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Namchhu bridge connecting Dorokha and Haa collapses

The collapsed bridge over Namchhu

A 60ft bailey bridge over Namchhu in Samtse which connects Dorokha, Dumtey, and Haa, had collapsed after an overloaded truck ferrying bitumen was plying over it on the night of December 30. The bridge’s capacity was 8 metric tonnes (MT) but the truck of 12MT with another 12MT load was …

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CSOs and CBOs to focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing

The decline in the practice of rearing sheep in the highland community of Merak and Sakteng in Trashigang, which is the essential source of wool to weave their traditional outfits, has led to the marked downfall in the production of the local textiles and costumes. Towards reviving and conserving the …

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Forest fire still raging in Bartsham, Trashigang

Steep and rocky terrain make it difficult for volunteers to contain the forest fire that has been raging in Bartsham, Trashigang since December 31

Parts of northern Trashigang and areas above Drangmechu remained under a blanket of smoke on New Year day following a forest fire in Muktangkhar in Bartsham. The fire that started towards the afternoon on December 31 has razed more than 100 acres of chirpine forest as of yesterday evening. Police, Desuups, forest …

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Picture story

A fire that broke out yesterday morning below the BBS tower at Sangaygang, Thimphu was contained by evening. Both the helicopters joined DeSuups, foresters, armed forces, and volunteers in dousing the fire. Another fire above Royal Thimphu College and Talakha was still raging as of yesterday evening.

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PI completion could take five more years

Workers at the dam site

Looking down from the Wangdue-Tsirang highway, men in hard helmets and heavy earth moving machines look tiny as they excavate earth on the right bank of the diverted Punatsangchhu. They are digging for the foundation of the dam of the Punatsangchhu I hydroelectric project (PI). Engineers, explaining the status of the construction, said a solution has been found to the sliding that delayed works.

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Main focus of NC will be 12th Plan: Deputy Chairperson

The National Council’s spokesperson Jigme Wangchuk has said that the 12th Five-Year Plan would be the main focus area of the 22nd session that will be held from January 2 to 23. The House will assign the 12th Plan report to a committee for review and to come up with …

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Education ministry to establish a premier school for STEM

The education ministry decided to establish a premier school for Science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during the 19th education conference held in Phuentsholing last week. It also decided to carry out an in-depth study to develop an action plan for the establishment of the premier school. During the conference, …

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Towards making Bhutanese houses earthquake resilient

Full-scale tests would be conducted on retrofitted composite masonry buildings around March next year

A full-scale static test was conducted at Department of Culture (DoC) in Thimphu on December 28 to check the strength of buildings. This was done as part of a project titled ‘Evaluation and mitigation for seismic risk for composite masonry buildings in Bhutan’ that aims to preserve the existing stock …

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