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Work on township local area awaits NLC nod

DSC_5359Awaiting development: Samdrupjongkhar town

The commission has yet to approve the four LAPs and carry out a resurvey to confirm details

Thromde: More than three years after becoming a Class A thromde, Samdrupjongkhar town is yet to begin work in its demarcated local area plan (LAP).

The thromde is still waiting for the National Land Commission (NLC) to carry out the cadastral resurvey, only after which landowners would be issued the new lagthram (ownership certificate).

Without approval of land ownership, [... Read More]

A caretaker by circumstances

unnamed-2Nandi Keshar serves meals to students

 His dream was to become an engineer, but Nandi Keshar Adhikari is content with his lot

Profile: At 26, Nandi Keshar Adhikari has worked as farm help and caretaker, but not engineer, a career he wanted to pursue.

He started school at 10, because there were no schools in his village Gong in Sarpang.  In 2010, he dropped out of school because of health issues.  He also had aged parents to look after.

“With my qualification [... Read More]


Why not ban doma!

The areca nut is the seed of the areca palm (Areca catechu), which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. It is commonly referred to as betel nut, as it is often chewed wrapped in betel leaves (paan).

The habit has many harmful effects on health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that chewing areca nut is carcinogenic (cancerous) to humans after reviewing the published medical research. Various [... Read More]

Dagachu project to be commissioned in days

A year over deadline, the delay is attributed to geological glitches and a tunnel collapse

Hydropower: If all goes as planned, the first clean development mechanism project in the country, Dagachu hydro project, will commission in a fortnight.

The 126MW project has begun filling its 7.8km headrace tunnel, which takes water from dam to powerhouse, since August 26 and will begin wet testing the electromechanical installations from tomorrow.

The project starts generating power with the start [... Read More]

Tunnel road survey faces final hurdle

Transport: Except for an undefined weak zone, the Thimphu-Wangdue tunnel road has been found feasible.

An aerial survey report of the geology identifies Nabisa in Wangdue, where the tunnel ends, as the weak zone.  A Danish company Sky carried out an aerial survey using a helicopter for four days in April.  Another 11-day survey was carried out on site.

An expert team from the Norwegian geotechnical institute (NGI) and geology and mines department under economic [... Read More]

Picture story

Devotees leave Tendrel Thang after receiving Zhabdrung Dananmai wang from His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday. Jiten Wangchuk Tshogpa organised the wang


Oral polio vaccine requirement for some travellers

The measure has been recommended for those going to and fro 10 polio-infected countries

WHO: To prevent transmission of wild polio virus and ensure that the country’s polio-free status is protected, people travelling to West Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and Iraq are required to receive oral polio vaccine a month prior to their departure, according to health officials.

This is a preventive measure, health officials said, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), to [... Read More]

Projects to decongest P/ling traffic closer to implementation

DSC02599The site at Omchhu in Phuentsholing where a bridge will be constructed

These include restoring the direct route to Pasakha, a bypass road and a dry port 

Town: The distance to Pasakha industrial town could be shortened, and the perennial traffic congestion problem in Phuentsholing town solved by  mid  2019, with two major projects seeing new developments.

The South Asia sub-region economic cooperation (SASEC) project, which has two projects in Phuentsholing to minimise traffic congestion, completed negotiation with the funding agency, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently.

To [... Read More]


A shot in the arm for Art

Voluntary Artists’ Studio of Thimphu (VAST) – Bhutan getting registered as a civil society organisation (CSO) is another feather in the cap worn by the art community. It should be so for the nation as well, for without art, what is life?
This is not a random statement, for what truly is a society and its culture, tradition and values, if not for the creative processes and products to reflect, document and share it?
For [... Read More]

Indian ambassador visits PHPA I and II

IMG_2950A PHPA official explains the project to ambassador Bambawale

A comprehensive progress report on the projects was presented to the visiting dignitary

Hydropower: If Punatsangchu I is delayed, Punatsangchu II is well ahead of time, according to project officials, who presented a status of the two projects to the Indian ambassador to Bhutan yesterday.

Ambassador Gautam Bambawale visited the two projects, which, he said, was second on his priority list since he came to Bhutan in August.

“Despite geological surprises, I’m confident that the projects [... Read More]

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