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Remedial measures on shear zone to begin mid-November

DSC_0756Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk responds to a question

Deviation of implementation process from detailed project reports is a matter of concern

PHPA I: The Punatsangchhu hydroelectric project authority (PHPA) I will begin implementing permanent remedial measures on the shear zone at the right bank of the dam site starting mid November, according to economics affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk.

In July, it was found that the right bank of the project site had sunk, with the loose rock-face gradually moving down to the base [... Read More]


Few takers yet

As the prime minister expressed, during his lecture at the RIGSS last Friday, nothing would be like it if Bhutanese chose to commute in environmentally friendly electric powered vehicles.

Electricity is an abundant resource that could cheaply power electric cars a Bhutanese entrepreneur has tested and built to suit the Bhutanese hilly terrain.

The best part of it all is Bhutan could reduce the growing dependence and addiction to fossil fuels, which, as the PM rightly mentioned, [... Read More]

Community defends forest against hardwood felling

Timber: The division forest office in Samdrupjongkhar is exploring forests in the locality to identify a source for timber that could be used in the construction of Pemagatshel dzong.

This, according to the chief forestry officer of the division, Sangay Dorji, was done as per the directives of the department of forests and park services, after the local residents of Martshala complained that the identified timber source fell in their water source catchment area.

In [... Read More]

Dagapela fuel station saves Dagana residents their gas

IMG_1517150 and counting: As of yesterday since October 24, the depot sold more than 150 gas cylinders

Dagana residents had to, oterwise, drive more than 100km to Tsirang and Gelephu to have their gas cylinders refilled

Fuel: Dagana residents will no longer have to drive over 100km to Tsirang just to have their gas cylinders refilled.

With the recent commissioning on October 24, of the dzongkhag’s gas station at Dagapela, about 45km, the initial travel distance has been cur short by more than half.

Dagana residents said they had to either drive to [... Read More]

SABAH Bhutan: changing lives

DSC_5747HBWs take a break from the meeting

SAARC: Zhila, 55, from Lhuentshe is known for his skills at weaving the famous Kishu thara. Some of his weave costs as high as Nu 100,000.

Based in Lhuentse, his only problem was reaching the expensive weaves to Thimphu where most of the orders came from. Few years ago, he joined SAARC Business Association of Home Based Workers (SABAH). SABAH now helps him sell his products and also supplies him raw materials.

Chimi Dema is [... Read More]

Travel medicine – The medical side of tourism

GrpA team of 33 medical doctors from Denmark with health minister Tandin Wangchuk at the workshop’s opening yesterday in Thimphu

A team of Danish doctors gets the Bhutanese perspective on health issues 

Health: The human body could suffer from 84,000 kinds of illnesses according to Buddhism, although the three base poisons – attachment, anger, and ignorance – are the seeds of these illnesses.

For, according to Buddhism, the dratshang lhentshog’s secretary general, lopen Gyembo Dorji, said that, when one is overpowered by any of these destructive mental states, one opens up the defense system and [... Read More]

An ambulance for Nangkhor


11th FYP: There is every reason for gewog officials and villagers in Nangkhor gewog in Zhemgang to look forward to the 11th Plan.  They will get a new ambulance.

The only ambulance of the Nangkhor basic health unit (BHU) grade II broke down about 10 months ago, five months after it reached the gewog.  The ambulance also caters to the people of two other gewogs, Shingkhar and Bardo.  Despite the distance from the nearest [... Read More]

Chuzagang READ Center turns one

Cleaning-5A total of 24 community youth got a bicycle each this year from the Center for coordinating the monthly cleanup campaigns in the community (Info & photo courtesy: Ngawang Phuntsho, READ Bhutan)

Community: Around this time last year, READ Bhutan opened its fourth READ Centre in the country at Thongjabi, in Chuzagang, Gelephu.

While the Chuzagang Community contributed towards the project including the land, the centre was an outcome of hard work and dedication by Claire Thomsen – a high school student in Malibu, California, US, who raised funds to build the centre and launch educational programs.

The Chuzagang READ centre was constructed using local raw materials [... Read More]

Tsakaling eschews meat for rituals

annual-ritualNo meat will be served during rituals

The ruling has come as a huge relief to those who could ill-afford such luxuries

Religion: People of Tsakaling gewog in Mongar have decided to forgo meat items during religious functions, including funerals, starting this ritual season.

The ninth Bhutanese month begins from November and its onset marks the beginning of annual rituals in every household in the east called lochoe rimdo or kangsoel.  It also means that each family, irrespective of their economic status, [... Read More]

First five postal ballots received

Of the 368 applications received for postal ballot, 33 were rejected

By-election: Pemagatshel dzongkhag election office received the first five postal ballots yesterday.

The postal ballot box was sealed in presence of People’s Democratic Party candidate Pema Wangchuk and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa dzongkhag coordinator around 2pm.

The returning officer, Sonam Bumtap said they had received 368 postal ballot applications of which 33 were rejected.

He said they were all invalid applicants, in that they had not registered [... Read More]