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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]

Paro airport stretched beyond capacity

IMG_20140730_093727Crowded: The Paro airport’s capacity has exceeded with six aircraft now operating from the international airport

Aviation: With Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) having received its second aircraft last week, capacity at Paro international airport has been exceeded. A total of six aircraft now operate scheduled services to and fro Paro airport. The total capacity of the apron, or parking area, of the airport is five aircraft. “It’s a concern,” said Tashi Air CEO Phala Dorji.  He added that, despite one of Tashi Air’s aircraft being based in Bangkok, more space at Paro airport is required. In past interviews, the national airline [... Read More]

Cut off wall is foolproof

IMG_5264Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk inspects the work at MHPA

MHPA: Economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said that the royal audit authority (RAA) is convinced by the technical superiority of the cut off wall to permeation grouting for Mangdechu hydropower project authority’s (MHPA) cofferdam during a visit to the project site on July 31. “RAA has no issue with the change in the technology because it’s convinced that the cut off wall is a better technology, given the risk factor associated with permeation grouting,” he said. He said the project authority braved deviation from the [... Read More]

PM takes ‘brand ambassador’ slur in his stride

DSC_7945Thirty two Leafs have been sold to date

Lyonchhoen said he was happy to be associated with the introduction of electric cars in the country Transport: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay takes the criticism – that he is acting as the brand ambassador of Tesla electric cars – as a compliment. “Electric car is the future of transport and I take it as a compliment if people call me the brand ambassador,” he said, during the meet the press meeting on Friday.  The prime minister said it was wrong to say that office of [... Read More]

Thimphu A dominates Taekwondo championship

IMG_0374Winners of the local club

Taekwondo: Thimphu team A bagged 10 gold medals in the first international taekwondo championship held from July 31 to August 2. Seven taekwondo clubs- four from India and three from Bhutan- competed in the championship divided into 10 categories at the Thimphu swimming pool complex. Thimphu A teams scored 73 points after winning 10 gold and three bronze medals. Bodoland Taekwondo Club from neighbouring Assam, India came second with  four gold, three silver and two bronze, which bagged them 39 points. Another local club, Thimphu [... Read More]

A Sunday market in Damji

IMG_2563Business: Bokhum (middle) with her goods at the Sunday market

An enterprise initiated to enhance vegetable production, and link customers to growers Agriculture: Bhakhum is 73-years-old.  The Damji villager had never sold vegetables in her life.  Yesterday, at the opening of the Sunday market in her gewog, she joined 40 other villagers. Bhakhum had brought a few pumpkins and cucumbers from her garden, but she didn’t know what price to charge.  When asked how much her cucumbers were sold for, she broke into laughter. “I don’t know,” she said. There were varieties of vegetables, like [... Read More]

Drang Gollay – A heroic saga on the silver screen

Drang-Gollay

Review: The setting is magical and mysterious.  It’s like a classic novel coming alive on the silver screen.  The storyline is fresh, appealing and thrilling, keeping one on edge but glued to the seat. While Drang Gollay is the name of the villain, the film is a saga.  It’s of a heroic deed, interwoven with that of love and unselfish devotion.  It is about conquering hatred, revenge and the thirst for power, that blinds a man.  Drang Gollay (Nidup Dorji) is a general, who serves [... Read More]

Pemagatshel takes steps to curtail alcohol consumption

DSC_5422Shumar gup Lepo makes his point

National Health Survey 2012 found the dzongkhag to be one of the highest consumers DT: Starting September 1, villagers in Pemagatshel should think twice before brewing alcohol or selling it. Except for personal consumption, villagers will not be allowed to serve alcohol on “any kind of occasions or ceremony.” The dzongkhag tshogdu yesterday resolved to curtail the consumption of alcohol in the dzongkhag, and also approved an “implementing strategy,” which bars people from serving alcohol during public gatherings and funerals.  It also banned the sale of [... Read More]

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