Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk interacts with delegates at the Bali summit
Economic affairs minister said there was no deadline for the country to join the organisation
WTO: The need to reinstate the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to its former reputation and credibility was at the heart of the meeting that was held at Bali in Indonesia.
Thousands of representatives, delegates, international media and observers from 200 nations are atending the meeting that began on December 3.
Since the Doha stalemate, where member countries disagreed on several issues, [... Read More]
During the inaugural ceremony on December 3
Judiciary: A month-long training on Sumtag Situ Drelchen (Buddhist Literature and Lexicography) for 15 Drangpons and officials of the Royal Court of Justice began on December 3 in Phuentsholing.
Situ Drelchen is an interpretation of Sumtag (grammar) by Situ Chokyi Jungney (Dharma Kara).
Judicial officials said this is the best medium to understand classical language of Buddhist texts. The training is aimed at complementing the Lekshey Nangwa Dampa (Sumtag) course conducted for five batches of [... Read More]
Literally on its last legs, it suffered the indignity of vandalism a fortnight ago
Heritage: Distinctly visible on the other side from Dewathang military training ground is the old, weatherbeaten Gomchu chorten (stupa).
It’s a lone structure on a hillock in Gomchu, a small village in Bangtsho chiwog that falls under Dewathang gewog.
If one pays close attention, one can see that the structure is crying out for some serious maintenance work.
The chorten is about a [... Read More]
Party members at the 11th DPT executive meeting
Following in the tradition of shadow ministers, though not assuming the name
Politics: To stay involved in the country’s governance and abreast of issues, 15 members of the opposition have ‘taken charge’ of the ministries and other important agencies in the country.
During the 11th DPT executive meeting on December 3, opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho said all parliament members of the party have taken up an additional responsibility.
“It isn’t that other candidates, who stood [... Read More]
Catching up: While members vote, outgoing president and the nominee share a moment
Politics: Former Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, officially stepped down as the president of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) yesterday at the party’s 11th executive meeting.
Replacing him is opposition leader Dr Pema Gyamtsho, who was elected the new president, after securing 50 “yes” and a single “No” vote.
The party also decided to elect three vice presidents to address different issues, such as parliamentary and legal affairs, economic policies and the party as an institution.
A [... Read More]
At the launch: Tashi InfoComm chairman Wangchuk Dorji (right) with managing director Tashi Tshering and general manager for network operations, Ganga R Sharma
Mobile: The nation’s first and only private mobile company, Tashi InfoComm launched its 3G (third generation) mobile wireless network yesterday in Thimphu.
With this, TashiCell operators said subscribers would be able to download and stream multimedia, talk face to face through video call and download large email attachments via devices that support 3G.
To start with, 3G will be available in places like Thimphu, Paro, Bajo in Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Gedu, and Phuentsholing.
TashiCell’s commercial manager Jigme [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen studies a map of the industrial estate at Dhamdum, Samtse on December 1
Samtse’s special economic zone has had its original acreage slashed by more than half
SEZ: The industrial estate in Samtse, for which the land acquisition process is on, will be reduced to 245 acres from initial 600 acres.
The estate, located in Dhamdum, towards the northwest of Samtse, is among the three identified special economic zones (SEZ) in the country.
While work on the project has been on since 2006, it was stalled for a number [... Read More]
Thimphu taxi drivers make do with Changlimithang parking lot for now
W.r.to the once disputed former parking space, the land commission’s response is awaited
Update: While Thimphu thromde awaits the land commission’s response on the acquisition of the taxi-parking land from Tashi Commercial corporation (TCC), the taxi drivers association, on the other hand, has requested the thromde for a new area to move to.
The taxi drivers association, on December 2, wrote to the thromde office requesting that an open space below Imtrat hospital in Thimphu [... Read More]
Dr Samlee Plainbangchang
Q&A: In recognition of his contributions towards improving the country’s health care services, His Majesty the King yesterday conferred the National Order of Merit (Gold) to the outgoing Regional Director, WHO, South East Asia Region,
Dr Samlee Plainbangchang
Dr Plainbangchang came to Bhutan in 1984 as a consultant and laid the foundations for primary health care system in the country, a project, which received global recognition through the Sasakawa award in 1997.
As he bids [... Read More]
Time out: Chundu Tshering takes a respite with his mules on the way to Dumtoe
However, with a road in the pipeline, the young entrepreneur has plans to switch tracks
Occupation: In 2009, when he was just 18, Chundu Tshering decided to do what many youth of his age wouldn’t dare to think of.
He quit schooling, returned to his village in Kowkha, Dorithasa in Haa. He then put a herd of mules, belonging to his family, together to operate a business that would cater to mostly travellers.
He had studied [... Read More]