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More T/gang farmers hop on to the biogas bandwagon

unnamed-2Cheap alternative: A biogas plant at Pam provides free gas

All one needs is three cows and an altitude below 2000m for this technology to work Energy: When biogas plants were first installed in the eight households of Pam, Trashigang in May, villagers were doubtful if it would benefit them.  Today, many villagers have biogas plant constructions in their backyard. By December, 453 households from eleven gewogs of Trashigang will begin production of biogas for domestic purpose. Dzongkhag livestock officer (DLO), NS Tamang, said that, while construction of some biogas plants were complete, construction of [... Read More]

Buddhist iconography gets European artistic touch

IMG_5881Olaf Van Cleef poses with his cherished piece, a painting of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, which took him 300 hours to complete

French artist Olaf Van Cleef will present his first ever exhibition in the country next year Paintings: Buddhist icons, like Guru Rinpoche, Tsheringma, and Zhabdrung, for one, are not only colourful and bright, but also shiny and shimmering. French artist Olaf Van Cleef, who recently completed the paintings in Paris, has Swarovski crystals, gems and chocolate paper studded to these paintings. The 64-year old artist was in the capital last week preparing for his first ever exhibition in the country, slated for September next year [... Read More]

Soe holds annual Jhomolhari festival

IMG_5320Mountain festival: The winner trots off after the horse race

The icing on the cake of the two-day celebration is capturing on camera the snow leopard Occasion: Soe is a remote village north of Thimphu.  It is also the smallest gewog in the country, with three villages and 28 households, all told.  Today, in Dangojang village, the annual Jhomolhari festival, where all the yak herders from nearby areas come together once a year, is in full swing. Here, at the foot of Jhomolhari (7,314m), the second highest mountain in the country, autumn is very cold. [... Read More]

Move for Health walk fetches Nu 2.4M for Trust Fund

IMG_4233Move for Health: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, health minister Tandin Wangchuk and volunteers walk from Khasadrapchu to Thimphu on Saturday

BHTF: The Move for Health walk, led by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on October 11, secured over Nu 2.4M as capital for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF). Individuals, government, and corporate and private sectors made the donation. Just before the walk began from Khasadrapchu at 8:30am, Thimphu dzongkhag handed over a cheque for Nu 300,000. Accompanied by health minister Tandin Wangchuk and labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, lyonchhoen walked with ease, making it difficult for others to catch up.  Opposition leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho [... Read More]

New Nganglam town location altered

unnamed-1Suspended: The present Nganglam town

A change made due to issues related to encroachment on the biological corridor Township: Nganglam town establishment, which was delayed with unresolved issues regarding biological corridor, will now come up at Satsalu and Tangzima under Norbugang gewog instead of Rinchenthang. Although the town planning began from 2009 and its master plan was completed and approved in 2012, implementation was halted after half of the envisaged town was identified as biological corridor, connecting Manas national part to Khaling wildlife sanctuary.  The project cost was estimated at [... Read More]

Tango thorim shedra expansion to be complete by 2016

unnamed-2Men at work: There are 58 labourers working at the site today

Dogged by problems, the deadline will be overshot by two years Project: With the administration and academic blocks ready, the Tango Thorim shedra expansion project is expected to complete by 2016. The project, which was initially planned for completion by the end of this year, got delaye d after it encountered some problems with the contractors.  Foreign workers absconding the construction site and harsh weather conditions also compounded the problem. Project manager, Ugyen Tshering from the dratshang lhentshog, said since next year is considered a [... Read More]

Takins defeats Wizards by a lone basket

DSC_0550Block: A Pazap defence denies Semchay basket from inside

Basketball: The champions of Thimphu league and coronation cup, Wizards, lost their opening match  to Takins by a lone basket, in the ongoing  Queen’s cup. In a closely contested match, Takins and Wizards were taking turns to lead the game albeit none could extend their lead beyond a basket or two. While Wizards had the advantage of their sharpshooters outside and big men inside, Takins were more energetic and their active defending gave no opportunities for their opponents to take the game easy. In the [... Read More]

Govt. will not interfere in corporate pay raise: PM

IMG_3854Question time: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay responds to the questions at the Meet the Press yesterday

Corporations have been given leeway, it appears, to go ahead with their salary revision Wages: Corporate sectors, including the state-owned enterprises, could go ahead with salary revision of their employees, if they can afford to do so, the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, indicated yesterday. With the civil service salary revised, employees of corporations have been expecting a similar revision. Earlier in 2011, based on the affordability of each state-owned companies, the finance ministry came out with a broad guideline to revise the salary of corporate [... Read More]

Expert group discuss joint technical survey modalities

IMG_3837In session : The 12th Meet the Press

Border Talks: The delegation from the People’s Republic of China and Bhutan, meeting in Thimphu since October 9, are discussing the modality of conducting the joint technical field survey of disputed areas in the western region, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. There are four disputed areas in the western regions of Paro and Haa – Doklam, Dramana, Sinchulungpa and Shakhatoe, comprising a total of 269 square kilometres. Termed as the technical expert group meeting on the Bhutan-China boundary, the group is also expected to [... Read More]

ScanCafe plans to upscale operations

scancafeProductivity: ScanCafe has found that its Bhutanese employees can perform at a very high global standard (Photo: Thimphu Techpark)

Employee productivity in Bhutan has proved at least 15 percent higher than in Bangalore IT Park: After finding that employee productivity in Bhutan is at least 15 percent higher than its branch in Bangalore, ScanCafe, an international tenant at the IT park, plans to further upscale operations here. ScanCafe is an American company that digitalises and organises videos and photos.  It began commercial operations at the IT Park in May, last year. It had been piloting at the park prior. It has leased 10,000sqft of [... Read More]

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