Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 5:26 PM

Knowing culture through kettles

IMG_4393Traditional tea kettles on display at the national museum in Paro

Exhibition: While there are over a 100 traditional tea kettles in the national museum’s possession, only about 30 of the most unique are exhibited at the museum in Paro.

The kettles are displayed as a part of a tea kettle exhibition, which was inaugurated yesterday by the National Council chairperson, Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga.

The tea kettles were contributed mostly by the Royal Family in 1968 while others were bought using a fund, kept aside [... Read More]

A water tank for winter farming

Dhan-raj-in-his-small-cultivated-land-mostly-filled-with-potatoesDhan raj in his vegetable field

Agriculture: Come winter, vegetable growers in Tsirang will be able to grow vegetables in larger quantity, for if all goes as planned, water scarcity would have been addressed.

A 16,000-litre tank is currently under construction at Pemathang chiwog. The tank construction is a part of  ‘climate smart agriculture’ project, spearheaded by SNV and agriculture department.

The water would be distributed among the 20 members of Pemathang vegetable group.

Welcoming the project, farmers of Pemathang chiwog said [... Read More]

Private screening centres slow process?

DSC01478Long way to go: Non-Bhutanese workers wait for their turn in front of a private diagnostic centre

Health: Although it was a welcome move, the new medical examination arrangement for foreign workers in Phuentsholing has invited more complications for those availing the facilities.

Starting April 1, health ministry made it mandatory to carry out examinations of foreign workers entering the country through the three approved medical consultants in the town.

Once the tests were done through them, the Phuentsholing general hospital was expected to issue medical certificate.

However, the system introduced to help [... Read More]

Dagachhu project nears completion

UntitledCelebrating diversion: Project and dzongkhag officials witness completion of one of the major works

Project officials said the 126MW project will be completed by mid-July, its rescheduled deadline

Hydropower: With the completion of dam construction at Dagachu hydropower project and the river diverted to its original course through the dam, major civil works of the 126MW project at its intake is complete.

This, project officials said meant the project would meet its rescheduled deadline of mid-July.

The construction of 35.5m high and 26.7m wide dam began in November 2010 after [... Read More]

System to monitor movement of foreigners

DSC01446Immigration officials try the new identification system

Immigration: Phuentsholing’s immigration office has installed biometric authentication system at the checkpoint to keep track of foreigners entering and leaving Bhutan.

A biometric system uses information about a person or other biological organism to identify that person.

About 800 labourers from India and 250 tourists enter Bhutan from the Phuentsholing checkpoint every day.

Non-Bhutanese workers are asked to give their fingerprints on the scanner along with their bio-data and picture to register in the database. Tourists [... Read More]

For better street lights

IMG_6623Lamppost maintenance work begin in Thimphu

Maintenance: Lampposts along sidewalks in several parts of the city are being removed to be replaced by new ones.

This is a part of Thimphu thromde’s annual maintenance and repair works in which lampposts have been given priority this time. The areas include Kawajangsa, Motithang, Chubachu, along the hospital road and near Jojo’s building in the town, among others.

This would cost the Thromde about Nu 5M, said offcials and the work has already been [... Read More]

PHPA to plant 400,000 saplings in four years

IMG_8425Project officials work on wooden fencing to protect the saplings

Environment: Within the next four years, about 400,000 saplings would be planted along the Punatsangchhu valleys in Wangduephodrang and Punakha.

The initiative, Punatshangchhu Hydropower Project (PHPA) officials said, was a part of the beautification and compensatory afforestation project to compensate the environmental damages the project caused.

The plantation, to be carried out on 600 acres of land, is expected to cost the project Nu 24M.

PHPA I’s chief environment officer Lobzang Dorji said the compensatory afforestation [... Read More]

Mining investigation points to baseless complaints

IMG_2084Shut down: Kuenphen Norden mine remains closed

Mining: According to the preliminary findings of the dzongkhag team that investigated the complaints made by the 13 households of Khariphu in Thimphu against Kuenphen Norden Mine, the complaints  have no substance.

“The complaints against the mine don’t seem valid after all the tests, statements, and investigation,” an official said. The lease expired on March 31 but could not operate because application for a renewal is still on hold.

The villagers who gave their consent [... Read More]

Can the judiciary come under ACC scanner?

IMG_0925A GAO seeks clarification from ACC officials

GAOs posed this question to ACC representatives based on how people in the gewogs saw judiciary

GAOs: Does Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have the authority and the audacity to investigate cases of corruption against those in the judiciary?

This issue dominated the discussion yesterday between gewog administrative officers (GAOs) and ACC officials, who had come to speak to GAOs about how corruption could be tackled at local level.

“Is the judiciary, or judges beyond ACC’s purview?” one [... Read More]

Quota for women to join politics?

IMG_4108To have or not to: The questions go begging for an answer

Panelists at the women in politics conference yesterday were divided on the issue

Gender: Deliberating on the introduction of quota for women to take part in politics at the “Women in Politics” conference yesterday, participants felt the need to create a more conducive environment for women in all fields than just politics.

Choosing their words carefully considering the sensitivity attached to the subject, some panelists said quota alone was not enough to empower women’s participation [... Read More]

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