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JICA to help reconstruct three bridges along Thimphu-Trashigang highway

IMG_5634Representatives from JICA, GNHC and DoR sign the minutes of the meeting

MoU: Three bridges along the Thimphu to Trashigang highway, the lifespan of which have expired, will be reconstructed with support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Chuzomsa and Nikachu bridges under Wangduephodrang, and Zalamchu bridge between Trongsa and Wangduephodrang are the bridges that will be reconstructed. Minutes of the discussion for the preparatory survey, which began last month was signed yesterday between department of roads (DoR), JICA and the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC). The survey, DoR officials said, was expected to be completed by [... Read More]

Monks return with diploma course in Japan

unnamed-3Thinley Norbu(left) and Thukten Wangchuk

Arts and Crafts: Two monks, Thinley Norbu and Thukten Wangchuk,  are eager to share their skills in traditional Japanese arts and crafts, which they learnt from the Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto in Japan. Previously apprenticing at the Institute of Zorig Chusum of the zhung dratshang in Trongsa, the monks were selected from 40 to attend the two years, three months diploma course.  The men had never travelled outside the country before. Thinley and Thukten are now eager to try their acquired skills on [... Read More]

Halved budget rankles local leaders

unnamedCommon problem: Budget cuts have been one of the common issues discussed in all dzongkhag tshogdus across the country

Promised 18 percent of 11th FYP share for the dzongkhag, Zhemgang got just 9 percent  2014-15: With the budget slashed for the 2014-15 financial year, Zhemgang’s local leaders at the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) on August 5 raised concerns on whether the plans and activities of the 11th Plan (FYP) would materialise. Local leaders said the government released only nine percent against the department of budget’s (DoB) word to release 18 percent of the dzongkhag’s total 11th FYP budget. “The budget was cut, even though the [... Read More]

Community forest sows discord, say local leaders

unnamed-4Resources: Without a community forest, farmers from other gewogs use the forest resources from Kalapang village in Saling, Mongar

A schism has been created between those who are members and those who are not  DT: Local leaders of Mongar have proposed to do away with the community forest because it creates disharmony among people. The idea of establishing community forest was good, say the local leaders, but problems have ensued due to it in the gewogs and villages. Balam mangmi Thinley said people in his gewog have become enemies due to community forest.  Before the establishment of community forest, people could avail of forest [... Read More]

Monpas in need of monks

IMG_2050-(1)Monpa villagers of Ritey

Bon practitioners of Ritey are in dire need of Buddhist ritual conductors in times of death Community: The huge mountains surrounding remote Ritey village in Sarpang, residents claim, are filled with treasures.  Some, they say, were revealed.  Many more remain hidden. The Monpas, living in the Black Mountain range, boast that their village was the first place Guru Rinpoche visited in the eighth century.  Guru Rinpoche stopped in Ritey on his way to Bumthang. Tandi, 70, said all the places in Ritey are included in [... Read More]

Report exonerates quarry over cracked walls

IMG_5547Damages? Karma Dorji points to the cracks on his house, which he claims the recent blasting in Gedaphu has widened

A notification has been issued stating blasting was not responsible for said damage DGM: The department of geology and mines (DGM) yesterday issued a notification informing Gedaphu community that the cracks that had developed on the walls of their house were not caused from blasting nearby. According to the notification, relevant teams, consisting of mining engineers, were sent on July 21 to the mining site in Gedaphu to verify the allegations, which five households had made against the blasting carried out at the Upper Gida [... Read More]

Indian ambassador presents credentials

20140805-907A9756Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Diplomacy: The newly appointed Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, presented his credentials to His Majesty the King at Tashichhodzong, yesterday. Mr Bambawale replaces ambassador VP Haran, who served in the country from January last year.  Mr Bambawale is India’s 16th ambassador to Bhutan. “It was an honour to be able to present credentials to His Majesty the King within 24-hours of my arrival in Bhutan,” said the ambassador in a statement following the presentation of credentials ceremony. “My wife and I are delighted to [... Read More]

Gewog connectivity roads handed over to DoR

DSC03769Samdrupjongkhar dzongda hands over the GC roads documents

Samdrupjongkhar: Eleven gewog connectivity roads in Samdrupjongkhar were handed over to the department of roads (DoR) yesterday. With this, the 119.12km gewog connectivity (GC) roads will be blacktopped and maintained by DoR henceforth.  Based on the dzongkhag’s priority, the 13km Mertshala gewog connectivity road will be the first to be blacktopped. The handing over was done, following an instruction from the works and human settlement ministry.  The cabinet instructed the ministry to take over all GC roads in 205 gewogs across the country. The notification [... Read More]

Stop door-to-door campaign and appointing party tshogpas

IMG_2615Day 1: Punakha’s Dzongkhag Thogdue began yesterday

Local leaders made this proposal at the Punakha DT yesterday LG elections: Local leaders of Punakha proposed to do away with door-to-door campaigning, and appointing political party coordinators (tshogpas) at the local level during elections, at the dzongkhag tshogdu, yesterday Barp gup Wangchuk raised the issue, because such practices have caused problems in conducting fair elections, as well as created division among the people. The issue was discussed earlier with the National Council’s legislative committee, where a majority of local leaders requested and put forward [... Read More]

Drones (quadcopters, actually) for health

DSC_8735Test flight: Lyonchhoen, health minister, WHO representative and Matternet team watch a drone take off from referral hospital to Chamgang BHU (II) in Thimphu

Two unmanned aerial vehicles were test launched from JDWNRH yesterday UAV: Matternet, a company based in California, the USA, test launched two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or quadcopters from Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu yesterday. Considering the country’s difficult terrain, quadcopters are seen as an option for delivering medicines from hospitals and they can take telemedicine in Bhutan to the next level. What this drone can doIt can help in disaster response:In an event like earthquake, the drones can get supplies to [... Read More]

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