Though whether such a step needs to be taken is still up in the air
PHPA-I: The government remains “open” to an independent review of the sinking situation at the right bank of Punatsangchhu I project dam site, if it is necessary.
For now, Indian consultants, who were involved in the implementation of the project, following their recent explorations at the site, have proposed some remedial measures.
However, some senior officials in the power sector had [... Read More]
Audit: Geology and mines, audit officials recommended, should consider exploring and encouraging establishment of national consultancy firms besides the lone one they have been relying on for mining operations so far.
A majority of the mining operators, audit officials said relied on a single national consulting firm for preparing final mines feasibility studies (FMFS) and environment management plan (EMP).
“Except for some captive mines such as Jigme Dolomite, Penden Cement and Bhutan Ferro Alloys among [... Read More]
Awareness: Children watch a street show at the children’s park in Phuentsholing on World Rabies day on September 28
Distribution problems: The only street of Dewathang township
Dewathang township has to deal with an inequitable supply of this precious resource
DDWUA: There is enough for everyone in Dewathang yet this idyllic township, which sits on low-lying hills overlooking the bordering Indian plains, is short of water.
This is why many homes in this township have their own private supply, with some having more than one such source to deal with this long persistent problem.
Drinking water distribution management and conflict of interest between [... Read More]
Weather: Roofs of about six houses were blown off by a windstorm that lasted for about an hour in Zhemgang on the night of September 28.
Zhemgang residents said the windstorm started at 8:30pm and, of the eight gewogs in the dzongkhag, two – Bardo and Nangkor – were affected. No casualties have been reported.
Bardo gewog’s clerk, Sonam Dorji, said roofs of two houses in Langdarbi chiwog were completely blown off, and some other [... Read More]
“Productive Citizen”: More than 2,400 university graduates are attending the orientation programme in Thimphu which began on Sunday
The rural poor have so much to look forward to from the government in the next five years.
Apart from promising power tillers and Boleros in chiwogs and gewogs, the government is now exploring the possibility of providing 100 units of electricity, free of cost, to the rural poor. They are also looking at providing a partial or full subsidy on electrical appliances used for cooking.
This is welcome news and a good initiative, as we have [... Read More]
Consultants from India are upbeat about the prospects for the thromde
Tourism: The border town (thromde) of Samdrupjongkhar and gateway to the eastern districts has the potential to develop tourism as a major economic sector, according to consultants from India.
With a domestic airport in Yonphula, Trashigang and an international airport about 100km away in India, consultants said the “eastern region of eastern and north eastern Bhutan is replete with picturesque tourist destinations for leisure, [... Read More]
… a gewog level database development pilot project has kicked off in Bumthang
NSB: To contribute towards better planning and decision-making at the gewog level, a pilot database development project will begin next month in Bumthang.
For the first three months from October, all sectors will send their data to the gewog centre by January, 2014. The monitoring of data will then be done by the gewog administrative officers (GAO), who have been nominated as [... Read More]
From the sky: An aerial view of the hidden valley
The impacts of climate change are being felt in this highly susceptible Himalayan region
Environment: Hidden in the folds of the mighty Himalayas is a valley that has not yet been overtaken by modernisation or industrialisation.
Yet remote Ladakh, in India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, has already began to experience, what some experts refer to as, the impact of climate change.
In the past three decades, five spring water sources, which provided water to [... Read More]