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Squeezing out space for apron expansion

IMG_20150315_112443Rush hour: An aircraft is moved onto the runway to allow another to enter the apron

With the IAF camp relocation still under process, Paro airport has to manage on its own    Aviation: With a seventh aircraft now operating at Paro International Airport, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is being forced to expand its apron, despite no headway being made on relocating the Indian air force (IAF) camp there. The airport’s apron capacity or parking area for aircraft of five aircraft was exceeded when Tashi Air added a second aircraft in August last year. However, as the IAF camp [... Read More]

After forest fire, rolling boulders raise road safety concerns

11037560_1573148259637177_4732498313177363895_nRisky roads: A charred tree trunk lies across the Wangdue-Tsirang highway

 Disaster: A fire that started in Taksha, Wangdue and spread south to Tsirang is almost under control, forest officials said. However, those plying down the Wangdue-Tsirang highway are cautioned to watch out for rolling stones after crossing Taksha in Wangdue. Tsirang forest division senior ranger DB Chhetri said, “It’s risky for vehicles to ply on the road, as boulders roll down the slope. So we had to send a few cars back to Damphu.” The forest fire in Relangthang in Sergithang gewog, Tsirang started on [... Read More]

Habitat dislocation – a way of life for Wangdue wildlife

IMG_0218Caretaker Krishna feeds a rescued sambar deer

A rescue centre has been necessitated for this collateral damage of the hydropower projects  Ecology: The commencement of hydropower projects have destroyed the habitat and displaced several wild animals from the forests of Wangdue. Three years ago, foresters of Wangdue forest division in Lobesa found three injured sambar deer from Limbukha and Thinleygang area.  The fawns were kept in a temporary rescue shelter near the division office and bottle fed until they turned six months.  The deer, which include two females, were then fed Karma [... Read More]

Jachungs win Pepsi A league championship

DSC_3523HRH Deki Yangzom Wangchuck with the winners and the runners up of the Pepsi A-League Championship

Basketball: Jachungs comfortably defeated Jaguars 87-71 in the third and deciding game of the finals of the Pepsi “A” league basketball Championship at the Swimming Pool complex yesterday. Overcoming a 0-1 deficit in the best of three series, the number four seed in the tournament overwhelmed the sixth seeded Jaguars with strong defense, and won two games in a row. The Jachungs dominated the game from the start ending the first quarter with a 14 point lead. They maintained this lead for the rest of [... Read More]

Third hospitality institute starts operation

DSC03893All set: Trainees at BITH in Bondey, Paro (Photo courtesy : BITH)

Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism began yesterday with 30 trainees Tourism: To professionalise the industry by producing well-trained manpower for the hospitality sector, the Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (BIHT) started operations from yesterday with its first batch of 30 trainees. Located in Bondey, Paro, BIHT is the third tourism and hospitality institute in the country, initiated with support from a Swiss-based foundation, Bhutan Learning Exchange Foundation. BIHT’s master trainers said the founder was a Dutch anthropologist, who had worked in Bhutan for [... Read More]

Royal tour of southern dzongkhags

unnamedRoyal tour: Their Majesties with officials and the mandir construction team at the Shivalaya Mandir in Samtse.

Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, who are on a royal tour of the southern dzongkhags visited the Shivalaya Mandir, the Samtse College of Education (SCE), and Samtse Lower Secondary School during Their Majesties’ visit to Samtse recently. His Majesty the King granted audiences to the students and teachers at the school, and the students and lecturers of SCE. His Majesty also inspected the construction of the Shivalaya mandir (temple). His Majesty commanded the construction of the mandir after the Royal [... Read More]

Finding common ground with the gewogs

IMG_5654SJI officials with the gewog officials

A two-day workshop was held to coordinate, align and strengthen plan activities  SJI: The Samdrupjongkhar Initiative (SJI) conducted a two-day  Samdrupjongkhar district development strategy workshop for 11 gewog officials, so that they are better able to coordinate, align and strengthen plan activities. The participants discussed specific needs and priorities, saying there was a need for the gewogs to collaborate with SJI. Tshewang Dhendup, SJI’s executive director, said collaboration between SJI and the gewogs could be a fruitful partnership. “The SJI would like to learn from [... Read More]

The tshemzo maestro

DSC_1491Guests inspects the textiles on display

Pema Dorji has won, five years on the trot, the annual national design competition in embroidery  Handicraft: Pema Dorji, 44, from Wangduephodrang, is a prolific embroiderer.  His skills were put to the test when he entered the annual national design competition four years ago.  Since then, he has been winning the prize in embroidery (tshemzo) category. He proved that he was still the best in tshemzo when he won, for the fifth time in succession, a cash prize of Nu 50,000 in the embroidery category [... Read More]

Her Majesty the Gyalyum takes part in earth ramming ceremony

IMG_2761In rhythm: Her Majesty and a Tsalumaphey village elder in the pashing (wodden box to hold earth to be rammed)

Culture: Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck took part in the earth ramming ceremony of the Training and Resource Centre for Bhutanese Nuns in Tsalumaphey, Thimphu yesterday. Bhutan Nuns Foundation (BNF) under the patronage of Her majesty the Gyalyum is constructing the centre. The ceremony, which started at 6 am with the installation of the doors of the four cottages, marks an important phase in the construction process. The half-day programme included prayers and blessing as well as singing of Om Sangla Mani, traditional [... Read More]

Unfinished business in Bara

DSC_0273The incomplete science laboratory in Sherab Gatshel Lower Secondary School in Bara, Samtse

A BHU, science lab and teacher’s quarter remain incomplete four years after work started  Construction: After waiting for almost four years, the people of Bara gewog in Samtse have given up the hope of a basic health unit (BHU), a science laboratory, and a teacher’s quarter for Sherabgatshel lower secondary school. The construction works have not resumed since the termination of the two contractors last year.  The contractors were terminated after they were found to have breached the contract agreement. The contractors were given extra [... Read More]

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