, the Denchi land compensation was an illegal act by the cabinet with a strong conflict of interest. The government went against the official recommendations of PAVA which was already aware of Denchi being declared a Thromde, didn’t follow the …

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NEC to take action on soil dumping case at Babesa

The one month’s notice given to the Thimphu Thromde to clear up the soil dumped between the sewerage plant and the Greener Way dumpsite at Babesa is close to expiry but no action was taken. The National Environment Commission (NEC) will step in as the competent authority in a few …

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Denchi land compensation scam

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The Bhutanese has found that the cabinet violated government laws to provide abnormally high compensation rates to landowners in Pemagatshel with the biggest beneficiary being a close relative of the Prime Minister. The land in question is 116 acres of rural Kamzhing land owned by 26 thram holders and the …

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The web of loopholes in the Shingkhar-Gorgan road

The Shingkhar-Gorgan road drew a lot of controversy as it cuts through the core area of the Thrumshingla National Park, a safe haven for the Royal Bengal Tigers Inspite of the forest department’s express reservations on the road, the Department of Road (DoR) has gone ahead with the Environmental Impact …

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Environment in the way again

The Gasa-Tongchudrak farm road between Gasa and Laya was Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley’s promise to the people of Laya during the Mid-Term Review. It so happens, the PM just might not be able to keep his words, that is if the National Environment Commission (NEC) has its way. Conservationists through …

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Saving the wild

The recent incident of the deer which encroached into urban territories far from its habitat and died near the Druk Punjab National Bank (DPNB) is substantive evidence that development activities in Bhutan have finally saturated the  line of separation between human settlement and animal habitats. Wildlife habitat fragmentation, an eventual …

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