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PHPA I completion prolonged until April 2019

If GoI approves changes in concreting methodology of dam construction by the end of this month PHPA I: If the government of India approves the slight change in methodology of the dam construction by the end of this month, the 1,200MW Punatshangchhu I will be completed only in April 2019, a further delay of six […]

Punatsangchhu I low on budget

Budget: The Punatsangchhu Hydropower Project Authority I is running out of budget. With the dwindling budget in its coffer, the project has taken stringent measures and is concentrating only on the critical areas to continue with project. The project has also deferred payment to government companies like the Bhutan Power Corporation and the Bharat Heavy […]

Local rice production picking up

Grains: Chuzagang rice will soon become available in the market. A rice mill at Chuzagang in Sarpang was officially started on April 20 last year. Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) regional manager Ugyen Choidup said that they managed to collect only 26 metric tones (MT) of rice from farmers, last year, whereas they have already […]

Inconsistent roadblock timings frustrate travellers

Travellers also say that the timings are risky as they have to rush to the next block Traffic: Commuters plying along the Thimphu-Wangdue highway are complaining about the roadblocks caused by the widening works being carried out by the Department of Roads (DoR). The problem has been compounded by lack of proper public information on […]

Post exam angst

Much to the relief of students and school authorities, the class XII results are now out.  With the controversy surrounding the leaked English II paper, there was unease and uncertainties, but surprisingly, the final results have something to cheer about. It is, according to officials, the best results in a long time, with an overall […]

GoI commits funds to build fire fighting capabilities

AID: The Indian government has funded the construction of family and officer quarters for police personnel at a cost of Nu 76.4M. Under the Project Tied Assistance project for infrastructure development, the Indian government’s support will see the construction of 24 units of family quarters and two units of officer quarters at the Changzamtog fire […]

Forest fire sparked during disposal of explosives contained

Fire: A fire that started during the disposal of explosives below the Tashigatshel RBP training center in Chukha on the afternoon of February 2 was completely contained early on February 3. The fire broke out during the disposal of explosives by Aibir Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (AIPL). AIPL is an Indian company that is constructing a […]

Bigger rush to beat deadline this year

With only 15 days left to file returns, more than half the taxpayers are yet to do so PIT: Regional revenue and customs officials in Thimphu are expecting a last minute rush, more than seen in the past, for filing personal income tax (PIT) this year. With less than 15 days to go for the […]

Bhutan and the Big C

Among the cancers prevalent in the country, stomach comes first followed by cervical WCD: She still has a few more sessions to go, though Karma, 47, in the last decade has undergone six chemotherapy sessions. Karma was 35 when she was first diagnosed with cervical cancer.  Since then, her life has been put on constant […]

Labour minister drops in on Olakha auto workshops

Besides the owners, he met with the 97 people employed there through the GEP Employment: Immigration issues and the need for skill enhancement programme for mechanics were raised when the labour minister visited the automobile workshops at Olakha, Thimphu yesterday. Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo and officials from the ministry met with the 97 people, […]

Robbers nabbed; Alipurduar highway now safe

Security: More than a month after the Alipurduar district police nabbed eight men involved in robbing Bhutanese commuters along the highway, people have now regained confidence in using the road again. Kuensel learnt that there has been no complaint and new occurrences of robbery since then. The officer-in-charge with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) in […]

Picture story

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay met the President of the Republic of Iceland Dr Olafur Ragnar Grimsson yesterday in Thimphu. During the meeting, Lyonchhoen and the President discussed on expediting cooperation on healthy tourism, preservation of glaciers, geothermal energy and greenhouse agriculture among others.      

The first, only and ill-fated ascent of Mount Jomolhari

The Bhutan-India military expedition team’s conquest of the peak was a pyrrhic victory COVER STORY: On April 21, 1970, as the first spring sun touched Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mount Jomolhari (24,035ft), Chhimi Dorji and seven men set off to summit the peak from the southeast spur of the mountain. The night before the Bhutan-India […]