On display: Ugyen Tshomo’s handicraft at her home stay
Apparently only three of the 20 farmhouses identified for the facility are operational
It is that time of the year again when resorts and hotels in Chamkhar begin sprucing up rooms and surrounding areas to welcome tourists.
Apart from tourists lodges and resorts, a few farm houses that provide home-stay facility to tourists, especially when all rooms in various lodges in the valley are occupued, are preparing to host guests.
Besides preening the rooms, owners of these two [... Read More]
Emergency: Hospital and RBA officials transfer the critically injured into ambulances at the Lungtenphug helipad yesterday
The fatalities and wounded belonged to an unserviceable ammo disposal unit of the RBA
Accident: Eleven ammunition technicians of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) were killed yesterday in Haa, after the unserviceable ammunition they were trying to dispose of exploded around 10am.
Another five, in critical condition, were airlifted to Thimphu referral hospital yesterday afternoon, while another five, including a storekeeper and a driver, are recovering at the IMTRAT hospital in Haa.
Of the 11 dead, [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen addresses the business meeting at the Leela Palace’s ballroom
FDI: With the country’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) permitting investment in Rupees and allowing Indian investors majority share holdings, Bhutan, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said was keen on attracting more investments from India.
The prime minister was addressing the business luncheon meeting with officials of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), federation of Indian chambers of commerce and confederation of Indian industry.
He said there were about 14 Indian companies with [... Read More]
Lhakhang Karpo in Haa
East and west, it’s the same sad story: fraudulent accounts and substandard materials
Corruption: Fraud in muster roll payments and use of substandard construction materials were the main findings of the investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) in the renovation of two monasteries in Haa and Pemagatshel.
The renovation was executed departmentally, which means it was not contracted out.
In the investigation of Lhakhang Karpo in Haa, the ACC detected a larger scale of muster [... Read More]
Removed water pipes of Udzorong at Khengthong Mani
Udzorong : People of Dothphu, Baypam and Barkazor in Udzorong gewog have been grappling with drinking water shortage for over a year, after water supply from Namtala Drang was removed for the ongoing Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar road widening.
Namtala Drang, located a few kilometres away from Khengthong Mani, is the only water source to over 250 households in five Udzorong villages.
The water pipes channeled downhill to Udzorong were aligned above and below the highway at Khengthong [... Read More]
Not all have green: some still bring potatoes on Wednesday
Students observe the day by bringing greens for lunch instead of the usual spuds/eggs
Education: Students and teachers of Phuentsholing higher secondary school have one thing in common in their lunch boxes every Wednesday.
They all have something green in their diet that day.
The school became the first school in Phuentsholing to dedicate a day as “green day” for healthy living. Students are encouraged to bring green vegetables as part of their meal.
The initiative had [... Read More]
A patient after the surgery at Sonam Norbu Memorable Hospital in Leh, Ladakh
ADC: Coinciding with the fifth Annual Drukpa Council (ADC), more than 200 people of Ladakh valley in northern India regained their vision during a cataract surgery organised for three days.
The program was initiated by the founder of ADC, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche.
The surgery camp, which was the first of its kind in the valley, covered mostly elderly men and women from remote districts of Leh and Kargil, who could not afford to [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at 7 Race Course Road in New Delhi, India, on August 31
A grand sum of Rs 54B has been committed towards Bhutan’s developmental goals
State visit: The government of India (GoI) has committed a development assistance of Rs 45B (USD 685M approx.) to Bhutan’s 11th five-year plan, and another Rs 5B for the economic stimulus plan (ESP), as requested by the new government.
India’s Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh conveyed India’s support to the 11th Plan, which started this July, during a meeting with Lyonchhoen Tshering [... Read More]
Supreme Court Chief Justice Sonam Tobgay with justices of participating countries
A proposal that came up during the just concluded 2nd South Asian judicial roundtable
Conference: The judiciary will compile all national environmental acts, regulations, guidelines and cases in a “bench” book to facilitate adjudication of environmental cases brought before the courts.
The proposal to have such a compilation was made during the second South Asian judicial roundtable on environmental justice that ended on August 31.
Bhutan’s judiciary, as a host country for the conference, also proposed [... Read More]
Meeting: Agriculture minister in session with Motithang students
Many unemployed hoped in vain that the govt.’s meet-the-people initiative would net them work
Employment: Out of the 55 people, who showed up to express their grievances to the Cabinet during the second session of meet-the-people held on August 31, except for a few census cases and other issues, most of them had come to inquire about employment.
This was following the word that went out that the first meet the people sessions had a [... Read More]