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The airlift option – Easier said than done

caveThe cave where the 41-year-old porter died en route Gasa

Update: The Indian army helicopter, deployed to airlift the man injured by archery in Lunana on September 23, had to return to India yesterday, as thick clouds hindered its journey to Lunana.

Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, who called a press briefing yesterday morning at the Lungtenphug helipad, said a smaller helicopter would be deployed today to airlift the man.

He explained that, although weather was pleasant in Thimphu and Lunana, the helicopter could not travel [... Read More]

Trashigang’s thromde status hinges on Rangjung’s residents

IMG_20140922_150007Rangjung town

The township has 200 registered inhabitants and it needs 10,000 to qualify for class ‘A’

Township: With only about 200 registered residents, Trashigang thromde doesn’t qualify as a class ‘A’ thromde unless there is a registered population of 10,000 as mandated by the local government Act.

For the town to develop, people, who own property in Rangjung, but have their census registered in their respective gewogs, have until December to transfer their census to Trashigang [... Read More]

Gaydrung fails to refund embezzled gewog revenue

Insurance: The gaydrung (clerk) of Patshaling gewog office in Tsirang, who was terminated in June this year for embezzling revenue collected from life and house insurance money, has not refunded it to the gewog office till now.

The gaydrung misused Nu 37,000 from the life insurance revenue and Nu 15,000 from the house insurance collected in 2013.

The gewog administraiton found out the missing money only in February this year.

Patshaling gup Changa Tshering said it [... Read More]

Editorial

The onus is on us

Bhutan will start financing the purchase of pentavalent vaccines from 2016.  It will be done through the Bhutan Health Trust Fund, as the co-financer, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), is withdrawing its support.

It will be a huge burden to the fund, which is entrusted to sustain and promote primary health system through the ensured supply of critical vaccines and essential drugs.  The trust fund had been financing the purchase of essential drugs from [... Read More]

Kholongchu construction to begin by December

IMG_20140720_143245Tomzhang: New project roads will soon come to the valley

KHP has floated tenders for approach roads to the main components of the project

Hydropower: Construction of the much anticipated 600MW Kholongchu hydroelectric project (KHP), in Trashiyangtse, is expected to begin by December, project officials said.

KHP recently floated tenders for the construction of approach roads to the main components of the project, which include the dam, headrace tunnel and powerhouse.  An internal road network is also included.

Deputy project manager, DK Khandal, said tender documents [... Read More]

Nehru Wangchuck centre to celebrate fourth anniversary

Art: The Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre (NWCC) will celebrate its fourth anniversary tomorrow.

During the celebration, the NWCC will inaugurate an exhibition titled ‘Puducherry Blue’, where artists from the SAARC region, including two artists from Bhutan, will exhibit their art works.

The Indian Ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, said the centre is an important part of the cultural life in the capital.

“The name of the centre encompasses Pandit Nehru, the revered name in Bhutan and Wangchuck, the much [... Read More]

Fungal gold rush in Ura

IMG_7650Mushrooming: A buyer inspects dried mushrooms in Somthrang

The Bumthang gewog plays host to 30 of the 40 edible mushrooms identified by NMC

Cash crop: The mushroom capital of Bhutan has to be Ura, Bumthang.

With even first time mushroom hunters able to fetch up to Nu 20,000 a year, by harvesting Sangay shamu alone, more Uraps are turning to making money off the various fungi available in their dzongkhag.

“Mushroom is an integral part of the Urap’s cash income, whose source of earnings [... Read More]

Bhutanese archers to compete in elimination round tommorow

20140923_102535Archers will play for team ranking tomorrow (Photo: BOC)

Athletics: Bhutanese archers at the XVII Asia Games will compete in the elimination round tommorow, after four rounds of preliminary shootouts.

In the men’s category, Kinley Tshering, Jigme Norbu and Karma Tshering have competed in the 90m, 70m, 50m and 30m.  Of 72 men competing, Jigme Norbu is ranked 54, Kinley Tshering 55, while Karma Tshering is 61.  They have competed in the individual rounds.

In the women’s category, Choki Wangmo, 20, could score only [... Read More]

Survey of Kuri-Gongri dam underway

The Indian consultancy firm has been commissioned to prepare the DPR in two years

Hydropower: Survey work of the proposed site of the biggest hydroelectric project in the country, the 2,640MW Kuri-Gongri hydropower project dam is underway.

Water and Power consultancy services (WAPCOS) India ltd is carrying out the survey who was also contracted to prepare the project’s detailed project report (DPR). The DPR is a report that is prepared to provide details on the [... Read More]

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