Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 11:40 PM

DCT president woos locals in their language

dtcmongarDCT president interacts with the people of Mongar

The people of Mongar were happy that the Druk Chirwang tshogpa (DCT) president Lily Wangchuk spoke to them in their local dialect, Sharchop, on May 16.

For, before her arrival, the voters, who were waiting for more than an hour, were worried that they may not be able to understand if she spoke in Dzongkha.

A woman voter from Chali gewog said that many people in the east do not understand Dzongkha well, which is why most [... Read More]

Promises, promises …

tsirangVoters of Dunglagang gewog collect the parties’ brochures during the common forum

Pataley-Tsirangtoe is fed with pledges from all four parties at its common forum 

More than 130 voters of Dunglagang gewog gathered at the gewog centre on May 16 to listen to the representatives of four political parties of Pataley-Tsirangtoe constituency.

Druk Chirwang tshogpa’s representative, Sangay Tamang, 27, and former NC contestant, told voters that the party was formed by a group of common people, and will focus on unity and rural problems.

If elected, his party would strengthen [... Read More]

A constituency’s last forum sees poor turnout

samtseSupporters pin up their party banners on the walls of the Namgaychholing gewog office before the common forum for Yoeseltse-Ugyentse constituency

Heavy rain the night before the forum, growing fatigue of it and language barriers were some reasons

Whether it was because of the rain, or growing fatigue of the common forum, the last held yesterday for Yoeseltse-Ugyentse constituency in Samtse saw poor audience turn out.

After waiting more than two hours, the common forum began with less than 100 people attending it, unlike the number they expected, like during the National Council election forum.

The gewog has 2,276 [... Read More]

Transporting the brown trout

tsheringtashiThe earthenware used to transport the brown trout to Bhutan

In 1940, 20,000 ovai of the brown trout were transported from Kashmir to Darjeeling. Though half of the consignment was intended for Bhutan, only 295 of the fry made it into Haa Chhu River.

The journey was done in three stages. The first part took five days by motorcar. “The ova left the hatcheries on the 20th January 1940 in a travelling box containing 48 trays of nominally 500 ova each (but actually a good many [... Read More]

Picture story

Kelki school boys and girls teams win the Thimphu Thromde inter-school volleyball championship, the finals of which was played on May 18 at Kelki school court. A total of 24 teams participated in the championship.


Thimphu “A” Division Football League kicks off

The Thimphu “A” division football league, 2013 kicks off tomorrow with a match between Druk Star FC and Druk United FC at the Changlimithang artificial turf at 5:30pm.

A total of five Thimphu based clubs are taking part in the league- Yeedzin FC, Thimphu City FC (previously called Zimdra FC), Dzongree FC, Druk Star FC and Druk United FC. They will play 20 matches.

Bhutan Football Federation’s official Sonam Jigme said the top two clubs from the [... Read More]

Energy export will earn Bhutan Nu 45B by 2018

However, net revenue, after adjusting for annual debt repayment, works out to Nu 22B

Bhutan’s yearly gross revenue from hydropower export to India would be around Nu 45B by early 2018, according to estimates made by a private research firm.

By that time, Punatsangchu I, II and Mangdechu are expected to be commissioned and generating power.  While these three new projects would earn around Nu 34B annually, the projects existing today – Tala, Chukha, Kurichu and Basochu [... Read More]

Nu 273M – Coming lean season energy import bill

Next winter, electricity imports from India are estimated to be around Nu 273M at the prevailing rates.

This is expected to spike in the following years, reaching a value of almost a billion ngultrums by 2016, mainly to meet power requirements for the construction of several hydropower projects to harness 10,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020.

Each project would require an average 15MW of electricity during its construction phase, an official from the department of hydropower systems said.

The [... Read More]

One more added to mushroom poisoning death toll

The 33-year old woman from Samtse, who was in Thimphu referral hospital’s intensive care unit, passed away on the night of May 16, making her the fourth victim in the recent mushroom poisoning case.

Her husband, in his 30s, 10-year old daughter and her seven-year-old brother died on the morning of May 16 at the Thimphu referral hospital.

The family was brought to Thimphu on May 14.  They had consumed the mushroom, locally known as balu chew [... Read More]

Development is the common agenda

hmHis Majesty the King with Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai (c) yesterday in Thimphu

India is committed to supporting Bhutan’s 11th five-year plan, which starts in July this year, but at this stage no specific commitments have been made since discussions were still at an early stage Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai said yesterday during an interaction with the Bhutanese media.

“We are aware of some of the requests of the government of Bhutan but we have not had an opportunity to discuss them in great detail,” he said. “My [... Read More]