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Banking services in community centres

1495528_1009530172406646_604958251868088359_nThe service was launched in Chapcha on November 8

BoBL/BPCL: To include the unbanked and under-banked population into their banking system, Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL), in partnership with Bhutan post corporation limited (BPCL), started basic banking services, such as opening an account, cash withdrawal, and deposits, from community centres. The initiative was officially opened at the Chapcha community centre in Chukha on November 8. BoBL officials said the move would help educate rural population about banking services, inculcate the habit of saving, and help them get more access to funds. With an ultimate [... Read More]

Growing cotton in Chongshing again

image-onePicking cotton

Once a hub for the crop, effort are being made to revive the culture in at least one chiwog Handicraft: Chongshing gewog of Pemagatshel was once a hub where cotton was widely grown and textiles woven from it. A weaver would earn Nu 800 by selling a gho or a kira.  Today, this tradition is almost dead in all the five chiwogs of Chongshing. However, gup Pema Dorji is encouraging the villagers in Thongsa to start growing cotton again. All the other villages in the [... Read More]

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About 55 members of the Bhutan Australia Alumni Association donated blood on November 8 to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The Australian government funded the activity, which was the first the association organised after it was formed in April this year.     

Strong Bhutan in India’s interest: President Mukherjee

DSC_5408President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Yelchen Central school on Saturday

Address: It is in India’s interest to see a strong, vibrant, and prosperous Bhutan, President Pranab Mukherjee pointed out in his address at the convention centre in Thimphu, on Saturday. Likewise, the President said that friends in Bhutan had told him that a strong, united, and economically dynamic India is in Bhutan’s interest as well. “There is a deep confidence and trust between our governments and peoples, and we’ve ensured that we remain sensitive, as closely cooperating neighbours, to each other’s concerns and vital interests,” [... Read More]

India provides Nu 1.3B in grants

DSC_5337Indian ambassador hands over the cheque to the Finance Minister

Fund: India provided grants of Nu 1.3B to Bhutan during the recent state visit of the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee. Three cheques totalling Nu 1.3B were handed over to the finance minister Namgay Dorji by Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, prior to the Indian President’s address at the convention centre on Saturday. The Nu 1.3B represents the first portion for three projects that were inaugurated by President Mukherjee during his two-day state visit to the country. Of the total amount, Nu 405.5M is for [... Read More]

A climate change concern in HKH

IMG_2418Panelists discuss priorities in translating adaptation science into policy and action

Conference: Researchers in the Hindukush-Himalayan Region (HKH), which stretch from Afghanistan to Myanmar, have a lot to do on climate change, say experts. There is no or little research on the subject in the past seven years on climate change or its impacts as a region. This year, an Inter-government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report V said the Himalayan region is still data-poor, as it was found in 2007 by the same panel. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development’s Director General, (Dr) David [... Read More]

E-fencing for Nabisa village, Phangyul

IMG_0008The first electric fencing in Wangdue is installed at Nabesa village

First such apparatus to be installed in Wangduephodrang dzongkhag Wildlife:  To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Wangdue dzongkhag officials and Phangyul gewog people inaugurated the 2.30km electric fencing at Nabesa village, on November 8. This is the first electric fencing to be installed in Wangdue. District agriculture officer, Sonam Zangpo, said to demonstrate rice production on dry land, 20 households of Phangyul cultivated 17.03 acres of upland rice this year. He said the 2.30km [... Read More]

Kurim to commemorate 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King

P54Kurim at the multipurpose hall at Trashigang middle secondary school

Prayer: Trashigang dzongkhag is performing a three-day prayer (kurim) to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King. The kurim, which began yesterday, is performed for the good health, well- being and long life of the fourth Druk Gyalpo.  It is also dedicated to the long life of His Majesty The King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Led by three trulkus from Kanglung shedra, about 150 monks from the shedra and Trashigang dratshang are performing the kurim [... Read More]

President of India in Bhutan

unnamed-2His Majesty The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo with President Pranab Mukherjee at the Tashichhodzong yesterday

In an extraordinary gesture, His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen were there to receive him at Paro airport  State visit: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in the country on a two-day state visit, yesterday. In a special, unprecedented gesture and break from protocol, His Majesty the King received the Indian President at Paro airport. The President was then escorted to Tashichhodzong in Thimphu and presented a guard of honour. His Majesty the King granted an audience to the President following which His Majesty the [... Read More]

Proposed railway dropped

DSC_5319Lyonchhoen interacts with Indian journalists

Transport: While the two proposed railway routes that would have connected Bhutan to the Indian railway network have been dropped, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that another route would be welcome. The Golden Jubilee railway line, announced by the former Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh during a visit to Bhutan in 2008, would have connected either Phuenthsholing or Toribari to Hashimara. However, President Pranab Mukherjee, in an email interview with this paper, pointed out that both routes pass through tea gardens or forest, and that [... Read More]