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Fuel becomes cheaper by almost Nu 2

Petrol/diesel: Petrol and diesel prices dropped by nearly Nu 2 a litre starting 8pm yesterday, triggered by the heaviest fall in international oil prices in the past five years. Petrol price dropped by Nu 1.86 to Nu 1.83 across the country, while diesel is cheaper by Nu 1.95 to Nu 1.97 a litre. A litre of petrol in Thimphu costs Nu 61.72, Nu 59.79 in Phuentsholing and 58.46 in Trashigang. Thimphu residents pay Nu 1.96 less for a litre of diesel with the new price [... Read More]

Samtse-Chamarchi gate opens to traffic

Border: The Samtse-Chamarchi border gate opened to traffic at 6:30pm yesterday, more than three weeks after it was closed for security reasons, following the death of an Indian maid in Samtse. The border gate opened after a meeting between authorities from both sides.  District magistrate of Jalpaiguri, Paritha Sarkar, represented the Indian counterpart, while Samtse dzongda Karma Woezir represented Bhutan at the meeting. “The Indian counterpart had assured us on security and safety,” the dzongda said. Both parties have agreed that, henceforth, the situation would [... Read More]

Farm road to make nye and tshachu more accessible

Once abandoned due to the absence of a bridge, the link has now been brought back to life Connectivity: Visitors to Goentshaphu nye (sacred site) and Koma tshachu (hot spring) in Punakha will no longer have to hire horses or walk for hours, with restoration work on Shari farm road about to complete. The seven-kilometre farm road that connects Shari chiwog of Goenshari gewog in Punakha to Gasa highway was initially constructed in 2005-06. However, the farm road remained unused, without a bridge over Mochu, [... Read More]

Expat worker dies in mudslide mishap

Fatality: A 35-year-old expatriate labourer died while excavating a tower pit in Gonpopang, Zhemgang on the evening of December 15. The labourer was working for an Indian power construction company and got buried, while excavating a pit along with a friend, when the mud wall collapsed. The friend of the deceased, who was working for the same company, was rescued and taken to Yebilaptsa hospital, about 25km away from the place of incident.  The labourer died when he reached Tingtibi. Zhemgang police said that a [... Read More]

Two women at a man’s work

DSC_0102Khandu Zangmo and Karma Zangmo

The pair works with nine men as labourers, unloading goods from trucks Occupation: Sixty-year-old Khandu Zangmo and thirty-five-year-old Karma Zangmo work as a labourers, who unload goods from trucks in Gelephu town.  They work with nine men. Khandu and Karma started working as ‘unloaders’ three years back. When they started, there were five of them.  Three left. Khandu Zangmo is from Pemagatshel.  She has three children studying in Gelephu higher secondary school.  She said she feels shy telling her friends and relatives that she works [... Read More]

Spike in Kanglung commerce

unnamed-1Shopkeepers are making the most of the celebrations

National Day crowds have sparked a mini business boom in the town Occasion: Kanglung town is bustling with life, with thousands of people gathered for the national day celebrations. Restaurateurs and shopkeepers are doing brisk business, while hotels are seeing a rush of customers. A restaurateur, Wangchuk Namgyal, is busy attending to his customers.  Usually, he would have closed his shop and left for his village by this time. “We generally don’t do good business in December. Students would leave for their vacation and we [... Read More]

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Camped: About 1,000 people from Merak and Sakten gewogs are in Kanglung, Trashigang to join in the National Day celebrations today. Some 50 tents were pitched to accommodate them near the venue at Thragom.     

March 2015 – Dagachu’s latest deadline

Hydropower: The 126 megawatt (MW) Dagachu hydropower project, after missing several deadlines, is now scheduled to go on commercial operation by early March next year. The project, which took off in October 2009, was initially set to complete in August 2013. But due to geological conditions and collapsing of a tunnel on January 5 this year, it was delayed by a year. A new deadline was set for October this year but, at the eleventh hour of commissioning, hairline cracks were observed on inspection at [... Read More]

Looking forward to the 107th National Day

DSC01191A rehearsal of cultural programmes for the National Day celebration was held at the Kanglung football ground yesterday

Trashigang is all agog – with anticipation and preparations – for the big occasion Celebration: Trashigang dzongkhag has remained busy for the past few days.  Excitement is high as preparations for the 107th national day celebration are on full swing. Excluding people visiting from other dzongkhags, about 20,000 people are expected to join the celebrations from Trashigang dzongkhag. Despite thousands of people pouring in, accommodation is not an issue.  Tents have been pitched along the fields near Kanglung BHU for the people of 14 gewogs [... Read More]

Banks face INR shortage despite improved Rupee reserve

The deficiency however is particularly in notes of Rs 100 denomination Currency: While the country’s rupee reserve has improved, banks are facing a shortage of INR, especially in notes of Rs 100 denomination. Bank of Bhutan, on behalf of all the banks in the country, gets INR from the State Bank of India (SBI) in Hashimara, West Bengal, and distributes it to other banks. Since 2000, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had banned Indian currency notes with denomination of 500 and 1,000 in both [... Read More]

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