Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 1:46 PM

USD 5.7M grant to study three new power projects

Parts of the grant would be used to improve energy efficiency and to encourage renewable energy use 

Energy: The Norwegian government allocated USD 5.7M for the country to conduct pre-feasibility studies of three new hydropower projects, improve energy efficiency and encourage renewable energy use, recently.

The grant will be used to conduct studies on how best to develop hydropower projects of 104MW Zhongarchhu in Mongar, 153MW Dagachhu-II and 2,800MW Manas, the priority projects under the [... Read More]

Renovated Lhuntse dzong consecrated


Heritage: The renovated Lhuntse dzong was consecrated by His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoeda on April 12.

The renovation of the 16th century Lhuntse dzong also known as Lhuendrup Rinchentse dzong that began in August 2009 was completed last October. The government of India funded the project, which cost Nu 162m.

There are eight lhakhangs in the dzong for which about Nu 120m was allocated during the 10th Plan. However, project officials said, [... Read More]

Fire kills one, injures another

Mishap: A fire in Tashiphu village under Serzhong gewog that gutted a single-storey traditional house yesterday killed a man who was sleeping in the kitchen.

While police sources said the victim was a 73-year-old man. Gewog officials said he was 83.

A six-year-old boy, who was admitted in Gelephu referral hospital at 5:30am after he was injured in the incident, was referred to Thimphu national referral hospital.

The boy suffered burns on his arms and had [... Read More]

Politics amid cultural conservation and art


Talk: A conversation on the use of cultural conservation and art as a medium to tell stories in Bhutan briefly delved into its collaboration with China in the backdrop if its relationship with India.

Held at the Chapel gallery in Singapore yesterday, the conversation engaging VAST’s Asha Karma, Datog art gallery’s Rinchen Wangdi, Loden Foundation’s founder Dr Karma Phuntsho and Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy’s (BCMD) Siok Sian Pek-Dorji was a part of the [... Read More]


(De) valuing local festivals

There were not many locals at the Paro dzong courtyard yesterday where the annual tsechu is going on.

Like one Thimphu resident who returned after the first day said, there were just as many locals as there were tourists.

This is not a trend isolated to Paro alone, but one that has been noticed in many other festivals across the country, more so in dzongkhags surrounding the capital city.

Local festivals, especially tsechus, besides being a religious event [... Read More]

A nation’s circumstance determines its own model


Q&A: For a small developing country, looking to draw from experiences and lessons of other nations, perhaps given its size and proximity within the region, it is quite common among Bhutanese to cite Singapore as a model.

A model in terms of efficiency in governance, its stance against corruption and today, in the face of growing fiscal instability, its robust economy.

But what should countries looking up to Singapore for these reasons be wary of [... Read More]

Lend a hand to control dog population


Sterilisation: Anyone bringing in dogs for sterilisation and vaccination will receive gift as a token of appreciation. Bringing in a female dog would fetch two.

This is a tactic, to be introduced in all districts for effective community involvement in controlling dog population and to make districts able to manage its dog population independently.

Program manager with humane society international (HSI), Antoinette Bradley said it was an initiative to encourage people to bring pets and [... Read More]

Over 10,000 acres of forest lost to fire

Disaster: Over 10,000 acres of forest was razed by a fire, which started above Rabuna under Phangyul gewog in Wangdue on April 10.

As of yesterday night, the fire was not contained.

Wangdue range officer, Chencho Dendup said the fire had reached Matalongchu forest and Lingmukha gewog’s boundary in Punakha, after burning the entire forest under Phangyul gewog.

He said a monk’s hostel and other documents belonging to 16th century Chungdu goenpa, which was under renovation [... Read More]

Druk United winners yesterday


A Division: Druk United beat struggling U-18 yesterday.

After a goal-less draw in the first half, Druk United went in front in full force and striker Diwas grabbed a goal in the 64th minute. But their lead lasted only 11 minutes when Kezang Wangdi of U-18 scored their equalizer. Druk United’s Captain Karan Gurung’s goal put his team in front and Diwas scored his second for the day to seal a 3-1 win.

Thimphu City [... Read More]

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