Monday, April 21st, 2014 - 9:52 PM

Impressions of Happiness


Art: With four paintings sold within few hours and more than 200 visitors, “Impressions of Happiness,” the first joint art exhibition between Bhutanese and Singaporean artists opened yesterday with a good start in Chapel Gallery at Sculpture Square, Singapore.

The concept of happiness is expressed through the 26 artworks of Asha Kama who is the founder of voluntary artists’ studio, Thimphu (VAST), founder of Datog art gallery, Rinchen Wangdi, two young artists from VAST and [... Read More]

Gups call for interventions


Water: The problem of drying water sources in Trashigang has compelled the 15 gups of the dzongkhag to discuss interventions and measures.

The gups said little has been done to prevent water sources in the dzongkhag that are increasingly drying.

Study should be carried out to understand why the water sources are drying so that appropriate preventive measures can be employed, said the gups.

According to a recent record with the dzongkhag, 12 gewogs including Sakteng, [... Read More]

Tashi Air floats corporate bonds worth Nu 250m

Aviation: In a move to raise funds, Tashi Air Private Ltd. is floating corporate bonds worth Nu 250M.

Of this, Nu 125M worth of bonds is offered to the public, which includes individuals, and public and private entities, while the remaining half is being issued to National Pension and Provident Fund, according to the company’s prospectus.

The value of each bond is Nu 1,000, while the term of the bond or “maturity period” is 10 [... Read More]

Second east-west highway on track

Construction: Construction of the second east-west highway from Sipsoo in Samtse to Daifam in Samdrupjongkhar is on track and taking shape.

Carried out under the road network project (RNP II) 183km of roads will be constructed and linked with already existing 150km of existing roads along the southern corridor.

For instance, Sipsoo is already connected with Samtse, and the Samtse-Phuentsholing highway is underway. Likewise, Sarpang is already connected with Gelephu.

However, even with the completion of [... Read More]

A farm road for Menbi


Accessibility: The two-kilometer Gorgon-Menbi farm road in Lhuntse, on completion, is expected to provide opportunities for economic activities and improve access to services like health facilities.

Eleven households, which make up the community, will feel the immediate impact. “But it is estimated that over 40 homes will be constructed and reaping benefits in future,” Menbi gup Jamtsho Dorji said. “The numbers of houses will be increasing because of land fragmentation.”

The gup said Gorgan is [... Read More]

Semtokha-Dochula road 1km shorter


Highway: The ongoing Semtokha-Dochula road widening and improvement works will, on completion, reduce the 21km stretch by a kilometer and have an emergency-stopping lane.

The quality of the road is also to be higher and expected to last a decade compared with the five-year life of the previous road. While the whole stretch will be widened, a five km stretch form Hongtsho to an area below Dochula will be improved using the ‘primary national [... Read More]

Stalls for women vendors


Business: Phub Lham, a single mother, and a vendor never understood why a group of men would snatch her goods and restrict her from doing business.

“Now I understand why they did that. I did not have a permit and they were simply doing their job,” said Phub Lham, who took to the streets to sell doma after quitting her work in a hotel. “My employer wouldn’t grant me leave, even when my children [... Read More]

BoBL branch office at Samdrupcholing

Banking: The Bank of Bhutan Limited (BOBL) opened a new branch office at Samdrupcholing drungkhag on April 9 to further their banking services in rural areas. This takes BOBL’s branch office number in the country to 41.

The bank’s main objective of extending branch network in rural areas is to take banking services closer to people living in remote and un-banked corners of the country.

BOBL will launch three more branch offices at Doksum in [... Read More]

Contractor assaults bank employee

Crime: Punakha police has charged an assault case involving a Bhutan National Bank (BNB) staff and a customer to the dzongkhag court.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 8, when a Punakha based contractor walked in to BNB office, seeking clarification on why his cheque was not deposited on time.

The 26-year-old female employee alleged that the contractor entered restricted area inside the bank office, pushed her desktop twice, slapped and punched her.

She [... Read More]

His Majesty inaugurates Panbang bridge


Connectivity: His Majesty the King inaugurated the Panbang bridge in Zhemgang yesterday.

The inaugural ceremony of the 152-metre bridge was graced by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and attended by the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, Indian Ambassador and senior government officials.

Thousands of villagers from the neighbouring villages also attended the ceremony.

His Majesty told the people that while the construction of such a bridge was an achievement, the real objective would be realised when it starts [... Read More]

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