Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 5:35 AM

Narcotic crackdown nets 680 to date

DSC_0015Say no to drugs: Education minister Mingbo Dukpa and Chief of police, Kipchu Namgyel launch the appeal from the capital yesterday

This is the number of arrests since its launch by the police in December last year  Crime: Almost 680 people have been arrested by the police for illegal transaction and possession of narcotic drugs and controlled substances since a crackdown was launched in December, last year. This was revealed at an event where the police appealed to the public and youth to refrain from abusing and trafficking drugs yesterday. Statistics available with the police show that, as of May, this year, more than 560 people [... Read More]

Graduates hear some plain speaking on employment prospects

_DSC3762Labour and RCSC officials interacts with graduates

The message was that jobs were there aplenty but not to be cherry picked Orientation: The drop in civil service vacancies for technical graduates this year is based on demand from ministries in which the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has no say. This was said in response to a question from a bachelor’s of science (nursing) graduate at the orientation programme, yesterday, where RCSC chairman Karma Tshiteem also said that job projection entirely depended on demand. The nursing graduate had asked why only 15 [... Read More]

A marriage of convenience?

DSC_0153Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk meets the people of Doksum

The economic affairs minister moots the idea of merging the Kholongchhu housing colony with the Khetsang town plan KHP: In Doksum, Trashiyangtse, the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said that there was a possibility of integrating the Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP) housing colony within the Khetsang town plan. KHP could fund the construction of required houses inside Khetsang town, said lyonpo, and the project would not have to lease land.  Project staff would pay rent directly credited to the loan accounts of plot owners. “When [... Read More]

Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway landslide hit

IMG-20140815-WA0107An excavator clears the Chasilakha roadblock on August 16. (Photo: Dantak)

Roads: Dantak workers were working late into the night to clear the roadblock between Wangkha and Chukha bridge (80.2km from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu). The highway got blocked on Sunday, when a huge portion of the hill, measuring about 90m, slid down on to the road around 12:45pm when workers were clearing boulders and slush on the road that had blocked traffic for hours. However, Dantak officials said they would be able to clear the road by today. “There are three excavators deployed,” the commander, taskforce [... Read More]

Dzong renovation begins with initial collections

IMG_3069Gasa dzong during the consecration of Mithrupa lhakhang a few months ago

Conservation project has kicked off with material collection works Heritage: Work to conserve the 17th century fortress, Gasa dzong, which was built as a defense against the enemy from the north, has begun. Project manager, Kinley Gyeltshen, said they would construct a two-storied five-block drasha for 100 monks outside the dzong, with the government fund of Nu 40M. The project would carry out the dzong conservation work, including a two-storied tshokhang, a multipurpose hall, including dining hall and common kitchen for monks, with government of [... Read More]

Bhutan ends first Olympiad with a single win

Cheda-from-Bhutan-vs-Deo-N-copyCheda from Bhutan plays Deo Ntagasigumwami from Burundin at Round 10 of the tournament

Chess: Bhutan fell short of winning a second game at the Chess Olympiad, but came close by securing a draw against the Solomon Islands. The Chess Olympiad is a biennial global chess tournament. This was the first time Bhutan participated in the international tournament.  The Bhutanese team was even able to achieve its first international win by defeating the kingdom of Swaziland in round three of the tournament. After 10 rounds or matches, Bhutan’s international record stands at one win, two draws, and eight losses.  [... Read More]

“We will work together…”PM

DSC_9808Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay speaks to university graduates

Lyonchhoen said graduates have the responsibility to ensure democracy works Graduates: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay apologised to the graduates, at the national graduates orientation programme yesterday, for the government being unable to do away with the preliminary examination. “I personally feel preliminary examination isn’t necessary and that graduates can directly appear the main examination but the royal civil service commission (RCSC) doesn’t feel the same,” lyonchhoen said in response to a question on prelims from one of the graduates. “When we pledged during our campaign, [... Read More]

One of RICBL’s oldest shareholders gets recognition

unnamed-1Sonam Dorji

Sonam Dorji received a cash award of Nu 100,000 for this distinction at the last AGM Personality: March 14, 2013, Phuentsholing.  Tables are set at Tashi Group’s boardroom for the Royal Insurance Corporation’s annual general meeting (AGM).  Sonam Dorji, 84, waits in the room.  He doesn’t like to be late. A tallish, dark and heavily mustachioed man with wild hair walks into the room.  He looks at Sonam Dorji, and says, “Don’t sell them. Don’t you let your children sell them.” And the man looks [... Read More]

A common and civic crime …

1069816_4453077101666_6800-copyDilapidated: The old road that leads to Bajo town

… is the collateral damage to public property by private constructions Violation: Few months back, a stretch of road below Bajo town in Wangdue was used to stock construction materials for a retaining wall in front of two houses located just above the road. Residents said that, during the construction of the retaining wall, vehicle movement was also restricted for a while that they had to tolerate despite the inconvenience. The construction was carried out with department of roads’ (DoR) permission but upon completion, the [... Read More]

Indian community celebrates 68th Independence Day

DSC_9852The cultural team performs the classical dance at Indian embassy yesterday

Occasion: The Indian community in Thimphu celebrated India’s 68th Independence Day at the India House Estate in Hejo yesterday, which was attended His Majesty’s representative, the Gyalpoi Zimpon, and other senior government officials. The ceremony began with the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, reading the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation, which highlighted India’s history, economy, achievements and challenges. “We have reaffirmed the power of our individual and collective liberties by electing through a remarkably peaceful electoral process, a stable government [... Read More]

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