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Audition for Druk Super Star Season 4 begins

unnamed-5Mongar residents gather at the football ground to watch the audition yesterday

Karma Tshering Lhamo, 17, was selected among the 13 participants yesterday during an audition to represent Mongar district in Season four of the reality singing show, Druk Super Star Season four. The class IX student of Mongar Middle Secondary School was selected based on her performance in singing Zhungdra, Boedra and Rigsar. Her cousin had forced her to give the audition a try. An excited Karma Tshering Lhamo said she had been interested in singing since she was six and that the selection was unexpected. [... Read More]

HM grants land kidu to 9,758 in Samdrupjongkhar

20141223-2C4A7773A royal visit: His Majesty the King with National Order of Merit (Silver) recipient, Bhim Bahadur Karki in Dewathang yesterday. His Majesty visited Bhim’s dairy farm, which contributes more than 50 liters of milk everyday to a dairy cooperative that he runs. Bhim Bahadur was recognised for his contributions towards achieving food self-sufficiency.

Since 2010, His Majesty has granted land kidu to 102,336 beneficiaries in 13 dzongkhags Land: His Majesty The King granted land kidu to 9,758 beneficiaries from 11 gewogs in Samdrupjongkhar yesterday.  The beneficiaries received a total of 15,328.28 acres of land as Kidu, along with excess cost exemption and refund. Samdrupjongkhar is the 13th dzongkhag to receive land kidu from His Majesty the King in a nation wide exercise to resolve all accumulated land issues. A total of 123,071.982 acres of land have been granted [... Read More]

New feeder road promises opportunities

DSC_6608Way open: Lyonpo Dorji Choden inaugurates the feeder road

When the Tsebar-Mikuri-Durungri feeder road opens, people will not have to travel via Assam Connectivity: Although it’s not yet open to traffic, the meeting of the Tsebar-Mikuri-Durungri feeder road, which was built separately, means that Pemagatshel is now connected to Nganglam dungkhag. Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden attended the opening on December 22. The feeder road, which passes through three villages of Chongshing and Dungmin gewogs, was constructed in two separate contract packages. The two roads meet about 200 meters below the Yuri [... Read More]

Wangdue dzong reconstruction progressing well

DSC_0421The dzong was razed to the ground by a fire in June 2012

More than 300 workers are deployed at the site Update: Works to rebuild the Wangduephodrang dzong that was razed to the ground are in full swing after its reconstruction officially began on the three-storied Kuenray in February this year. The 17th Century fortress that used to house more than 200 monks and also served as the dzongkhag administration was completely destroyed in a fire in June 2012. The three-storied Kuenray is only one of the 10 parts of the entire dzong, which falls towards the [... Read More]

US-Bhutan looks at strengthening friendship

DSC_0064Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens

Diplomacy: Visiting Bhutan for the first time, Chargé d Affairs of the Embassy of the United States of America, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens said she was here to find out what the people of Bhutan and leaders thought on how the two countries could work together to achieve common goals. “It is my great pleasure to come here and call on government officials and others in Bhutan to talk about how we can strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two countries,” Ambassador Stephens said. The [... Read More]

Greener Way gets waste collection contract

unnamedThrompon and Greener Way signs the contract

Garbage: Greener Way has secured the contract to collect and dispose waste from Thimphu Thromde’s south and central zones starting January 1. One of the main objectives of outsourcing solid waste collection and disposal to private entrepreneurs is to minimise the financial burden on the government. Thimphu Thromde spends approximately Nu 13 million for waste collection every year. Thromde will collect a minimal waste collection fee from the Thimphu residents. The Thromde worked out the fee payable by different residential entities. The fee structure has [... Read More]

Home stay to open in Haa

IMG_1732JICA chief representative Yumiko Asakuma and RSPN executive director Lham Dorji at the signing

The service could harness the benefits of tourism before hotels come into the district Tourism: The home-stay project initiated by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) as part of community-based sustainable tourism in Phobjikha last year will now be replicated in Haa. Minutes of the meeting for the project were signed between RSPN and Japan international corporation agency (JICA) yesterday in Thimphu. Although three gewogs of Bji, Katsho and Etsho have been identified for the project, the number of homes that would offer [... Read More]

Imported red bricks still preferred over local bricks

DSC_0121The unsold concrete bricks at the outlet

Business: With the market for homemade bricks shrinking, Bhutan Concrete Bricks (BCB) last week sent home some of its expatriate employees. People are still opting for red bricks from across the border, BCB’s owner Tenzin Dorji said, explaining that it has weakened the market of indigenous product. This, he said, is against the efforts of the ministry of works and human settlement (MoWHS). Earlier in May this year, MoWHS had instructed all government agencies, corporations, and private construction companies to maximise the utilisation of domestic [... Read More]

Seu shamu income drops by half

IMG_7644Seu shamu

Mushroom: Income from the sale of seu shamu (exidia) this year fell by half from what the fungus fetched in 2013. Today, 100 grams of seu shamu fetches between Nu 2,000-2,400 from Nu 4600-4,800 last year. A household in Tangsibi, which earlier claimed to have earned Nu 30,000-60,000 from its sale, was able to make only about Nu 9,000-20,000 this year. Exidia prices did not do well in Ura also fetching only over Nu 2,000 per 100 grams. An average income in Ura dropped to [... Read More]

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 Majesty the King in a nation wide exercise to [... Read More]