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Along with the farm road, a wish for a motorable bridge

farm-roadExcavation works to maintain the farm road is in full swing

The people dream of a link that can transform their gewog’s economic prospects

Nichula: The people of Nichula gewog in Dagana have decided where the gewog development grant (GDG) for this financial year (2014-15) will be spent most – the farm road.

Although the farm road already exists, and has connected the gewog’s four villages, the road is just about pliable.  Through a public consultation, the gewog administration has decided to pump in Nu 1.9M [... Read More]


Shared Prosperity: A Goal to Reduce Inequality

We have made tremendous progress over the last quarter century in the fight against poverty. In 1990, 36 percent of the world’s population, or 1.9 billion people, earned less than $1.25 a day. By next year, we estimate that the rate will have declined to 12 percent – a two-thirds reduction in 25 years. This means that, by next year, 1 billion fewer people will be living in extreme poverty than in 1990.

That’s major progress. [... Read More]

Our relations are unique and special: President Mukherjee

The President of India, in an e-mail interview, reiterated the close ties between the two nations 

State visit: India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Bhutan, a friend and neighbour, which is sustained by a long tradition of close consultations and frequent exchange of high level visits, according to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

The President is arriving today in the country on the invitation of His Majesty the King.

The President, in [... Read More]

Reality check – Only 6,476MW by around 2022

President Pranab Mukherjee has assured to ensure better border security coordination

State visit: The ambition of generating 10,000MW of electricity by 2020 may be confirmed as dead in the water.  At the most, the country will generate 6,476MW, just over half of what was aspired for, by 2022.

The President of India, who is on a two-day visit, confirmed this.  In an email interview sent to New Delhi, the President said that the 10 Indian-assisted [... Read More]

Garpang-Dawathang transmission line holdup

IMG_8604Landowners objected to the work soon after BPC started felling trees in Garpang

Landowners have objected to the maximum alignment on private property

BPC: The construction A of 33-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, worth Nu 11.406M, from Garpang via Lamai goenpa to Dawathang in Bumthang, is likely to stop, after landowners from Garpang submitted to the dzongkhag to suspend ongoing works.

Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) suspended work in Garpang after 19 landowners submitted a petition, stating that the maximum alignment fell on private lands.  BPC is installing a 14km [... Read More]


Visits that bind ties

Iis not often that a country gets to host a President and the Prime Minister of the same country in the same year.  Rare is it to receive them within months of each other.  The two-day state visit by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, six months after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, therefore makes it a special year.

We need not doubt the reasons for top leaders from India visiting the country.  It signifies the [... Read More]

Taksha PS – Out of sight and (almost) out of mind

taksha-PSSStudents practicing for November 11

The condition of this school in remote Wangdue needs to be seen to be believed

Education: It is a cold evening in Taksha primary school (TPS), Wangdue. The school’s senior students are practicing march past for November 11, the birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

TPS is one of the remotest schools in the country, about a five–hour walk from the Wangdue–Tsirang highway. This far- off school today faces a harsh reality. The school [... Read More]

Elder cousin wins chiwog tshogpa post

unnamed12The newly elected tshogpa Karma Rinchen (left) and his opponent Jamyang Norbu

By-Election: Residents of Namdaling chiwog in Decheling gewog yesterday elected 29-year old Karma Rinchen as their chiwog tshogpa in the by-election.

Namdaling is about a three-hour walk from the gewog, which is about 20km from Nganglam dungkhag in Pemagatshel.

Of the total 40 electric voting machine (EVM) votes, Karma Rinchen won by securing 24 EVM votes and five postal ballots votes.  His opponent, who is also his cousin, 26-year old Jamyang Norbu secured 16 EVM [... Read More]

A SAARC news network to enhance information sharing

sarrc-news-networkDr Minendra Prasad Rijal with participants from SAARC countries

SAARC: Setting up a SAARC news network to share and promote information flow in the region is one of the issues the 18th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit is expected to consider, Nepal’s Information and Communications minister Dr Minendra Prasad Rijal said.

“The upcoming Summit slated for November 22-27 in Kathmandu would be a watershed to give momentum to the SAARC process, including endeavours towards creating a SAARC news network in [... Read More]

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