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SEIL awarded electro-mechanical package

DSC_4129PHPA’s Arun Goyal and Schneider’s Nitin (right) exchange contract documents after the signing

PHPA I: The fifth contract package of Punatsangchhu hydropower project I, which is that of electro-mechanical, was awarded to an Indian company, Schneider Electric Infrastructure limited (SEIL).

The work, worth Nu 310M, has a contract period until June 15, 2015.

The contract agreement of the work was signed between PHPA I and Schneider officials yesterday in Thimphu.

Schneider will provide “auxiliary” power for illumination, operation and control of various equipment at the project area, which includes [... Read More]

Marti throws in the towel, taken over by Gammon

The Mangdechhu project logistics proved too much for the Swiss-based company to handle

Hydropower: Following huge losses and unable to supply materials on time, the Mangdechhu hydropower project authority’s (MHPA) contractor, Marti company, will hand over all its work to Gammon company by the end of this month.

The company, which was working on the headrace tunnels from adit I to adit III, was not able to supply materials and support for the work that [... Read More]


On the traffic of traffic

We can surmise that the government will not lift the ban on import of vehicles for a long time.

This is evident from the cautious step it took in relaxing the ban on imports of some vehicles.  With immediate effect, Bhutanese can buy electric cars while farmers, farmers group, rural businesses and cooperatives can import “utility” vehicles.

This move is expected to help rural development and encourage people to use eco-friendly cars.  Only time will tell if [... Read More]

Nabji-Korphu conflict over merged school site

IMG_1442Nabji primary school

If not resolved, it could result in a downgrade of both village schools

Education: If the two villages in Korphu gewog in Trongsa do not agree on who will keep the “merged” primary school soon, they can both end up with downgraded extended classrooms, starting next academic session.

It was decided during the dzongkhag tshogdu early this month that Khorphu primary school and Nabji primary school in the gewog would be merged to form one.

It [... Read More]

Internship – The next best thing to the job itself

Notwithstanding salary issues, the work experience is invaluable

Employment: As employers continue to ask for experience from university graduates, and with a degree alone not enough to get a job, about 1,961 graduates and undergrads are today interning in government, corporate and private organisations, records with labour ministry show.

Most graduates say they are interning to gain experience, with the hope that it would increase their chances of getting employed.  As of October this year, [... Read More]

Bhutan lags behind youth employment goal

Consultant called in to fast track framework for target of work for all by 2015 

Education: Bhutan’s progress in meeting the millennium development goal (MDG) on youth unemployment, especially women, is lagging behind, according to UNDP.

As per the MDG, the country should achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people, by 2015.

However, Bhutan’s youth unemployment rate of 7.3 percent is one of the highest in the region, [... Read More]

Trimming tourism’s carbon footprint

An environmental study cum audit of hotels has been done as a step in that direction  

Pollution: Carbon emissions from a few hotels in the country crossed international standards, while some used more water than required, according to preliminary findings of a study on carbon emission.

It was also found that many hotels lacked wastewater management, with effluence flowing directly to the sewer and into the rivers.  The hotels were also consuming more energy [... Read More]

“Our collective efforts must intensify”

WarsawCOP-(1)Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji calls for greater global solidarity to tackle climate change at the climate change conference

Bhutan urged the international community to demonstrate greater global solidarity in tackling the threat of climate change at the Plenary of the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, a foreign ministry press release states.

Agriculture and forests minister Yeshey Dorji in his address at the plenary, called on developed states to assume the lead in fulfilling the obligations under the Climate Change Convention and the [... Read More]

Perious Dochula-Punakha highway

The stretch frequented by trucks and other vehicles, besides damaging the road, poses risk to residents along the road

Road: Skid marks and dried stains of blood left on the road at Thinleygang hedged by shops on either side, between Thimphu-Lobesa highway, serves as a chilly warning for its residents.

On the night of November 19, a truck had run over a 31-year-old man killing him on the spot.

The police are still trying to track [... Read More]

Changjiji’s artificial turf opens

DSC_4274Bhutan Olympic Committee and Zimdra veterans experience the new ground in the exhibition match

Inauguration: The artificial turf at the Changjiji football ground in Thimphu was opened yesterday with an exhibition match between two veteran teams.

Work to install the artificial turf began in the first week of July and was completed in September.

Bhutan Football Federation president Ugen Tshechup Dorji said with two artificial turf grounds in Thimphu, the federation now has plans to develop another artificial turf ground in Tsirang or Sumdrupjongkhar.

The Changjiji ground will be used [... Read More]