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One highway dropped, another deferred

Both are  ADB-funded southern east-west highway projects  Roads: For security reasons, the government has deferred the constructions of the 68.3km Nganglam-Dewathang highway (NDH) indefinitely, and aborted the 98km Lhamoizingkha-Sarpang highway. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) was financing both the projects. For the Nganglam-Dewathang highway, ADB has completed the project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) worth about USD 670,000 between 2011 and 2012.  The department of roads (DoR), in doing the detail design of the road, spent Nu 12.59M (million). Tender evaluations were completed, and the department [... Read More]

Fishing for FDI

Govt. to be selective about sectors in which foreign speculation would be invited Investment: Despite the government’s renewed thrust to fish foreign direct investment (FDI), it also admitted that the quest to emerge among the top 100 on ease of doing business ranking remains uncertain. Ease of doing business index is one way to assess a potential investment destination for investors and the higher the ranking, the more conducive is the country for business. The economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said there were so many [... Read More]

Elusive snow leopard sighted at JDNP

Wildlife: A rare sighting of three snow leopards stalking their prey was made at the Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), earlier this month. While camera traps have been able to capture images of the elusive snow leopard, the last human sighting of a lone leopard was made in 2007. A research team counting blue sheep at Tongdreyshesa, Thimphu, a three-day walk from the nearest motor road sighted the three leopards. Tongdreyshesa is an alpine region of the park located 4,050 metres above sea level.

Japan government commits 29 ambulances next year

Grant: The Japanese government has committed Nu 89 million for the procurement of 29 ambulances, which the health ministry will receive in March next year. The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) secretary, Sonam Wangchuk, and the chief representative with JICA Bhutan, Yumiko Asakuma, signed a grant aid agreement for the replacement of ambulances phase II project yesterday. In 2011, the Japanese government gave 26 ambulances in the project’s first phase. Department of Medical Services director general, Dr Ugen Dophu, said not all 29 ambulances are [... Read More]

Porter-pony charges revised

DSC07415All set: A span of mules is readied at Ramthangka in Tsento to ferry tourists to Taktshang, Paro

This despite the fact that the earlier contract period has not been completed Tourism: Giving in to the demands of the horse contractors in Paro, porter pony charges for tourism activities and services were revised on March 5, even though the three-year contract they had signed with the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) is yet to expire. The demand for increase in rates came following several issues last trekking season, where most horse owners refused to cater to tourists, and instead chose to ferry [... Read More]

Shoddy pipework leaves Pam PS high and dry

DSC_0040It was found that water pipes were not laid under the ground by the contractor

The contractor has been accused of not properly preparing the groundwork Water: Soon after a new water source was constructed for Pam primary school (PPS) last year, the water pipes started to break resulting in an acute water shortage for months. The school blames it on the shoddy work carried out by a local contractor, M/S Chengla Construction, and accuses them of not properly laying the water pipes underground. M/S Chengla Construction was awarded the Nu 2.59M (million) worth contract to carry out the construction [... Read More]

Misgivings over new Jaldaka Bailey bridge

DSC_0491The tilted abutment isn’t an issue according to CDCL

The authorities concerned, however, aver that such fears are unfounded and misplaced CDCL: People in Bara are skeptical about a bridge that has been constructed over Jaldaka river that connects Sipsu’s two gewogs Tendu and Bara. The 160-foot bailey bridge, which was completed in November 2014, Bara villagers claim, is not properly constructed. One of the tshogpas in Bara, Gopal Rai, said there was something wrong with the bridge’s ‘layout’. “Even a layman is able to make the difference,” the tshogpa said. The bridge’s base [... Read More]

World Cup qualifiers second round draw on April 14

Screen-Shot-2015-03-18-at-11.54.47-PMHead coach Chokey Nima (Photo courtesy: FIFA)

Head coach Chokey Nima could be replaced before the next match Football: Who is waiting for Bhutan in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will be known on April 14, when the fixtures for the second round will be drawn at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Officials from the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) will be representing the country during the draw. A total of 40 teams from Asia, including the six teams who qualified from the first [... Read More]

Picture story

Former world table tennis champion and a member of the Education, Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee, Republic of Korea, Elisa Lee, gifted sporting equipment worth USD 44,000 to the Bhutan Olympic Committee on March 18.The equipment comprise of tracksuits, taekwondo floor mats, boxing uniforms and gloves, arrows, bow handles and stands for the Bhutanese athletes. The shipment is currently in Kolkata and is expected to reach the country on March 24. As a member of the National Assembly, Elisa Lee spearheaded the initiative to seek financial support for [... Read More]

A long wait will soon be over

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WHO-funded pump project will soon deliver the precious resource to Shumar and Zobel Water: Water shortage in two gewogs of Shumar and Zobel in Pemagatshel is expected to be addressed soon, as the dzongkhag’s long awaited project to pump water from Khonmari stream nears completion. Benefitting two gewogs with an estimated population of 7,430, the Nu 95M (million) project is expected to address the acute water shortage the villagers have been living with for decades. Officials said the three water pumps have been installed to [... Read More]

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