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Two evade daylight robbery on Indian highway

This particular stretch of road seems to be a favourite haunt of a gang in a brown van Crime: Two men narrowly escaped a daylight robbery on the Indian highway between Alipur Duar Junction and Hasimara Air force station yesterday.  The incident occurred around 2:45pm. The two civil servants were on their way from Samdrupjongkhar and headed towards Thimphu.  Five Indian men stopped their private car and demanded cash and properties, with one pointing a knife at them. According to one of the men, Sangay [... Read More]

On a war footing against the Ebola virus


A health ministry task force for the epidemic is chalking out a strategic plan Health: The health ministry’s task force for Ebola is working on developing a strategic plan to respond to the Ebola virus disease (EVD), the epidemic, which was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO) two months ago. On October 24, the health ministry issued an office order to 26 health officials to intensify and carry out the country’s Ebola prevention activity at the earliest. “The officials mentioned [... Read More]

Australia extends support

Update: The Australian government has provided 52 additional scholarships, excluding the famous Endeavour scholarship, for Bhutanese wanting to pursue Masters degree in Australia in 2015. The Australian ambassador, Patrick Suckling, who is in the country said that scholarships would continue as the backbone of the relation between the two countries continues to be strong education cooperation. Ambassador Patrick Suckling said, “We’ve also come up with new areas of cooperation in education in terms of public policy, where some senior Bhutanese officials would go to Australia [... Read More]

Trash talking … again

The same old problems are pointed out but a lasting solution remains elusive Conference: It is high time that thromdes and municipalities reexamine current waste collection methods and timings, it was pointed out during the sustainable waste management conference that ended yesterday. The current collection is not as effective in managing the increasing amount of waste being produced in the country, it was also pointed out. This was one of the main issues discussed, yesterday. Participants at the conference pointed out that, although there was [... Read More]

Rehab village for indigent inaugurated

44 households from five villages are now rehabilitated on royal command at the Khenadang project site Zobel: His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, yesterday, inaugurated the Khenadang rehabilitation project vin Pemagatshel, which would serve as a new home to 44 households. The project implemented, under the national rehabilitation program (NRP), initiated on the command of His Majesty the King, was the first to improve the livelihood of landless and socio economically disadvantaged households in the country. The 44 households from five different villages under [... Read More]

Study and work in the UK

IMG_5952The Minister counsellor of British High Commission,Delhi, Andrew Soper

Education: Bhutanese studying in the United Kingdom can now work for a certain number of hours on weekdays, and for the full day on holidays. This announcement was made by the newly appointed minister counsellor of the British High Commission, New Delhi, Andrew Soper, during an event held to mark his first official visit to the country, yesterday. The event was a session titled “Britain and Bhutan – Links through Education – Past, Present and Future”. Andrew Soper said that education in the UK is [... Read More]

Govt. schools likely to see surge in admissions sought

The recent hike in private school fees has affected parents heading for state-run institutes Education: Government schools in the capital are likely to see an increase in enrollment for the next academic session following the recent hike in fees of private schools. Since the decision of the fee hike was made public, government school principals said they are already receiving a lot of inquiries, while some have already received applications from parents seeking admission. The schools see at least two to three parents everyday seeking [... Read More]

4-km farm road held up 20m in the making

unnamed-55Dochukha village: The road construction has been stalled here

A controversy over compensation has left the project up in the air Guma: A farm road construction in  Dochurisa chiwog under Guma gewog, Punakha has been discontinued due to a disagreement between villagers arising over the construction of the road through their plots. Around 11 households of Thongshona village under Guma gewog are waiting for Punakha dzongkhag’s response to continue work on the farm road construction. The road construction was discontinued on reaching Dochukha village. According to Thongshona villagers, the four km farm road, proposed [... Read More]

Penden Tashi Choeling Tsulakhang consecrated

shedra-2The newly consecrated Penden Tashi Choeling Tsulakhang

His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Penden Tashi Choeling Tshulakhang in Phuentsholing, yesterday. The proprietor of Dophu Transport, Dophu, and his wife, sponsored the construction of the lhakhang with an aspiration to foster peace and prosperity of all sentient beings, avert national disasters, and propagate the welfare of all Bhutanese. The couple has contributed about Nu 60M to construct the lhakhang including the Nangtens (sacred relics). According to Dophu, they have long felt the need of such a lhakhang to promote the teachings of [... Read More]

Big bore shooting championship in Dechencholing

DSC_3840Eyes on the target at RBG firing range

Sports: Two Indian teams are leading over the Bhutanese in the first ever Indo-Bhutan Big Bore shooting championship that started yesterday at the Royal Body Guard firing range at Dechencholing, Thimphu. In the men’s prone position, Indian team B secured 1,744 points rating gold, followed by team A with 1,695.  The Bhutanese team B managed 1,525 points, while team A could score only 1,371 points. As the sighting started, Bhutanese shooters desperately looked for telescopes, as the targets stood too far to see where the [... Read More]

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