Monday, April 21st, 2014 - 5:29 AM

Yonphula airport to undergo overhaul

Reopening of domestic airport could be delayed by a year

Update: The Yonphula domestic airport in Trashigang will see a major overhaul and reopen in 2016, a year later than the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) estimated earlier.

The overhaul is being carried out to increase safety and compliance with international rules and will cost between USD and 4 M. Works includes the removal of three hills, flattening and resurfacing the runway, possibly also altering [... Read More]


Mean business

A tour operator was fined and his licence cancelled for forging visa for his two clients who had already boarded the flight to the country.

Other tour operators thought the penalty of a mere fine and cancellation of licence too mild for a crime they said could pose threat to the country’s security.

Tourism council officials had already endorsed the tour operator’s visa application, which the immigration officials denied because they learnt the visitors had already boarded [... Read More]

Will electric fence reverse rural-urban migration?

electric-fenceElectric fence improvised with energizer

LG: They may be counting chickens even before the eggs are laid, but local leaders in Trashigang are hopeful that the recent legalization of electric fence would bring some changes in the villages.

Villagers returning to the villages to cultivate fallow lands are the first thing in local officials’ minds. Bidung gup, Dorji Wangchuk attributes crop depredation as one of the many reasons that force the villagers out of the hamlet in search of [... Read More]

Khariphu mine closed

IMG_2167No business here: The road to the mine wears a deserted look

Update: With 13 households refusing to approve clearance for Kuenphen Norden mine at Khariphu to renew its lease, the mine will be closed from today.

The lease term ended yesterday.

Following Thimphu dzongkhag’s investigation in to complaints filed by villagers, the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) suspended its submission of a note for the renewal of the lease to the economic affairs ministry.

DGM’s mining division had approved the final mines feasibility survey report and [... Read More]

DDC asked to handover land and property to MoE

Ownership: The Dzongkha Development Commission (DDC) has been asked to transfer the thram (ownership) of the land and their office building to the education ministry.

The ministry of education (MoE) wrote to DDC last month regarding the issue. This is the third letter that DDC has received so far.

DDC in their response to MoE’s letter sought two options. DDC wants to function from the same office as they ‘have’ the ownership over land and [... Read More]

Not many buyers at Mongar book fair

on-the-last-day-students-of-Mongar-lower-secondary-school-rush-for-discountSale: Students of Mongar lower secondary school rush for discount on the last day

Fair: The seventh national book fair held in Mongar lower secondary school from March 28 to March 31 did not see many buyers.

The four-day fair had books ranging from fiction to academic, but participants said that because of lesser budget for libraries with schools, only a few thousands of books could be sold.

One of the participants, Jarilal Gurung of Jennifer enterprise in Thimphu, said he had bought books worth of Nu 600,000 but [... Read More]

Rapist receives 9 years and 6 months term

Court: Tsirang district court on March 28 sentenced a 36-year-old man to nine years and six months in prison for raping his niece.

The sentence excludes another one and a half-year term for illicit relationship with the relative (niece).

However, the convict, Dil Bahadur Monger from Dunglagang, was given a concurrent sentence of nine years and six months term in prison.

Court officials said this was because  the second degree felony supersedes the later, and the [... Read More]

Covering more with a few

Under i-school project, one teacher teaches several students in various schools across the country

Education: For the past two weeks, Pelkhil School principal Umesh Kumar has been teaching mathematics to more than 100 students from five different schools in different classrooms located in various dzongkhags at the same time in a single session.

After solving each sum on the board, he inquires: “Did you understand?” He receives his response, “Yes sir”, in unison after a [... Read More]

Mistaken between administrative lapses, corruption?

ACC: Recently Gelephu gup lodged a complaint with Anti-Corruption Commission against forest officials he alleged had violated gewog tshogde decision.

The gup said the gewog tshogde had resolved to disallow people from collecting sand and boulders from the banks of Passang  Khola in the vicinity.

The gup had attached the gewog tshogde minutes and decisions to the commission.

The people who were involved in drawing up the resolution were dismayed when the commission informed them the [... Read More]

A temporary solution

IMG_0568PHPA I, II and their employees occupy most of the buildings at Bajo

PHPA to keep about 250 employees in Bajo townB

Town: Bajothang building-owners’ looming fear of losing tenants seems to have palliated with the Punatsangchhu Hydropower Project Authority’s (PHPA) coming to the rescue.

The project has decided to not move about 250 employees residing in rented houses in the town even if the project completes its housing colony in Bjimthangka.

The decision, the former Bajo town representative, Tsagay said, came following a meeting held between the house owners, [... Read More]

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