ICT: The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has found that the amount of radiation being emitted by a mobile phone tower in Motithang is not harming people in the area. A group of residents living near the Druk Holding and Investments office in Motithang had submitted a petition to the information and communications ministry in August last year, calling for a Bhutan Telecom tower in their neighbourhood to be relocated. They complained that the tower was responsible for people falling sick in the area.
Research: Thirty PhD (doctor of philosophy) scholars from various teaching institutions and government agencies met in Thimphu yesterday to discuss the role of research in socio-economic development. Addressing the scholars, the Royal University of Bhutan’s (RUB) vice chancellor Nidup Dorji said the government should consider and use expertise of scholars to contribute to the society’s development.
Following the outburst: The Memarie lake in Laya after it breached on June 28. Park officials managed to visit the lake at the base of Gangche Tag (tiger mountain) on July 1 Photo: Leki Wangdi and Norbu, Laya park range, JDNP
Damaged: The recent flooding has eroded several portions of land in Trongsa
Disaster: The recent landslides and flood that rocked Trongsa is due to road widening project. This is the view the residents and the dzongkhang’s damage assessment team holds. “The business community says that the road widening works actually caused the floods and multiple landslides,” said a hotelier from Trongsa. He did not want to be named. The Department of Roads (DoR) was negligent with widening works, especially the cutting and muck disposal.
The Counsellor of Indian embassy, Nina Tshering La on behalf of the government of India has handed over a cheque of Nu 622.6M to the GNHC secretary, Sonam Wnagchuk yesterday. The fund is for the project tied assistance (PTA) projects in the country. GOI has committed Nu 28B for PTA in the 11th Plan. So far Nu 5.96B has been released and this according to the press release is in line with India’s commitment for expeditious release of funds.
The project will initiate a large-scale rice farming on the rehabilitated land
The project is designed to produce about two tons of paddy and 1,300 tons of rice Agriculture: The 662 acres of government land that has remained fallow for decades because of security issues and wildlife conflict in three villages of Phuntshothang gewog will now be arable with an agriculture rehabilitation project underway in the gewog. The project, which began last year, has cleared the forest to construct paddy fields and work on the terraces is still on going for a large-scale rice farming.
SABA: Bhutan will play Sri Lanka in the first match of the three-day South Asia Basketball Association (SABA) qualifying competition, which begins today in Bengaluru, India. The match starts at 10 am.
Aftermath: A resident, Tshering Dema searches through the debris of her damaged hut after the Amochu flooded the area yesterday in Phuentsholing
No help has come from the authorities so far Flood: The Amochu, which flooded the Bangay Bazar area yesterday morning in Phuentsholing, left behind seven families with no homes. While sweeping away their homes, the floodwaters also flooded a brick factory and submerged two excavators and three school buses downstream. As the water level started receding through the evening, worries engulfed the seven families who lost their makeshift houses and shops at the embankment near Phuentsholing’s Youth Development Fund building. While some had found refuge [... Read More]
Tongchudrak is about 10 hours walk from Gasa Photo: Gasa dzongdag
Update: On the command of His Majesty the King, 23 Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) personnel from Tencholing military training centre in Wangduephodrang reached Gasa on June 30 to rebuild the Tongchudrak bazaam that connects Laya with Gasa. Following the outburst of Lemthang tsho (Lake) in Laya on June 28, the wooden bridge at Tongchudrak, which is about 10 hours walk from Gasa was of the six bridges that was washed away. Gasa dzongdag, Dorji Dhradhul said after reaching Gasa, seven of the 28-army personnel have [... Read More]
INR: That Bhutan should export more to ease the shortage of Indian Rupee (INR) is evident from the export performance of the industry sector. Last year, about 34 industries exported goods worth Rs 11.5 B and another USD 48B to India and third countries. But after deducting the expenses on import of raw materials, the net INR inflow generated last year was Rs 3.7B and the net inflow of hard currency was about USD 33M. In 2013 net INR inflow from these industries was Rs [... Read More]