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Purpose unserved

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Tourism: To generate income for herders, five tourist campsites were built in 2011 along the Merak –Sakteng ecotourism trail.

The idea was to charge tourists Nu 250 a night who spend the night in the campsites developed at a cost of Nu 7.3M. But four years later, the campsites, an enclosed area with around 12-13 wooden shingle roofed canopies spaced at regular distance, sand floored on a raised stonewalls are overrun by thickets and [... Read More]

Undiagnosed TB cases may be spreading infection

Health: Health officials say the fact that the rate of new pulmonary positive tuberculosis cases has remained constant for eight straight years now, there could be undiagnosed cases in the community.

In 2000, 359 TB cases were recorded. Thirteen years since, in 2013, the count had increased to 425 out of which 42 percent were aged between 15 and 24. About five percent were below the age of 14 years.

Of the different types of [... Read More]

Ecological corridor-township conflict may go to Parliament

Township: The issue of  biological corridor (BC) affecting the progress of the Rinchenthang Township in Nganglam, Samdrupjongkhar may be deliberated in the upcoming Parliament session.

The business community of Nganglam raised the issue of how the government could carry out constructions within the corridor while people were not allowed to do so, referring to the construction of a boundary wall that was initiated by the dungkhag two months back.

Currently, however, the construction of the [... Read More]

USD 5.7M grant to study three new power projects

Parts of the grant would be used to improve energy efficiency and to encourage renewable energy use 

Energy: The Norwegian government allocated USD 5.7M for the country to conduct pre-feasibility studies of three new hydropower projects, improve energy efficiency and encourage renewable energy use, recently.

The grant will be used to conduct studies on how best to develop hydropower projects of 104MW Zhongarchhu in Mongar, 153MW Dagachhu-II and 2,800MW Manas, the priority projects under the [... Read More]

Renovated Lhuntse dzong consecrated

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Heritage: The renovated Lhuntse dzong was consecrated by His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoeda on April 12.

The renovation of the 16th century Lhuntse dzong also known as Lhuendrup Rinchentse dzong that began in August 2009 was completed last October. The government of India funded the project, which cost Nu 162m.

There are eight lhakhangs in the dzong for which about Nu 120m was allocated during the 10th Plan. However, project officials said, [... Read More]

Fire kills one, injures another

Mishap: A fire in Tashiphu village under Serzhong gewog that gutted a single-storey traditional house yesterday killed a man who was sleeping in the kitchen.

While police sources said the victim was a 73-year-old man. Gewog officials said he was 83.

A six-year-old boy, who was admitted in Gelephu referral hospital at 5:30am after he was injured in the incident, was referred to Thimphu national referral hospital.

The boy suffered burns on his arms and had [... Read More]

Politics amid cultural conservation and art

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Talk: A conversation on the use of cultural conservation and art as a medium to tell stories in Bhutan briefly delved into its collaboration with China in the backdrop if its relationship with India.

Held at the Chapel gallery in Singapore yesterday, the conversation engaging VAST’s Asha Karma, Datog art gallery’s Rinchen Wangdi, Loden Foundation’s founder Dr Karma Phuntsho and Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy’s (BCMD) Siok Sian Pek-Dorji was a part of the [... Read More]

A nation’s circumstance determines its own model

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Q&A: For a small developing country, looking to draw from experiences and lessons of other nations, perhaps given its size and proximity within the region, it is quite common among Bhutanese to cite Singapore as a model.

A model in terms of efficiency in governance, its stance against corruption and today, in the face of growing fiscal instability, its robust economy.

But what should countries looking up to Singapore for these reasons be wary of [... Read More]

Lend a hand to control dog population

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Sterilisation: Anyone bringing in dogs for sterilisation and vaccination will receive gift as a token of appreciation. Bringing in a female dog would fetch two.

This is a tactic, to be introduced in all districts for effective community involvement in controlling dog population and to make districts able to manage its dog population independently.

Program manager with humane society international (HSI), Antoinette Bradley said it was an initiative to encourage people to bring pets and [... Read More]

Over 10,000 acres of forest lost to fire

Disaster: Over 10,000 acres of forest was razed by a fire, which started above Rabuna under Phangyul gewog in Wangdue on April 10.

As of yesterday night, the fire was not contained.

Wangdue range officer, Chencho Dendup said the fire had reached Matalongchu forest and Lingmukha gewog’s boundary in Punakha, after burning the entire forest under Phangyul gewog.

He said a monk’s hostel and other documents belonging to 16th century Chungdu goenpa, which was under renovation [... Read More]

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