For want of sample: Punatsangchhu workers drill the rock mass at the sinking area
PHPA I: Although some remedial measures to mitigate the sinking area at Punatsangchhu I dam site have been suggested, following inspections by expert teams, it will be further ascertained after completion of geological investigation of the slope on October 15.
Officials at the project location said a team from the geological survey of India (GSI), which went back after a physical examination of the sinking area earlier this month, will finalise the remedial measures [... Read More]
In the absence of a public auction, the govt. is losing much revenue
RAA: Mines and quarries, a reliable source of revenue to the government, are still being leased out without conducting public auction, thereby impeding economy, transparency, fairness and competition, according to the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) report on leasing of government land and mines.
The performance audit report, August 2013, which was submitted to parliament and will be tabled during the winter session, [... Read More]
The country’s economic dreams are getting a shake, a reality check, what with one hill at the 1,200MW Punatsangchhu I site sliding and bringing construction work at Bhutan’s largest hydropower project to a standstill.
Experts are still in the process of exploring the unstable zone, on which one side of the 136 metre high dam will rest, to map out stabilisation measures, but preliminary reports have confirmed the project is likely to get delayed by at [... Read More]
Parliament has called upon the commission to follow up on the audit reports
PAC: Penden cement, the country’s premier cement manufacturer set up in the 80s, will be subjected to a special investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission as directed by parliament in connection with significant irregularities observed in 2011 -12 by the royal audit authority.
During the joint session parliament on September 23, which deliberated on the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) review of audit [... Read More]
An Atasra entertains a tourist at the recent Thimphu tshechu (File picture)
As of August, the country recorded a total tourist arrival of 66,305 of which 28,103 were international tourists and 38,202 regional ones
Tourist: Spring and autumn mark the country’s festive season and with it the arrival of tourists.
Records with tourism council show that as of August, the country saw a total tourist arrival of 66,305 of which 28,103 were international, or Dollar paying tourists and 38,202 were regional tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives.
Regional [... Read More]
A vegetable vendor transports local cabbages at the CFM
Agriculture: As a part of the self-sufficiency in vegetable production initiative, about 4,500MT of local vegetables from five dzongkhags is expected to hit the centenary farmers market (CFM) this winter, said officials of the horticulture division.
Promotion of local vegetable production began last year to reduce imports from India in the wake of the rupee shortage.
Last year, the ministry invested about Nu 22m and saw a production of about 1,000MT of vegetables from 1,088 [... Read More]
The Deputy Chairperson of the National Council raised the lone question
No taxes and free power for the rural populace are some of the measures towards this goal
Council: One of the main concerns of the parties prior to the primary round of election was the concern of income inequalities that widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
However, the Gini coefficient, an index used to measure the inequality says otherwise. When compared to the world and region, Bhutan’s case is not so serious, [... Read More]
Devesh Ranjan as Shyam / Krishna
Cinema: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s new film, Vara: A Blessing, has been selected to open the Busan international film festival in Korea that will be held from October 3-12.
This is the first time a Bhutanese film has been chosen to open an international film festival. Since 1996, Busan has had a reputation for discovering promising Asian films.
Rinpoche, who is presently on an extended retreat in eastern Bhutan, will not be able to attend the [... Read More]
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s statement on his new film VARA:
A Blessing, which will open the Busan international film festival next month
Because I am duty-bound by my first profession as a Buddhist teacher, I never could aspire to be a filmmaker exclusively. But I have always been a dedicated fan of this art form—cinema. I can see the impact of the moving image and sound, how it can influence people on a conscious and subconscious level.
I am [... Read More]
Caution, sliding area ahead: The sliding slope at the Punatsangchhu dam site
The total cost projection of the project is now up almost threefold at Nu 97.5B.
PHPA I: Punatsangchhu hydroelectric project authority (PHPA I) will incur Nu 3.5B additional cost to install remedial measures to stabilise the hill that has been “sinking” on the right bank of the project’s dam site.
This was highlighted in the status report the authority submitted to the government on September 20.
With the escalation, the total cost projection of the [... Read More]