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60th BCC logo launched

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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Leytshog Lopon Rimpoche and committee members for the 60th Birth Anniversary Celebration Committee launched the logo for the celebration of 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Forth Druk Gyalpo at Gyalyong tshogkhang today. A department of Local Governance official, Kinzang Tshering designed the logo. The green dragon represents the strong personality of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who throughout His golden rule has spearheaded environmental conservation in the Kingdom that brought him international fame and recognition, according to a cabinet press [... Read More]

PM promises speedy resolution of delayed township

DSC_6119Consultation: Lyonchhoen interacts with land owners and businessmen of Nganglam

One way or the other, with a new or old town plan, the matter would be resolved, assured lyonchhoen Corridor: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay assured businessmen and landowners in Nganglam that the biological corridor issue would be solved soon to avoid further delay of the already delayed township in Nganglam. However, lyonchhoen said that it was not guaranteed that the old master plan would be implemented for the township in Rinchenthang, which has been delayed for more than a decade. Lyonchhoen said he would discuss [... Read More]

Khuruthang stinks

unnamed-39Neglected: An unattended septic tank in the town

The township has lacked a proper sewerage system since its inception 14 years ago Township: If Khuruthang town is an eyesore of urban development, lack of proper sewerage system has not helped it either. Established more than 14 years ago, Khuruthang town, four km away from Punakha dzong, has neither sewerage networks nor street lightning. Residents complain of stench from leaking or overflowing sewerage tanks on a daily basis. The problem is not new either. The town’s representative, Namgay, said it was raised in almost [... Read More]

The sculptor-gomchen from Doongmanma

unnamed-46Self taught: It takes Sonam more than three months to complete a statue

Initially inspired by a dream, the self-taught artist now has plans to start an institute Profile: A 52-year old self-taught sculptor and his son-in-law, a university graduate, from Doongmanma under Lauri gewog in Samdrupjonkhar, plan to start an institute through which the father’s skills can be transmitted. Sonam Jamtsho, a gomchen (lay monk) is a busy man, whose mobile phone never stops ringing.  These are business calls, with people making orders for sculptures of various gods and goddesses. Sonam claims that his  talent emerged years [... Read More]

Plans to break two world records

ashiHer Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and PICSA’s coordinator Karma Tshering at the launch

11 events to commemorate 60th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Occasion: While celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo next year, Bhutan will attempt to break two Guinness World Records in mass tree plantation and publishing the world’s largest book. People’s Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA), which Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck launched yesterday, along with its website www.picsa.bt, will carry out mass tree plantation tentatively at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck national park [... 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 within Thimphu, Paro, and Trongsa. The viewer can navigate [... 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 the 1950s, Trashigang dzongpon, Sey Dopola, commissioned the restoration of [... 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 companies Act as a wholly owned subsidiary of Druk [... Read More]

Mongar squatters wonder where to go

unnamed-37Encroachment : About 100 families reside on government land

Now that they’ve been evicted from govt. land, 100 families have no place to stay Eviction: The 100 families, who have been living on government land in Mongar, are worried about finding a place to move to, after the dzongkhag ordered them to dismantle their homes by December end this year. As resolved by the dzongkhag tshogdu, following a circular from the National Land Commission (NLC), the dzongkhag issued the order to the residents to vacate the land.  NLC’s circular stated that, as per the [... Read More]

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