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Small steps, big impact

DSC_1600British Honorary Consul in Bhutan, Michael Rutland, talks about “change” at the second TEDxThimphu conference yesterday.

On HM’s birthday, six speakers, local and foreign, addressed the theme ‘Big and Small’ TEDXTHIMPHU: From starting small to contemplating change to making efforts to shed a few kilos, the stories were very different but they all served one purpose – to inspire those who were there to listen to them. Six speakers came together to do just that at the second TEDx conference held in the capital yesterday, coinciding with His Majesty’s birthday. Talking about how important it was to “look deep” at the [... Read More]

Officials in Trashigang to finalise repeat list

The opportunity is not automatic though, as certain criteria must be met Pledge: Education officials in Trashigang will decide tomorrow on how to go about allowing students, who failed from classes X and XII, to repeat in parent government schools, in line with the pledge the new government made. Dzongkhag education officer, Dorji Passang, said, while it was confirmed failed students from classes X and XII of government schools would be allowed to repeat in the same school, there were criteria they had to follow. [... Read More]

PM highlights His Majesty’s achievements

Birthday: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, who was the chief guest at the celebrations of His Majesty the King’s birthday in Thimphu, highlighted His Majesty’s achievements in his speech. Prime Minister said Bhutanese people got the opportunity to listen to His Majesty on December 17, 2003, when His Majesty addressed the National Day celebration as crown prince. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said Bhutanese people remember His Majesty, although concerned about His Majesty the Fourth King, consoling the nation about the safety of His Majesty and the army, [... Read More]

In Pictures: Strong men of Bhutan

Trongsa nyagoe, Phuntsho Wangdi, 35, is the strongest of the nyagoes. Phuntsho Wangdi beat the other four to take home Nu 300,000 and the rolling trophy at the final competition held yesterday at Changlimethang to celebrate his Majesty the King’s birth anniversary.  

What next for education city?

Land: In its recent development, Bhutan Education City board, on February 18, presented to the Cabinet documents related to processing of the project land at Wangsisina in Thimphu, following the National Land Commission’s (NLC) final stand on the issue. Bhutan Education City CEO, Dr Karma, said since the education city was “also” a government project, the board would go with whatever decision government took. “As for the project, we would wait for the government’s decision and go with it,” he said. The land commission recently [... Read More]

The Education City master plan

The uncertainty over the project has put a damper on some ambitious schemes Plan: Although embroiled in legal issues, the Bhutan Education City pvt ltd is hopeful the project takes centre stage and the legality of the 1,000 acres land gets resolved. Bhutan Education City pvt ltd is a foreign direct investment company formed by the consortium of Infrastructure Leasing and Financing Services (IL&FS) and Infinity Infotech Parks Limited (IIPL), the only one to be awarded the project.  IL&FS has 51 percent of the City’s [... Read More]

Bad loans add up to Nu 1.5B

Most of these non-performing loans are to be found in housing, manufacture and trade NPL: More than Nu 1.5B worth of total credit financial institutions sanctioned last year turned out to be non performing or bad loans, as clients failed to repay even by the end of the year. Bad loans were mostly concentrated in the trade and commerce, manufacturing and industry and housing sector. These three sectors contributed 63 percent to total non-performing loans (NPL).  A loan becomes non-performing when the repayment has not [... Read More]

Pemagatshel still without a proper fuel station

IMG_20120101_213706Kherigonpa fuel depot

Finding a plot to relocate to is proving to be a major hurdle Township: One immediate wish that tops the list for Pemagatshel residents is a proper fuel station. Residents said, making do with a basic one so far, a Bhutan Oil corporation (BOC) outlet, where motorists manually fill the tanks using jerry cans, was starting to get frustrating. The fuel at the station at Kherigonpa, about five kilometres from the town, is stored in barrels made out of plastic with a capacity of about [... Read More]

Raising the profile of the met dept.

A Finn study finds hydromet services to lack capacity and to be under utilised Meteorology: The hydro-meteorological service in the country, it appears, doesn’t have the capacity and was not fully utilised. A socio-economic study conducted by experts from Finland for the hydro-met services department (DHMS) found agencies, such as agriculture, tourism, and aviation, have not used meteorological services to the optimum in its development. The draft report, which was prepared as a part of the project called ‘Strengthening hydro-met services in Bhutan’ (SHSB), revealed [... Read More]

Two options for proposed Gelephu-Panbang highway

However, both pass through Royal Manas National Park and require clearance from the ministry concerned  Road: If everything goes as planned, construction of another national highway from Gelephu to Panbang is expected to begin from August this year, according department of roads (DoR) officials. DoR officials are considering two options through which the new highway would be proposed.  If the bridge over Maokhola (river) comes up, officials said it would mean a distance of just about 67km. “Another bridge over Taklaikhola passing through Umling has [... Read More]