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Community involvement vital for tourism

IMG_2740Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk inspect products on display

World Tourism Day this year was observed in Phobjikha

Tourism: Thirty-year-old Karma Tenzin from Phobjikha village was surprised when he won the first prize for a sleeping black-necked crane and a spoon that he had crafted from a wooden plank.

Karma Tenzin had never made and displayed his souvenir products in the past. This time he participated in the beginner’s category.

“I can’t believe my product won the first prize of Nu 6,500,” he said. “I [... Read More]

Two-year deferment sought on domestic air service

The private airline has appealed on grounds of lack of infrastructure and commercial viability 

Tashi Air: Tashi Air Pvt. Ltd has appealed to the government to defer a requirement for it to recommence domestic air services by next month.

The private company, which operates subsidiary Bhutan Airlines, has requested for a two-year deferment.

Tashi Air was allowed to suspend its domestic services in June 2012, so that it would be able to commence international services.  An [... Read More]

Matter does not merit battling in the court: Dasho Benji

DPT: Dasho Paljor J Dorji, in response to Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s court petition that DPT must resign en bloc if found to be robbing the country blind, alleged that DPT does not hesitate to hold the nation at ransom, by threatening to resign whenever they do not get their way.

In a press release issued last night via email, Dasho Benji claimed that DPT made such threats to resign en masse, or to dissolve [... Read More]

Picture story

President of the Royal Institute of Law, Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck and Chairman of White & Case LLP, Hugh Verrier accept the Certificate of Commitment to Action on September 24 from Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, marking Bhutan’s collaboration with White & Case in establishing Bhutan’s first law school.
Her Royal Highness attended the 10th [... Read More]

Phobjikha celebrates World Tourism Day

The community of Phobjikha, students and all tourism stakeholders will celebrate World Tourism Day today at Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.  Organised by TCB, the theme this year is, ‘Tourism and Community Development.’

Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk will grace the event.

TCB officials said the theme this year focuses on social, cultural, political and economic values or tourism and community development, among others.

Located about 75km from Wangduephodrang, Phobjikha relates perfectly with the theme this year, officials said.

Records with TCB [... Read More]

Trashigang records almost threefold hike in alcohol liver cases

10384932_758987880810144_8269192684289812253_nEmpty beer bottles stacked on the roadside in Bikha village

A pilot survey program on alcohol consumption at the village level is to be initiated soon

Morbidity: Alcohol consumption related diseases and fatalities have been increasing in Trashigang, the annual morbidity reports maintained with Trashigang general hospital show.

From 106 alcohol liver cases in 2010, the figures drastically increased to 310 cases in 2013.  This year, as of August, about 94 cases were registered.  Since 2010, 37 people have died with the highest, 15 death [... Read More]

Editorial

A vice that won’t go away

The small hospital in Trashigang revealed a big problem that is eating into the health and wealth of the dzongkhag.

The dzongkhag, going by records with the hospital, is replete with problems related to alcohol.  If the government and civil societies have been carrying out awareness campaigns related to alcohol, they have not helped or been effective.  The hospital recorded 310 cases in 2013, of which 15 died, averaging more than one a month.  Most who [... Read More]

ADB to fund USD 120m for Nikachu project

Hydropower: The Asian Development Bank will fund USD 120m (about Nu 7.2b) towards the 118MW Nikachu hydropower project, whose total estimated project cost was USD 200m.

The project is modelled on public-private partnership (PPP) lines, with Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC), and the debt to equity ratio of 65:35.  Nikachu is the second project to be built as a PPP after Dagachu project, which is due for commissioning by the end of this month.

However, [... Read More]

Third attempt failed to airlift patient

Update: The third attempt to airlift the Lunana man who was hit with an arrow on September 23 failed when the helicopter couldn’t pass thick clouds above Yusana village in Punakha.

Despite the helicopter flying early morning unlike other days, where the chopper took off only after 9am, the helicopter couldn’t reach Lunana.

This was the third day attempt to airlift Gyem Dorji, 30 who was hit by an arrow shot from a compound bow [... Read More]

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