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The national basketball team lost its first match in the Philippines to PNTC central college: 71-79. The team is currently in the Philippines for a practice tour.                                                        

Bhutan to dispatch medical team to Nepal

Nepal Earthquake updates: 4:27pm – Upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, Bhutan will be sending a 37-member medical team assisted by 15 Desuups to Kathmandu to offer medical assistance for the earthquake relief operations. The medical team coordinated by the Kidu Mobile Medical Unit (KMMU), will comprise of surgeons, medical specialists, nurses and technicians from the Ministry of Health, and Royal Bhutan Army. The Bhutanese team of 52 will travel to Kathmandu on 27 April 2015, by a special Druk Air flight [... Read More]

Upsetting the apple cart of the corrupt in P/ling

DSC07144Under investigation: For the last four days, ACC has been conducting a physical verification of imported goods in Phuentsholing to tally the invoice with the tax paid

Corruption: For the past four days, Phuentsholing, the country’s biggest commercial hub, has been under continued Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) scanner. ACC is investigating for corrupt practices that have evolved over the years to become a part of the regulating and enforcing agencies’ systems. As of yesterday, the commission sealed eight shops and 10 stores in Phuentsholing. Sources said the commission had also reportedly detained four customs officials, and about seven non-Bhutanese, who were suspected to have helped clearing agents in the town. However, two [... Read More]

Spike in alcohol imports since lift of ban

Trade: Alcohol imports last year soared by almost Nu 100M (million) after the government lifted the ban on import of alcohol soon after it came to office, Bhutan trade statistics show. In 2014, a total of Nu 301M was spent on importing 3.3M liters of alcohol. In January last year, the cabinet, after examining the recommendation of the multi-sectoral task force, lifted the ban that the former government had imposed for almost two years.

DCA divided into two

406De-linked: Air Transport officiating director Karma Wangchuk and Civil Aviation Authority director Wangdi Gyaltshen finalise the separation of DCA

Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority and Department of Air Transport are the split halves Aviation: In a significant development for the aviation industry in Bhutan, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was split into two new agencies, yesterday. The department, established in 1986, was divided into the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) and the Department of Air Transport (DoAT). BCAA will serve as a regulator and oversee the two airlines and DoAT.  The country’s four airports will be operated and managed by DoAT.  The separation means [... Read More]

Injury/death at the workplace

Despite laws being in place, due compensation is seldom paid without labour ministry prodding Labour: Thimphu thromde will have to compensate the municipal worker, who died on duty on April 1, in line with the labour laws, say labour ministry officials. Municipal worker Amrit Bdr Rai, 73, was killed near Deki School, Changzamtog, when a wall collapsed and buried him under.  He was cleaning the drain when the mishap occurred.

Norbu’s red-letter day outing

IMG_9771Ap Chundu’s steed: Norbu the off-white stallion

Ap Chundu’s mythical steed takes the limelight once a year in an appeasement ceremony Occasion: Norbu, the off-white horse, grazes in the compound of Haa dzong.  Norbu gets VIP treatment because he is the mythical steed of Ap Chundu, the local deity of Haa valley. Norbu remains tied within the wall of the dzong.  There the white horse grazes to his heart’s delight.  When Norbu is done with one area, he gets shifted to another. Norbu gets an outing only once a year.  That is [... Read More]

MoLHR survey plumbs the depths of youth unemployment

An analysis of a social malaise that is only set to become bigger Employment: The level of education alone is not sufficient to secure gainful employment, according to the labour ministry’s “unemployed youth perspective survey, 2014.” The type of education and skills a jobseeker possesses is equally vital, it states, adding that the existing mismatch between jobseekers and available jobs is not because of the level of education.  Work experience, duration of formal training, interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work in a [... Read More]

Taxi drivers stung by TINs on expressway

IMG_5809Taxi drivers caught unawares

Penalty imposed on Friday, designated as zero tolerance day against traffic violations Traffic: More than 100 taxi drivers were issued transport infringement notices (TIN) yesterday for violation of traffic rules during an inspection by traffic police on the Thimphu-Babesa expressway. This has left many taxi drivers unhappy.  They said such an ad hoc enforcement of regulation was not justified.  Taxi drivers gathered at Changlimithang stadium parking to discuss the issue. Taxi drivers said inspection along the highway started since last Friday, after the traffic police [... Read More]

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