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Vibration intensity tests carried out

unnamed-2Project officials measure the vibration intensity in Wangdue

To ascertain if blasting may have damaged houses and affected water sources PHPA II: To find out whether blasting at the headrace tunnel construction of the Punatsangchu project caused cracks on houses and affected water sources, a vibration intensity of blasting was conducted since November 18. This comes after residents of Daga, Rubesa and Gaselo complained that blasting at the project damaged their houses and affected water sources.  While people of Gaseytshogom, Tshogwom and Daga gewogs lodged complaints since 2011, villagers of Ula village in [... Read More]

‘Shillongpas’ now have a place to call home

NMS_6271Borongmo: Once a dense forest, the area is now a village for 51 households

200 acres of govt. land have been cleared to resettle them in the Borongmo resettlement project Kidu: About 15km from Nganglam dungkhag is a small village called Borongmo.  The settlement, scattered over an area, which was once a thick forest, is today home to some 51 families. In the last two years, the 51 households have turned the dense forest into a new village under Norbugang gewog. Everything they have today, say villagers is because of His Majesty’s kindness. Locally referred to as the “Shillongpas,” [... Read More]

Pune FC humbles Assam Electricity 5-0

DSC_2714Pune FC Haokip Thongkhoseim scores his second goal of the match

Pune FC in the semis King’s cup: Pune FC qualified to the semi finals of the King’s Cup in style thrashing Assam Electricity 5-0 and striker Haokip Thongkhoseim scoring the first hat trick of the tournament yesterday. It took Pune FC, now the crowd’s favourite, only 14 minutes to break the deadlock. Striker Arata Izumi, after a fine one-two pass with mid fielder Dhanpal Ganesh, scored the first of the five. Pune FC doubled their lead after six minutes when Arata Izumi turned provider and [... Read More]

Govt. wants to make country self-reliant by 2018: PM

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Pledges: With the People’s Democratic party government having completed one year and two months in office, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said it has got the fundamentals (of governance) correct. Speaking at the 13th meet-the-press yesterday in Thimphu, Lyonchhoen said the government wants to make Bhutan a self-reliant country by 2018, and lower dependence on external aid, so that it can finance from its own proceeds. “We want to provide not just free education, but quality free education, and quality free health care. We want to [... Read More]

Man fights off bear

Wildlife: A 55–year old man from Decheling in Nganglam was referred to the Thimphu hospital, yesterday, after suffering injuries from a bear attack. The man was on his way back home with a friend when he was attacked by the bear. According to the man’s friend, the man wrestled with the bear and both slipped and fell down a cliff. While the man was saved by a tree branch, the bear fell into a small stream. The man sustained multiple injuries on the neck, face [... Read More]

Challenges of fulfilling basic rights of children

DSC_2522 Child Rights: UNICEF Representative Shaheen Nilofer, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Dorji Choden join children at the VAST art park to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child yesterday

The fault lies not so much with legislation as with implementation Right: With rapid urbanisation, families in Bhutan are becoming more nuclear, leaving children and youth even more vulnerable, according to the State of the World’s Children report 2014, launched at the VAST art gallery in Thimphu, yesterday. The country is confronted with the challenges of fulfilling the basic rights of children, youth and women, according to the report. In addition, it is reported that the rules and regulations for the Child Care and Protection [... Read More]

Gewog decides to clear road on its own

PIC_0295The DoR will take more than a week to clear the block at Taguna

Possibilities of new alignment studied Dungana: The Dungna feeder road in Chukha will finally be cleared for traffic more than two months after heavy rains in August 30 caused a massive landslide, which washed away huge portions of the road. Although connectivity to five gewogs was affected, it is Dungna gewog that has agreed to inject Nu 0.3M from its gewog road maintenance budget. The Dungna gup Lam Dorji said they couldn’t wait any longer for the department of roads (DoR) to help restore the [... Read More]

Six officers set to leave for Liberia for UN peacekeeping mission

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As part of Bhutan’s ongoing UN peacekeeping engagement, six officers, including a female officer, from the Royal Bhutan Police will soon leave for a yearlong assignment at the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). This is the first time that police officers from Bhutan will be participating in a UN peacekeeping mission under the UN Police (UNPOL). The six police peacekeepers are Lt. Col Passang Dorji, Lt. Col. Dorji Khandu, Lt. Col. Jatshola, Lt. Col. Wangchula, Lt. Col. Karma Sonam and Capt. Nono. The government remains [... Read More]

India to expedite alternate route to Pasakha

DSC_1879Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale (right) and the Consul General in Phuentsholing, JK Sharma

Visit: A 1.2km alternate route for heavy vehicles traveling between the Pasakha industrial area and Bolan Chaupati in Jaigaon, will be expedited according to Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale. The route is expected to ease traffic congestion in the two border towns and also reduce transportation costs for industrialists. In his first visit to Phuentsholing and Jaigaon yesterday, the ambassador met with Bhutanese and Indian officials, including those of the Indian security agency Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). “I took a look at various aspects [... Read More]

Asia-Pacific region reaffirms women empowerment

DSC07871-2Gyalyum Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck interacts with a participant from the region Photo : Yamin oo

Gender: The Asia and Pacific conference on gender equality and women’s empowerment: Beijing +20 Review in Bangkok, Thailand, ended yesterday with the adoption of the ministerial declaration. The ministerial declaration reaffirms the commitment made by countries in the Asia-Pacific region at the Beijing declaration on women empowerment and gender equality. The countries are to work towards eliminating inequality, as a matter of human rights and for the region’s development and prosperity. The Beijing declaration was adopted during the fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, agreeing to 12 critical areas of concerns [... Read More]

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