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India provides Nu 1.3B in grants

DSC_5337Indian ambassador hands over the cheque to the Finance Minister

Fund: India provided grants of Nu 1.3B to Bhutan during the recent state visit of the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee. Three cheques totalling Nu 1.3B were handed over to the finance minister Namgay Dorji by Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, prior to the Indian President’s address at the convention centre on Saturday. The Nu 1.3B represents the first portion for three projects that were inaugurated by President Mukherjee during his two-day state visit to the country. Of the total amount, Nu 405.5M is for [... Read More]

A climate change concern in HKH

IMG_2418Panelists discuss priorities in translating adaptation science into policy and action

Conference: Researchers in the Hindukush-Himalayan Region (HKH), which stretch from Afghanistan to Myanmar, have a lot to do on climate change, say experts. There is no or little research on the subject in the past seven years on climate change or its impacts as a region. This year, an Inter-government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report V said the Himalayan region is still data-poor, as it was found in 2007 by the same panel. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development’s Director General, (Dr) David [... Read More]

E-fencing for Nabisa village, Phangyul

IMG_0008The first electric fencing in Wangdue is installed at Nabesa village

First such apparatus to be installed in Wangduephodrang dzongkhag Wildlife:  To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Wangdue dzongkhag officials and Phangyul gewog people inaugurated the 2.30km electric fencing at Nabesa village, on November 8. This is the first electric fencing to be installed in Wangdue. District agriculture officer, Sonam Zangpo, said to demonstrate rice production on dry land, 20 households of Phangyul cultivated 17.03 acres of upland rice this year. He said the 2.30km [... Read More]

Kurim to commemorate 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King

P54Kurim at the multipurpose hall at Trashigang middle secondary school

Prayer: Trashigang dzongkhag is performing a three-day prayer (kurim) to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King. The kurim, which began yesterday, is performed for the good health, well- being and long life of the fourth Druk Gyalpo.  It is also dedicated to the long life of His Majesty The King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Led by three trulkus from Kanglung shedra, about 150 monks from the shedra and Trashigang dratshang are performing the kurim [... Read More]

President of India in Bhutan

unnamed-2His Majesty The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo with President Pranab Mukherjee at the Tashichhodzong yesterday

In an extraordinary gesture, His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen were there to receive him at Paro airport  State visit: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in the country on a two-day state visit, yesterday. In a special, unprecedented gesture and break from protocol, His Majesty the King received the Indian President at Paro airport. The President was then escorted to Tashichhodzong in Thimphu and presented a guard of honour. His Majesty the King granted an audience to the President following which His Majesty the [... Read More]

Proposed railway dropped

DSC_5319Lyonchhoen interacts with Indian journalists

Transport: While the two proposed railway routes that would have connected Bhutan to the Indian railway network have been dropped, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that another route would be welcome. The Golden Jubilee railway line, announced by the former Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh during a visit to Bhutan in 2008, would have connected either Phuenthsholing or Toribari to Hashimara. However, President Pranab Mukherjee, in an email interview with this paper, pointed out that both routes pass through tea gardens or forest, and that [... Read More]

Along with the farm road, a wish for a motorable bridge

farm-roadExcavation works to maintain the farm road is in full swing

The people dream of a link that can transform their gewog’s economic prospects Nichula: The people of Nichula gewog in Dagana have decided where the gewog development grant (GDG) for this financial year (2014-15) will be spent most – the farm road. Although the farm road already exists, and has connected the gewog’s four villages, the road is just about pliable.  Through a public consultation, the gewog administration has decided to pump in Nu 1.9M into the farm road. Nichula gup Dilip Gurung said the [... Read More]

Garpang-Dawathang transmission line holdup

IMG_8604Landowners objected to the work soon after BPC started felling trees in Garpang

Landowners have objected to the maximum alignment on private property BPC: The construction A of 33-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, worth Nu 11.406M, from Garpang via Lamai goenpa to Dawathang in Bumthang, is likely to stop, after landowners from Garpang submitted to the dzongkhag to suspend ongoing works. Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) suspended work in Garpang after 19 landowners submitted a petition, stating that the maximum alignment fell on private lands.  BPC is installing a 14km long transmission line to improve power supply in Bumthang, which [... Read More]

Taksha PS – Out of sight and (almost) out of mind

taksha-PSSStudents practicing for November 11

The condition of this school in remote Wangdue needs to be seen to be believed Education: It is a cold evening in Taksha primary school (TPS), Wangdue. The school’s senior students are practicing march past for November 11, the birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. TPS is one of the remotest schools in the country, about a five–hour walk from the Wangdue–Tsirang highway. This far- off school today faces a harsh reality. The school could be downsized. The school has 149 students from classes [... Read More]

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