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Damchu-Chukha bypass inches towards completion

IMG_6391Commander task force, Satish Warrier explains the difficulty to Secretary Sujata Mehta

The 2014-end deadline for the project will spill over at least till June 2015 Road: If not all, at least the formation cutting of the much-awaited Damchu-Chukha bypass road will be completed by end of the current financial year, June 2015. Project DANTAK’s chief engineer, brigadier KC Panchanathan, said that, although no commitments can be made on the exact date of completion, the team is rushing to at least meet cutting from the two sides. After cutting another 950m and 700m of hard rock at [... Read More]

Keeping up with the Tshangkhaps

DSC_3275On a mission: The local government representatives with Dagana Council member

If their neighbour’s come-lately gewog centre road is being blacktopped, why not theirs? Drujeygang: A group of local government leaders from Drujeygang gewog, Dagana, are in the capital to appeal to the works and human settlement ministry to look into why their gewog centre road is not being blacktopped. This was because Tsangkha gewog’s road, which is connected to the highway through their road, is being blacktopped. After finding out that the gewog centre road of Tshangkha was to be blacktopped soon, while there was [... Read More]

A wannabe cooperative that just won’t quit

IMG_20140904_120026Empty: 16 sheds were built in 2011 using gewog budget

Four years since sheds were built, Kangpara’s dairy enterprise is still in the making Milk: Buoyed by the success story of dairy cooperatives in other dzongkhags or gewogs, villagers of Kangpara in Wamrong dungkhag built 16 dairy sheds in 2011 with hopes to start their own. Almost four years later, there are fewer cows in the shed and the cooperative has remained a dream.  Unfavourable soil condition and limited land holdings of the villagers to cultivate fodder for Jersey cross cows had impeded the development. [... Read More]

Court orders DGM to identify cause of Gedawom cracks

In the third round of rebuttals, neither plaintiff nor defendant had anything new to submit Mining: Bench II of Thimphu dzongkhag court yesterday ordered the department of geology and mines (DGM) to identify and submit the cause of cracks on the wall of 27 households at Gedawom village in Mewang gewog, Thimphu. DGM has been asked to submit the report to the court on September 15. After DGM ruled that the cracks on walls of 27 houses in Gedawom was not due to the blasting, [... Read More]

Mechanised farming made widespread in Zhemgang

The regional agriculture machinery centre will set up a farm machinery hiring service  RAMC: Farmers, owning over 1,000 acres of paddy fields in Zhemgang, will soon employ machines for farming, with the initiation of a farm machinery hiring service by the regional agriculture machinery centre (RAMC) in Gelephu. RAMC’s regional manager, Ugyen Dukpa, said the centre had received additional power tillers to be provided on hire to Zhemgang, Dagana, Tsirang and Sarpang.   Zhemgang will get about eight power tillers. “If the cultivation time doesn’t [... Read More]

Samtse’s Sunday parking lot

DSC_0988Lots of parking space in Samtse

Township: To ease congestion and to avoid accidents, a new parking lot was built above Samtse town, two years back.  But the lot is almost on a daily basis empty, with drivers opting to park elsewhere. Built in 2012, the parking area is designated for vehicle categories – light, medium, and heavy.  Municipal officials said a budget of about Nu 4M was spent to construct the parking area. A businessman, Tobgay, said it was the people in the town who had requested the dzongkhag to [... Read More]

The shunned silo of Shumar

silo2Not in use: The silo in Shumar

Intended as a storage for maize, the Nu 191,000 cylinder has ended up a white elephant Agriculture: A silo, built nine years back for Shumar gewog in Pemagatshel, has been lying empty, with farmers refusing to use it. The Nu 0.191M silo was built in 2006, with a capacity of 8.7 metric tonnes (MT), so farmers could store maize, to protect from pests.  The farmers had welcomed it initially. Shumar gup Lepo said the silo storage was first constructed in 2003 by the agricultural department [... Read More]

His Majesty pardons 45 prisoners

His Majesty the King yesterday granted Royal pardon to 45 prisoners convicted under the Tobacco Control Act, 2010 and the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Act, 2012, giving them the benefit of the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Act, 2014. The Royal pardon was granted to those prisoners who were not repeat offenders and didn’t have adverse prison records. Under the earlier Tobacco Control Acts, sale and distribution of or the possession of tobacco or tobacco products, without proof of payment of tax and duty or beyond the permissible [... Read More]

Most project-tied assistance projects approved

DSC_3242Done deal: Foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji and secretary DPA&ER Sujata Mehta at the signing of the minutes of the meeting yesterday

GoI approved 48 projects during the third round of the development cooperation in talks yesterday Thimphu 11th Plan: The government of India approved 48 projects, under the project tied assistance, during the third round of the development cooperation talks yesterday in Thimphu. The two governments finalised 84 projects under the project tied assistance in the 11th Plan, which was the main focus of the talks. As the first year of the plan has already passed, the two governments agreed to speed up implementation of the [... Read More]

Poverty slashed by half…

…extreme poverty slated to end in 2036 Report: Eradicating extreme poverty is achievable for Bhutan in 22 years time, going by the current pace, the country’s first poverty assessment report says. Notwithstanding the projection that the country’s multidimensional poverty rate would stand below 10 percent in 2018, in just five years (2007-12), poverty in Bhutan was cut down by half, from 25 percent to 12.7 percent. Using the internationally comparable USD 1.25 per day poverty line, Bhutan’s pace of reduction was fastest among the South [... Read More]