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Hydropower contractor cries off Dungsam cement

The purported reason appears to be a price dispute between supplier and user

DCCL: Only 20 percent of the cement used for the construction of the three-hydropower projects in the country are supplied by the country’s largest cement plant.

While it was officially inaugurated two days ago, Dungsum cement plant started commercial production 10 months ago.

It was learnt that 80 percent of the cement used in these projects are Indian brands, even though Dungsam could [... Read More]

Beri beri outbreak confirmed in Gomphu LSS

Suspected to be due to low thiamine content in the diet fed to the school’s students

Nutrition: Low thiamine content in the meals that Gomphu lower secondary school (LSS) fed to its students was confirmed to be the cause of peripheral neuropathy in 35 students last week in Zhemgang.

The health team from Thimphu, who were in Gomphu LSS for five days to investigate the suspected outbreak of peripheral neuropathy, confirmed that all 35 students [... Read More]

Nine years for rape of minor

Crime: A 34-year-old man in Punakha was convicted to nine years imprisonment yesterday morning for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year old girl.

The Punakha district court verdict stated that the man was charged for rape of a minor, in contravention of section 184 of the penal code, which is a second-degree felony.

The girl said that it was consensual, as stated by the man.  However, she said she agreed to the relationship as [... Read More]


Neighbourly celebration – is it possible?

If  the royal Bhutan police had strictly followed their announcement, prohibiting the explosion of firecrackers during Diwali (the festival of lights), a lot of people would already have been arrested for disturbing the peace and quiet.

Besides the flowers, colours and lights, a constant bursting of crackers has filled the tranquil evening air.  Some go on until past midnight without any remorse that the loud noises are disturbing neighbours, or a mother trying hard to put [... Read More]

Street View service for Bhutan launched

Screen-shot-2014-10-23-at-11.16.21-PMVirtual street: Over 3,000 kilometres of 360 degree panorama imagery of Bhutan is available for viewing on Google Maps Street View

The online facility is expected to provide a fillip to tourism promotion, among others

Google: You can now stroll through Paro or Trongsa town without leaving your seat in Thimphu.  That is, a virtual stroll using Google Maps Street View.

Google inc launched its street view service for Bhutan in Thimphu, yesterday.

The service allows anyone with an internet connection to view 360 degree panoramas of over 3,000km of scenery along Bhutan’s roads.  This includes streets [... Read More]

Renovating Trashigang dzong

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The structure is being rebuilt with a Nu 190M fund from the government of India

Heritage: Straddling a ridge overlooking the Drangmechu in Trashigang is the massive 355-year old Trashigang dzong.  This fortress of the auspicious mountain was built in 1659 by the third desi Chogyal Minjur Tempa, after uniting the whole of eastern Bhutan under Sharcho Khorlo Tsibgay.

The fourth desi Tenzin Rabgye expanded the dzong significantly between 1680 and 1694.  Centuries later, in [... Read More]

Six sentenced to life for chorten vandalism

Crime: Punakha district court sentenced six men to life imprisonment in connection with chorten vandalism yesterday afternoon.

The men were aged between 21 and 31 years.  Except  for a taxi-driver, the rest were unemployed and lived in their villages.

They were involved in vandalising four chortens in Barp and Tewang gewogs on different occasions earlier this year.

Of the six, one was involved in the vandalising four chortens, two on one account, and another two for [... Read More]

Bhutan to bridge digital divide by 2020

This is in line with ITU’s Connect 2020 vision, which the country has endorsed

Conference: By 2020, Bhutan will bridge its digital divide, at least in terms of internet broadband connectivity.

This was revealed by the information and communications minister, who attended the 19th International Telecommunications Union (ITU) plenipotentiary conference, being held in Busan, South Korea.

The plenipotentiary conference is an event, held every four years, where ITU member states decide on the future role of [... Read More]

Concerns of school principals

Education: Zhemgang higher secondary school and Sonamthang middle secondary school in Panbang will function as central schools from the 2015 academic session.

This was announced at the 21st dzongkhag principal coordination meeting, which ended yesterday in Zhemgang dzongkhag headquarter for 30 principals and four education officers.

Zhemgang’s deputy chief for education (DEO), Sangay Chophel, explained that, although an autonomous school, Zhemgang HSS was selected to be the central school as it is located in the [... Read More]

PM inaugurates Dungsam Cement

unnamed-36Inauguration: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurated the Dungsam cement Plant in Nganglam yesterday

More than three decades after its initial planning, the plant is finally up and running

DCCL: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay inaugurated Dungsam Cement corporation ltd (DCCL) in Nganglam yesterday.

The country’s largest cement plant started commercial operations since January this year under the brand name of Dragon cement.  DCCL currently produces ordinary portland cement (OPC) and portland pozolona cement (PPC).

Located in Chenkari, about 5km from existing Nganglam town, DCCL was incorporated in 2009 under the [... Read More]

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