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Bhutan and Bangladesh to consider free trade agreement

DSC_8110Economics affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and Bangladesh’s commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed

The two countries have met on the sidelines of the SAFTA meeting towards this effect

SAARC: While the SAFTA ministerial council meeting begins today in the capital, economic affairs and commerce ministers from Bhutan and Bangladesh have already met to consider the free trade agreement to further strengthen its trade ties.

Economics affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and Bangladesh’s commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed met yesterday.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said the free trade agreement would eliminate the tariff [... Read More]

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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met Bangladesh’s commerce minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday in Thimphu. The Minister is in the country to attend the SAFTA meeting. They discussed on strengthening collaboration in agriculture, tourism, mining and other areas of shared interests.


Illegal settlers given six months to vacate govt. land

Tshogdu: In Mongar, those, who have constructed structures or are farming on government land, have been given half a year to vacate the property.

The decision was made yesterday by the dzongkhag tshogdu. The decision comes into effect from August.

Even those, who have constructed houses on chuzhing (arable land), despite having kamzhing (dry land), are provided a six-month time frame to dismantle such structures.  For those, who do not have dry land, it was [... Read More]

Dzee snatcher gets three-year sentence

Crime: Thimphu district court sent a 36-year-old man to three years in prison for snatching three dzees from a woman in Thimphu and selling them off.

Tharchin Dorji from Saling, Mongar, claimed to be a potential dzee buyer and asked Choten Dema to come near the clock tower square October last year.

The two then went to hotel N Tee and Tharchin Dorji ran away with three dzees, two two-eyed and a three-eyed dzee, while [... Read More]

Project sanctions Nu 30M for Trongsa dzong renovation

The northern part of the structure allegedly suffered damage from blasting at the dam site

Mangdechu: The Mangdechu hydropower project sanctioned Nu 30M to conduct major renovation of northern part of Trongsa dzong, which had allegedly suffered damages from the blasting at the project dam located around 1.6km.

Trongsa dzongda Tshewang Rinzin said Nu 30M was released for the renovation of dzong, which would begin in the 2014-15 financial year.

“It’s a three-year plan because, being [... Read More]

Man accused of taking hotelier and taxi driver for a ride

The former he owes a fat hotel bill and the latter, a long distance fare 

Crime: Gelephu police detained a 32-year-old man on Tuesday, following complaints from a hotelier and a taxi driver that he not paid for services they have rendered to him.

The hotelier in Gelephu town alleged that the man occupied a room for 43 days with all meals credited to the room.  The man owed the hotelier Nu 65,000.  The man [... Read More]


Rainbow realm

If colour is the face of beauty, nobody can beat us, as we are poised to become more colourful.

Left to the creation of nature, Bhutan is much appreciated by the world, because it displays the pristine colours of nature that are intricately woven into our clothes, and embedded into our collective consciousness.

But we are taking a step beyond the bequest of nature.  Our buildings have to be painted only in four colours, dustbins are bound [... Read More]

EEG smartphone app to diagnose seizure disorder

Its use will be part of a research on the prevalence of epilepsy or seizure disorder

Epilepsy: Starting next week, health officials at the Thimphu referral hospital will start using a smartphone device to conduct electroencephalography (EEG) as part of a research on prevalence of epilepsy or seizure disorder.

Electroencephalography is a recording of electrical activity along the scalp, and doctors will use it with help from an expert, who is flying in from the [... Read More]

The woman choeshum-maker

how-Rinchen-and-his-wife-Kinzang-working-togetherWorking together: Rinchen Dorji lends a hand to his wife Kinzang Lhamo

Kinzang Lhamo of Trailling, Mongar may well be the first to break this gender barrier

Profile: It is early morning on Tuesday, and the summer rain is relentless.  At the automobile workshop in Trailling, Mongar, a couple is busy doing carpentry work.

Rinchen Dorji, 44, and his wife Kinzang Lhamo, 40, are fixing a choeshum (altar).  That’s how they make their living.

In many parts of the country, men make choeshums.  Women don’t do carpentry work.  [... Read More]

Relocation delay worries Duksum residents

IMG_20140720_154428Missing out: Constructions suspended and waiting to be relocated

With a hydroelectric project in the offing, town dwellers are concerned they may miss out

Khitshang:  Like a station awaiting a train delayed by hours, Duksum town has been in a slumber as long as its residents can remember.

The little town at the confluence of the Kholongchu and Drangmechu, Duksum  is slowly waking from its sleep.  The 600MW hydroelectric project is waking up its residents.  They finally smell the prospects of business in the [... Read More]

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