Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 1:31 AM

Studies prove tunnel roads viable

From the capital city to Phuentsholing, Wangdue and Paro were the three proposed tunnel roads 

Transport: People travelling between Thimphu and Phuentsholing can look forward to driving through tunnel  that by-passes the treacherous landslide prone area of Jumbja, especially during the monsoon.

Roads department officials have completed a prefeasibility study on three tunnel-proposed sites of Gedu and Ganglakha tunnel on the Thimphu – Phuentsholing highway, Thimphu-Wangdue, and Thimphu-Paro highways.

The three projects are among 10 proposed [... Read More]

Canine distemper kills 100 dogs


Vet: A canine distemper outbreak since April 2 has killed about 100 dogs in Gyalpoizhing as of yesterday.

The dzongkhag veterinary hospital has referred brain sample from the carcasses to the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) in Serbithang, Thimphu, to further confirm the disease.

Canine distemper is contagious mostly among canine species and hardly transmits to human, said the dzongkhag’s veterinary doctor, Jigme Wangchuk. He said the viral disease does not have specific treatment, [... Read More]

Thai training for chopper pilots likely

Aviation: Thailand has emerged as the country most likely to train helicopter pilots for Bhutan.

During the recent visit of the Thai foreign affairs permanent secretary, it was pointed out that Bhutan had sought assistance in training helicopter pilots.

“This is a matter under our ministry of transport and we’re ready to give it very favourable consideration,” said the permanent secretary, Sihasak Phuangketkeow.

The government is currently in discussion with potential donor countries on acquiring support [... Read More]

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Team work: Students of Dawakha, Paro carry a damaged satellite dish from gewog office to be mended and reused in school


Team work: Students of Dawakha, Paro carry a damaged satellite dish from gewog office to be mended and reused in school


Entrepreneurship training in Mongar


Foundation: Whether it was the prospect of starting small businesses or availing cheap loans without collateral, Loden Foundation’s two-day training on fundamentals of entrepreneurship was a big hit in Mongar town.

By the end of the second day, ideas of businesses like ice cream parlour, soap making and mineral water packaging in Gyalpoizhing were being discussed among participants, which included youth, young adults, local leaders, business people and civil servants from Mongar and nearby [... Read More]

An emerging public health concern

Bhutan seems to be bucking the global trend in its high prevalence of the disease

EPTB: Even as health officials cope with a rising number of people suffering from multidrug resistant tuberculosis, increasing incidents of extra-pulmonary TB is becoming a major concern.

Of the various forms of TB in the country, extra-pulmonary TB (EPTB) stands at about 42 percent, followed by pulmonary or new smear positive cases at 38 percent, according to national TB control [... Read More]

A good season for potato farmers


Agriculture: Last year was a good year for the auction yard in Phuentsholing,  with farmers having fetched higher prices for potato compared with previous year.

Potatoes fetched on average Nu 18 a kg in 2013 against Nu 16 in 2012.

A report compiled by the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) in Phuentsholing shows that there was not much difference in the amount auctioned, but that the prices fetched was good.

The report indicates that 20,028 metric [... Read More]

Halfway to the highlands


Budget constraints leave connectivity project in a state of supension

Farm road: With the government running short of funds, and unable to pay even for work completed in the previous Plan period, the construction and completion of the farm roads to Merak and Sakteng will have to wait.

“It would be some time until construction of roads can transpire into action, and it would depend largely on availability of funds,” lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, adding [... Read More]

Car vandalism rampant in Kabisa and Kuzuchen

Crime: In the past two months, about five vehicles parked in the garage and on the roadside were vandalised around the extended municipal areas of Kabisa and Kuzhuchen in Thimphu.

The most recent incident occurred on the night of April 19, when miscreants smashed the windows of a car parked in the parking lot of the owner.  A similar incident followed on March 11, wherein a vehicle parked on the roadside near Kuzhuchen middle secondary school was vandalised.

The first [... Read More]

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A fire that started around 8pm burnt the top floors of three three-storied buildings in Gelephu yesterday. The fire was contained by 10:30pm. Police, army officials, desuups, dungkhag officials and Gelephu town residents helped suppress the fire.

Photo: Sithar Dorjee


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