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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - 5:59 PM
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Most project-tied assistance projects approved

DSC_3242Done deal: Foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji and secretary DPA&ER Sujata Mehta at the signing of the minutes of the meeting yesterday

GoI approved 48 projects during the third round of the development cooperation in talks yesterday Thimphu 11th Plan: The government of India approved 48 projects, under the project tied assistance, during the third round of the development cooperation talks yesterday in Thimphu. The two governments finalised 84 projects under the project tied assistance in the 11th Plan, which was the main focus of the talks. As the first year of the plan has already passed, the two governments agreed to speed up implementation of the [... Read More]

Menchuna builds its own farm road

WP_20140906_002The farm road will hugely benefit the community of Menchuna

Kilkhorthang: Community members of Menchuna, Kilkhorthang gewog in Tsirang are building their own farm road. Villagers said that, without a road, development activities were restricted. To get the road built by the government required certain criteria to be fulfilled, like the community having to be at least three hours walking distance from a road, or the benefit of the road had to reach at least 20 households. Menchuna has 12 households and is about a 10-minute walk from the highway. “We weren’t eligible for government [... Read More]

Making the most out of milk

IMG_20140910_161906Lucrative: Pam villagers turns to livestock

The Pam Dairy Cooperative was one of the first of its kind and remains one of the most successful Enterprise: It is the nearest village to the Trashigang town.  The land is fertile, although not flat, and can grow almost everything.  But Pam village, about five kilometres from Trashigang, town has never specialised in growing or rearing anything until recently. They grew potatoes and were idle most of the summer.  The poorer lot worked in the fields of the wealthier farmers, and making cash income [... Read More]

First wind power project to generate 600KW

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Energy: The country’s 600kw (kilowatt) pilot wind power project at Rubesa, Wangdue should be up and ready by February 2016, generating 1.21 million units of energy and earning a revenue of about Nu 2.5M a year. After the Komaihaltec inc., a Japanese company, was selected from three bidders, a contract signed on July 22 and the project has commenced since September 1. The project manager of wind power project division with Bhutan Power corporation (BPC), Dechen Choling, said ground works have already started with soil [... Read More]

Township waits donkeys years for plans to take off

DSC_1005Samtse town in anticipation of development

Initiated in 1994, townsfolk have grown old in anticipation of a signal to go ahead Samtse: Although it has been more than a decade since the completion of the Samtse town planning, the town still wears the same look as it did in the nineties, when it was first developed. Amidst intense heat, rain, and frequent power shutdowns, residents still await instruction from the dzongkhag and municipality on the town planning approval. Like always, they are doubtful if it will be realised this time either. [... Read More]

Deadline deferred for a third time

DSC_5648Delayed: Completion date of the bridge over Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway in Samdrupjongkhar is pushed by four more months

Monsoon precipitated landslides are being blamed for the delay CDCL: Completion of the Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway could be further delayed with the deadline extended by four months. This is the third time the deadline has been extended to Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) that has been awarded the works. The initial completion date was May 31. An official at the site said that CDCL requested the government further postpone the deadline to December after failing to meet the second deadline. CDCL was granted extension only untill [... Read More]

No benefits after 20 years of service

IMG_5647NWF colony in Phoshing, Zhemgang

All that Laxman Subba got from DoR were his last monthly salary and a lift home NWF: After 19 years of working on the nation’s highway as part of the national work force (NWF), Laxman Subba, 66, was laid off with neither gratuity, provident fund or pension by the department of roads (DoR) in Phoshing, Zhemgang. His Nu 5,050 salary was the only benefit Laxman Subba was sent home with, besides a free ride in a DoR vehicle to Zhemgang, where he will retire with [... Read More]

The green-and-blue project

blueYouth in action: Members of YIB collecting waste at Changjiji

An initiative to build awareness on blue-collar jobs and waste management YIB: A group of youth who call themselves Youth in Blue (YIB) have started a waste management initiative to drive home the message that blue-collar jobs are respectable, while productively addressing an issue confronted by the country, especially in urban areas. Kinley Wangchuk, 24, an undergraduate student at Gaeddu college of business studies, started the initiative, which has 10 members. The project was started in July this year.  YIB has an office in Thimphu, [... Read More]

A (monastic) home for the old

IMG_3332His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates the old age home for monks in Limukha, Punakha yesterday

HH the Je Khenpo yesterday consecrated eleven such one-storied houses for retired monks Dratshang: Monks retiring to a life of prayers have found a place to retire in peace with an elderly home for monks completed in Limukha, Punakha. His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choeda yesterday consecrated the eleven one-storied elderly home for retired monks, which was attended by the agriculture minister, sponsors, dzongkhag officials and nearby local people of Punakha and Wangdue. Spread across 72 acres of chirpine forest, far from the [... Read More]

Bhutan archers to participate in 17th Asian Games

IMG_5697Gearing up: The four archers at the practice session

Archery: The national archery team will leave on September 11 to contest the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Three boys and a girl will represent the country at the games from September 19 to October 4.  Bhutan is taking part in the archery event. The team will halt at Bangkok to train for five days. The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asia, is the largest sporting event in Asia, governed by the Olympic Council of Asia. Forty-five countries are taking part in 439 events [... Read More]