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Plans to break two world records

ashiHer Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and PICSA’s coordinator Karma Tshering at the launch

11 events to commemorate 60th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Occasion: While celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo next year, Bhutan will attempt to break two Guinness World Records in mass tree plantation and publishing the world’s largest book. People’s Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA), which Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck launched yesterday, along with its website www.picsa.bt, will carry out mass tree plantation tentatively at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck national park [... Read More]

Miffed at being passed over for extension counter

BDVL: Residents of Rangjung and nearby gewogs in Trashigang are disappointed after Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) decided to establish an extension counter in Kanglung instead of Rangjung. Shongphu gup, Kinzang Wangdi, said BDBL officials had visited Rangjung and assured them on the possibility of coming up with an extension counter this year. “But we were informed later that the extension counter would be established at Kanglung. I don’t understand on what basis Kanglung was prioritised,” he said. Kinzang Wangdi said Rangjung connects to five [... Read More]

Better road needed for safer travel

Highway: The poor road condition near Santabari on the Gelephu-Phuentsholing highway could lead to more abduction cases, Gelephu business community told their parliamentarian, foreign minister Rinzin Dorji. It was the main concern of the community during a meeting with the parliamentarian, who is on a constituency visit, on October 23. A businessman, Ugyen Rabten, said that the poor road condition could aid abductors. “Our government has to look into the matter seriously and do something with the maintenance of the road in Santabari,” he said. [... Read More]

Hydropower contractor cries off Dungsam cement

The purported reason appears to be a price dispute between supplier and user DCCL: Only 20 percent of the cement used for the construction of the three-hydropower projects in the country are supplied by the country’s largest cement plant. While it was officially inaugurated two days ago, Dungsum cement plant started commercial production 10 months ago. It was learnt that 80 percent of the cement used in these projects are Indian brands, even though Dungsam could easily meet both the demand and standards at a [... Read More]

Beri beri outbreak confirmed in Gomphu LSS

Suspected to be due to low thiamine content in the diet fed to the school’s students Nutrition: Low thiamine content in the meals that Gomphu lower secondary school (LSS) fed to its students was confirmed to be the cause of peripheral neuropathy in 35 students last week in Zhemgang. The health team from Thimphu, who were in Gomphu LSS for five days to investigate the suspected outbreak of peripheral neuropathy, confirmed that all 35 students lacked thiamine, vitamin B1. The preliminary investigation report was presented [... Read More]

Nine years for rape of minor

Crime: A 34-year-old man in Punakha was convicted to nine years imprisonment yesterday morning for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year old girl. The Punakha district court verdict stated that the man was charged for rape of a minor, in contravention of section 184 of the penal code, which is a second-degree felony. The girl said that it was consensual, as stated by the man.  However, she said she agreed to the relationship as he had assured of marrying her.  The man had told [... Read More]

Street View service for Bhutan launched

Screen-shot-2014-10-23-at-11.16.21-PMVirtual street: Over 3,000 kilometres of 360 degree panorama imagery of Bhutan is available for viewing on Google Maps Street View

The online facility is expected to provide a fillip to tourism promotion, among others Google: You can now stroll through Paro or Trongsa town without leaving your seat in Thimphu.  That is, a virtual stroll using Google Maps Street View. Google inc launched its street view service for Bhutan in Thimphu, yesterday. The service allows anyone with an internet connection to view 360 degree panoramas of over 3,000km of scenery along Bhutan’s roads.  This includes streets within Thimphu, Paro, and Trongsa. The viewer can navigate [... Read More]

Renovating Trashigang dzong

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The structure is being rebuilt with a Nu 190M fund from the government of India Heritage: Straddling a ridge overlooking the Drangmechu in Trashigang is the massive 355-year old Trashigang dzong.  This fortress of the auspicious mountain was built in 1659 by the third desi Chogyal Minjur Tempa, after uniting the whole of eastern Bhutan under Sharcho Khorlo Tsibgay. The fourth desi Tenzin Rabgye expanded the dzong significantly between 1680 and 1694.  Centuries later, in the 1950s, Trashigang dzongpon, Sey Dopola, commissioned the restoration of [... Read More]

Six sentenced to life for chorten vandalism

Crime: Punakha district court sentenced six men to life imprisonment in connection with chorten vandalism yesterday afternoon. The men were aged between 21 and 31 years.  Except  for a taxi-driver, the rest were unemployed and lived in their villages. They were involved in vandalising four chortens in Barp and Tewang gewogs on different occasions earlier this year. Of the six, one was involved in the vandalising four chortens, two on one account, and another two for vandalising three chortens.  The chortens vandalised were Shang-nga Dartong-goenpa [... Read More]

Bhutan to bridge digital divide by 2020

This is in line with ITU’s Connect 2020 vision, which the country has endorsed Conference: By 2020, Bhutan will bridge its digital divide, at least in terms of internet broadband connectivity. This was revealed by the information and communications minister, who attended the 19th International Telecommunications Union (ITU) plenipotentiary conference, being held in Busan, South Korea. The plenipotentiary conference is an event, held every four years, where ITU member states decide on the future role of the organisation. “We’re confident that by 2020, more than [... Read More]

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