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Anxiety expressed about commencement of Chamkharchhu hydro project

Zhemgang: Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said that the construction of Chamkharchhu hydropower project will begin soon. Bardo-Trong MP Lekey Dorji and Panbang MP Dorji Wangdi submitted a petition from Zhemgang’s Dzongkhag Tshogdu to the National Assembly yesterday. Lekey Dorji informed the houses that the people of Zhemgang are questioning whether Chamkharchhu project will ever come. “As one of the poorest dzongkhags in the country, if hydropower doesn’t come to the dzongkhag, people will have little else to improve their life.”

Meet the people is not only for PDP supporters

Q-Hour: The meet-the-people programme that the government initiated since August 2013 is not for People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supporters, but mainly for people from the low-income group, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. Panbang representative Dorji Wangdi questioned the programme, and asked lyonchoen if it was meant only for PDP supporters at the question hour session on May 19.

Locals loth to contribute labour to conservation project

Gasa Dzong: The issue of Gasa people not contributing labour for the dzong conservation project was raised again at the recent dzongkhag tshogdue (DT). More than six months after the conservation work started, project manager Kinley Gyeltshen had raised the need of labour contribution during the fifth DT last August.  Local leaders had then has agreed to contribute labour. However, to date, except for two people, who were recruited as permanent workers for the project, there has been zero labour contribution from the people of [... Read More]

A step closer in decongesting Phuentsholing

DSC_0006A usual sight: Traffic congestion at Rinchending check point

Township: The construction of a 46-metre span girder bridge over the Omchu (river), which recently commenced, is among the first activities to decongest roads in Phuentsholing town. Nepal-based Tundi Construction private limited has been awarded the job, and is currently mustering the basic essentials to carry out the road approaches on both sides. The bridge will be constructed near the Youth Development Fund centre. The project, worth Nu 90M (million), is funded through the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is providing 85 percent of the [... Read More]

Gelephu airport to be ready within a month

20150515_114814The new terminal building that was constructed at a cost of arounf Nu 9 million

Aviation: With the completion of the terminal building at Gelephu airport, scheduled flight operations can commence once the certification process is over. The terminal building was handed over to Department of Air Transport (DAT) last week. DAT officiating director Karma Wangchuk said that the certification process which would be done by the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority will not take more than a month and once the certification is over the airport will be opened for scheduled flight operations. “It is mandatory to do a certification [... Read More]

Residual resistance to DITT overarching role

ICT: Despite the Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) being granted a parenting or management role over all ICT officers in the government since at least 2009, some agencies have still been resisting the change. The move to make the DITT a parent agency of all ICT officers was to prevent duplication of work across agencies and, therefore, wasting resources. However, despite the cabinet and the prime minister again approving the move in January this year, the department continued to face resistance, said the [... Read More]

New biking trail for urban dwellers

IMG_2377Conservation: Ambassador Joao Cravinho and agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurate the Green Bhutan Project at Serbithang yesterday

More such trails are in the pipe line Recreation: Considering limited recreational facilities and the growing cycling trend in the capital, the first biking trail in Thimphu was inaugurated at Kuenselphodrang by the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji and the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, Joao Cravinho, yesterday. The 3.5km biking trail connects Kuenselphodrang to Depsi (South Thimphu). The 1.5 metre wide biking trail was constructed by the Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) of the agriculture ministry. NRED chief forestry [... Read More]

No slaughterhouse, govt. clarifies

Q-hour: The government has no plans to set up slaughterhouses in the country, the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, clarified yesterday at the question hour session of the Parliament. “What the members need to understand is that, unlike what was reported in the media, there are no such plans,” lyonchoen said.

Medical relief team returns from Nepal

dessupLanded: The last batch of the medical relief team arrives at Paro airport yesterday

The team’s ability to speak Nepali proved to be a huge advantage Quake: After treating almost 2,000 victims of the April 25 earthquake, the last batch of Bhutan’s 78-member medical relief team to Nepal returned to Bhutan, yesterday. This brings to an end Bhutan’s first ever major disaster relief operation outside its borders. The medical team was deployed to Nepal upon the command of His Majesty The King on April 27, two days after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

Major events for 6oth Birth Anniversary celebrations

Assembly: As part of the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 100 people will plant 50,000 tree saplings in an hour, below Kuenselphodrang on June 2 to beat the current world record of 40,885 trees planted in Assam, India. “The initiative is to keep up with His Majesty’s vision towards conservation of the environment and to maintain the forest coverage of 60 percent,” Nyisho-Sephu’s representative, Kuenga said.

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