Diverted: The chief advisor to the interim government, chief justice Sonam Tobgye, inaugurates the river diversion for construction of Punatsangchhu-II dam. The completion of the diversion tunnel before the monsoon has advanced the project’s commissioning schedule by six months.
The completion of the tunnel signals the next stage in phase II of the project
Hydropower In the early hours of last morning two giant concrete gates, each measuring 6m across and 12m high, built on a sheer rock face on the left bank of Punatshangchu river, remained closed.
Facing the gates was a pool of water partly drained out from the main river to be piped through an 888-m long diversion tunnel connected [... Read More]
At Nangkhor: DCT president makes her way to the school auditorium
Bearding the lion in his den is a formidable task as most opponents have found
Primaries Druk Chirwang Tshogpa’s (DCT) presidential campaign at the former prime minister’s constituency Nanong-Shumar in Pemagatshel was not taken seriously by Pemagatshel voters.
Around 50 voters turned up to attend her campaign speech at Nangkhor high school auditorium last morning.
Pemagatshel voters are of the view that no other presidents seem as capable as Jigmi Y Thinley to become prime [... Read More]
Elect the best party: Dorji Choden with Menbi voters
Primaries More than 200 people of Menbi Tshenkhar constituency in the eastern district of Lhuentse, attended the campaign speech by Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s president, Dorji Choden, at the Menbi gewog centre yesterday.
President Dorji Choden said Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa was formed to give power to the people, not power to a few people.
She said the party’s 47 candidates are from different backgrounds who have had their share of struggles, and are in a position [... Read More]
Yeedzin FC and Global FC (yellow) tussle for the ball (Photo Courtesy: Phuntsho Wangdi)
Sports Thimphu Football Club champions of 2012 Yeedzin FC was kicked out of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president’s cup recently.
The team recently returned from Cebu, Philippines where the tournament was held.
Yeedzin FC was grouped together alongside Asian football heavy weights of Dordoi FC from Kyrgyzstan, Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) FC from Pakistan and Global FC from the host country under group B of AFC president cup’s qualifying round.
In the three games played [... Read More]
Strong turnout: Around 300 voters turned up to attend the meeting.
Jigmi Y Thinley makes a strong defense of his govt.’s record
Primaries With four political parties participating in the primary round, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president Jigmi Y Thinley reminded people to be cautious when choosing the right party.
“Remember all the political parties dream of taking previous ruling party’s seat,” he said. “So you’ll hear many allegations on the previous party on corruption and that the party isn’t good.”
This is how the DPT president, speaking in [... Read More]
After the session: Voters were skeptical about candidate pledges
Too many generalities spoken if and not enough specifics was one common gripe
Primaries Though the four party candidates spelled out what is there in their manifesto during the South Thimphu common forum held at Meawang gewog yesterday, voters said that pertinent issues concerning the gewog didn’t surface at all.
After the common forum, voters also remained quite skeptical as to whether the countless pledges made by the candidates would even materialise. And the worst [... Read More]
At the launch: Young workforce
A year and a half after opening, Thimphu TechPark has its first commercial tenant
IT Park The first commercial tenant of the information technology (IT) park in Babesa will commence business operations today, almost a year and a half after the park came up.
The company, a US-based photograph and video digitalising and editing firm, ScanCafe, inaugurated its office, comprising 10,000sqft of floor space, yesterday.
The company has been providing on-the-job training to 100 young Bhutanese [... Read More]
Chopper dropper: The helicopter did 41 trips to the two gewogs of Gongdue and Silambi to drop 28 transformers that each weigh 430kg
A helicopter has been hired to hasten electrification works
Power Villagers in the remote gewog of Gongdue and Silambi in Mongar are happy at the mere sight of transmission wires reaching their village.
If the wires are here, they said, the electricity supply should not be far behind.
Power officials said the village should receive electricity by the end of July.
To speed up electrification work, the local contractor has hired a helicopter from Nepal to transport [... Read More]
Issue-based: It was more about crops and mushrooms candidates discussed with voters than their manifestos
Elections Along with the pledges made by party candidates during the South Thimphu common forum in Genekha on May 17, the issue on Sangay shamu (Masutake mushroom) was the forum’s highlight.
Save for Druk Chirwang Tshogpa’s (DCT) Kinley Dem, candidates of the other three parties spoke on the potential of the fungus in lifting the gewog’s economy through better management.
Farming is the main occupation for people of Genekha and the mushroom is the gewog’s [... Read More]
After the forum: Voters leave for their villages taking with them besides pamphlets and brochures, promises party presidents made them
Voters seem to be using the occasion so as not to mix up the many parties
Elections: Despite the heat and sweat, more than 300 people of Menbi Tshenkhar constituency in Lhuentse, who came to listen to the four political parties’ representatives on May 18, were happy they attended the common forum.
The common forum at Tshenkhar gewog’s auditorium hall in Phowan was so packed with party supporters that some voters had to watch the [... Read More]