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Wamrong fire victims worry about loans

IMG_20140903_161327Temporary shelters at Wamrong where the three shopkeepers live

They fear the cost of constructing a new home may fall beyond their reach   Banks: With the deadline to vacate their temporary shelters having passed in June, four victims of a 2009 fire in Wamrong, Trashigang, who lost their homes, are concerned about their future. The four, all shopkeepers, are yet to construct houses.  And despite construction loans now being available, they are concerned that the lending conditions of the financial institutions are not within their means. One of the shopkeepers, Tshering Tobgay, said [... Read More]

Modern methods of research into Himalayan Buddhist texts

IMG_3050The workshop began since September 5 at dungdrop lobdra, Punakha

Workshop: To train Bhutanese monastic scholars and nuns in the research field, with an exposure to tools and conducts of the western academic world, a nine-day workshop began in Punakha since September 5. A first of its kind, the workshop was organised by zhung dratshang (central monastic body) and its Buddhist Education, the University of Hamburg, Department of India and Tibetan studies, and the Khyentse Centre for Tibetan Buddhist textual scholarship. Titled, ‘Himalayana Buddhist textual scholarship,’ the workshop is aimed at spreading knowledge of modern [... Read More]

Bumthang town awaits new lagthram

IMG_5965Aerial view of Bumthang

Construction, particularly of permanent structures, has remained suspended following NLC directives LAP: To complete the local area plan (LAP) of Bumthang town, the municipality awaits the arrival of lagthrams  (land ownership certificate), due to be issued after the cadastral resurvey was carried out in 2010. The expanded Bumthang town will stretch across 5.5sqkm, from Jalikhar in the east along Trashigang highway to Kurje lhakhang in the north. After issues pertaining to expansion stalled the physical growth of the town since 2007, it is now the [... Read More]

Double record set

IMG_1215Ajay Pandit Chhetri at the finish line

Tour of the Dragon Cycling: Completing the 268-km bike race in 10 hours and 42 minutes, a Nepalese national, Ajay Pandit Chhetri broke last year’s record to emerge as the champion of the  Tour of the Dragon on Saturday. The 26-year-old finished the race by more than 40 minutes faster than last year’s champion, Sonam who managed to come third this time completing the race in 11 hours 23 minutes. The winner said that the altitude, weather conditions and environment was similar to that of [... Read More]

Timber trade in the red

IMG_5657Old and mould still unsold: Logs at the Ramtokto timber depot

The economic slowdown translated into a glut of produce from a slump in sales NRDCL: Most timber depots run by Natural Resources Development corporation ltd. (NRDCL) have huge piles of logs waiting to be cleared, some even bearing mushrooms. Despite efforts made, NRDCL officials said, the company was struggling to clear timber in stock, resulting in the excess.  Production has overtaken sales. Officials said the company too bore the brunt of the economic slowdown since early 2012 that caused the decline in construction activities. The [... Read More]

ADB commits USD 50.35M

unnamed-3Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay at the Eminent Speaker Forum

Grant: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting Bhutan with US$50.35M for the South Asian Sub-economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Project, of which US$ 31.39M is on soft term credit and US$ 18.96M grant. Finance minister Namgay Dorji and ABD President Takehiko Nakao signed the loan and grant agreement yesterday in Manila, Philippines, where the Bank’s headquarters is based. The construction of the 68.30 km of South – west highway between Nganglam and Deothang is one of the major components of the project, finance ministry [... Read More]

GNH centre construction begins

IMG_6090Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck initiates the ground breaking ceremony of the GNH centre

Ground breaking: The construction of the interim space for Gross National Happiness centre in Bayul Dewaling in Chokhor, Bumthang has begun. The ground breaking ceremony, initiated by Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck, was held yesterday. The construction of the GNH centre was slated for March 13, but deferred.   The construction of the USD 10M main centre, which sprawls over 46 acres of blue pine forests by Chamkharchu, will start only in August 2015, after the interim space is completed. The construction design of [... Read More]

Spuds sell well in P/ling

PIC_0199FCB auction yard: Buyers from India bid their highest price yesterday

Both the harvest brought and the price fetched have hit new highs Potato: Farmers, who have brought their potatoes to the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing, are reaping the fruits of their hard work. Potatoes are selling at the highest price in recent years, with the price as of yesterday reaching double that of last year.  The yard is seeing an increase in potatoes too. As of yesterday, the average price for a kilo of large potatoes touched Nu 23.50 compared [... Read More]

Work on township local area awaits NLC nod

DSC_5359Awaiting development: Samdrupjongkhar town

The commission has yet to approve the four LAPs and carry out a resurvey to confirm details Thromde: More than three years after becoming a Class A thromde, Samdrupjongkhar town is yet to begin work in its demarcated local area plan (LAP). The thromde is still waiting for the National Land Commission (NLC) to carry out the cadastral resurvey, only after which landowners would be issued the new lagthram (ownership certificate). Without approval of land ownership, the LAP couldn’t be developed.  There are, however, some [... Read More]

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