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Soe holds annual Jhomolhari festival

IMG_5320Mountain festival: The winner trots off after the horse race

The icing on the cake of the two-day celebration is capturing on camera the snow leopard

Occasion: Soe is a remote village north of Thimphu.  It is also the smallest gewog in the country, with three villages and 28 households, all told.  Today, in Dangojang village, the annual Jhomolhari festival, where all the yak herders from nearby areas come together once a year, is in full swing.

Here, at the foot of Jhomolhari (7,314m), the [... Read More]

Setting ACC autonomy in stone

For that to happen, the commission needs to be free from the overarching influence of RCSC

Meeting: Even as officials of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) wait to meet and solve existing issues between them regarding ACC’s autonomy, ACC officials assert the need for their autonomy to combat corruption.

Earlier this year, following recommendations of its good governance committee, National Assembly directed the two commissions to mutually try to resolve [... Read More]

Move for Health walk fetches Nu 2.4M for Trust Fund

IMG_4233Move for Health: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, health minister Tandin Wangchuk and volunteers walk from Khasadrapchu to Thimphu on Saturday

BHTF: The Move for Health walk, led by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on October 11, secured over Nu 2.4M as capital for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF).

Individuals, government, and corporate and private sectors made the donation.

Just before the walk began from Khasadrapchu at 8:30am, Thimphu dzongkhag handed over a cheque for Nu 300,000.

Accompanied by health minister Tandin Wangchuk and labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, lyonchhoen walked with ease, making it difficult for [... Read More]

Picture story

His holiness the Jekhenpo inaugurates the Institute of science of Mind (ISM) at Semtokha, Thimphu on October 11. The institute will provide free degree education in Buddhist philosophy. There are about 20 students including drangpons, parliamentarians and civil servants studying at the institute. The education division of the Central Monastic Body established the institute.



A step in the right direction

The “Move for Health” walk yesterday in Thimphu generated Nu 2.4 million towards the Health Trust Fund.

It is not a huge amount, if compared with the amount collected last year, and not even a fraction of what was voluntarily donated in 2002 after the first “Move for Health” led by the then health and education minister, Sangay Ngedup.

But there were several things to take away from the walk, worth more than the money collected.  It [... Read More]

DT serves notice to vacate on encroachers

DSC09633The land commission’s order makes no mention of removing cowsheds such as these from GRF

Illegal fences and structures are to be removed and cultivation ceased on govt. reserve forests by December

GRF:  As decided on October 10, Bumthang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) will today issue a circular to remove illegal fences and structures, and stop cultivation on government reserve forests (GRF).

National land commission (NLC) approved the previous DT’s appeal in August to extend the deadline of vacating the GRF from July 1 to December on behalf of encroachers.

“The dzongkhag [... Read More]

New Nganglam town location altered

unnamed-1Suspended: The present Nganglam town

A change made due to issues related to encroachment on the biological corridor

Township: Nganglam town establishment, which was delayed with unresolved issues regarding biological corridor, will now come up at Satsalu and Tangzima under Norbugang gewog instead of Rinchenthang.

Although the town planning began from 2009 and its master plan was completed and approved in 2012, implementation was halted after half of the envisaged town was identified as biological corridor, connecting Manas national part [... Read More]

Tango thorim shedra expansion to be complete by 2016

unnamed-2Men at work: There are 58 labourers working at the site today

Dogged by problems, the deadline will be overshot by two years

Project: With the administration and academic blocks ready, the Tango Thorim shedra expansion project is expected to complete by 2016.

The project, which was initially planned for completion by the end of this year, got delaye d after it encountered some problems with the contractors.  Foreign workers absconding the construction site and harsh weather conditions also compounded the problem.

Project manager, Ugyen Tshering from the [... Read More]

Tourist dies in cycle fall

Accident: A 70-year-old tourist is suspected to have died from internal injuries, when she fell six feet below the road at Tshekha, while cycling towards Samdinkha in Punakha around 10:30 am yesterday.

The tourist from USA was cycling with 15 other tourists, according to sources.

Punakha hospital officials said they found bruises and superficial injuries on the right side of the forehead and face.

Health officials said the actual cause of the death couldn’t be known, [... Read More]

Budget constraints to delay Samtse-P/ling highway completion

Roads: The 58km Samtse-Phuentsholing highway will not be completed in this financial year (2014-15) because of budget constraints.

Starting from Samtse, today, a total of 25km has been blacktopped towards Phuentsholing, while blacktopping of another 10km is ongoing.  The department of roads (DoR) will need additional funds to complete the remaining 23km.

DoR officials in Phuentsholing said they proposed for Nu 450.7M to complete the remaining distance.  However, the government approved Nu 100M.

Chief engineer, Dorji [... Read More]

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