• Confluence: The muddied Phochhu, after two subsidiary lakes breached on Thursday night, increasing the water volume, meets the Mochhu river at Punakha. (Photo: Tshering Palden)

    Experts to visit Thorthormi today

    The water level flowing out of Thorthormi lake in Lunana was normal as of yesterday night. However, the stability of the moraine walls surrounding the main lake is uncertain.The chief of hydrology and water resources division, Sangay Tenzin said this is because of the two subsidiary lakes that breached on the evening of June 20. There is erosion and an outflow from the subsidiary II lake, which could destablise the moraine dams of the main Thorthomi lake. 

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Doksum residents receive final deadline to shift to the new township

The existing Doksum town in Trashiyangtse

Residents of Doksum in Trashiyangtse will have to relocate to the new Doksum township by the end of next year. The dzongkhag municipal office sent the final deadline to the residents following requests for an extension from the public. According to the municipal officials, the residents were supposed to move …

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GC road blacktopping to begin together

Under the Common Minimum Infrastructure (CMI) programme, roads and budget will be identified before blacktopping gewog centre (GC) roads, Human Settlement Minister Dorji Tshering, said. At the Friday meet on December 28, minister said that there were 22 incomplete roads today. He added that the government after discussion with Gross …

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The long walk to school 

Sangay and his friends walk for almost two hours to school

It is dusk in early December. A class one student, Sangay and a group of children are walking home from school for more than an hour, treading the road that snakes through a dense forest. They try to hitch a ride on every vehicle that zooms by them. Not today. …

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Hydropower generation increases following recent snowfall

The season’s first snowfall on December 18, 2018 has good impact on Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), said managing director of DGPC Dasho Chhewang Rinzin. He said that there was an additional hydropower generation of at least four million units between December 18 and 20 from the rain and snow …

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Northern East-West Highway widening works still incomplete

Widening works on the Northern East-West Highway, which was to have been completed by the end of 2017, is still under progress and not likely to complete soon. Although the works and human settlement minister, Dorji Tshering, during the December 28 Friday meet, assured that except for one contractor, the widening …

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Lifts services in buildings do not meet safety requirements, BSB

While lift in multistoried buildings is a firsthand technology in the construction sector in the country, only 25 percent of the lifts installed in the country comply with the Indian standards. The point is Bhutan does not even have a lift standard of its own. Where the lifts are to …

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BEO must refund Nu 3.832M to students: ACC

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has asked the labour ministry to compel Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO) to refund translation fees amounting to Nu 3.832 million (M) to the 511 students sent to Japan through the “learn and earn” programme. During the investigation, a report of which was released recently, the ACC concluded …

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DAHE working on contract employment for NFE instructors

The education ministry’s Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) is working on contract employment for non-formal education instructors’ (NFE) across the country. This was announced at the recent 19th national education conference in Phuentsholing. The issue of regularising NFE instructors was brought to the discussion when a participating education officer questioned about it. …

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Decline in the budget an opportunity: Agriculture Minister

Total of Nu 3.05 billion budget has been allocated for the ministry of agriculture and forest agency in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP), which is a decline from the total budget outlay of Nu 9.45 billion proposed by the ministry. The budget allocation for the sector has been declining …

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It is my responsibility to seek fund: Agriculture Minister

Stray dog population and rabies control programme was to be included as special national programme. It is now not because there is shortage of budget besides other issues to contend with. Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor said this in response to how the government was going to address the issue of …

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KHEL starts constructing colony in Doksum

The first phase of the construction that began towards the end of November is expected to be competed by 2020 

The first phase of Kholongchu Hydro Energy Limited (KHEL) colony in Doksum, Trashiyangtse, has begun. Although there are no signs of any major civil works, the commencement of the colony’s construction is one of the latest developments at the project since it began the pre-construction works in September 2015. The …

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Bhutan Employment Overseas was illegally licensed: ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has called for the cancellation of trade licence of Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO), the agent for the controversial overseas employment programme in Japan. The commission’s investigation report has implicated former labour minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, director general (DG) of the department of employment and human resources, …

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