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This town’s not big enough for two of us

Is how Drukair feels about Tashi Air vis-à-vis its plan to fly to Singapore  Aviation: In an indication that the international sector is not big enough for two airlines, the national airline Drukair has recommended that private airline Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air) reconsider its intention to fly to Singapore, on grounds that existing passenger demand is too low. The private airline had requested the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to obtain rights for a route that would connect Paro and Singapore via Myanmar, as it [... Read More]

Piggery on the decline in Trongsa

IMG_0319Many have turned to piggery to supplement their low incomes

Villagers are dissuading those in the occupation on religious grounds  Farming: Sukmati Rai in Marshing, Langthel gewog in Trongsa has taken up piggery to supplement her cash income of Nu 5,000 that he earns as a National Work Force (NWF) member. With four children, all attending school, Rai’s family is facing tough financial times. “One of them studies in a private school in Gelephu,” Sukmati Rai said, adding that the rest of her  children attends a government school. To Sukmati Rai, becoming a pig farmer was [... Read More]

The bamboo alternative

bamboo-houseCompleted bamboo community center at Pakpay, Samtse (photo courtesy: SFED)

To take pressure off the forest, a study suggests the viable use of this tree in constructions   INBAR: Bamboo could be an alternative to timber and save it from the pressure it’s under from increasing building and temple constructions within a few years, say forest officials. A 2014 study by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) stated that the bamboo construction sector is viable economically, socially, and technically in the country. Using bamboos for constructions of houses or its parts could provide [... Read More]

Two bridges due, one year overdue

DSC01387The Rongthongchhu bridge is expected to be completed next month

Plagued by flash floods, the Rongthongchhu and Bamridrangchhu spans will be completed this year Bridge: Two bridges, one at Rongthong, and the other at Bamri, will now be completed this year after a delay of more than a year. The two bridges were supposed to have been completed by March last year. The Rongthongchhu bridge is now expected to be completed by March, and the Bamridrangchhu one by the end of this year. After project DANTAK awarded the contract to an Indian government contractor, M/S [... Read More]

Kushuthara – A Pattern of Love

review1A scene from Kushuthara

The film about a relationship that transcends death and endures in another lifetime Review: Based on a tragic story of a young village girl, who falls in love with a stranger, who fails to keep his promise to return to her, Kushuthara – A Pattern of Love tells the story about the rebirth of this love. Directed by Karma Deki, the feature film was premiered during the Bhutan International Festival on February 14 in Thimphu. Shot in Minjey gewog in Lhuentse, the film brings out [... Read More]

Fire almost guts traditional house

actionsResidents mopping up the last remnants of the fire

Mishap: A two-storied traditional house in Khapti village in Samkhar gewog, Trashigang was almost razed to the ground during the wee hours of February 14. No casualties were reported, but the house owner is reported to have lost more then 50 percent of his belongings to the fire.  The owner was away when the fire occurred. According to Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji, the fire occurred at around 2am, when the family members, a middle-aged woman and her three children, were asleep. The fire had started [... Read More]

Fire guts half of Sarpang bazaar


Breaking news: About half of some 100 shops that make up the Sarpang bazaar were completely gutted in a fire that started around 8pm today. Police suspect the fire started from a shoe shop that’s located at the end of the market. Residents said they experienced power fluctuation during the day and that the shopkeepers were burning candles to light their shops. Since it was windy, they suspect the fire to have started from one of the candles. Three fire brigades and hundreds of policemen, [... Read More]

No budget for revised TA/DA

With agencies entering budget control mode, belts are liable to be tightened TA/DA: Civil servants returning from tours could see their travel and daily allowance (TA/DA) claims slashed by half.  Some are already living with this, with agencies entering a budget control or adjustment mode. There are four months left for the next fiscal year, but some government agencies have run out of the TA/DA budget, while some are adjusting with the little they have.  Others are adjusting with budgets meant for other purposes. While [... Read More]

Frisking to become routine late at night

A measure necessitated by the increasing number of violent incidents involving youth Law and order: The police will begin frisking youth for weapons, if found in groups of two or more after 10pm, it was pointed out by the police chief at a press conference on Thursday. However, individual youth found after 10pm will also be frisked and questioned, if acting suspiciously. Police chief, brigadier Kipchu Namgyel, said that a proposal to ban the sale of knives to youth, and to impose a restriction on [... Read More]

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