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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]

Picture story

Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck with Ambassador Gautam Bambawale graced the fourth anniversary of the
Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre in Thimphu yesterday. Members of the centre performed yoga and classical Indian dance to mark the occasion. An exhibition titled ‘Puducherry Blue’ was also inaugurated.


Chorten to be relocated for airport expansion

Drakpoi-JengserPreparation: Monks of Yongphula goenpa perform a fire ceremony as they prepare to relocate the 56-year-old chorten which was dismantled to make way for the Yongphula airstrip

Nine days and nine nights of rebuilding rituals were completed yesterday

Yonphula: In what is a case of conflict between the old and new, a 56-year-old Khamsum Namgyal chorten was dismantled at Yonphula to make way for the airstrip expansion work recently.

The 13-foot long Khamsum Namgyel chorten, which was built by Tokden Lama Karpo, father of Yonphula Rinpoche, in 1958, will be re-located at around 300m away from the runway.  Lama Karpo was one [... Read More]

The ambulance man – Beyond the call of BHU duty

IMG_5855 Lungten Norbu carries Sangay Lhamo to Nganglam hospital

Village health workers like Lungten Norbu in Mendrelgang are the unsung heroes of the sector

Health: It is 7am, and someone is pounding on Lungten Norbu’s door.

Lungten opens the door to find an elderly man standing in front of him.

Dopa, 58, anxiously asks Lungten to come with him.  His wife has been suffering body aches since the night before.

Lungten grabs his woollen medical bag and dashes out of his home.  He begins asking questions.  [... Read More]

A man with a mission in the mountains

IMG_5363Sangay Tenzin

A hydromet engineer exhibits single-minded dedication to his task of GLOF mitigation

Lakes: Lunana in September is cold, utterly cold.  There is rain and snow all day and nothing else.  Wind bites with fangs into skins.

In a dank, claustrophobic room in Tenche, a village that a roiling river separates from Thanza, is a man in a blue Mammut jacket, looking at the weather records maintained by the person at the flood warning station.

Sangay Tenzin [... Read More]

The Himalayan university consortium program

A bid to create a network between the various universities in the region concerned

ICIMOD: In an attempt to link and enhance collaboration among the various universities of the eight member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is initiating a new regional program called the Himalayan university consortium (HUC).

HUC aims to build a dynamic mountain knowledge partnership among universities, ICIMOD and regional member country partners.  [... Read More]

Longstanding restrictions lifted on plots in E4 precincts

Landowners can now develop or, under conditions, carry out transaction of their land

Thromde: Landowners in Thimphu, who own less than 25-decimal land in the E4 areas (agro-based environment precinct), can now develop their land or carry out transaction of their plot.

For the last 10 years, construction, development or transaction of land below 25 decimals was not allowed by the thromde, as most of the E4 areas were located on steep slopes.  E4 area [... Read More]

Religious bodies’ dress codes to be formalised

Choedhay: Dress codes for lams, trulkus, monks and nuns under various religious institutes registered with choedhay lhentshog (religious organisation) will be drafted to serve as a reference henceforth.

Choedhay lhentshog’s deputy chief program officer, Phurba Dorji, said, although dress codes for various post holders the religious institutes are in place, there is no formal document on it.

“It’s just there in sutras like kanjur and tenjur,” he said. “We now want to document it for [... Read More]

Accused clerk claims he’s a scapegoat

Embezzlement: The Patsaling gewog clerk in Tsirang, who was terminated in June this year for allegedly embezzling life and house insurance revenue, claimed that it was the gup and mangmi, who misused the fund.

The clerk, Chabi Kumar Rai, was accused of misusing Nu 37,000 from life insurance revenue and Nu 15,000 from house insurance collected from people of Patsaling in 2013.

He, however, claimed that the gewog mangmi misused Nu 55,000 to recover the [... Read More]

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