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The five cut-off gewogs of Chukha

PIC_0283Risky trail: A villager walks through the debris

People from these parts risk life and limb hiking to and fro their homes across a fallen hillside Connectivity: Although it has connected Chukha’s five gewogs to the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway for about 26 years, the Dungna feeder road that’s linked to the Phuentsholing-Gedu road usually remains hidden behind dense fog. This summer was harsh for both the road and people of Phuentsholing, Dungna, Metekha, Lokchina, and Geling gewogs, which is home to some 1,500 households. Heavy rainfall on August 30 and 31 had triggered landslides [... Read More]

A one-stop shop for geo information

20141013-2C4A4155Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the launch of the Geospatial Portal at the office of the National Land Commission yesterday. The website is developed by the Committee of Geographic Information System Coordination

GIS: Almost 14 years after it was initiated, the country’s geographic information system (GIS), which stores and presents all types of spatial or geographical data are now in place. In commemoration of the third royal wedding anniversary, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen yesterday launched the geospatial portal at the National Land Commission’s (NLC) headquarters in Thimphu. With the geo-portal in place, anyone with Internet connection can now access information, which are traditionally available on maps from www.geo.gov.bt NLC secretary Pema Chewang, said geo-information such as direction, [... Read More]

Online game with unemployment theme

Designed to engage society in a dialogue for solutions to the problem UNDP: An online game, developed specifically for Bhutanese, will not only have those with internet access playing it, but also providing information and feedback on youth unemployment issues. The game, which will be launched on October 24, coinciding with United Nations Day, will be online for three weeks.  Registration for the game has already begun.  One can access the game at the Communityplanit website as Youth@Work Bhutan. The project is a collaboration between [... Read More]

After the flood …

IMG_0042Vital experience: Pema Dorji narrates his story

A day set aside once a year to commemorate how communities respond to disasters DRR-Day: Pema Dorji, 64, vividly remembers the 1956 river Phochu flood.  He was a nine-year old student sleeping in a makeshift hostel in Thanzana, near the Punakha dzong. When he was awakened by people screaming at the top of their voices, he found knee-deep water around the hostel. With their hostel surrounded by water, Pema Dorji and his friends were left without food for two days.  They survived the flood. The [... Read More]

Interim town plan for Ura

IMG_3162Slow and steady: Talingthang in Ura to chalk out an interim plan

DT: Bumthang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to draw an interim town plan for Talingthang in Ura where over 40 households are planning to construct houses with Ura-Nangar bypass on the Trashigang-Thimphu lateral highway expected to open by next month. The bypass road runs through Talingthang, a village at the base of Ura landscape where potato is grown as cash crop. Once opened, travellers from east and west are likely to use the Ura-Nangar road, increasing business opportunities for the farmers. A couple of houses that [... Read More]

More T/gang farmers hop on to the biogas bandwagon

unnamed-2Cheap alternative: A biogas plant at Pam provides free gas

All one needs is three cows and an altitude below 2000m for this technology to work Energy: When biogas plants were first installed in the eight households of Pam, Trashigang in May, villagers were doubtful if it would benefit them.  Today, many villagers have biogas plant constructions in their backyard. By December, 453 households from eleven gewogs of Trashigang will begin production of biogas for domestic purpose. Dzongkhag livestock officer (DLO), NS Tamang, said that, while construction of some biogas plants were complete, construction of [... Read More]

Buddhist iconography gets European artistic touch

IMG_5881Olaf Van Cleef poses with his cherished piece, a painting of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, which took him 300 hours to complete

French artist Olaf Van Cleef will present his first ever exhibition in the country next year Paintings: Buddhist icons, like Guru Rinpoche, Tsheringma, and Zhabdrung, for one, are not only colourful and bright, but also shiny and shimmering. French artist Olaf Van Cleef, who recently completed the paintings in Paris, has Swarovski crystals, gems and chocolate paper studded to these paintings. The 64-year old artist was in the capital last week preparing for his first ever exhibition in the country, slated for September next year [... Read More]

Soe holds annual Jhomolhari festival

IMG_5320Mountain festival: The winner trots off after the horse race

The icing on the cake of the two-day celebration is capturing on camera the snow leopard Occasion: Soe is a remote village north of Thimphu.  It is also the smallest gewog in the country, with three villages and 28 households, all told.  Today, in Dangojang village, the annual Jhomolhari festival, where all the yak herders from nearby areas come together once a year, is in full swing. Here, at the foot of Jhomolhari (7,314m), the second highest mountain in the country, autumn is very cold. [... Read More]

Setting ACC autonomy in stone

For that to happen, the commission needs to be free from the overarching influence of RCSC Meeting: Even as officials of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) wait to meet and solve existing issues between them regarding ACC’s autonomy, ACC officials assert the need for their autonomy to combat corruption. Earlier this year, following recommendations of its good governance committee, National Assembly directed the two commissions to mutually try to resolve human resource issues. While ACC is an autonomous constitutional body, [... Read More]

Move for Health walk fetches Nu 2.4M for Trust Fund

IMG_4233Move for Health: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, health minister Tandin Wangchuk and volunteers walk from Khasadrapchu to Thimphu on Saturday

BHTF: The Move for Health walk, led by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on October 11, secured over Nu 2.4M as capital for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF). Individuals, government, and corporate and private sectors made the donation. Just before the walk began from Khasadrapchu at 8:30am, Thimphu dzongkhag handed over a cheque for Nu 300,000. Accompanied by health minister Tandin Wangchuk and labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, lyonchhoen walked with ease, making it difficult for others to catch up.  Opposition leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho [... Read More]