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HM graces passing out parade for RBA recruits

20150611-IMG_3229Occasion: His Majesty The King graced the passing out parade of 415 Royal Bhutan Army recruits yesterday in Tencholing, Wangdue

Army: His Majesty The King graced the passing out parade of the 72nd and 73rd batch of Royal Bhutan Army recruits. For the special occasion, the recruits presented a drill and a heartfelt zhabtoen to His Majesty and took the solemn oath to serve the tsawasum.  His Majesty congratulated the recruits for completing their training successfully, and their families and trainers, for rendering support to the recruits. His Majesty reminded the recruits that the foremost duty of all Bhutanese, and of the Armed Forces of [... Read More]

78 Bhutanese leave for Kuwait next month

DSC_5096The labour minister inspects a training room

They are the first batch of youth trained at the Global Retail Academy in Thimphu Employment: Under the government’s overseas employment programme, 78 Bhutanese youth trained at the Global Retail Academy in Thimphu will leave for Kuwait to work, next month. This announcement was made yesterday during the inauguration of the academy established recently in Thimphu. The academy was established by the labour and human resources ministry in collaboration with the Kuwait based MH Alshaya company. MH Alshaya is one of the most successful retail [... Read More]

Pemagatshel, only dzongkhag without thromdes

DSC_4978Session: The joint sitting of the Parliament has met thrice to approve the declaration of dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes

Paro yet to decide on their Yenlag thromde  Parliament: Pemagatshel will not have a dzongkhag or a yenlag (satellite) thromde, with neither Nganglam nor Denchi that were proposed as dzongkhag thromde securing the three-fourth majority votes. For a joint sitting to endorse alterations of areas and boundaries of any dzongkhags and gewogs, a three-fourth majority votes is required, in line with the Constitution.  However, with the joint sitting of Parliament highly divided, both Nganglam that was proposed as the dzongkhag thromde and Denchi, as recommended [... Read More]

Daga farmers complain of dusty crops with quarry pollution

IMG_0323A truck transports stone from the quarry

Mining: The people of Daga gewog in Wangduephodrang last month verbally requested its gewog administration to ask the Renewal Natural Resources (RNR) officials to inspect the dust pollution on their crops allegedly caused by stone quarries operating nearby. The gewog officials are yet to approach the RNR officials to inspect the crops in Taksha silli village. “We wrote to the quarry owners about the dust pollution and the need to water the road to avoid dust pollution,” Daga gewog officials said.  However, no action was [... Read More]

Gaur gores another man

DSC_1599The gaur was first sighted on the banks of Toorsa on June 6

Wildlife: The gaur at Toorsa in Phuentsholing injured a man in his mid-thirties yesterday. The man encountered the gaur while returning from the gup’s office. Hari Das Rai will be referred to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital for surgery today. Although he didn’t sustain internal injuries, hospital staff in Phuentsholing confirmed that he had a deep wound on his face with mandible bone fracture.  The right eye was also swollen. Hari Das said the gaur came out suddenly and struck him on the [... Read More]

Two Bhutanese finish Mongolian marathons in top 10

sportsSangay Wangchuk (left) and Nima Dorji (Photo courtesy: BAAF)

Almost 17,000 runners from 20 countries participated in the marathons  Marathon: Two Bhutanese athletes were recognised by the Mongolian Athletic Federation for their efforts after finishing in the top 10 of the sixth International Ulaanbaatar Marathon in Mongolia on June 6. Sangay Wangchuk, 32, came seventh in the full marathon (42.18km) finishing within a time of two hours and 58 minutes while Nima Dorji, 29, also came seventh in the half marathon (21.1km) completing the run in one hour and 17 minutes. Sangay Wangchuk is [... Read More]

E-taxi drivers want their money back

IMG_0547The quick charging point at Thunder Motor showroom awaits power connection

Brief life period of batteries, with less mileage than stipulated, is the main issue Nissan: The six e-taxi drivers want the dealer of electric vehicles, Thunder Motors, to either fully refund their money, or replace the battery so that it runs 175km after a full charge, as promised. A petition explaining the issue in detail was submitted to the Prime Minister on May 26.  Their main grievance is that they were cheated on the mileage.  The drivers claim that, before they bought the car, the [... Read More]

Getting the gaur down


Wildlife: It took the Wildlife Conservation Division (WCD) officials more than three hours to tranquillise the gaur bull at Chamkuna’s Toorsa embankment in Phuentsholing yesterday. After sedating, it took the officials another two hours to medicate the injured animal. With the right eye completely blind and an injured foot, the gaur was first sighted dawdling in the grassland over the river mounds on June 6.  Foresters in Phuentsholing have been protecting the animal since then. The feat of bringing down the beast yesterday garnered attention [... Read More]

Bhutan observes international archive day

DSC_1963Documenting: Participants at the daylong seminar discussed on the importance of archiving Bhutan’s cultural and religious heritage

Seminar: Bhutan observed its first international archive day yesterday. A daylong seminar emphasising on the importance of archiving Bhutan’s cultural and religious heritage of the past, present and its linked to the future was held to mark the day. Highlighting the importance of archives, four Bhutanese experts talked on the areas of digitalisation of cultural heritage, preservation of religious scripture, preservation and promotion of religious sites and research on music and arts. The seminar also focused on the importance of literary heritage, tangible and intangible cultural [... Read More]

Khaling BHU I upgrade in name only

20150605_112954Khaling BHU is yet to get a doctor

Health: Although Khaling basic health unit (BHU) was upgraded to grade I in 2013, it has remained underutilised for almost two years and is yet to get a doctor. The issue was raised repeatedly in the past dzongkhag tshogdus, but Khaling gup, Tashi Dorji, said their wait for a doctor was only getting longer. “If we go by the policies, the BHU is entitled for an ambulance as well,” he said. “Although people of Khaling gewog are supposed to benefit from it, the BHU is [... Read More]

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