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Ludrong Memorial Garden: A gift to the people of Bhutan

gardenInauguration: Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at the Ludrong Memorial Garden in Langjophakha, Thimphu yesterday

Heritage: His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo yesterday inaugurated the Ludrong Memorial Garden, a gift to the people of Bhutan from Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, on her 85th birth anniversary, at Langjophakha, Thimphu. With the historical inaugural ceremony, which was attended by His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, Their Majesties the Queen Mothers, and members of the Royal Family, Her Majesty’s longstanding wish was fulfilled.  She had long desired to transform the property into a memorial garden as a [... Read More]

Council continues to train its guns on BOiC

DSC08278The 15th session of the National Council began yesterday

Misgivings about legitimacy of govt. decision have not been adequately allayed NC: The National Council still sticks to its earlier stand that the establishment of the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) contravenes the existing laws. During the 14th session last December, the council had recommended the government to urgently take measures to legitimise BOiC and Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) so that such agencies are established only after authorisation by Parliament in future.  Besides, the council had also recommended the government to [... Read More]

Police to resume checking at Chuzom

DSC_0789Superintendents of police

Crime: At the Royal Bhutan Police’s annual crime conference in Thimphu yesterday, superintendents of police (SP) said that there is a need to start past midnight vehicle checking at Chuzom check post. The police officials said that increasing number of criminals involved in offence against cultural and national heritage, burglary, drugs and sandal wood smuggling are using motor vehicles to get away at night. Home Minister Damcho Dorji said that if police are doing their duty as per the law, there is no objection from [... Read More]

The winnower maker of Septoka

IMG_8505Namgay operates the homemade winnower

Enterprise: In a small ceremony yesterday, Namgay, 43, of Septoka village in Baap, Punakha, introduced two wooden winnowers he made at home. The father of three is perhaps the first to fabricate wooden winnowers at home.  One is equipped with a motor and can be used with electricity while the other is run with the help of a gear and used without electricity. The product is used to separate the chaff from rice (grain) through an air current produced by a fan installed inside the [... Read More]

Winding up existing leases would be unlawful

ncMarchang ceremony: the 15th session of National Council commenced yesterday (Photo courtesy: nationalcouncil)

Concerned agencies responds to National Council’s resolution Mining: Nationalisation of mining activities would breach mines and minerals Act and the mines and mineral management regulation, the ministry of economic affairs has informed the National Council. In the last session, based on a performance audit, the council expressed concerns on the current policies and practices related to the mining and quarrying sector. The house had then resolved that all existing mining leases be immediately terminated, if applicable. “This would logically entail the nationalisation of all mineral [... Read More]

A step closer in decongesting Phuentsholing

DSC_0006A usual sight: Traffic congestion at Rinchending check point

Township: The construction of a 46-metre span girder bridge over the Omchu (river), which recently commenced, is among the first activities to decongest roads in Phuentsholing town. Nepal-based Tundi Construction private limited has been awarded the job, and is currently mustering the basic essentials to carry out the road approaches on both sides. The bridge will be constructed near the Youth Development Fund centre. The project, worth Nu 90M (million), is funded through the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is providing 85 percent of the [... Read More]

Gelephu airport to be ready within a month

20150515_114814The new terminal building that was constructed at a cost of arounf Nu 9 million

Aviation: With the completion of the terminal building at Gelephu airport, scheduled flight operations can commence once the certification process is over. The terminal building was handed over to Department of Air Transport (DAT) last week. DAT officiating director Karma Wangchuk said that the certification process which would be done by the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority will not take more than a month and once the certification is over the airport will be opened for scheduled flight operations. “It is mandatory to do a certification [... Read More]

New biking trail for urban dwellers

IMG_2377Conservation: Ambassador Joao Cravinho and agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurate the Green Bhutan Project at Serbithang yesterday

More such trails are in the pipe line Recreation: Considering limited recreational facilities and the growing cycling trend in the capital, the first biking trail in Thimphu was inaugurated at Kuenselphodrang by the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji and the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, Joao Cravinho, yesterday. The 3.5km biking trail connects Kuenselphodrang to Depsi (South Thimphu). The 1.5 metre wide biking trail was constructed by the Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) of the agriculture ministry. NRED chief forestry [... Read More]

Medical relief team returns from Nepal

dessupLanded: The last batch of the medical relief team arrives at Paro airport yesterday

The team’s ability to speak Nepali proved to be a huge advantage Quake: After treating almost 2,000 victims of the April 25 earthquake, the last batch of Bhutan’s 78-member medical relief team to Nepal returned to Bhutan, yesterday. This brings to an end Bhutan’s first ever major disaster relief operation outside its borders. The medical team was deployed to Nepal upon the command of His Majesty The King on April 27, two days after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

Dungsam to raise another Nu 1.5B in bond

IMG_8111Dungsam Cement Plant

This is the third series of bond the company issued Bond: The Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) has floated its third series of bond worth Nu 1.5B (billion) at eight percent coupon rate to prepay the company’s high interest bearing loans. However, Nu 1.2B of the total issue size has been privately placed to commercial banks. Bank of Bhutan was allotted Nu 935M (million), Druk PNB was allotted Nu 250M and Bhutan Insurance Limited was allotted Nu 15M. This leaves behind Nu 300 for public [... Read More]

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