His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen, cabinet ministers and senior government officials with CHPC employees who received certificates and mementos of appreciation
Occasion: Donning a neat bura gho, Dasho Yeshey Wangdi scans the winding road towards the powerhouse of Chukha hydropower plant (CHP), both of which he engineered some 25 years ago.
His face brimming with smiles and looking content, he is among the first guests at the silver jubilee celebrations of the project at the Wangchu MSS football ground. Schoolchildren, villagers, civil servants of the dzongkhag, and CHP employees and their families filled the ground, [... Read More]
WB: Given the restrictions put in place by the central bank slowly damming economic activity, it might be easier said than done for the government to achieve an annual average growth rate of 10 percent in the next five years, as pledged.
According to a World Bank (WB) report titled, Bhutan Development Update, published last month and presented to officials from the finance ministry, central bank, financial institutions and private sector yesterday, Bhutan’s economy [... Read More]
By-election: As of yesterday, Pemagatshel election office received 227 of the 335 postal ballots it issued for the upcoming Nanong-Shumar by-elections.
Of the 227 postal ballots received, eight were rejected. Returning officer Sonam Bumthap said they were rejected because the respondents’ identity declaration cards were enclosed in envelope ‘A’ instead of ‘B’.
The postal ballots will be accepted even during the two-day blackout periods of November 7 and until 5pm on November 8.
Voters of the [... Read More]
Update: Unguided tourists, especially regional tourists, could be disallowed from visiting Mebartsho, according to local leaders in Bumthang.
The issue was raised during the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) yesterday in the light of the recent incident at Mebartsho where an Indian couple drowned.
The decision will be finalised today.
The couple who entered the country via the border town of Phuentsholing wasn’t accompanied by a guide. There were no eyewitnesses either to determine how they fell into [... Read More]
There are those who use the internet for the best of advantages it accords, like broadening perspectives, disseminating vital information and forging contacts.
There are also those who like to post their feelings almost as frequently as it changes during the day on social networking sites like the Facebook and Tweeter.
Amid them are a few who misuse the space under the veil of anonymity to hurl personal attacks at individuals and unproven accusations against organisations.
Such unproven, [... Read More]
Back breaking: Without roads, villagers carry all the materials to Lauri and Serthi
Power: The long wait for electricity in Lauri and Serthi gewogs will be over next month with the labour payment issue, which had delayed the project for months, getting resolved.
Work on the project resumed recently on the Lauri rural electrification project, after the contractor started paying local workers hired to transport materials. Most of the local labourers stopped working for months, after he failed to make payments for works subcontracted out to them [... Read More]
OAG has also filed an appeal against the Gelephu district court ruling
Crime: The Gelephu police officer, sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison by Gelephu dungkhag court last month, for child abuse, has appealed to Sarpang dzongkhag court.
His ground of appeal, according to Sarpang court officials, was that the sentence was too harsh.
The officer, major Tashi Tobgay, was charged with the rape of a minor and solicitation of paedophilia, but the [... Read More]
Despite TTIs churning out graduates in numbers, they find few takers in the job market
TTI: Six months after graduating from a technical training institute (TTI), Sonam Wangmo hasn’t found a job yet. Her only hope is the most recent interview she was called for.
Coming from a humble background, Sonam Wangmo couldn’t continue school after class X and joined TTI in Bumthang. The trained plumber from Thinleygang, Thimphu, said she was told that there [... Read More]
The goal in the 11th Plan is to halve what comes into the country and triple what goes out
Agriculture: The trade deficit in vegetable may be widening, but the country saw its vegetable exports double this year.
Bhutan exported 1,563 metric tonnes (1MT = 1000kg) of vegetables from January to August this year, earning more than Nu 24M. This was the highest export volume since 2008. Total export in 2012 was 707MT worth Nu [... Read More]
A murder of crows foraging in a forest below Sonam Kuenphen school in Chumey, Bumthang
While the species has vanished from urban centres like Thimphu and Paro, it thrives here
Environment: After appeasing local deities with rituals for two days, the tormas (ritual cakes) were placed on the roof.
Those gathered for the ritual, at a home in Chumey, Bumthang, kept observing to see if the crows came to feed on it. Others kept their ears alert for the birds’ cawing.
Soon the crows came and started rummaging and feeding on [... Read More]