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BOiC opens to business

DSC_2183Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and Indian Ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, launch the BOiC yesterday

The centre will target those unable to pay high interest for loans, or offer collateral ESP: By the time the fifth year ends, the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) targets to help establish 6,000 small and cottage enterprises in the country. Starting today, the centre, launched yesterday by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay  and Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, in the capital, starts business.  Those who have been waiting to put up a small or cottage industry business proposal can do so. During a press conference [... Read More]

Black-necked crane numbers to Bumdeling have stabilised

img-214112 black-necked cranes arrived in Bumdeling last year

Over the last ten years, the arrivals haven’t shown too much variation Wildlife: The number of black-necked cranes arriving in Bumdeling valley in Trashiyangtse is slowly starting to increase, records maintained with Bumdeling wildlife sanctuary (BWS) show. After declining steadily from 2005 until 2011, the number of cranes arriving has been increasing for the past two years, although marginally. From 123 cranes in 2010, the number decreased to 102 in 2011.  It was the lowest number of cranes recorded by the sanctuary since 2001.  In [... Read More]

Gender discrimination may be deeply ingrained

DSC_2034Panelist discuss socio - cultural factors as an enabler for women’s empowerment yesterday

Culture and tradition conspire against giving women equal status and their rightful place in society Forum: Praying to be reborn as men in the next life, and not allowing females to enter a goenkhang (sanctum sanctorum), were some of the social and cultural factors that came up for discussion yesterday at the third multi-stakeholders’ forum that was held on the role and contribution of women in economic development. Participants, mostly women, raised this issue during the forum’s question hour session, which had focused on how [... Read More]

Gaselo HSS’s egalitarian initiative

IMG_0035In uniform: Students of Gaselo high school queue for their mid day meal

All wear the same uniform with rubber slippers and use the same steel plates and mugs Time Out: It is easy, cheap and hygienic to go to Gaselo higher secondary school in summer. The gap between rich and poor, at least in appearance, is non-existent, for they wear the same uniform and eat in standard plates.  Students simply put on their uniforms and flip flops, without the hassle of polishing shoes and searching for stockings, and head to classrooms. The new initiative implemented during monsoon, [... Read More]

GEF-funded project to Rinchending goenpa’s rescue

PIC_0157The Rinchending Goenpa in Phuentsholing

Along with other landslide-prone infrastructure, mitigation measures are to be initiated  NAPA (II): Built some four decades ago, the Rinchending goenpa in Phuentsholing is one of the landmarks that most locals and tourists from across the border visit every day. The tall areca nut trees, prayer flags, pigeons, and flowers instantly appeal to the visitors.  However, what is known by few of these visitors is that the goenpa is located at a place that’s prone to landslides. Every summer, heavy rains wash away three to [... Read More]

No business on this bus route

IMG_20120103_143828Trashigang’s taxi parking

The Trashigang-Trashiyangtse route has proved a graveyard for public transport services Connectivity: Trashiyangtse is the closest dzongkhag to Trashigang, but getting there is still a problem even with the increasing number of vehicles in the region. Judging by the few passengers waiting for a taxi and fewer taxis waiting for passengers, there is not much movement of people between the two dzongkhags. Wearing a tired look, Tshering, has been waiting for a taxi to Trashiyangtse since morning.  He is not alone.  A few other passengers [... Read More]

Yongla gonpa lhakhang reconstruction on schedule

IMG_5577The reconstruction began this year

Despite adverse weather and delayed supplies, work is expected to complete on time Project: Reconstruction of Yongla gonpa lhakhang in Pemagatshel is in full swing, with most of the major work almost completed, officials at the site said. The reconstruction project began this year after the earthquake of September 11 in 2011 damaged the main lhakhang completely. Yongla gonpa is about an hour’s drive from the dzongkhag, and located on a hilltop opposite the Tselingkhor gate, the entrance to dzongkhag.  It’s about 22km from the dzongkhag headquarters.  The project is scheduled [... Read More]

Where are the spectators?

DSC_0319A common scene: Only a handful watch football games played at the national stadium

Football: Except for those who have plenty of time to idle away, not many Thimphu residents come to watch the many football games played at the national stadium in Changlimethang. On an average, not more than 50 people are seen watching even the Coca Cola national league where top teams compete. Not long ago, Changlimethang was a busy stadium with residents coming and cheering their favourite team even if it is an inter-high school tournament. According to the Bhutan Football Federation General Secretary Ugyen Wangchhuk [... Read More]

Local leaders urge government for a bus service

IMG_2538Gasa: Connected with a road but not with a public transport

Gasa is the only district in the country with no public transportation service  Transport: Voicing the concerns of some 3,000 people, local leaders of Gasa again asked district officials why the government was taking long to provide a bus service from Punakha to Gasa. Gasa is the only district that does not have a public transportation service, and perhaps the only dzongkhag that’s still connected with a feeder highway road. Khamoed gup Karma Tshering said they have not seen any progress, although the issue was [... Read More]

Rindhibi still in the dark

IMG_5614Rindhibi settlement in Trong on the Gomphu-Panbang highway

The makeshift settlement has not been electrified on account of its doubtful standing Trong: Some nine shopkeepers in Rindhibi, Trong, along the stretch of Gomphu-Panbang highway in Zhemgang, have not received electricity despite repeated requests to the dzongkhag and the construction distribution division (CDD), which was earlier known as rural electrification division since 2010 December. The bamboo makeshift camps by the banks of Mangdechu mushroomed in 2010 after the Gomphu-Panbang road widening and Chamkharchu hydropower project works began in upper villages of Digala and Langdharbi [... Read More]

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