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530 % increase in mobile broadband users

Internet: The number of mobile broadband (3G and 4G subscriber) subscribers has increased by almost 530 percent. From 18,686 mobile broadband subscribers in 2012, last year it went up to 117,659. This means that for every 100 people in the country, 16 of them subscribed for mobile broadband services like 3G or 4G. This was the highlight of the annual info-com statistics the information and communication ministry recently revealed. Even for other mobile internet services like the GPRS and EDGE, there was an increase of [... Read More]

Why Bhutan should worry more about climate change

RIGSSFormer Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran

This was discussed in the light of hydropower, national revenue, biodiversity and livelihood among others RIGSS: Sensing the mildness in the theme “Climate Change: Why should Bhutan worry?”, ambassador and former foreign Indian secretary Shyam Saran instead rephrased the question to read, “Why should Bhutan worry ‘more’?”. The ambassador was a guest speaker at the second Friday Forum held at the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) in Phuentsholing on March 28. The impacts of climate change in a place like Bhutan, he [... Read More]

Farmers build their own farm road

DSC01417Villagers look on as the machine starts the first cutting of their farm road

Dophulakha: Having waited long for a farm road and getting impatient, the community of Dophulakha village, Phuentsholing is building a 5km farm road on its own. The road will be connected to the Dungna-Metakha road, which is connected to the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway. The 36 households in the village formed a committee last November and decided to construct the farm road. “We decided to contribute cash and other necessary services to build the road,” village tshogpa Dhan Bahadur Chettri said. Community member said they were desperate [... Read More]

Bhutan and Nepal to revise air service agreement

Bhutan Airlines awaits connecting Nepal to its route Aviation: Frequency of flights between Bhutan and Nepal could soon see an increase if the country’s request for the revision on air service agreement is approved. The civil aviation ministry in Nepal has proposed to its cabinet for a review on the Air Service Agreement (ASA), it was learnt. The director with the department of civil aviation (DC0A) in Paro, Wangdi Gyaltshen said the agendas will be finalised once the revision gets approved. “The Nepalese counterpart will [... Read More]

Wait is over for Gola Bazar

DSC01328Gola Bazar today

Land: Residents of Gola Bazaar in Sipsu have reasons to smile. After years of waiting, the 75 business people can finally construct permanent structures and have basic amenities of a town. Residents are waiting for National Land Commission (NLC) to handover the lagthram after land in the town was demarcated. Although established in 1949 and located a few metres from Sipsu dungkhag, Gola Bazaar didn’t develop as a town as people had settled on government land. As of now, structures in the small town mainly [... Read More]

Kengkhar farmers learn tailoring

members-learn-to-use-the-s-copyMembers learn to use the sewing machine

Skills: Undergoing a month-long tailoring training in Mongar, farmer Pema Deki is excited at the prospect of sewing her own clothes, and if possible, sew for others for a small fee. “I have no intention of establishing a big business in town but I can help my villagers by stitching at home,” said the 36-year-old from Nanari village. “We take our clothes to tailors in Gyalpoizhing or Mongar town.” Another trainee, Kezang, said she always wanted to learn tailoring and when she heard about the [... Read More]

Picture story

Having secured 30,580 votes, Karma Tashi, 26, from Bumthang emerged as the Druk Super Star season 3 winner during the grand finale held at the Clock tower square in Thimphu yesterday. He took home Nu 300,000 as cash prize. Pema Denkar, 19, from Trashigang was second with 20,373 votes and was awarded Nu 150,000. Sampa Zangmo,20, from Pemagatshel was third securing 13,116 votes that translated to Nu 100,000 cash prize. Bicycles, laptops and books were among other prizes they received beside cash.      

Making money from Rupee shortage

Bank official, local and Indian businessmen collude to remit INR illegally Corruption: The central bank’s measures to curb the outflow of the scarce INR (Indian Rupee) and ease the pressure on the economy, it seems, have opened a window for illegal currency trading. Since restrictions to stop issuing or replenishing INR requirement for commercial banks and operation guidelines for Indian rupee transactions were put in place in 2012, over INR 70.056 M were repatriated. Those involved in the illegal trade include both national and non-national [... Read More]

Tour licence cancelled over visa forgery

Apart from that, the tour operator was fined Nu 20,000 Immigration: Following the deportation of two German tourists who had flown into the country with forged visas on March 6, tourism council officials cancelled licenses of the tour operator through which they had come. The German tourists had flown into Paro airport from Kathmandu, Nepal through the Himalayan Kingdom Tours for a weeklong visit. However, after immigration officials at the airport found that their visas were forged, the tourists were deported the next day. In [... Read More]