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Sri Lankans trained in local dairy production

IMG_0392-copyImparting knowledge: A trainee tests milk sample at the mini dairy plant

NDDC: Five Sri Lankans, including two farmers, were the first foreigners to be trained in local dairy product processing in the country. They completed a two-week training, using traditional and improved methods of processing dairy products, yesterday. A farmer, Maya Damayanthi Beddewela, said, “We use a lot of coconut milk in cooking, including dairy products, so what we learnt here, we could try it on a bigger scale back home.” They said their new knowledge could work out well in the rural parts of the [... Read More]

Shareholders agreement signed, work to begin in November

DSC_0153Deal done: DGPC MD Dasho Chhewang Rinzin and SJVNL MD RP Singh exchange documents after the signing in Thimphu

Kholongchu: Work on the first joint venture between Bhutan and India, the Kholongchu hydropower project in Trashiyangtse, will soon commence, with Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) and its Indian partner SJVNL signing the shareholders agreement on September 30 evening. DGPC managing director (MD), Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, and SJVNL’s MD, RP Singh, signed the agreement, containing terms for establishing and operating the joint venture company. The partners took more than three months to complete the agreement, after the two governments signed the inter-government agreement in April [... Read More]

Speaking in an unheard tongue

unnamedA common tongue: A Draktsho student interacts with hearing and speech impaired tourists

Hearing and speech impaired tourists spend time at Draktsho VTC communicating in sign language Draktsho: A Swiss, 18 Americans and a group of Draktsho vocational training centre students spent an afternoon communicating in a language, all of them were familiar with. Using sign language, the tourists interacted with the young hearing and speech impaired students, who, unlike most other times, were understood. The students introduced themselves and explained their work using signs.  They showed them their work of art, tailoring, embroidery and paintings. The tourists [... Read More]

Multitasking NFE instructors

10429015_763294600395704_187792996_nEnergy efficient: Improved cooking stoves

Latest batch of 72 is trained to help construct improved cooking stoves in rural areas DRE/DAHE: About 72 non-formal education (NFE) instructors of Wangdue, Gasa and Punakha districts were trained to construct improved cooking stoves in the rural areas. The instructors received a seven-day training recently in Guma gewog.  They will be visiting the villages in the three districts to collect requisitions for improved stoves and then construct them as per demand. The instructors were among the 334 NFE instructors in 16 districts trained by [... Read More]

Phobjikha plagued by erratic power supply

SONY DSCOutage: Erratic power supply is a persistent issue for Phobjikha and Gangtey

Though electrified since 2011, the valley suffers from frequent blackouts Electricity: Despite receiving electricity since 2011, people of Gangtey and Phobjikha valleys mostly depend on solar energy for electricity. This, according to villagers, is because of the erratic power supply without a possible solution so far.  Villagers said there have been no signs of improvement, despite several complaints and earnest requests. With the valleys experiencing blackouts frequently, at times for about a week, villagers said solar provided a constant source of electricity. Sonam Euden from [... Read More]

The great Battle of the Zhuls

IMG_5294An angry Zhul being taken to fight

Highland: Tenche village in Lunana is more a pasture than a settlement, vast and awfully silent in September. The golden wheat fields, a roiling river, and a few houses here and there, it is an old sepia from long, long ago. But the village has come to life today with shrieks and laughter of children, cattle bells and occasional calls from far away. Yaks are coming down from the mountains where they have been all summer. This is the moment that the people of Tenche [... Read More]

Has the lean season offer backfired?

DSC_0290Photo opportunity: A tourist pose with a monk during the Thimphu drubchen yesterday

Tourism: The Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer that the government initiated to make Bhutan a year-round destination has backfired, thereby affecting their business, tour operators claimed. With many tourists expecting similar offers, tour operators said they mostly get inquiries on whether a particular country could be listed next, as part of a similar offer. Tour operators requested anonymity fearing repercussions A tour operator said, by this time, he usually gets around 100 bookings from Japan for next year. “But Japanese tourists are waiting for a similar offer [... Read More]

Shingkhar-Gorgan road stuck in limbo

unnamed-9Quiet: There is no activity of any sort from Shingkhar side today

Road: There is no development on the controversial Shingkhar-Gorgan bypass road, which the National Assembly in May endorsed to be taken up in the 11th Plan. Department of roads (DoR) officials in Bumthang received no directives on the 55-km Singkhar-Gorgan road since its survey was halted abruptly in March 2013. “We didn’t receive any directives on Shingkhar-Gorgan road construction,” Bumthang DoR executive engineer, Sangay Dorji said, adding that the government has neither said that the construction of the road is to be continued or is [... Read More]

Work on east-west highway set to three-year deadline

imad21251Rangjung residents greet Lyonpo Dorji Choden

When complete, the travel time from Thimphu to Trashigang overland would be a day Road: About 333km of the east-west highway from Thimphu to Trashigang will undergo road widening and realignment works within the 11th Plan. Works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden, who is in Trashigang on a tour, said work on the narrow, and often troublesome, road that is currently undergoing a major facelift would be completed in another three years time. “When the road improvement works complete, we’re looking to shorten the [... Read More]

Two killed, one injured in an accident


Update: The 60-year-old passenger who was referred to the national referral hospital in Thimphu is in critical condition and is in the intensive care unit as of yesterday. The patient was injured when the Tucson car he was travelling in  fell 90mtrs off the road below Tencholing military training center around 9:11pm on the night of September 26. He was travelling with two adults and three children. During the accident two people, the 52-year-old driver and a 26-year-old woman died on impact. Three children escaped [... Read More]

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