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The noisy bridge of Thungdi

bridgeNoisy: The Thungdi bridge between Rangjung and Trashigang

DoR: Villagers located around the Thungdi bailey bridge on the way to Ranjung can count the number of vehicles crossing the bridge without being near it.

The rattling sound from the loose steel deck of the bridge is so loud that villagers say when they cannot sleep at night; they count vehicles crossing the bridge.

The bridge divides the two gewogs of Shongphu and Samkhar.  Department of roads (DOR) had assembled it using the parts [... Read More]

Sipa-Chi-Dhoe attracts hundreds of devotees

10893654_814331668625330_100345329_n-1Devotees offer prayers to two towering representations of the protecting deities of Bhutan

Religion: Hundreds of devotees throng every day at Thangzana ground, next to Puna Dewachhenpoi Phodrang Dzong, to offer tshog (feast offerings), druna (grains) and Nyendar (cash) to cleanse their defilements and protect them from bad omen.

His Holiness the Je Khenpo along with more than 500 monks from 20 rabdeys and monastic institutions across the country is presiding a five-day Sipa-Chi-Dhoe, a sacred offering to all the realms of the universe, which began yesterday.

Considered [... Read More]

State Mining Corporation takes off

DSC03933New year gift? Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk hands over the SMC’s certificate of incorporation to DHI chairman, Dasho Sangay Khandu

With five stone quarries to begin with

Resources: The last day of the year marked a milestone event in the mining sector with economic affairs ministry formally handing over  the State Mining Corporation (SMC) and the company’s incorporation certificate to the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), yesterday.

The corporation, like a New Year gift, also received five stone quarries at Kholongchhu Proejct to supply raw materials for the construction of the 600MW project.

To take the [... Read More]

Number of flights to be capped

The Paro international airport is getting too congested

Aviation: Given its inability to expand the Paro international airport apron, the department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is considering limiting Drukair and Tashi Air flights.

The apron is where aircraft are parked and unloaded or loaded. The current capacity of five aircraft had exceeded in August. Drukair will be bringing in one more aircraft in March, which means there will be seven aircraft operating to the airport.

With [... Read More]

Teacher gets 11 years for rape of a minor

Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench V sentenced a teacher of a private school in Thimphu to 11 years in prison for rape of a 16-year-old girl.

The defendant, Hari Bhakta Sharma, was found guilty of having sexual relationship with a student of the school.

The court, in its verdict stated that offence of such kind calls for deterrent sentencing, as the offender is a teacher and the victim a student. “The victim is a minor [... Read More]

Tour guides in excess

And a majority of them lack professionalism which impacts service delivery

Tourism: An increase in tourist arrivals has not translated in gainful employment of tour guides despite their number doubling in the last five years.

There are today 2,418 guides in the country. Records with Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) show that from 1,280 guides in 2010, it increased to 1,364 in 2011, 1,710 in 2012, and 2,049 in 2013. A majority of them are [... Read More]

Border town strikes sour mandarin export

Since November, more than 50 truckloads of mandarin have been exported

Export: The two-day strike, which begins today in Bangladesh soon after a strike was called off in the Indian border town of Assam, has left Bhutanese mandarin exporters worried.

With the peak mandarin export season on from January, exporters in Samdrupjongkhar are worried that the frequent strikes in the border towns would affect export.

The recent strike in Assam has left most mandarin consignment stranded, [... Read More]

Editorial

Feeding students

The annual education conference is an important event for educationists. It is one event where educationists from different parts of the country come together once a year and engage in vigorous discussions on issues and policies that have bearing on thousands of students across the country.

Apart from sharing of administrative problems, the conference also provides a platform to review and share feedback and experiences of decisions the ministry make. One important feedback was on the [... Read More]

Ensuring food safety through GAP

3Dr Shashi Sareen explains GAP to BAFRA officials

Adoption of GAP will reduce barriers to trade

Food safety: By early 2016, Bhutan will complete most of the formalities to adopt Good Agriculture Practices (GAP), a pre-requisite for procurement of food to ensure quality and safety in international markets.

This was one of the outcomes of the daylong workshop on SAARC GAP Scheme for vegetables and fruits that was held on Monday in Thimphu.

GAP, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of [... Read More]

NLCS issue Zhemgang and Gelephu thrams

unnamed-1NLCS secretary Pema Chewang hands over the tharms to Zhemgang dzongda yesterday

Land: Landowners of Zhemgang and Gelephu thromde could collect their new lag thrams from the dzongkhag they reside in provided they cleared all taxes, National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCS) officials said.

Handing over thrams to Zhemgang dzongda and Gelephu thromde’s executive secretary yesterday morning, NLCS secretary Pema Chewang urged the two authorities to ensure that people receive their thrams without hassles.

The secretary handed over 7,044 thrams, measuring 30,893 plots in Zhemgang and 2,508 thrams [... Read More]

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