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Samrang is electrified … fortuitously

DSC_5723New beginning: Two elderly villagers take part in welcoming electricity to Samrang

Power: The long wait for electricity in Samrang gewog, Samdrupcholing dungkhag (Bangtar), is over with 24 households connected with electricity on August 16, more than a decade later after their neighbours.

The village was unusually bright, with every home lit with tube lights.  Besides electricity, the gewog now has access to farm road and mobile connectivity.

It was around 6pm.  Unlike other days, Ambika Gurung, 55, was not busy as she did not have to [... Read More]

Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway landslide hit

IMG-20140815-WA0107An excavator clears the Chasilakha roadblock on August 16. (Photo: Dantak)

Roads: Dantak workers were working late into the night to clear the roadblock between Wangkha and Chukha bridge (80.2km from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu).

The highway got blocked on Sunday, when a huge portion of the hill, measuring about 90m, slid down on to the road around 12:45pm when workers were clearing boulders and slush on the road that had blocked traffic for hours.

However, Dantak officials said they would be able to clear the road [... Read More]


BAFRA must not let us down

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) will conduct tests on tea imported from India in the coming week. Tests must be conducted, repeatedly if necessary, and we hope that the authority will be sincere in their business and take to heart the lives of hundreds of thousands of people that is in danger.

A report compiled by Greenpeace India, a non-government organisation that has been dealing with environmental issues since 2001, says that tests that [... Read More]

Gewog centre roads leave many chiwogs out in the cold

Zhemgang’s status as least connected dzongkhag isn’t likely to change in the near future

Connectivity: The remote gewogs of Zhemgang, like Bardho and Shingkhar, which are yet to complete their gewog centre (GC) road construction, will still need more road connectivity within their far flung chiwogs even if the gewog centres are connected.

Shingkhar and Bardho are the last two gewogs yet to be connected with GC road, and are rushing to complete the road [... Read More]

Picture story

Farmers in Paro pack apples to be exported to India and Bangladesh. The apple export season began since August 14 with Paro exporting the first batch of apples. Currently, a crate of apples, weighing about 25 kgs, fetches about Nu 750 while its about USD 650 per metric tonne.


Truckers gear up for an association

IMG_1232At the helm: Several issues to be addressed with the formation of a new association ( File picture)

An organisation, they hope, that will look into issues from welfare to rates   

Union: With their voice usually going unheard, truckers in Phuentsholing are working on forming an association again, which would look at their welfare in times of need.

Although there existed an association earlier, it was dissolved between 2012 and 2013 as it failed to function properly owing to various issues.

Truckers now want a functional association that would look into their needs.

Fixing [... Read More]

Dzong renovation begins with initial collections

IMG_3069Gasa dzong during the consecration of Mithrupa lhakhang a few months ago

Conservation project has kicked off with material collection works

Heritage: Work to conserve the 17th century fortress, Gasa dzong, which was built as a defense against the enemy from the north, has begun.

Project manager, Kinley Gyeltshen, said they would construct a two-storied five-block drasha for 100 monks outside the dzong, with the government fund of Nu 40M.

The project would carry out the dzong conservation work, including a two-storied tshokhang, a multipurpose hall, including dining [... Read More]

17 college students in police Custody

Crime: Thimphu police has forwarded the assault case, involving 17 students of Gaeddu College of Business Studies, to the Office of the Attorney General.

The students were arrested last week for involving in fight and assaulting a man in the town. According to college’s director general, Lhato Jamba, the incident happened on August 12 between 1 and 2am.

Earlier that day, one of the students was beaten severely by the owner of a karaoke bar. [... Read More]

Bhutan ends first Olympiad with a single win

Cheda-from-Bhutan-vs-Deo-N-copyCheda from Bhutan plays Deo Ntagasigumwami from Burundin at Round 10 of the tournament

Chess: Bhutan fell short of winning a second game at the Chess Olympiad, but came close by securing a draw against the Solomon Islands.

The Chess Olympiad is a biennial global chess tournament. This was the first time Bhutan participated in the international tournament.  The Bhutanese team was even able to achieve its first international win by defeating the kingdom of Swaziland in round three of the tournament.

After 10 rounds or matches, Bhutan’s international [... Read More]

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