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Spike in Kanglung commerce

unnamed-1Shopkeepers are making the most of the celebrations

National Day crowds have sparked a mini business boom in the town Occasion: Kanglung town is bustling with life, with thousands of people gathered for the national day celebrations. Restaurateurs and shopkeepers are doing brisk business, while hotels are seeing a rush of customers. A restaurateur, Wangchuk Namgyal, is busy attending to his customers.  Usually, he would have closed his shop and left for his village by this time. “We generally don’t do good business in December. Students would leave for their vacation and we [... Read More]

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Camped: About 1,000 people from Merak and Sakten gewogs are in Kanglung, Trashigang to join in the National Day celebrations today. Some 50 tents were pitched to accommodate them near the venue at Thragom.     

March 2015 – Dagachu’s latest deadline

Hydropower: The 126 megawatt (MW) Dagachu hydropower project, after missing several deadlines, is now scheduled to go on commercial operation by early March next year. The project, which took off in October 2009, was initially set to complete in August 2013. But due to geological conditions and collapsing of a tunnel on January 5 this year, it was delayed by a year. A new deadline was set for October this year but, at the eleventh hour of commissioning, hairline cracks were observed on inspection at [... Read More]

Looking forward to the 107th National Day

DSC01191A rehearsal of cultural programmes for the National Day celebration was held at the Kanglung football ground yesterday

Trashigang is all agog – with anticipation and preparations – for the big occasion Celebration: Trashigang dzongkhag has remained busy for the past few days.  Excitement is high as preparations for the 107th national day celebration are on full swing. Excluding people visiting from other dzongkhags, about 20,000 people are expected to join the celebrations from Trashigang dzongkhag. Despite thousands of people pouring in, accommodation is not an issue.  Tents have been pitched along the fields near Kanglung BHU for the people of 14 gewogs [... Read More]

Banks face INR shortage despite improved Rupee reserve

The deficiency however is particularly in notes of Rs 100 denomination Currency: While the country’s rupee reserve has improved, banks are facing a shortage of INR, especially in notes of Rs 100 denomination. Bank of Bhutan, on behalf of all the banks in the country, gets INR from the State Bank of India (SBI) in Hashimara, West Bengal, and distributes it to other banks. Since 2000, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had banned Indian currency notes with denomination of 500 and 1,000 in both [... Read More]

Beyond Graduation – The changing labour market in the country

Survey 2014: There will be lesser number of ICT graduates in the country in the years following this; a significant number of young people graduate with business and management degrees, and there has been a gradual increase in the number of technical graduates. This is according to ministry of labour and human resources’ Beyond Graduation Survey 2014. This says something about the changing labour market in the country.  There is a major shift in educational attainment, preference and available jobs in the market.  Tertiary institutions, [... Read More]

Woman dies in fire

An 84-year-old woman died in a fire that razed her house to the ground on the morning of December 15 at Drangla in Tangsibji, Trongsa. The fire occurred around 1am. The family was not able to salvage any of their belongings. The deceased lived in a separate room with her cousin. The fire is suspected to have started from the oven. Tangsibji gup, Jigme Namgyel said the family also lost Nu 150,000 that was supposed to be paid to the bank to clear the vehicle [... Read More]

Buli-Shingkhar farm road construction resumed

IMG_2750The 78 km road is expected to complete by June next year

The difference among people of Wamling helped road officials to compile report Zhemgang: Construction of the Buli-Shingkhar road, which was suspended since September this year, has resumed since last month. The road construction resumed after the department of roads’ chief engineer in Tingtibi, Prabhat Rai, met with the people of Wamling and submitted a detailed report to the dzongkhag tshogdu last month. The DT chairman then directed DoR to resume the road construction from the initial alignment. Prabhat Rai said the department looked into the [... Read More]

Minong to bank on red kidney beans

DSC_6328Shift in cultivation : An elderly villager of Minong in Nanong gewog segregates red kidney bean seeds after harvest

After poor returns from maize and mandarin, the village turns to new crop Agriculture: Lack of proper market for maize, and citrus trees dying from diseases has forced some villagers of Minong in Nanong gewog to shift to kidney bean cultivation. Today, most villagers cultivate red kidney beans on huge areas of land.  Villagers are hopeful that it would serve as a better source of income like it did for some villagers, who have been cultivating it over the years. Less income from maize and [... Read More]

While (in)g vacation program for youth

img_8102Youth set up stalls at the end of the program last year File photo

Youth: About 200 youth from across the country have registered to participate in the While (in) g Vacation Program, which starts from December 18 at Nazhoen Pelri Youth Development Centre, Thimphu. The event is organised annually to meaningfully engage children and youth during their vacation, stated a press release from the Youth Development Fund (YDF). “Unlike in the past, the event this year will focus on wholesome education of participants with new activities like acting for children and various trainings on Life Skills, Leadership & [... Read More]

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