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Gewog connectivity roads handed over to DoR

DSC03769Samdrupjongkhar dzongda hands over the GC roads documents

Samdrupjongkhar: Eleven gewog connectivity roads in Samdrupjongkhar were handed over to the department of roads (DoR) yesterday.

With this, the 119.12km gewog connectivity (GC) roads will be blacktopped and maintained by DoR henceforth.  Based on the dzongkhag’s priority, the 13km Mertshala gewog connectivity road will be the first to be blacktopped.

The handing over was done, following an instruction from the works and human settlement ministry.  The cabinet instructed the ministry to take over all [... Read More]

Limited budget disappoints local leaders

Gewog: Disappointed that the proposed gewog budgets were slashed, local leaders in Trashiyangtse said they would now plan their developmental activities based on the budget available with the government.

Trashiyangtse dzongkhag had initially planned their developmental activities assuming they would receive all 18 percent of the budget outlay, in line with the guidelines set by the ministry of finance (MoF) for the current financial year.

However, during the budget meeting with MoF, they were informed [... Read More]

Dagachu commissioning postponed to September

Hydropower: The commissioning of the 126 MW Dagachu hydropower project, which was supposed to be this week, has now been rescheduled to September.

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the project, Thinley Dorji, attributed the delay to the time consumed in stretching the optical fibre cable from the main control through the head race tunnel to various components of the hydropower system, like dam gates and other electro-mechanical components.

Dagachu is expected to earn Nu [... Read More]

Another investigation of blasting allegations

Gedaphu: Days after the community of Gedaphu in Bjemina under Mewang gewog, Thimphu filed a petition with the district court on August 1, requesting suspension of mining activities in their locality, another blasting was carried out at upper Geda yesterday.

Three residents lodged another written complaint to the department of geology and mines (DGM) regional office in Gedakom, alleging that two blastings carried out on August 2 and yesterday have further damaged their houses, [... Read More]

Picture story

His Majesty the King granted an audience to the members of the Nyikem Gonzhu Tshogpa at the Convention Centre, Thimphu, yesterday. The Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa is an association of retired red-scarf recipients with a mandate to conserve and promote the country’s cultural heritage.

 

 

Man struck in eye by arrow

Archery: A 49-year-old man was hit in the eye with an arrow yesterday at Balamna in Haa.  The incident happened at around 3pm, when the victim was playing a friendly match among the villagers.

Haa IMTRAT hospital’s Dr VK Singh said the arrow had entered from the nose and came out from the other side, puncturing the left eye.

Sammar gup Tshewang Tandin said the victim was peeping from the side of the safety wall [... Read More]

Gelephu tsachu caretaker reportedly gone missing

Gecko: Even as officials of the Anti Corruption Commission investigate the alleged complaints of corruption and embezzlement against the Gelephu dungpa, his accomplice accused in the Tokay gecko case, the former Gelephu tsachu caretaker, has reportedly gone missing.

The Gelephu dungkhag court, in January this year, levied a fine of Nu 100,000 on the caretaker Harka Bahadur Subba, after foresters of Gelephu range office found a Tokay gecko in his house in October 2013.

Although [... Read More]

Editorial

Forward to the past?

More than two years after the blanket restriction on loans, the government is, step by step, lifting the restrictions, which many claim has brought many businesses to a halt.

First to go was the restriction on the import of furniture and alcohol.  By the end of next week, restrictions on housing and vehicle loans will be lifted too, undoing all the restrictions put in place by the former government.

A blanket ban on loans is bad for [... Read More]

Stop door-to-door campaign and appointing party tshogpas

IMG_2615Day 1: Punakha’s Dzongkhag Thogdue began yesterday

Local leaders made this proposal at the Punakha DT yesterday

LG elections: Local leaders of Punakha proposed to do away with door-to-door campaigning, and appointing political party coordinators (tshogpas) at the local level during elections, at the dzongkhag tshogdu, yesterday

Barp gup Wangchuk raised the issue, because such practices have caused problems in conducting fair elections, as well as created division among the people.

The issue was discussed earlier with the National Council’s legislative committee, where [... Read More]

Keeping track of tourism’s carbon footprint

The industry will have its own environmental information system to measure emissions, energy use and waste

ABTO: An Environmental Information System (EIS) for the tourism industry will be developed that will maintain data on carbon emissions, energy use and waste.

This is a part of the low carbon tourism project initiated by the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO), with financial support from the European Union ‘switch Asia programme’.

Low carbon project officials said the EIS [... Read More]

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