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Phobjikha plagued by erratic power supply

SONY DSCOutage: Erratic power supply is a persistent issue for Phobjikha and Gangtey

Though electrified since 2011, the valley suffers from frequent blackouts Electricity: Despite receiving electricity since 2011, people of Gangtey and Phobjikha valleys mostly depend on solar energy for electricity. This, according to villagers, is because of the erratic power supply without a possible solution so far.  Villagers said there have been no signs of improvement, despite several complaints and earnest requests. With the valleys experiencing blackouts frequently, at times for about a week, villagers said solar provided a constant source of electricity. Sonam Euden from [... Read More]

The great Battle of the Zhuls

IMG_5294An angry Zhul being taken to fight

Highland: Tenche village in Lunana is more a pasture than a settlement, vast and awfully silent in September. The golden wheat fields, a roiling river, and a few houses here and there, it is an old sepia from long, long ago. But the village has come to life today with shrieks and laughter of children, cattle bells and occasional calls from far away. Yaks are coming down from the mountains where they have been all summer. This is the moment that the people of Tenche [... Read More]

Has the lean season offer backfired?

DSC_0290Photo opportunity: A tourist pose with a monk during the Thimphu drubchen yesterday

Tourism: The Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer that the government initiated to make Bhutan a year-round destination has backfired, thereby affecting their business, tour operators claimed. With many tourists expecting similar offers, tour operators said they mostly get inquiries on whether a particular country could be listed next, as part of a similar offer. Tour operators requested anonymity fearing repercussions A tour operator said, by this time, he usually gets around 100 bookings from Japan for next year. “But Japanese tourists are waiting for a similar offer [... Read More]

Shingkhar-Gorgan road stuck in limbo

unnamed-9Quiet: There is no activity of any sort from Shingkhar side today

Road: There is no development on the controversial Shingkhar-Gorgan bypass road, which the National Assembly in May endorsed to be taken up in the 11th Plan. Department of roads (DoR) officials in Bumthang received no directives on the 55-km Singkhar-Gorgan road since its survey was halted abruptly in March 2013. “We didn’t receive any directives on Shingkhar-Gorgan road construction,” Bumthang DoR executive engineer, Sangay Dorji said, adding that the government has neither said that the construction of the road is to be continued or is [... Read More]

Work on east-west highway set to three-year deadline

imad21251Rangjung residents greet Lyonpo Dorji Choden

When complete, the travel time from Thimphu to Trashigang overland would be a day Road: About 333km of the east-west highway from Thimphu to Trashigang will undergo road widening and realignment works within the 11th Plan. Works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden, who is in Trashigang on a tour, said work on the narrow, and often troublesome, road that is currently undergoing a major facelift would be completed in another three years time. “When the road improvement works complete, we’re looking to shorten the [... Read More]

Two killed, one injured in an accident

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Update: The 60-year-old passenger who was referred to the national referral hospital in Thimphu is in critical condition and is in the intensive care unit as of yesterday. The patient was injured when the Tucson car he was travelling in  fell 90mtrs off the road below Tencholing military training center around 9:11pm on the night of September 26. He was travelling with two adults and three children. During the accident two people, the 52-year-old driver and a 26-year-old woman died on impact. Three children escaped [... Read More]

Doctors discuss Lifestyle disease

DSC_5444Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurates the forum

Health: Bhutanese and Indian military doctors, over two days, discussed lifestyle disease during the 16th annual Medical Science Update organised by the India Military Training Team (IMTRAT). Calling it an “enemy within,” seven Indian doctors and six Bhutanese doctors shared information on the management of diabetes, oral cancer and obesity related problems. The forum chose lifestyle diseases as the growing epidemic of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart diseases, obesity, infertility, stroke, peptic ulcer, alcohol and tobacco related disorders are affecting a [... Read More]

Capturing ‘Bhutan Now’

DSC_0004Capital’s nightlife: A display of photographs printed on metal

Exhibition: Inspired by her last visit to the country, photographer Sarah Keayes from Australia is displaying her photos along with works of local photographers in the capital. The weeklong exhibition ‘Bhutan Now’ at Simply Bhutan in Youth Development Centre, aims to show the juxtaposition between the old traditions vs the new influences Bhutanese youth are adapting to. “The exhibition aims to reveal how the young people of the country steeped in tradition is embracing change and in turn, changing the country,” Sarah Keayes said.  “I [... Read More]

Community involvement vital for tourism

IMG_2740Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk inspect products on display

World Tourism Day this year was observed in Phobjikha Tourism: Thirty-year-old Karma Tenzin from Phobjikha village was surprised when he won the first prize for a sleeping black-necked crane and a spoon that he had crafted from a wooden plank. Karma Tenzin had never made and displayed his souvenir products in the past. This time he participated in the beginner’s category. “I can’t believe my product won the first prize of Nu 6,500,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to win but I was excited and [... Read More]

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