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National basketball coach leaves

IMG_7024Thank you: BOC secretary general Sonam Karma Tshering gives a momento to coach Kiyong Kim

Sports: The Bhutanese basketball coach left more than able basketball players after his two-year tenure. Kiyong Kim and Youn Myung-Gu of Sunhwa girls’ school, Korea, gifted Bhutan Olympic Committee and the federation with more than Nu 2.4M worth of sports-wears including tracksuits, t-shirts and sports shorts yesterday. The coach is known for his rigorous training, which earned Bhutan its first 3 on 3 basketball victory against Maldives at the South Asian Beach Games at Hambantota, Sri Lanka last year. Kiyong Kim said that he has [... Read More]

Money does grow on trees

IMG_9622Namdrupcholing community forest

Just ask the community forest management project beneficiaries of Uruk village  Income: Uruk villagers have found a solution to their financial needs.  The community forest management (CFM) in Namdrupcholing has matured and earnings from trees harvested are loaned out to villagers, saving them time and money. Sale of surplus timber fetched the community an income of Nu 550,000. “CFM decided to give loan to save the villagers from the long banking process for small agricultural loans,” the CFM chairman, Tshering Samdrup, said. “The CFM has [... Read More]

Bhutan open to clean and green business- PM

unnamed-1Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with Indian PM Narendra Modi and Gujarat’s Chief Minister Anandiben Patel at the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Global summit in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Lyonchhoen called on investors with sustainable business ideas to visit Bhutan Summit: For investors with clean, green and sustainable business ideas, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, Bhutan is open to business while addressing the 7th Vibrant Gujarat  global summit yesterday in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. “For that reason we welcome investments in renewable energy and hydropower, organic farming tourism, education and information technology,” Lyonchhoen said at the Mahatma Mandir hall in Gandhinaga. Mixing some Hindi in between, which the gathering applauded, Lyonchhoen said the Vibrant Gujarat [... Read More]

Vehicle prices expected to rise soon

Maruti brand cars already levying the new price Automobile: As more people look forward to buying new cars, the car price in the country is expected to increase anytime soon. Following the withdrawal of excise duty concession on car manufacturers in India, car prices in India soared by four-to-six percent in December 2014. Excise duty on small cars in India has been revised to 12 per cent from eight per cent earlier, while that of sports utility vehicles (SUV) has gone up from 24 per [... Read More]

Lyonchhoen calls on PM Modi


Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay called on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10, soon after he landed in Ahmedabad, India. The two Prime Ministers discussed matters of mutual interests on tourism, hydropower, mining, education and cooperation in areas of security. Lyonchhoen also visited Sabarmati Ashram, once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi where he lived for about 12 years with his wife Kasturba Gandhi and the Kids city where children are given an opportunity to learn about different professions through role-play. En route to the Kid’s [... Read More]

Third Telecommunications Company for Bhutan?

The policy is approved but government is yet to decide if a third company is required Communication: The Cabinet recently approved the Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband policy, which opens the market for a third mobile telecommunications company. Under section 2.6 of the policy, which covers mobile development, it is stated that the government “shall license a third mobile operator via a competitive selection process”. It is also stated that the existing duopoly of Bhutan Telecom and Tashi Cell ends by 2013. However, the government is [... Read More]

From quota system to empowering women

IMG_9904Lyonpo Dorji Choden

Until the election Act is amended, focus on capacity building Politics: The focus at the moment, when it comes to women in politics, will be on capacity building and creating a conducive environment for women to enhance their participation rather than introduction of a quota system. Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden, who is also Bhutan’s first woman minister, said the emphasis is on “promotional activities” towards women empowerment and capacity building to boost confidence so that women can take part in politics. Women [... Read More]

Picture story

More than 150 youth from across the country participated in the national youth seminar, “Youth Cooperation for young, by the young” at the NRDCL hall yesterday. The event was organised by youth committee member, Sangay Rinchen together with 12 local groups, as a part of the International Co-operative Alliance Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) to promote youth involvement in the mainstream cooperative movement. The objective was to advocate on scopes for youth co-operatives in Bhutan, recognise and identify potential youth co-operators and create awareness on financial [... Read More]

Township works to start soon


Biological corridor reduced to 500m, both landowners and businesspeople happy Nganglam: The long delayed Nganglam town at Rinchenthang is expected to see some development with the issue of biological corridor boundary solved. The corridor that became the bone of contention between planners and landowners and halted the development of the town is now reduced to 500m from 750m as planned earlier. Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said the boundary was reduced following several rounds of discussion among all government stakeholders. It was initiated [... Read More]

Over speeding caused accident

Update: Wangduephodrang police confirmed the cause of the bus accident at Taksha that injured 14 people on Saturday as over-speeding. Police said that they confirmed the cause of the accident after questioning passengers. There was also an eleven-feet tyre mark on the road where the bus toppled about 17 feet below the road. “The road at the accident site was good,” said an official. Meanwhile, except for the driver injured passengers of the Tsirang bound bus were discharged from the Bajo regional hospital. However, 11 [... Read More]