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What’s to become of the two Gamrichu projects?

Sakteng-villageProspects: Sakteng village will benefit if the projects see the light of day

Though techno-economically viable, both encroach core areas of Sakteng wildlife sanctuary Hydropower: When Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) dug boreholes to carry out geotechnical studies in some parts of Sakteng last year, villagers assumed that the long awaited Gamrichu hydropower projects were finally taking off. Today, after about seven months, locals claim they are yet to see any progress.  The issue was also raised during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu in Trashigang, where it was resolved that the matter would be forwarded to DGPC. Sakteng gup [... Read More]

FC Terton moves closer to the title

DSC_9797Goal: Terton first into City’s net

Beats Thimphu FC after coming from 2 goals down Football: In a dramatic comeback, FC Terton defeated Thimphu City FC 3-2 to retain their top position in the ongoing Yanmar Thimphu Premier League yesterday. After Thimphu City’s mid-fielder, Passang Tshering, scored two goals in the first five minutes of each half, FC Terton were trailing by two goals till the 65th minute. However, 20 minutes into the second half, FC Tertons’ striker Diwash Subba pulled one back getting themselves into the contest. Terton strike partner, [... Read More]

Youth to preserve dying tradition

IMG_1974Script weavers: Youth participants conduct their first mock interviews at the Memorial Chorten yesterday (Photo: Y Co-Op)

Training: A pilot project to document oral histories and traditions of Thimphu began yesterday with 14 youth writers from across the country attending a two-day training called “Script Weavers”. Youth Social Cooperative (Y Co-Op), Bhutan’s first social cooperative, and Bhutan Centre for Media & Democracy (BCMD) are organising the training on the basics of oral documentation, interviewing and writing techniques. Founder and the chief executive of Y Co-Op, Ngawang Gyeltshen, said the project was an attempt to preserve the rich oral tradition of the country, [... Read More]

Construction begins for new hospital in Tsirang

20150513_114652Lyonpo DN Dhungyel at the new hospital’s groundbreaking ceremony in Damphu, Tsirang

Health: Work to construct a 40-bed hospital in Damphu, Tsirang has begun with a groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday.  Information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel attended the ceremony. The new hospital, a government of India (GoI) project, will be constructed next to the existing hospital on an area of 5,000.60sqm. Lyonpo DN Dhungyel said that the government was fortunate to have received unwavering support from the GoI in providing good health facilities for the people. “Within this 11th Plan, the GoI has committed to assist government [... Read More]

New chadi protocol in pipeline

DSC_9666Elaborate chadi is allowed on significant days such as the National Day

Etiquette: The department of culture’s driglam namzha (traditional code of etiquette) division is currently drafting a new chadi (preparation) protocol.  It is expected to be complete and ready for implementation by the end of this year. Although details were not available, head of the division, Jigme Yoezer, said that it contained details on all types of chadi for all kinds of visitors. “We’re currently translating the new protocol into English,” he said, adding that the details were compiled into an about 50-page booklet. He added [... Read More]

Student trapped under fallen boulder rescued

7982b78d1eb0d454cfa82a965dee641-1Dzongkhag officals evacuate properties from the damaged hut

Accident: Dzongkhag officials and police yesterday rescued a class X student of Phuyum middle secondary school in Lhuentse who was trapped for three hours after a boulder rolled onto her hut. When the rock fell on the hut around 6.30am, she was in the kitchen preparing lunch for school.  According to the 16-year-old’s mother, Choki Wangmo, she was cleaning the drain with her son when she heard the boulder roll.  As soon as she called her daughter, the boulder landed on the kitchen and trapped [... Read More]

Second quake hits Nepal as first batch of Bhutan’s medical team returns

8P4A6374Back home: The first batch of 26 volunteers from the medical relief team to Nepal arrived in the country yesterday morning

Disaster: Just as the first returning batch of the Bhutanese medical relief team in Nepal entered Thimphu, a second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck Nepal yesterday. The remaining 52 members of the Bhutanese medical team, who are based in Trishuli, Nuwakot district, were reported safe, yesterday. As a result of the earthquake, the Nepal medical command centre has also requested the Bhutanese team to suspend its exit plan and remain in Nepal.  A second return batch was supposed to have arrived in Bhutan [... Read More]

Bongdema industrial estate sees progress

IMG_3201Officials attend the inaugural event for the bridge’s and access road’s construction

Economy: The long-awaited Bongdema Industrial Estate in Mongar saw some development with the inaugural of a bridge and an access road construction on May 10. Without a bridge and an access road, the department could not allot plots to the developers. “This (bridge and access road) was a necessity for the Bongdema industrial estate,” said an official from the department, KB Biswa. Once the road and bridge construction are completed, he said, basic infrastructure like electricity, water supply and other necessity infrastructure would be developed. [... Read More]

Tremor interrupts GNH discussion

pic-for-kuensel-2Panelists discuss GNH as a new development paradigm

Quake: Just as the last panelist, Bhutan Media Foundation’s director, Dawa Penjor, was speaking on Gross National Happiness (GNH) and media, the tremor that occurred around 1pm in Bhutan ended the discussion and sent some 25 participants rushing outside the Phuntsho Pelri hotel in Thimphu. Some 25 entrepreneurs and representatives from civil service organisations from around the world were discussing the concept of GNH and its application in the wellbeing of individuals yesterday.  The GNH Centre organised the discussion.

Restoration works on sacred choeten begins

10408494_732793463500026_4896110340885004620_nUnder Restoration: Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay with the monks and residents of Kawang install relics in the Mani Dangrim choeten at Dodeyna, Thimphu

Culture: About a hundred people consisting of dzongkhag officials, monks and the people of Kawang joined Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and home minister Damcho Dorji, to undertake restoration works on the historic Mani Dangrim choeten at Dodeyna yesterday. A new sokshing and nangtens (relics) were also installed inside the chorten. The sacred choeten was built by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo’s 10th reincarnate, Penchen Tenzin Choegyal in memory of his Tsawai Lama Kheydrup Tenzin Dhendup in the 18th century. During the 35th Birth Anniversary celebrations of His Majesty [... Read More]

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