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Bank seizes tipper trucks from loan defaulters

IMG_8718Grounded: The bank seized the trucks about two weeks ago

Local transporters lay the blame for their predicament at Dungsam Cement’s door Transport: Following a default in loan repayment, the Bank of Bhutan in Nganglam recently seized five AMW tipper trucks from local transporters to be auctioned. However, these transporters have now alleged that it was Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL), which should be blamed for making them default on their loan repayment. Although, the bank’s rule and regulations do not allow the bank to reveal information about the loan defaulter, bank’s media focal person [... Read More]

Highway to Lhamoizingkha nearing completion

DSC05523A bridge over the river Raidak

It is expected that the town will be connected by July Road: Lhamoizingkha will soon be connected with a highway. This comes more than three years after the Raidak to Lhamoizingkha highway construction commenced in October 2011. Although just an 18km stretch, officials said it was the two major bridges over the Raidak river that consumed most of the time. However, more than 80 percent of the bridges have been completed today. A major part of the road has also been blacktopped.

READ Bhutan opens seventh centre in Haa

IMG_0079The centre’s library has 3,000 books

READ: Rural Education and Development (READ) Bhutan opened its seventh centre at Yangthang village in Bjee, Haa on May 27. The centre is dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and to mark the national reading year by providing the community with reading materials, officials with READ Bhutan said. The centre was funded by a group of students from the Singapore American School (SAS) in Singapore, who formed a READ service club at the school and raised funds to establish [... Read More]

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The Department of Forests and Park Services and the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 27 at Terma Linka Resort, Thimphu. The MoU is expected to establish relations between the two agencies to enhance programmes in forestry and natural resources. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji attended the signing. KREI is a government-funded research institute geared towards developing agricultural and forestry policies for the balanced development of urban and rural areas.    

To break the silence

IMG_0418A teacher demonstrates how to make reusable sanitary pad to YHS students

Bhutan observe International Menstrual Hygiene Day Health: To break the silence and build awareness on menstrual hygiene, Bhutan observed its first International Menstrual Hygiene Day, yesterday with the female students of Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School and four other schools in Thimphu. Although no study has been conducted to determine the level of menstrual hygiene in Bhutan, health and education officials say it has improved drastically compared with the past. Comprehensive School Health Division’s deputy chief programme officer, Deki Tshomo said unlike in the past, most [... Read More]

Armyworms infest maize in Tsirang

20150527_145253Maize plants affected by the outbreak being discarded

Nabaray and Darjay villages reported an outbreak last week Infestation:  Some farmers of Rangthaling gewog in Tsirang have started uprooting their maize plant after they found their field infested with an army of armyworms. The first outbreak was reported a week ago when six households of Nebaray village complained to the gewog agriculture extension office. Farmer Budhi Maya Gumdhan said she is worried that the pest might not leave them much to harvest this year and would push them to buy feeds for the cattle [... Read More]

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Safety first: Motorists on the busy Thimphu-Babesa expressway will slow down seeing the “men at work’ caution sign, ensuring safety of the workers (not in the picture)     

First Bhutanese awarded the White Coat

darjMikyo Dorji

Excellence:  Fifteen-year-old Mikyo Dorji became the first Bhutanese to be accorded with the rare and esteemed White Coat of St Joseph’s School, Darjeeling, for his outstanding performance in the field of sports on May 27. A class 10 student, Mikyo earlier won the Blue Coat for excelling in Cricket, Basketball and Volleyball. Mikyo Dorji was also declared the most-valuable-player (MVP) during the Anglo-India School Basketball Tournament. The Blue Coat award is bestowed upon a student who excels in sports, academic and behaviour said the father [... Read More]

Numbers matter?

chenchoStriker Chencho Gyeltshen will not be wearing No 7

National players not happy with shuffled jersey number Football: With less than two weeks left for the first game of the second round of the World Cup qualification match against Hong Kong, the last thing the national team need is disagreement. But members of the squad were not happy with the jersey number they were awarded as they prepare physically and mentally for the important match. Striker Chencho Gyeltshen who is popularly known as the “Ronaldo of Bhutan” and “CG7” has been given the jersey [... Read More]

Council questions hydropower policy

A committee formed to look into the sector is to come up with a comprehensive report NC: A day after the economic affairs minister admitted in the National Assembly that the 10,000 MW by 2020 was no longer achievable, the National Council yesterday questioned what  alternative the government has in store. Eminent member Dasho Tashi Wangyel said that most of the government’s plans and projections were propositioned based on the accelerated hydropower development. “When the 10,000MW by 2020 isn’t coming through, we must be aware [... Read More]

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