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Man injured by arrow, needs airlift to Thimphu

Lunana: A man was hit by an arrow in Tshojong village, Lunana, yesterday. Gyem Dorji, 30, was struck on his right shoulder at around 3pm while watching an archery match being played to celebrate thrue bab. The nearest basic health unit (BHU) in Heydhi was contacted and a health assistant dispatched.  Heydhi is officially a one-day walk from Tshojong. However, the Heydhi health assistant, Namgay Wangdi, reached Tshojong in three hours.  He said that, despite not being a direct hit, the arrow struck the man [... Read More]

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Challenge: Women of Yongphupam in Kanglung, Trashigang practice khuru to compete against a men’s team today(Photo: Ugyen Wangdi, Kanglung)    

Horseman dies en route from Lunana lakes

Inclement weather did not allow the helicopter, with a medevac team on board, to airlift the victim Tragedy: The helicopter evacuation was prepared, while the medical evacuation team was on its way on the fateful September 22, but could not save the life of the father of two. The economic affairs ministry’s geo-morphology study team to Thorthormi and Rapstreng lakes had hired him as one of the three horsemen on the trip. Sangay Phuntsho, 41, passed away at 9:30pm at Gyantsa, six-hour walk from Sephu, [... Read More]

GoI commits Nu 680m for Paro airport expansion

20131025_093424The airport will be expanded in 11th Plan (file photo)

11th FYP: The government of India (GoI) has committed Nu 680M, in principle, for the expansion of Paro international airport, in the 11th five-year plan (FYP). “DCA (the department of civil aviation) is informed that, as per the recent bilateral meeting, the GoI commitment of Nu 680M for DCA is confirmed in principle,” DCA director Wangdi Gyaltshen said. The ‘in principle’ commitment was made during the third round of Bhutan–India development cooperation talks, for the 11th FYP held in Thimphu earlier this month. Further discussions [... Read More]

For the want of a farmroad Barshong languishes

A place full of potential lingers in wait of inclusion in development plans Connectivity: Karna Bahadur Tamang had a business plan even when he was studying.  When he couldn’t continue his education after class XII, he wanted to go home and start a piggery farm and a nursery. He worked with some private firms and saved money for his business.  However, his business is still a plan and the 27-year-old attributes it to the lack of a road to his village.  He will have to [... Read More]

OAG reviews ACC’s lhakhang Karpo construction case

IMG_1493Lhakhang Karpo is undergoing major renovation (file photo)

If the matter is taken to court, the then Haa dzongda, now foreign minister, may be indicted Corruption: Officials of the Office of Attorney General (OAG) are reviewing the alleged corruption case at the initial construction of lhakhang Karpo in Haa. AG Phuntsho Wangdi said they received the alleged corruption report from the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) last Wednesday, and they would take some time to review it. On how long OAG would take to review the case, Phuntsho Wangdi said it would depend on [... Read More]

Planned activities left out on a limb

DSC04798Ura valley (file photo)

The govt. budget ceiling has been lowered and they failed to qualify for SDP funds Bumthang: With the financial year already in its third month, local leaders in Chumey, Ura and Chokhor are still after funds to realise planned activities that were left out from both the government and small development project (SDP) funds. The planned activities were left out during budget discussion because they failed to qualify for SDP, after a criteria that only activities costing more than Nu 2M will be accepted was [... Read More]

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Code of Ethics: Editors and senior journalists reviewed and endorsed the journalists’ code of ethics during a half-day journalists forum which was jointly organised by Journalists Association of Bhutan and Bhutan Media Foundation on September 22. The code of ethics is expected to serve as a guideline for all media houses. The existing code of ethics for journalists, which was drafted by Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA), was found to be print biased and failed to consider several subjects of sensitivities. Senior journalists and [... Read More]

Rinchengang farmers look forward to an irrigated new year

IMG_3562Irrigated: Rinchengang village in Wangdue

Channel: Although it is that time of year to drain water from paddy fields, Rinchengang farmers welcomed the irrigation, whose restoration and renovation was completed this month. Farmers recall how difficult it had been during the transplantation months in June and July. “We had to keep guard throughout the night, as the water wasn’t sufficient and farmers stole from each other,” said a farmer. They will not have to do this from next changla (transplantation season).  Renovating the 14-km long irrigation channel, the biggest in [... Read More]

Villages sink as hill slides

unnamed100 feet down: Men walk over the sunken road in Taguna

Taguna and Nindukha may not survive this monsoon as places of human settlement Disaster: Taguna and Nindukha villages in Phuentsholing are literally sinking.  Following heavy rains yesterday, around 3:30pm, parts of the feeder road between the two villages sank by about 100 feet. Heavy rains on September 20-21 have also developed fresh cracks on the feeder road, and washed away more land from the hill on which Taguna is situated.  The villages are now completely cut off from electricity and drinking water.  The electricity poles [... Read More]

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