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Bhutanese athletes in Korea for Asian games

unnamedTeam Bhutan: Bhutanese athletes and officials in Incheon

Athletics: About 16 Bhutanese Athletes are in Incheon, South Korea to take part in the 17th Asian games, officially known as the XVII Asia. Bhutanese athletes are taking part in archery, boxing, golf, shooting and Taekwondo.  The Asian games has 439 events in 36 sports disciplines, including the 28 Olympic sports and eight non-Olympic sports. The welcome ceremony for the athletes was held yesterday at the ceremony plaza of the athlete’s village in Incheon. The ceremony began with raising of nations flags and singing of [... Read More]

Getting all stakeholders on the same page

A national entrepreneurial strategy, pending cabinet approval, will establish a linkage between the agencies concerned Entrepreneurship: In the absence of a proper strategy, entrepreneurship training programmes offered by several agencies were not always up to the mark, according to labour ministry officials. Department of employment director, Jamyang Gelay, said although there are numerous agencies conducting entrepreneurship programmes and providing support, there is no coordinated effort by the government to support entrepreneurs. Besides the labour ministry, organisations like Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), Loden Foundation, Bhutan [... Read More]

Using CCs to train farmers: BMCI

Bhutan Media and Communication Institute is ICIMOD’S sole knowledge partner here Meeting: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) could use Bhutan’s community centres as venues to transfer some of the organisation’s technological innovations to farmers. Bhutan Media and Communication Institute (BMCI) suggested that ICIMOD use Bhutan’s community centres as venues to train farmers on various skills, like the making of bio-briquette, drip irrigation, rain water harvesting, and bee keeping, among others.  The suggestion was made during an introduction meeting with experts of ICIMOD [... Read More]

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Post festival: Expatriate construction workers immerse the statue of Lord Vishwakarma in Thimchhu on September 18, the morning after the Vishwakarma puja celebration    

Vehicle accident kills one

Chuzom: A 75-year old woman died on the way to Thimphu referral hospital, after she was hit by a vehicle en route to Thimphu from Gedu on September 17 around 11am. The accident occurred about four kilometres away from Chuzom towards Thimphu. The vehicle, driven by a 33-year old corporate employee, veered off the road after hitting the woman, according to traffic police. Police said there were three passengers in the vehicle who were the driver’s friends.  The passengers sustained injuries on the forehead, legs [... Read More]

Timber exploitation too high

IMG_5673Piles of timber at the Ramtokto depot, Thimphu

Foresters fear, at current rates, the green cover mandated by the Constitution could be irreparably depleted Forestry: If the country harvested timber like it did in the last five years, the country would go barren, forestry officials warn. In the past five years, almost 40m cubic feet (cft) of timber, equivalent to about 80,000 truckloads, have been used in the country for various construction works.  Data available with the forestry officials indicate that current estimates show a total of 3.8mcft of standing timber available for [... Read More]

RCSC amends in-service bachelor’s degree programme rules

Circular: Civil servants pursuing undergraduate degree programmes will have to do so without pay, and their job will not be protected either.  Upon completion of the programme, there will be no automatic enhancement of position level. Having amended the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2012, pertaining to in-service bachelor’s degree, a circular was sent out to various agencies and departments by the Royal Civil Service Commission on September 12. The amendments will come into effect from the day it was sent out. The circular states that, [... Read More]

New office building lies unused for months

DSC_1025The construction of the new office building for the area office of geology and mines in Samtse was completed about seven months ago

No furniture budget until now has stymied a move from the current adjacent premises DGM: Seven months after a Nu10M three-storey building for the department of geology and mines (DGM) area office in Samtse was completed and handed over, it remains vacant. Some parts of the building have even started to crumble. The building, located at Gurung Basti in Samtse, was constructed at a cost of more than Nu 10M, according to DGM officials. The DGM office is currently located in the department’s guesthouse, adjacent [... Read More]

OAG takes former land commission official to court

Fraud: A former National Land Commission (NLC) official, accused of colluding with Chang Ugyen in the alleged land fraud case, has appealed to Thimphu district court to summon all land record officers and clerks, who worked with him, in a bid to find who manipulated the thram in question. The former NLC official, Sonam Norbu, made the appeal to the court’s bench four during his rebuttal yesterday. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has charged Sonam Norbu of having manipulated documents to increase Chang [... Read More]

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The Consul General of Bhutan Karma Tsering Namgyal called on the chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi at his residence on September 15. The Consul General will be meeting some of the top bureaucrats in Assam including the chief secretary, home secretary and director general of Assam police to discuss issues of mutual interest and to enhance relations. The Consul General will also meet Bhutanese students studying in Guwahati and Shillong during his familarisation tour from September 14 to 22.    

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