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Blacktopping of first GC road in Trashigang begins

DSC03166County Road: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurates the ceremony to blacktop Riju-Bartsham road, the first gewog centre road in Trashigang to be blacktopped

The 20.5 km road is expected to benefit people of three gewogs

Road: Driving to Bartsham from Riju in Trashigang dzongkhag, along the well-maintained gewog road, is not as bad as other gewog roads. And it will get better with the road getting blacktopped soon.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday inaugurated the ceremony of blacktopping the 20.5- kilometer (km) GC road making it the first GC road in Trashigang to be blacktopped. The government of [... Read More]


Need to strengthen border security

Abduction and robbery along the southern borders of the country is becoming a major national concern.

A 14-year-old student was abducted from Gelephu on the night of December 16. The number of people kidnapped from the Bhutanese soil has reached 14 with this incident. Counting from 2012, that is.

This is a big number. Of the total kidnapped, three have yet to come home to their aggrieved and worried family.

This year, as of December 10, Kuensel has [... Read More]

From driving to dairy to National Order of Merit

BHIM-KARKI-AT-HIS-COWSHED-copyMan at work: Bhim Bahadur Kari in his dairy farm (pic courtesy Tshewang Dhendup, SJI)

A success story of a dairy farmer

Profile: About two decades ago, Bhim Bahadur Karki was a civil servant. He was driving officials around in Thimphu. His salary of Nu 757 (in 1992) was barely enough to make ends meet.

He decided to quit his driving job and leave Thimphu- a decision he is still proud of. With his resignation benefits, he built  a cow shed, big enough to house about half a dozen cows. [... Read More]

Unused govt. land will be taken back, says NLC

The NLC circular follows directives from the Supreme Court

Land Act: Following Supreme Court directives, the National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCs) recently issued a circular to all dzongkhag and local government administrations to monitor the land, allotted to government institutions and Gerab Dratshang within the Thromde for specific purposes, and which has not been used for three consecutive years from the date of allotment.

The circular states that if the land has not been used [... Read More]

Hot stone bath biz in Bangay Bazaar

bath-1On the Amochhu bank: Wooden tubs for hot stone bath

Besides being a lucrative enterprise, it’s also a public service

Entrepreneurship: The mandarin export season has made Bangay Bazaar in Phuentsholing a happening place.

And it is not only the export business that flourishes here.  Amid the many shops and restaurants opened around the vicinity where orange depots are located, there is a small board that reads “hot stone bath.”

Its owner, Namgyel, has set up a stone bath hub a few metres ahead of the [... Read More]

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The Director-General of Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA), Suchada Thaibunthao, presented a cheque of USD 44,004.22 to ambassador Kesang Wangdi in Bangkok on December 11.
It was presented on behalf of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Srindhorn for the Collaborative Project for six schools under the ongoing children and youth development in Bhutan.
The project started in 2012 with three schools of Wanakha [... Read More]

Bumthang gets SDP funds

Budget: The Bumthang dzongkhag administration has started groundwork preparation to begin works for four projects following the release of small development project (SDP) funds worth Nu 26.63M.

The approved activities include bridge construction in Toktohphay between Kurje and Thangbi in Chokhor and building of staff quarter for basic health unit (BHU) in Ura.

The other two projects include a river protection wall along the Tang river and a farm road construction in Zhicha under Chumey [... Read More]

Zhemgang students happy with Children’s festival

DSC02289Students try their photography skills at the festival

Youth: Unlike her usual winter breaks where Choki Dolkar stayed home and read books, this winter, she is doing some thing different. The class 11 student of Zhemgang higher secondary school is realising her dream to learn the basics of art.

Sketching an injured cow, Choki, 17, is learning to sketch from an art tutor from voluntary artists’ studio of Thimphu (VAST).

She is one of the participants at the five-day Children’s Festival in Tingtibi [... Read More]

Plans for new public library begins

c171417706467d5637363716677434b41716b42The existing public library at Chubachu

The library will temporarily be shifted to RUB complex beginning next year

Infrastructure: The Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Public Library will be temporarily shifted to the new Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) building beginning next year, library officials said.

Thimphu Thromde is taking the temporary measure to reconstruct the existing library at Chubachu, upper Norzin Lam. The library currently occupies the same single storied structure, which was established in 1978. “With limited space the collection of [... Read More]

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A new batch of 52 volunteers, 49 men and three women, from Zhemgang attended a day-long orientation for Friends of Police (FoP)on December 15. They were familiarised on chorten vandalism, crime prevention measures against women and children, and substance abuse. They were also given certificates, FoP ID cards and reflector jackets among others.


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