British Honorary Consul in Bhutan, Michael Rutland, talks about “change” at the second TEDxThimphu conference yesterday.
On HM’s birthday, six speakers, local and foreign, addressed the theme ‘Big and Small’
TEDXTHIMPHU: From starting small to contemplating change to making efforts to shed a few kilos, the stories were very different but they all served one purpose – to inspire those who were there to listen to them.
Six speakers came together to do just that at the second TEDx conference held in the capital yesterday, coinciding with His Majesty’s birthday.
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Kherigonpa fuel depot
Finding a plot to relocate to is proving to be a major hurdle
Township: One immediate wish that tops the list for Pemagatshel residents is a proper fuel station.
Residents said, making do with a basic one so far, a Bhutan Oil corporation (BOC) outlet, where motorists manually fill the tanks using jerry cans, was starting to get frustrating.
The fuel at the station at Kherigonpa, about five kilometres from the town, is stored in barrels [... Read More]
His Majesty the King with the parliament members after the closing of the 2nd session of the second Parliament yesterday
The second session of the second parliament ended as it began, in the presence of the King
Parliament: After three weeks of vigorous debate on five amendment bills, including a new bill, and numerous issues, the second session of the National Assembly concluded yesterday with members expressing the appreciation of the people of Bhutan to His Majesty the King’s magnanimity, dynamism and selflessness in ensuring the well being of the people.
His Majesty the King [... Read More]
One of the “temporary” houses at the dam site
With the permanent colony almost ready, a decision has to be taken about these units
MHPA: After having lived in the “temporary” colonies for last couple of years, residents of Mangdechu hydropower project authority’s (MHPA) dam and powerhouse sites in Trongsa will move to proper colonies in mid this year.
But the question is what would happen to these structures that are well maintained with blacktopped roads, street lights and railings around the house, among [... Read More]
A teacher verifies the documents of a prospective student for admission at the Gelephu LSS
Education: Getting children enrolled in the school of their choice resulted in some parents and teachers exchanging unpleasant words at Gelephu lower secondary school recently.
While most parents went home quite satisfied with having got their way, a few had to leave discontented. The admission committee based their selection on age and children whose parents reside in the town area.
The disqualified were those on transfer cases from a private school (Kuendrup school), repeated transfer [... Read More]
Thromde: The budget ceiling the government has stated for Gelephu town could hamper developmental works for a “growing town”, according to the residents.
The government’s recent budget notification has asked the town to maintain it at Nu 90M annually.
Town residents and officials said, with the budget constraint, planned activities might not happen at “normal pace”.
Meanwhile, the thromde is in the process of prioritising among its host of activities that are in the pipeline for [... Read More]
Trucks wait to be loaded with electrical equipment at Samdrupjongkhar
The hitch now is Indian police disallowing equipment through on ‘unauthorised route’
REP: After missing the first deadline on December 17 last year, and extending it until March this year, the electrification of Lauri and Serthi gewogs is again extended and expected to complete some time in May.
The Indian border police in Nunai, Assam, disallowing the transportation of equipment, on grounds that it was an unauthorised route, has halted work on the 21.5km long [... Read More]
The trench cutter excavates one of the panels of the cutoff wall over the upstream cofferdam
Works on cut-off wall to reduce seepage from the dam is scheduled for completion on May 31 this year
Construction: A giant chisel weighing 13.5 tonnes drops from a certain height into one of the panels of trenches on the upstream cofferdam of the Mangdechhu project site.
A hydraulic machine called the trench cutter is inserted, follows into the panels and excavates the debris.
The process of constructing cut-off wall, a wall of concrete used adjacent [... Read More]
Save for the auditorium and clearing of surroundings, the school’s construction is almost complete
For one thing, it will save the children their current hour-long walk to Langthel LSS
MHPA: The new school for Mangdechu hydropower project in Dangdung, Trongsa, once complete, will benefit about 25 students, who at present walk for at least an hour to Langthel lower secondary school.
Although it might not happen this academic session, the school construction, which is in its final stage, will be completed once the permanent powerhouse colony is done.
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Primitive methods of cultivating rice hinder large-scale production
From fallow wetlands to diet change, there are grounds galore why things have come to this pass
Trade: Deriving more cash from construction work than fields, change in staple food over the years, and higher cost of local rice were some of the reasons that led to the drastic increase in rice import from India, local leaders in Trashigang said.
The gewog officials also attributed it to people increasingly leaving wetlands fallow, caused by rural-urban [... Read More]