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The Punatsangchhu situation

IMG_4221The sliding area at Punatsangchhu dam site as of yesterday

Delay, with cost implication, is inevitable, but the good news is that there are solutions

Hydropower: While the assessment report of the sinking situation at Punatsangchhu-I’s dam site is yet to be finalised, the country’s biggest hydropower project under construction could face a delay of almost a year and cost escalation.

Managing director of Punatsangchhu hydropower project authority (PHPA), RN Khazanchi, said the report of explorations is “partially” complete.

In July, it was found that the [... Read More]

One Bhutanese in 30 is a civil servant

CSS: Of every 30 Bhutanese, one is a civil servant, the latest civil service statistics (CSS) report, as of June 30 this year, reveals.

According to the CSS, civil servants make up 3.39 percent of the country’s population.  The total population, sourced from the national statistics bureau’s projection from 2006 to 2015, is estimated at 733,015.

As of June 30 this year, regular civil servants numbered 23,970.

RCSC commissioner Pirthiman Pradhan said the country is reaching [... Read More]

To-do list to realise self-reliance objective

List includes programs to enhance rural livelihood, promoting industrial sector and those of private ones 

Report: Inclusive social development, accelerated green economic development and strategic infrastructure development would be made to meet the 11th Plan objective of self-reliance and inclusive green socio-economic development.

Lyonpo Namgay Dorji while presenting the Plan report on September 19 said that to have regional balance, Millennium Development Goals (MDG) should be achieved by 2015.

The 11th Plan report stated that poorest [... Read More]


Getting a grip on poverty

The new government will be addressing poverty in the country with a different and a broader approach. This is a welcome initiative given that poverty reduction has been the central theme for the last many years and yet we still have a significant number of people under the poverty line.

Going by the 11th Plan report presented in the National Assembly, by the end of the Plan in 2018, we should have reduced poverty on a [... Read More]

On thrue festive mood clicks again in Narang

IMG_3536In case of a quake: Narang primary school students run out of their classrooms with books on their heads in a mock drill that was carried out in schools across the country yesterday

For the last four years, it was with fear that villagers of the gewog greeted the blessed rainy day

Thruebab: With a large basket filled with grass, covering his back from nape down until the waist, Tshering Wangdi, 40 from Narang in Mongar lazily ascends a vast maize field.

His house, a slightly scarred two-storied traditional one is perched atop a gentle slope where the field stops. It was the September 21, 2009 earthquake that [... Read More]

Picture story

An exhibition on ‘Bhutanese Architecture and Dynamics of Tradition’ at Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre in Thimphu was inaugurated yesterday.
Hosted by the culture department in cooperation with the centre, Home Minister Damcho Dorji inaugurated the weeklong exhibition.


A third Bhutanese ‘person of interest’ sought by police

Ketamine: A third Bhutanese national, currently abroad, is wanted for questioning by police in connection with the Bangkok drug smuggling incident that occurred earlier this month, according to Kuensel sources.

However, police refused to comment on the case, as it is still under investigation.

The individual travelled to Bangkok on the same September 1 flight as the two other suspects currently under arrest, according to sources.  Thai authorities found 4.9kg of ketamine, a controlled substance [... Read More]

Picture story

Tshepamey waang: Farmers from various parts of Lhuentse and its town residents gather in front of the Lhuendup Rinchhentse dzong yesterday to receive the annual longevity blessing from the sacred relics the fortress houses. The relics are displayed inside the dzong for people to get a glimpse of which and feel blessed.

Dr Graham’s Letter

drgrahamDr Graham with Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck Photo: Ian Graham

“The health of your subjects is of vital importance to your country. One thing, which is very hurtful to many and is disfiguring too and leads to other troubles is the prevalence of goiter.”

When the Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham [i] (1861-1942) visited Bhutan in 1921, he saw many people with goiter including young people. He wrote about it to Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck (1862-1926).

The 2,069-word handwritten letter in English was dispatched in 1925; it is [... Read More]

STCB stock on public offer

42,390 shares at Nu 200 each are being divested in a trial run to test the market

DHI: The Druk Holding and investments will be offloading 42,390 shares worth Nu 8.4M of the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan ltd., to the public. The shares will be priced at Nu 200 a share.

This constitutes five percent of the company’s total shares.  It will take up public holdings to 49 percent, but DHI will still continue [... Read More]