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From impaired to instructor

DSC00547Dorji Nedup

An inspiring story of a young boy coming up trumps despite being given a bad deal Profile: Dorji Nedup is an instructor at Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth in Thimphu.  From Goshing in Zhemgang, the thirty-five-year-old is visually impaired. Dorji lost his vision when he was 14.  He woke up one morning and could not see things clearly.  He was in the 6th grade.  His mother consulted lamas and performed rituals.  But nothing helped.  He had gone blind. And then life [... Read More]

Women, chief beneficiaries of electrification

IMG_0354Empowerment: The power house supplies electricity to more than 60 households

Sengor’s micro hydel project transforms their lives infinitely for the better Power: When a home gets power supply, it empowers women.  That’s what happened in Sengor chiwog in Saling, Mongar when a micro hydropower plant (MHP) was built eight years ago. It reduced the burden on women of gathering firewood, particularly during winters, when the men leave behind their wives and children to take the cattle to lowland grazing pastures. Tshogpa Kelzang Peljor said that all homes in Sengor today have electric cooking appliances and [... Read More]

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The three-day Sarpang tshechu ended yesterday with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengyed thongdrel (the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche)     

Winter youth engagement programme inspires students

Cultural-performance-by-the-studentsEngaged: Students present a cultural programme during the closing of the Winter Youth Engagement programme yesterday in Gyalpoizhing

Youth: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay attended the closing ceremony of the month-long 2nd Winter Youth Engagement Programme, yesterday. The programme held at the Gyalpoizhing higher secondary school began on December 29. It was initiated upon the command of His Majesty the King. The programme, which had 824 female student participants, was organised to meaningfully engage socio-economically disadvantaged girl students. It was also held to enhance their knowledge and skills, build confidence and competence, level the playing field with other students, and keep them away from [... Read More]

Drukair proposes dividing domestic market

Both airlines share the view that the local market is too small for competition Aviation: While the government is yet to make a decision on whether Tashi Air should resume domestic air services, national airline Drukair has informed the civil aviation department that it cannot operate to the Yonphula and Gelephu domestic airports. Drukair has also proposed that the domestic market be divided between the two airlines.  It has suggested that, while it continues operating to Batpalathang airport in Bumthang, Tashi Air can monopolise the [... Read More]

Factors that influence inflation

Despite nine fuel price cuts last year, the fall in the price of goods and services was a mere 0.5% Inflation: The country’s annual inflation last year was at 8.27 percent, a drop by 0.5 percent from 2013. The year-on-year inflation in January last year climbed to 10 percent, which, by the yearend, slid to 6.38 percent.  This means, the price of goods and services between January 2013 and 2014 increased by 10 percent, and this dropped to 6.38 percent in the same period in [... Read More]

Pvt. media considers merger

Companies could warm to the idea if the govt. were to provide incentives MOAB: The Media Owners Association of Bhutan (MOAB) is considering a merger of private media companies. The association wrote a letter to the prime minister on the idea after a meeting of members on January 27.  The idea of merging media companies was suggested by the prime minister himself during a meeting with the association on January 20. On Tuesday, the association, with its members, discussed the idea, but a majority of [... Read More]

Bank of Bhutan recognised for good tax compliance

Finance: Contributing more than Nu 1.2B in taxes in the last five years, the Bank of Bhutan Limited (BoBL) was awarded with a certificate of recognition for good tax compliance records on Janaury 26 in Phuentsholing. The amount of taxes it has paid also makes it one of the top taxpayers in the country, Finance minister, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji awarded the certificate. The finance ministry has been awarding certificates to some of the country’s largest taxpayers who have shown “excellent” compliance, substantive business growth and [... Read More]

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The three-day Tashi Chophel Leling tshechu in Ngatshang gewog, Mongar ends today with Guru Tshengye mask dance. Hundreds of devotees gathered to witness the performances on the first two days, including the National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo and parliamentarians.      

Study recommends digital cable TV as way forward, not DTH TV

Being carried by the optical fibre network, greater bandwidth will be available Television: While Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV may be legalised soon, a study carried out by a local consultant for the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) suggests that improving and expanding the cable TV network by digtalising it and allowing local cable operators to also supply broadband internet is a feasible alternative. The study, “Enhancement of cable TV in Bhutan: Its technology and business model” recommends digitalising the current cable TV system and consolidating [... Read More]

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