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HM grants land kidu to 9,339 in Pemagatshel

20141221-2C4A5870Audience: His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen with the people of Pemagatshel yesterday

Pemagatshel is the 12th dzongkhag to receive land kidu from His Majesty the King

Land: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 9,339 beneficiaries (thram holders) from 11 gewogs in Pemagatshel, yesterday.

A total of 20,969.578 acres of land was granted as kidu to the people of Pemagatshel based on the National Cadastral Resurvey Programme (NCRP), which began in 2008 and completed in 2012.

Pemagatshel is the 12th dzongkhag to receive land kidu from His [... Read More]

Tourism sector wants more of specialised guides

Given the increase in tourist arrivals, the sector needs guides to go beyond the English language

GAB: The increasing number of tourists over the years has led to a growing demand for specialised guides, which today is mostly limited to those speaking  foreign languages.

As a high-end destination, most tour operators said there is a need for specialisation among guides, not just in language. Specialisation according to them includes, Buddhism, flora and fauna, architecture, textiles, [... Read More]

Choeten consecration to start renovation of Yonphula airstrip

yonphula-choeten-2Khamsum Namgyel choeten being concsecrated in Yonphula

Culture: The consecration of a newly built Khamsum Namgyel choeten above the Yonphula domestic airport in Trashigang on December 20, signaled the starting of renovation works on the airport, which was closed to air traffic since October 2103 for major infrastructure development and expansion of the runway.

The new choeten was built after the 60 year old Khamsum Namgyel choeten had to be re-located to make way for the airstrip expansion work. The choeten [... Read More]

Dialysis patients learn to prepare potassium free food


High levels of potassium in diet will cause abnormal increase in heartbeat, say nurses

Diet: If health dietary advisory is to be made practicable then that can be done better with a demonstration. This is what the first dialysis class for patients held yesterday in Thimphu showed.

At 1pm yesterday, 23 dialysis patients of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital, who are staying at the patient guesthouse, gathered in front of the guest house to [... Read More]


Besting the best

From being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, we have taken quite a beating recently. Our GDP growth stands at 2.05 percent today.

Tourism sector has perhaps been the only sector in the country that has been resilient to the effects of economic slump. It is still one of the leading sectors contributing to the country’s GDP.

Last year, 44,281 tourists visited Bhutan that translated to revenue worth USD 63.5 million.  Until October this year, [... Read More]

The coloured earth extractors of Munong

unnamedFarmers of Munong village have been producing satsa for decades

Extracting satsa and saserbu is more of a tradition than business for this community

Livelihood: In a remote village of Munong in Nanong, Pemagatshel, few villagers spend their time extracting what they call satsa (red soil) and saserbu (yellow soil).

Used for painting houses and lhakhang, the two colours according to villagers are mixed with paints available in the market to make it more durable and give a rich shade.

Munong is an hour’s walk from [... Read More]

The man who groomed Sherubtseans for the National Day

DSC01213Deepak at his work place

Deepak Thakur contributed to the celebrations by giving free haircuts to over 100 students

Contribution: When Trashigang dzongkhag was busy preparing for the National Day celebrations, Deepak Thakur, 39, a well-known barber in the community was making his own contributions.

On a cold December 13, Deepak was up early to leave for Kanglung, where he spent the whole day giving free haircuts to over 100 students of Sherubtse College. He also trained a few of [... Read More]

Govt. issues T-bills worth Nu 2B

Finance: The government last week issued another Treasury bill (T-Bill) worth Nu 2B with a maturity of 90 days to narrow the resource gap, central bank officials said.

This is the third time T-bills have been issued this year. In last five months, the government has already issued T-bill worth Nu 9B, including the 2B that was issued last week.

T-bills are considered secure investments with assured returns.  They are usually offered as a fiscal [... Read More]

Deadline for country’s longest bridge extended

The Amochhu Bridge is now scheduled to complete by May next year

Connectivity: The construction of the Amochhu Bridge, which would connect Phuentsholing and Samtse will complete in May next year.

With its arch erection completed in early September this year, the bridge was expected to be ready by this month.

Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel who visited the site for the third time on December 18 said the contractors and the department of roads [... Read More]

Javins wins over Zhoems 45-44 in extra time

10858577_1538992829703418_1477136952223832053_nMatch begins: The first game to go into extra time

Basketball: For the first time in the Winter Basketball Championship a match went in to extra time. Javins and Zhoems battled until the last minute, the former securing the victory with a single point yesterday evening.

On the fifth day of the championship, neither of the teams could break the deadlock in the four quarters. The game then entered the extra time of five minutes where Javins after a fault on a player earned [... Read More]

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