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The green-and-blue project

blueYouth in action: Members of YIB collecting waste at Changjiji

An initiative to build awareness on blue-collar jobs and waste management YIB: A group of youth who call themselves Youth in Blue (YIB) have started a waste management initiative to drive home the message that blue-collar jobs are respectable, while productively addressing an issue confronted by the country, especially in urban areas. Kinley Wangchuk, 24, an undergraduate student at Gaeddu college of business studies, started the initiative, which has 10 members. The project was started in July this year.  YIB has an office in Thimphu, [... Read More]

A (monastic) home for the old

IMG_3332His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates the old age home for monks in Limukha, Punakha yesterday

HH the Je Khenpo yesterday consecrated eleven such one-storied houses for retired monks Dratshang: Monks retiring to a life of prayers have found a place to retire in peace with an elderly home for monks completed in Limukha, Punakha. His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choeda yesterday consecrated the eleven one-storied elderly home for retired monks, which was attended by the agriculture minister, sponsors, dzongkhag officials and nearby local people of Punakha and Wangdue. Spread across 72 acres of chirpine forest, far from the [... Read More]

Culvert-bridge over Lorikhachu washed away

10632738_1531843383717623_4913982842953769479_nShort-lived: The five-month old Lorikhachhu Bridge after heavy downpour

Monsoon: A five-month old culvert-bridge over Lorikhachu was washed away recently, leaving nine chiwogs under Tading gewog in Samtse disconnected from the motorable road. Two days prior to the incident, which happened on August 16, the swollen river washed away the walls of the bridge.  At that time, local government officials said, the bridge slabs were still intact. “However, after two days, Lorikhachu bridge was washed away because of the continued downpour,” Tading gup, Ashok Tamang, said. Villagers and other residents are using a suspension [... Read More]

Govt. raises about Nu 4B through T-bill sale

RMA: T-bills worth Nu 2B each have been allocated to Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL) and Bhutan Development Bank limited (BDBL). The four bidders, which were commercial banks, had oversubscribed the bills by Nu 4.9B. The government issued three separate T-bills worth Nu 4B in August for bidding.  One bill worth Nu 1.5B was issued for 30 days, another Nu 1.5B bill was floated with a maturity of 60 days, and Nu 1B worth bill was issued for a period of 90 days. An official [... Read More]

Only about 1 out of 3 GEP vacancies applied for

The Ministry of Labour initiative does not seem to have enthused potential jobseekers Employment: Two months after the labour ministry launched the guaranteed employment program (GEP), only 367 jobseekers were placed by the ministry. The ministry had floated 1,312 vacancies. Employment officials said jobseekers are not serious, and they have to literally go after jobseekers to apply for the posts available. A labour officials said, while they were trying to make things easier for jobseekers, by arranging interview schedules with employers, jobseekers were not serious. [... Read More]

Conflicting calls from latest kidnap victims

The Bhutanese driver and Indian co-worker have made separate contact with their employer Abduction: Family members of the 40-year-old driver, who went missing since Friday night from Shantipur, Assam, along with his Indian coworker, received a call from a B-mobile number yesterday morning. The driver spoke to his wife over the phone and told her he was kidnapped.  A ransom of Nu 20M has been demanded for his release. The two men are drivers of Mindu Construction company in Gelephu. The owner of the company, [... Read More]

Jigme Losel PS’s exchange programme

IMG_2332Sharing classroom: Chiya PS students with students of Jigme Losel PS

The now autonomous school is hosting twelve from a remote school in Udzorong Education: Twelve students from a remote school in Udzorong, Trashigang are attending classes at the Jigme Losel primary school as a part of an exchange programme. Jigme Losel PS initiated the programme after it was granted autonomy this year. The exchange programme, Jigme Losel PS teachers said, was a part of its five-year plan as an autonomous school.  The month-long programme is expected to help rural students gain exposure to an urban [... Read More]

PM addresses desuups

IMG_3153March past: MPs exhibit their marching skills

Lyonchhoen was at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program Tencholing: Desuung is about patriotism, volunteerism, leadership and management, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said, addressing 121 executive officers and managers at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program yesterday. The program is conducted at Tencholing military training centre, Wangduephodrang. “The very fact that you’re here is to prove that you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and do something,” the prime minister said. He also said that one could [... Read More]

Kangpara bouncing back from chili blight


Production of the main cash crop has been progressing from strength to strength Agriculture: After losing huge quantities of chili, the main cash crop for Kangpara gewog, to blight in 2011, chili production in the gewog is now picking up. Last year, the gewog produced 360MT of chilies from 110MT the previous year.  In 2011, chili production had plummeted to about 30MT. “We’re expecting the production to increase further this year, as damage from blight after 2011 has dropped drastically,” agriculture extension supervisor, Pema Dorji, [... Read More]

Picture story

Representative of His Majesty the King and president of Bhutan Olympic Committee, HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding in Thimphu yesterday. The parties agreed to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between the countries through sports.