Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 11:18 PM

DT wants MoIC to expedite Yonphula airport work

ImageYongphula airport runway

Tshogdu: Concerned over the prolonged suspension of Yonphula domestic airport, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to write to the ministry of information and communications to begin runway-restoration activities at the earliest.

Local leaders said the department of civil aviation (DCA) was taking too long a time to carry out the work.

Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji, said the flight services have not resumed, nor has any maintenance work started.  This, he said, was affecting the growth [... Read More]


The housing loan

The central bank is being cautious in lifting the restriction on the housing loan.  A draft guideline is posted on its website for public feedback, although the feedback itself is not made public.

The board of directors met yesterday.  It is not known what had transpired at the board meeting but, going by how the governor berated a reporter of this paper, calling him for information, there could have been some fierce exchange of words at [... Read More]

Wholesome Gakidling Primary School

DSC01282Students doing their bit in the field on a sunny day

Truly an institute with a difference given its wide-ranging, community based curriculum

Education: It is Sunday, July 27.  For some 30 students of Gakidling Primary School (GPS) in Gong, Sarpang, however, this day is no day for respite.

Knee-deep in slushy mud of the one-and-half acre field below the school, the students, with 20 people from the locality and eight teachers, are busy planting paddy saplings.

For about nine years or more, this now wet and [... Read More]

Tashi Air’s second airbus arrives tomorrow

Aviation: Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) will bring in its second aircraft, tomorrow.

The private airline has leased one more Airbus A319 for a period of two years from SMBC Aviation Capital.  It will now be operating two aircraft internationally.  Its first aircraft has also been leased from the same company.

The aircraft will allow it to operate scheduled operations between Paro and New Delhi, from October.

The airline recently flew an inaugural flight from New Delhi [... Read More]

One dies of mushroom poisoning, three survive

Phobjikha: A 50-year-old woman died from mushroom poisoning at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital yesterday.

Three others, her husband, the caretaker of Phobjikha BHU, and his 15-year-old son, who were also admitted at Bajo hospital for mushroom poisoning, survived and were discharged from the hospital yesterday.

The deceased was referred to Thimphu on July 27 from Bajo hospital.  The incident happened at Phobjikha BHU on July 26, where the deceased’s husband works as [... Read More]

5 Jaiprakash employees arrested

Crime: Wangdue police arrested four Indian and a Bhutanese working for Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. on July 5 in connection with stealing of fuel and company materials.

The four Indian who worked as drivers with the Jay Pee Associates at Punatsangchu hydropower project authority (PHPA) were arrested for selling diesel to a 26-year-old Bhutanese national, also a driver with the associates.

Police has discovered 425 litres of diesel from the man’s house and his maruti van. [... Read More]

Preliminary tiger survey results next month

Wildlife: The wildlife conservation division, which began conducting the first nationwide tiger survey since February this year, will release the preliminary report from the southern region on August 14, according to forest officials.

The world observes international tiger day today.

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji, in his message on the day, said the survey results would provide important information on the population density of tigers, their distribution pattern and habitat status in the country.

“Local people’s perception [... Read More]

Nima Construction challenges ACC’s suspension order

The firm has submitted a petition to the High Court for an injunction

Judiciary: Nima Construction has challenged the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) decision to suspend its contract license for two years as “arbitrary and unconstitutional.”

The contract firm, earlier this month, filed a petition with the High Court to issue a stay order against the license suspension order issued on June 23 by the Construction Development Board (CDB) of Works and Human Settlement Ministry [... Read More]

Joint technical field survey report endorsed

BorderDiplomacy: Delegations from Bhutan and China meet in Wutai Shan, Shanxi province in China for the 22nd round of boundary talks. (Photo: MoFA)

Border: Bhutan and China endorsed the report of a joint technical field survey of Bayul Pasamlung, at the 22nd round of boundary talks, which concluded on Friday.

The 22nd round of boundary talks took place in Wutai Shan, Shanxi province, China.

“The talks were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere, and the two sides took positive and constructive decisions towards the resolution of the boundary issue,” it was stated in a foreign affairs press [... Read More]

Developing a thromde

DTShongphu gup, Kinzang Wangdi informs the DT about people other dzongkhags running businesses in rented buildings at Rangjung and Methidrang towns

One essential step advised by the dzongkhag tshogdu is for residents to have their census moved

 DT: To develop Trashigang thromde, the dzongkhag will start advocating throm residents to move their census from the gewog to the throm, the sixth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) resolved.

Most people running businesses in towns, like Rangjung and Methidrang, come from other gewogs and dzongkhags.  They prefer not to register their census under the thromde, which DT members claimed affected [... Read More]

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