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MoA directed to clarify Forest Act provisions …

… particularly with respect to timber requirements for lhakhang renovation Assembly: The National Assembly yesterday directed the ministry of agriculture and forests to disseminate information on the provisions of the Forest Act and related laws for better understanding of the people, and research on how to go about the issue of timber for lhakhang renovation, and for constructing houses for summer and winter. This was the resolution for the petition submitted by the Nubi-Tangsibji MP Nidup Zangpo and Nyisho-Sephu’s representative Kuenga to the National Assembly [... Read More]

Nganglam-Dewathang highway to resume next year

Provided that the existing security issues improve Roads: Construction of the 68.3km Nganglam-Dewathang highway that was deferred following security issues will resume after a year, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. However, works will only resume if the security issues are resolved.  Lyonchoen was asked about why ‘many highway construction projects’ were stopped on vague security grounds, when internal road linkages would be more beneficial and pose less security issues than having to pass through the Indian highways.

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.

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