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72 affected by airport no building zone

unnamed-51Empty land: International rules disallow the construction of even single storey buildings around the airport

Land: Gelephu thromde has appealed to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to allow the construction of single storied buildings in the no construction zone around Gelephu domestic airport. A total of 72 land owners are affected by the no construction zone that has been demarcated around the domestic airport. The no construction zone covers 115 acres around the domestic airport, of which almost 73 acres is government owned while almost 42 is private land. “We don’t have enough government land to give land substitutions [... Read More]

Elephants play spoilsport at festival

unnamed-52A millet field destroyed by elephants

Villagers had to cut Deepavali festivities short to guard their crops against marauding tuskers Wildlife: The festive season is now over and the people of Gangtokha village in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana are back in the fields, guarding their crops against marauding elephants. As the sun goes down, villagers get ready for a full-scale battle with the invading tuskers.  If the villagers let the animals have their way, they will be robbed of everything and have little to eat. When the villagers win, the jumbos are driven [... Read More]

Taktse college needs BHU

unnamed-2Risky: ILCS is concerned for the safety of its students who have to travel to Trongsa for health services

ILCS students have to travel 10km to the nearest BHU and 23km to the nearest hospital  Infrastructure: With the nearest health facility located 10km away, students and faculty of institute of language and cultural studies (ILCS) in Taktse face difficulty accessing and receiving health services during illness. The basic health unit (BHU) in Kingarabten is closer to the campus, while Trongsa hospital is 23km away. Recently, Passang Tshering, a second year student from the institute, returned from Trongsa hospital after attending a friend, who was [... Read More]

Govt. geared to take over school feeding program

unnamed-48Well fed: The WFP feeds over 30,000 students (File photo)

Initially to be phased out by 2015, World Food Program agreed to remain till 2018 WFP: The government is well prepared and committed to take over the school-feeding programme, once the World Food Program (WFP) phases out completely in 2018, education ministry officials say. Although WFP began phasing out since 2008, with its supply pulled out from high schools in urban areas, initial agreement with the former government was that it would phase out completely in 2015.  But the former government requested that WFP stay [... Read More]

All in the family

unnamed-50Not much to say: Karma Rinchen takes his turn to speak

A couple of cousins compete amicably for the post of tshogpa in a by-election Elections: Wearing their best ghos, Jamyang Norbu, 26, and Karma Rinchen, 29, looked confident.  They stood in front of a small crowd yesterday, gathered to listen to the cousins, candidates for the post of tshogpa for Namdaling under Decheling gewog in Pemagatshel. A by-election for tshogpa’s post is scheduled for November 6. The two contestants said their pledges were same and, in fact, they prepared their speeches together.  The crowd, villagers [... Read More]

One unique program with twin objectives

IMG_2191Learning: Students and tourists interact during the tour program last Saturday

The Chamgang junior guide experiment has the added benefit of teaching English Tourism: The chilly morning gave way to a bright sunny day.  Yangchen Gatshel LSS in Chamgang, Thimphu was swept clean and ready to receive their guests on October 25. Thirty-six class VII B students, who were to act as guides for the half-day program to tourists, waited in the assembly ground, some rehearsing their lines. The tourists, including about a dozen Wheaton College students studying in Royal Thimphu College, three Australians, two from [... Read More]

60th BCC logo launched


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]

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