Monday, December 22nd, 2014 - 3:53 PM
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Coronation Cup Champions: Wizards beat Pazaps and Pamos defeated Dozens in this year’s finals held on Saturday in Thimphu        

Armyworm attack in Dechenling contained

Agriculture: Armyworm outbreak in Dechenling gewog in Pemagatshel that started a week back was brought under control yesterday. Agriculture officials with help from the community sprayed chemicals for days to contain the proliferation of worms. Tshering Dorji, Pemagatshel’s assistant dzongkhag agriculture officer said traps were set for the worms at the prone areas and constant monitoring was done by extension officers. Dechenling gewog did not apply for the chemical sprays this year. “The gewog is supposed to place the demand since the chemicals are expensive,” [... Read More]

Getting married, the Bhutanese way

IMG_8518The couple: Dr Yang and Ming-ling Chen receive a tashi khadhar

Nuptial: Seated on traditional wooden chairs and attired in gho and kira, Dr Yang and Ming-ling Chen, from Taiwan, were getting married the Bhutanese way in Paro. Their palms were folded, and as guests offered them tashi khardars (good luck scarves) they bowed their heads. To get married, the couple flew in on April 26 with friends. Yang has halted the night at his Buddhist master Khentrul Rinpoche’s house .at Jangtoe village while Ming-ling stayed in one of the hotels. Dr Yang was the son [... Read More]

Bhutan must grow beyond conventional style

Talk: While cautioning Bhutan not to become overly dependent on outside economic forces, Buddhist academic Robert Thurman at the talk held in Thimphu last week suggested that the country capitalise on its spiritual values. The American academic, who is known for his expertise in Indo-Tibetan studies, said that the Bhutanese would lose their happiness if the people are “swept up in the pursuit of growth, development, and industrial wealth”. Thurman explained that China is supposed to be an economic miracle but wealth is concentrated to [... Read More]

Airport expansion work grinds to a halt

20140424_103037Congestion: The already crowded Paro international airport will be handling up to seven aircraft a day in 2015

The cessation is due to the empty coffers of the implementing agency, DCA  Aviation: Expansion work at Paro international airport will come to a halt next month with the department of civil aviation (DCA) running out of money. The government of India (GoI) is funding the expansion work, which includes the construction of a second passenger terminal, apartment buildings for security personnel and a fire station. GoI committed Nu 235M in the 10th Plan for the expansion work.  The government received Nu 30M of that [... Read More]

PM, OL each say they were misinformed

DSC_0716Meet-the-press: The Prime Minister responds to a question from the media

OL said PM had told Bumthaps his govt. would not develop Bumthang township. PM said OL had told them the township development budget was already sourced   Politics: What the opposition leader heard about the statement prime minister made in Bumthang, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said was based on hearsay and that it was inaccurate. Opposition leader Dr Pema Gyamtsho had posted on Facebook his thoughts on what prime minister’s had supposedly said in Bumthang on April 18 that the government would not take responsibility for [... Read More]

Govt. plans reinstating Bhutan lottery


Revenue: The government will respond to queries from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) regarding Bhutan lottery’s business operations. Finance minister Namgay Dorji said CBI has asked the government to share some documents and inquired about 40 to 50 questions that the government has agreed to answer. “The former government did not respond to CBI questions,” said the minister. “As of now, the nation should only know that the government wants to initiate and clear all the queries that CBI posed.” Finance minister said the [... Read More]

Overall unemployment rises to 2.9 percent


Labour: The country’s overall unemployment rate has increased to 2.9 percent from 2.1 percent. This was announced at the meet the press conference yesterday. The labour minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, said, there are 8,686 registered jobseekers across the country today. “But this figure is a variable factor,” Lyonpo said. “It keeps on changing from day to day.” The total number of unemployed people will be announced soon in the ministry’s annual labour force survey report. There were 6,904 unemployed people in the country, when the [... Read More]

Whipping banks into shape

Macro prudential regulation in the pipeline for commercial financial institutes Banking: Local commercial banks could be headed towards a tighter regime, should the macro prudential regulation that is being worked out by the central bank, the Asian Development bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers, is adopted. The regulation, which is in the process of being drafted, spells out around six major requirements that banks will have to implement. The requirements include restrictions on distribution of profit, declaring dividends, capital buffers, sectoral capital requirements and value of collaterals. One [... Read More]