DCCL’s presence has multiplied real estate value in this once militant-plagued area
Dungsam: Not long ago nobody wanted to settle in Nganglam, Samdrupjongkhar. Hot, wet and largely a jungle, often infested with militants from across the border, Nganglam was a deserted area.
The prospect of Dungsam Cement corporation ltd (DCCL) coming to Nganglam in the ‘90s raised little interest, and land, which was in abundance, was sold or bought at throwaway prices. But this has [... Read More]
Forest fire management program head, Tandin Dorji, presents the scenario to volunteers, forest officials and Desuups
While Thimphu headed the dzongkhag list in incidents, Lhuentse lost most acreage
Forest: Despite forest fire incidents across the country decreasing in the last five years, the area damaged has almost tripled.
Officials of forest and park services department, during the two-day basic fire training and coordination yesterday, said, within the last five years, fire destroyed about 47,501 acres during 239 fire incidents.
Records with the department show that, between June 2008 and 2009, there were [... Read More]
Waiting for expansion: Dekiling town
A master plan was submitted to MoWHS and Bumthang dzongkhag in October last year
Dekling: Blacktopped roads, lines of streetlight ready to be switched on, pavements for pedestrians and streets already named, Dekiling town is all ready to receive the business community of Chamkhar town.
But after years of “planning”, Bumthang’s new township will take some more time, even years, before it becomes the new business hub. The only change, since it was stalled because [... Read More]
The Red Door wins local financial support towards its screening at an int’l festival
Cinema: In a display of public support for independent art, more than USD 3,000 has been raised to allow a Bhutanese short film to be screened at a notable international film festival to be held in Europe, this month.
Local filmmaker Tashi Gyeltshen’s short film, The Red Door, was recently selected to be screened at the Rotterdam film festival in the [... Read More]
Scrawls and blotches of graffiti around Thimphu town.
photo: Karma Dupchu
The information has been vehemently denied by authorities
Militancy: Senior government officials yesterday denied the presence of militant camps inside Bhutanese territory.
The statement was made in response to reports in the Indian media, including the Times of India, on January 14 that the outlawed Kantipur liberation organisation (KLO) was suspected to have set up camps along the border, and that the government of India requested Bhutan to “resume flush-out operations in forested areas along [... Read More]
VAST art camp: Participants of the 8-day art camp at Chuzergang gewog, Sarpang practice drawing near Mao river. The camp ended on January 13.
The country’s inability to kick-start all 10 megapower projects by 2013 was seen as a reason besides delays on ongoing projects
Power: The two of country’s lofty ambitions on the hydropower front may not come through after all.
The first was to generate 10,000 Mega Watt (MW) of energy by 2020 to realise which, it was planned all mega hydropower projects had to take off together.
Economic affairs ministry officials said the country would be unable [... Read More]
yonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with education officials at the DYS, Thimphu
By letting institutes ‘do their own thing’, it is hoped they’ll have the leeway to improve on quality
Education: Having decided to grant autonomy to schools and empower them to set their own strategies in improving the quality of education and learning outcomes, the education ministry will start calling for applications for autonomy from schools towards the end of this month.
Initiated by the prime minister, the draft of the guidelines to grant schools autonomy [... Read More]
Update: The caretaker of Gelephu hot spring denied possession of two additional Tokay Geckoes that forest officials alleged he had during his rebuttal at Gelephu dungkhag courtroom yesterday.
In the rebuttal statement, the caretaker said he was responsible for only one gecko that was caught in his house on October 20 last year, for which he paid the fine of Nu 100,000 accordingly.
The fine was paid on January 8.
He had argued that he brought [... Read More]