Bhutan established formal diplomatic ties with Australia and Singapore last week, expanding the kingdom’s formal diplomatic contacts to 21 countries.The foreign minister, Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley, signed joint communiques with the Australian foreign minister, Mr. Alexander Downer, on September 14 and with the Singaporean foreign minister, Mr. S. Jayakumar, on September 20. The formalities were competed in New York where the foreign ministers are attending the 57th session of the UN General Assembly.
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After months of remaining on paper, the rural development training centre, a vocational institute is finally being laid on the actual ground, and it is not in Tali as said earlier but in Tshothang, Zhemgang.The secretary general the head of the foreign department, Helvetas, Mr. Werner Kuelling laid the foundation stone for the three-year project signed between the Helvetas and the government on September 19.
For the project, Helvetas has proposed SFr 3.47 million while [... Read More]
The Thimphu city police are investigating a number of crimes ranging from assault to house burglary, which occurred during the Thimphu festivities.On the night of September 17, a house in Bebena (below the Dechenphodrang monastery) was robbed of a 21-inch TV screen and a video deck. The door lock was broken when the owner was in town.
Another house near the Bhutan Oil Distributors (BOD) was also robbed of local and foreign currency, five pairs of [... Read More]
Looking for a place to relax ? Well, get ready to visit Cine Magic, a mini theater coming up for you soon.The 76-seater standard mini theater with sophisticated interior designs, air condition facility and spacious and cozy seats is being constructed in the Zangtopelri shopping complex in Thimphu by All Stars Entertainment.
The theater, to be completed in a month, will screen latest films using CRT projection system (A technology best suited for video projection) with [... Read More]
Chimi Dem, 77, hovers around her two students who nervously attempt to bring a shape to the lump of mud in front of them.The nervousness of her students annoys her.
She gives a deft touch to the mud and the lump of mud turns into a beautiful pot in a matter of minutes.
Chimi Dem from Wang Barmo stopped making pots some 20 years ago. But she was recently asked by the folk heritage museum in [... Read More]
A joint communiqu to this effect was signed by the two foreign ministers, Lyonpo Jigmi Y. Thinley and his Australian counterpart, Mr. Alexander Downer in New York on Saturday.A foreign ministry spokesman said that Bhutan and Australia have always enjoyed excellent relations and this formal diplomatic relation will further consolidate the existing cooperation between the two countries.
Australia at the moment assists Bhutan in the filed of human resource development covering education, agriculture and health [... Read More]
Two people have died in an accident at Bunakha on Saturday.The driver and his helper died when the DCM truck they were travelling in plunged 450 feet off the road into the Lopneykha stream. Both the bodies have been recovered and handed over to their relatives.
Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
The “peak” tourist season may have come but operators aren’t making any bold predictions.And justifiably so.
Contrary to their expectations, the number of arrivals in spring (one of two busy seasons in Bhutan) this year, dropped 30 percent leaving most operators in the lurch. Only 2648 came, down from about 3440 in the same period last year.
For Gangri Tours and Treks, for which the primary market is America, the blow has struck hard. “This [... Read More]
The agriculture ministry’s meteorology unit has come up with a weather forecast aimed at helping Bhutanese farmers.The Bhutan broadcasting service has already begun airing the 24-hour dzongkhag-wise forecasts over the national radio and TV.
But the agro-met, as the unit is called, is no way equipped with high tech gadgets to make forecasts.
It relies on data sourced from the University of Columbia, Global Change, a NASA agency and Accuweather in the [... Read More]
Two men are being charged with homicide in the Phuentsholing dungkhag court.Truck drivers Bir Bahadur Ghalley and M. B. Tamang are being charged for the death of Tshering Dorji, 18, through negligence on April 27. The deceased was working as Bir Bahadur Ghalley’s assistant (helper).
According to police reports the truck driven by M.B. Tamang had broken down near Kamji about 30 Kilometres from Phuentsholing.
Bir Bahadur Ghalley, who was driving another truck, and [... Read More]