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Farmers in Paro pack apples to be exported to India and Bangladesh. The apple export season began since August 14 with Paro exporting the first batch of apples. Currently, a crate of apples, weighing about 25 kgs, fetches about Nu 750 while its about USD 650 per metric tonne.     

Truckers gear up for an association

IMG_1232At the helm: Several issues to be addressed with the formation of a new association ( File picture)

An organisation, they hope, that will look into issues from welfare to rates    Union: With their voice usually going unheard, truckers in Phuentsholing are working on forming an association again, which would look at their welfare in times of need. Although there existed an association earlier, it was dissolved between 2012 and 2013 as it failed to function properly owing to various issues. Truckers now want a functional association that would look into their needs. Fixing a rate that is profitable, reasonable and doing [... Read More]

Dzong renovation begins with initial collections

IMG_3069Gasa dzong during the consecration of Mithrupa lhakhang a few months ago

Conservation project has kicked off with material collection works Heritage: Work to conserve the 17th century fortress, Gasa dzong, which was built as a defense against the enemy from the north, has begun. Project manager, Kinley Gyeltshen, said they would construct a two-storied five-block drasha for 100 monks outside the dzong, with the government fund of Nu 40M. The project would carry out the dzong conservation work, including a two-storied tshokhang, a multipurpose hall, including dining hall and common kitchen for monks, with government of [... Read More]

17 college students in police Custody

Crime: Thimphu police has forwarded the assault case, involving 17 students of Gaeddu College of Business Studies, to the Office of the Attorney General. The students were arrested last week for involving in fight and assaulting a man in the town. According to college’s director general, Lhato Jamba, the incident happened on August 12 between 1 and 2am. Earlier that day, one of the students was beaten severely by the owner of a karaoke bar. Later at night, about 20 of his friends had gone [... Read More]

Bhutan ends first Olympiad with a single win

Cheda-from-Bhutan-vs-Deo-N-copyCheda from Bhutan plays Deo Ntagasigumwami from Burundin at Round 10 of the tournament

Chess: Bhutan fell short of winning a second game at the Chess Olympiad, but came close by securing a draw against the Solomon Islands. The Chess Olympiad is a biennial global chess tournament. This was the first time Bhutan participated in the international tournament.  The Bhutanese team was even able to achieve its first international win by defeating the kingdom of Swaziland in round three of the tournament. After 10 rounds or matches, Bhutan’s international record stands at one win, two draws, and eight losses.  [... Read More]

“We will work together…”PM

DSC_9808Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay speaks to university graduates

Lyonchhoen said graduates have the responsibility to ensure democracy works Graduates: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay apologised to the graduates, at the national graduates orientation programme yesterday, for the government being unable to do away with the preliminary examination. “I personally feel preliminary examination isn’t necessary and that graduates can directly appear the main examination but the royal civil service commission (RCSC) doesn’t feel the same,” lyonchhoen said in response to a question on prelims from one of the graduates. “When we pledged during our campaign, [... Read More]

Show cause hearing over suspension order

Nima Construction has challenged the commission’s directive as “arbitrary and unconstitutional” High court: The constitutional bench of the high court yesterday held a show cause hearing to explain why the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) issued a suspension order against the petitioner, Nima Construction, and to submit the rebuttal on why the ACC order should be enforced. The show cause hearing was conducted after Nima Construction filed a petition before the court to issue a stay order against its contract license suspension order.  Under the ACC’s [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King granted an audience to the Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yesterday in Thimphu. The minister is on a visit to Bhutan from August 14-18.    

Petrol price drops

But the cost of diesel may rise by the end of the month Fuel: Petrol price dropped by Nu 1.91 to Nu 2.03 across the country from 9pm yesterday. However, a diesel price hike by about 56 paise in Delhi is expected towards the end of this month, according to Indian media reports. A press release from the Indian Oil corporation limited (IOCL) stated that this reduction could be attributed to declining petrol prices globally, and further fueled by INR-USD exchange rate depreciation. Following the [... Read More]

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