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Punatsangchhu-I mulls new dam construction methodology

Roller compacted concrete, a radical change of technology, would make up for lost time Hydropower: The hydropower sector is mulling over adopting the methodology of roller compacted concrete (RCC) for the dam construction of Punatsangchhu-I hydroelectric project. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, while discussing hydropower during his recent visit to India, …

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A shift of focus (and populace) to the east

Earmarking Kanglung and Nganglam as regional hubs is part of a broader development plan EDI: In a move to shift the overcrowded population from west to east, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement is planning to develop two towns of Kanglung in Trashigang and Nganglam in Pemagatshel as regional …

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International tourism mart in Thimphu

Bhutan’s renown as a most sought after destination is underlined by its hosting this event for a second time Tourism: Bhutan will get a good chance to show tour operators from across the world first hand travel opportunities the country has to offer when it hosts an international “adventure travel …

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Winners: Kuenjung FC was crowned the champions of the seven-sided Yuljong Football Championship season-I after defeating Northern Thimphu, 4-0, yesterday in the finals played at Changlimethang. The winners took home a cash prize of Nu 25,000 and the runners up Nu 17,000. Ten teams participated in the league-cum-knockout tournament that …

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ACC seeks suspension of two tainted civil servants

The project engineer and the manager have been indicted for their alleged involvement in lhakhang Karpo corruption Update: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday wrote a letter to the Haa dzongda asking him to suspend two civil servants, who were involved in the alleged corruption case of the lhakhang Karpo …

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Conditional govt. help for private sector

Only if businesses invest profit to upgrade capacity and employ Bhutanese Monday Meeting: The government’s help for the private sector came with conditions when the Prime Minister had his first meeting with business owners yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said only if the private sector is willing to invest …

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Trends in trade

Latest figures show that commerce with third countries (other than India) has increased RMA Report: The share of Bhutan’s exports to India dropped to 86.1 percent in 2013 from 93.9 percent in the previous year, while the share of exports to countries other than India (COTI) increased by 25.2 percent. …

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Ambassador Pema Choden presented credentials to the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, on January 23 in Seoul. During a call on, the President acknowledged Bhutan’s proposal to send Bhutanese youth for employment in Republic of Korea and informed the ambassador that their agencies would further study the …

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Taxi drivers feel victimised

The cabbies feel that they are picked on with regards to traffic rule enforcement   RSTA: Rules are becoming complicated by the day for taxi drivers.  Either they stay on the right side of the rules and lose passengers, or they break the rules and make the most out of …

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Lapsed tsamdros appropriated by sons of the soils

Former leaseholders, deprived of grazing rights, have received no compensation to date Pasture lands: Bumthaps (people of Bumthang) are losing their tsamdro to the natives of dzongkhags like Zhemgang, Mongar and Lhuentse, even as they wait for the lease right, on which the government has not made much headway. The …

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Eighteenth century lhakhang being renovated

Wangditse: The over 300-year-old Wangditse Lhakhang located on a ridge above Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu is being extensively renovated for a fourth time. It has been a “tricky” and learning experience on archeology for the officials of the Department of Culture’s Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites. Except for a …

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Creating an Hindu Kush Himalayan network

One main recommendation was to promote cooperation among the 8 HKH countries Environment: Promoting trans-boundary cooperation among the eight Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries, and monitoring forest area through remote sensing were some of the recommendations the symposium on transforming mountain forestry made in Dehradun, India. Sustainable use of mountains, …

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A golden scripture – the source of Zawa’s success

Ever since the religious text was fortuitously found, this village has been blessed  Heritage: Despite being isolated and having no major source of income, the village of Zawa is prosperous and the people do not complain. Unlike other villages, Zawa in Athang gewog, Wangdue, suffers no water scarcity, wildlife attacks, …

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