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One more step for Nikachhu

Update: Contract works for engineering, procurement and construction packages, civil and hydro-mechanical works for the 118MW Nikachhu project was tendered out recently with contract agreements expected to be signed between July and August, next year. Tenders for water supplies and purchase of construction equipment were also under evaluation. This is the latest development of the Tangsibji Hydro Energy ltd (THyE), a special purpose vehicle to implement the Nikachhu project and a 100 percent subsidiary company of DGPC. After it got the environmental clearance in July, [... Read More]

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Working holidays: Students in Mongar help their parents sell maize products and vegetables to commuters at bus stops near Gangula, Lhuentse and Mongar. Tandin Wangchuk, 12, (pictured above) is a class VI student of Chali lower secondary school.                                                        

Nu 180M approved for Tsirang

The fund is to kick start SDP projects SDP: Fifteen development schemes worth Nu 180.76M have been approved for Tsirang dzongkhag under the government of India (GoI)’s small development grant project (SDP) programme for the fiscal year 2014-15. Most of the projects approved include construction of farm roads, irrigation channels and rural water supply schemes (RWSS). Tsirang dzongda Ngawang Pem said the projects have been finalised and that works will begin as soon as the GoI releases the funds. “So far we haven’t received the [... Read More]

Greener Way gets waste collection contract

unnamedThrompon and Greener Way signs the contract

Garbage: Greener Way has secured the contract to collect and dispose waste from Thimphu Thromde’s south and central zones starting January 1. One of the main objectives of outsourcing solid waste collection and disposal to private entrepreneurs is to minimise the financial burden on the government. Thimphu Thromde spends approximately Nu 13 million for waste collection every year. Thromde will collect a minimal waste collection fee from the Thimphu residents. The Thromde worked out the fee payable by different residential entities. The fee structure has [... Read More]

Home stay to open in Haa

IMG_1732JICA chief representative Yumiko Asakuma and RSPN executive director Lham Dorji at the signing

The service could harness the benefits of tourism before hotels come into the district Tourism: The home-stay project initiated by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) as part of community-based sustainable tourism in Phobjikha last year will now be replicated in Haa. Minutes of the meeting for the project were signed between RSPN and Japan international corporation agency (JICA) yesterday in Thimphu. Although three gewogs of Bji, Katsho and Etsho have been identified for the project, the number of homes that would offer [... Read More]

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Eleven Bhutanese based in New York funded lunch for the workers of the Wangduephodrang dzong reconstruction yesterday. The program was initiated by Wangdue’s National Council member Tashi Dorji                                                         

Imported red bricks still preferred over local bricks

DSC_0121The unsold concrete bricks at the outlet

Business: With the market for homemade bricks shrinking, Bhutan Concrete Bricks (BCB) last week sent home some of its expatriate employees. People are still opting for red bricks from across the border, BCB’s owner Tenzin Dorji said, explaining that it has weakened the market of indigenous product. This, he said, is against the efforts of the ministry of works and human settlement (MoWHS). Earlier in May this year, MoWHS had instructed all government agencies, corporations, and private construction companies to maximise the utilisation of domestic [... Read More]

Seu shamu income drops by half

IMG_7644Seu shamu

Mushroom: Income from the sale of seu shamu (exidia) this year fell by half from what the fungus fetched in 2013. Today, 100 grams of seu shamu fetches between Nu 2,000-2,400 from Nu 4600-4,800 last year. A household in Tangsibi, which earlier claimed to have earned Nu 30,000-60,000 from its sale, was able to make only about Nu 9,000-20,000 this year. Exidia prices did not do well in Ura also fetching only over Nu 2,000 per 100 grams. An average income in Ura dropped to [... Read More]

HM grants land kidu to 9,339 in Pemagatshel

20141221-2C4A5870Audience: His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen with the people of Pemagatshel yesterday

Pemagatshel is the 12th dzongkhag to receive land kidu from His Majesty the King Land: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 9,339 beneficiaries (thram holders) from 11 gewogs in Pemagatshel, yesterday. A total of 20,969.578 acres of land was granted as kidu to the people of Pemagatshel based on the National Cadastral Resurvey Programme (NCRP), which began in 2008 and completed in 2012. Pemagatshel is the 12th dzongkhag to receive land kidu from His Majesty the King in a nation wide exercise to [... Read More]

Tourism sector wants more of specialised guides

Given the increase in tourist arrivals, the sector needs guides to go beyond the English language GAB: The increasing number of tourists over the years has led to a growing demand for specialised guides, which today is mostly limited to those speaking  foreign languages. As a high-end destination, most tour operators said there is a need for specialisation among guides, not just in language. Specialisation according to them includes, Buddhism, flora and fauna, architecture, textiles, birding, mountain biking and cycling, among others, areas which are [... Read More]

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