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Thousands of devotees attend the week-long annual Moenlam chenmo in Paro. His holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choeda is presiding over the prayer ceremony which ends on October 18.     

Five Lokchina villages take initiative to build bridge

unnamed-3Staying connected: Construction of the temporary bridge in full swing

Span: With the bridge over Pachu (river) yet to complete, people from five villages in Lokchina gewog, Chukha have constructed a temporary wooden bridge yesterday to connect to Phuentsholing town. As the citrus season starts from next month, about 140 households decided to build the bridge on their own expense.  The construction started on October 13 and completed yesterday. Each household contributed Nu 300 and they collected around Nu 50,000 to buy materials, such as wooden planks and poles, for the bridge. Until the bailey [... Read More]

OAG pegs away at ex-LRO’s culpability in rebuttal

Land case: The Office of the Attorney General, in its rebuttal to the former National Land Commission official, Sonam Norbu’s submission, to prove how he colluded with former royal advisory councillor Chang Ugyen, stated that he was the official assigned to keep the land records of Chang and Kawang gewogs in 1987. OAG prosecutor Tashi Gyalpo yesterday submitted to court that Sonam Norbu had written to the then land record office that Chang Ugyen’s thram (ownership certificate) had to be changed. “The OAG believes that [... Read More]

Tibetan mastiff

IMG_5299Competition: A dog being judged

A dog show was held at Lingzhi and Soe with a view to conserve the bloodline of a breed in decline Bjopchi: To conserve the native Tibetan mastiff (Bjopchi) on royal command, the department of livestock last week conducted a dog show at Lingzhi and Soe in northern Thimphu, where the species is reared to protect livestock from predators. Although no survey has been done to ascertain its population, it is said to have reduced over the years, because of cross breeding with other dogs, [... Read More]

What about SDP projects?

Bumthang DT is to submit a list of activities whose fate lies in the budget balance Development: Bumthang dzongkhag tshogu (DT) has decided to submit to the government, a detailed list of small development project (SDP) activities for budget allocation, after activities worth Nu 57.2M were dropped from the dzongkhag’s initial proposal of Nu 66M during the budget discussion. A total of Nu 8.8M was released for the 2014 financial year and the Gross National Happiness Commission later directed the dzongkhags to propose the dropped [... Read More]

PHPA II expat worker killed by falling boulder

Accident: An Indian working with the Punatsangchhu hydropower project authority II died after he was hit by falling boulders while clearing muck inside a tunnel at the dam site around 3:30am yesterday. The deceased, along with two other expatriate workers, were inside the gate shaft I tunnel to clear muck after the blasting took place. They were almost near the muck, when some loose soil with heavy boulders fell from above and broke two front ceilings of the trolley they were riding in.  The deceased [... Read More]

The five cut-off gewogs of Chukha

PIC_0283Risky trail: A villager walks through the debris

People from these parts risk life and limb hiking to and fro their homes across a fallen hillside Connectivity: Although it has connected Chukha’s five gewogs to the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway for about 26 years, the Dungna feeder road that’s linked to the Phuentsholing-Gedu road usually remains hidden behind dense fog. This summer was harsh for both the road and people of Phuentsholing, Dungna, Metekha, Lokchina, and Geling gewogs, which is home to some 1,500 households. Heavy rainfall on August 30 and 31 had triggered landslides [... Read More]

A one-stop shop for geo information

20141013-2C4A4155Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the launch of the Geospatial Portal at the office of the National Land Commission yesterday. The website is developed by the Committee of Geographic Information System Coordination

GIS: Almost 14 years after it was initiated, the country’s geographic information system (GIS), which stores and presents all types of spatial or geographical data are now in place. In commemoration of the third royal wedding anniversary, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen yesterday launched the geospatial portal at the National Land Commission’s (NLC) headquarters in Thimphu. With the geo-portal in place, anyone with Internet connection can now access information, which are traditionally available on maps from www.geo.gov.bt NLC secretary Pema Chewang, said geo-information such as direction, [... Read More]

Online game with unemployment theme

Designed to engage society in a dialogue for solutions to the problem UNDP: An online game, developed specifically for Bhutanese, will not only have those with internet access playing it, but also providing information and feedback on youth unemployment issues. The game, which will be launched on October 24, coinciding with United Nations Day, will be online for three weeks.  Registration for the game has already begun.  One can access the game at the Communityplanit website as Youth@Work Bhutan. The project is a collaboration between [... Read More]

After the flood …

IMG_0042Vital experience: Pema Dorji narrates his story

A day set aside once a year to commemorate how communities respond to disasters DRR-Day: Pema Dorji, 64, vividly remembers the 1956 river Phochu flood.  He was a nine-year old student sleeping in a makeshift hostel in Thanzana, near the Punakha dzong. When he was awakened by people screaming at the top of their voices, he found knee-deep water around the hostel. With their hostel surrounded by water, Pema Dorji and his friends were left without food for two days.  They survived the flood. The [... Read More]

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