If the domestic air services can help government save time and resources, what about the thousands of kilometres of farm roads that have been cut in the past five years?
In both cases, it is, generally speaking, about getting quicker to the destination, and opening it up to faster and more efficient modes of travel.
Theoretical calculations indicate that it could be cheaper for a government official to fly to Yonphula, Trashigang, in 30 minutes, than take [... Read More]
Punatsangchu I housing colony under construction in Bjim Thangka
With some project employees due to move out in August, their flats will stay empty
Punatsangchu Housing Colony: With the Punatsangchu I housing colony in Bjim Thangka in sight, house owners in Bajo town are worried their flats will remain empty, affecting housing loan repayment to financial institutions.
Part of the colony is expected to be completed by August this year. Bjim Thangka is about 10km from Bajo town.
Punatsangchu project employees constitute almost 90 percent [... Read More]
(From left) Pema Wangchey, Krishna Bdr Tamang and Tshering Nidup
This takes the total of their declared list of contenders to 14
Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party: The Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party (BKP) introduced three candidates from Zhemgang, Dagana and Punakha yesterday, taking the total of declared list of candidates to 14, including its president.
Pema Wangchey, an entrepreneur from Gumgang village, is their candidate from Kabji-Talo constituency, Punakha and Krishna Bdr Tamang a former employee of Penden Cement is their candidate from Lhamoizingkha constituency in Dagana.
Tshering Nidup [... Read More]
Three nomads are in the capital for their mothers’ cataract operations
Wearing a thick North Face jacket and new blue jeans, Dorji Khandu fits in with the crowd swarming at the national referral hospital in Thimphu.
His short dark hair neatly combed back over a fair weather-beaten face, the 20-year-old, with long rough fingers and huge palms, towers above the crowd.
“It’s warm and clean here,” Dorji said in a soft low voice. For the young nomad from [... Read More]
Tashi InfoComm: Tashi InfoComm will introduce 3G (third generation) mobile Internet connectivity by mid this year, according to the telecom service provider.
Tashi InfoComm general manager for network operations, Ganga R Sharma, said the company is currently in the process of implementing the network infrastructure. He added that testing the network would commence by the end of February.
The company will initially launch 3G services on a pilot basis, said Ganga R Sharma. Based on [... Read More]
Army Welfare Project : In the next few weeks, consumers of Bhutan whisky or Rockbee brandy may detect a slight change in the taste of their usual drink.
Even the strong pungent smell will not be there.
There is a reason for this.
These drinks, which were earlier made from molasses-based spirits imported from India, are now grain-based spirits, which is generally regarded as of a superior quality.
The Army Welfare Project, since the commissioning of its [... Read More]
A scheme specifically aimed to address the needs of the zhung dratshang
Health Insurance Policy: An estimated 8,000 monks under the central monastic body (zhung dratshang) are now members of the health insurance policy, introduced specifically for them by the royal insurance corporation of Bhutan limited (RICBL).
“With limited medical facilities in the country, the health insurance policy provides opportunity to monks to avail prompt treatment at reputed hospitals in India,” RICBL’s executive director Sonam [... Read More]
A police personnel shoots a speed gun along the express way (File picture)
A tribute to intensified police checking across the country
Traffic Infringement Notices: Fines collected from traffic rule offenders increased threefold last year, compared to 2011.
This, traffic police said, was because of intensified checking across the country.
More than Nu 31.15M of fines were collected in 2012, more than Nu 10.2M in 2011, more than Nu 7.7M in 2010 and more than Nu 4.4M in 2009. From 2009 until 2011, there was an increase in collection [... Read More]
Officials said it would help determine exact positioning of faults or fractures located below Bhutan
Project Gansser: As a means to allow experts to obtain a more precise picture on the nature of earthquakes in the country, 38 seismic stations are currently being installed and operationalised in the country.
Officials from the geology and mines and the Swiss Seismological Service (SED), Zurich, Switzerland are installing the stations, all of which are expected to be operational [... Read More]
The endangered gharial: Running out of space at the crocodile farm
The planned move to a more spacious plot near Dotikhola was scotched for a lack of funds
Crocodile Farm: Built with the intention to breed and raise, whenever officials at the crocodile farm in Phuentsholing saw eggs on the sand, they’d pick them up and start the incubation process.
Over the past few years, this has stopped. The breeding of the crocodile and highly endangered gharial alligator continues, but not the incubation, without which eggs [... Read More]