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A shift of focus (and populace) to the east

Earmarking Kanglung and Nganglam as regional hubs is part of a broader development plan EDI: In a move to shift the overcrowded population from west to east, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement is planning to develop two towns of Kanglung in Trashigang and Nganglam in Pemagatshel as regional hubs. To start off, an expression of interest (EoI) to conduct a topographical survey of about 1,114 acres of land in Kanglung was announced yesterday.  For Nganglam, the topographical survey was already done when the [... Read More]

International tourism mart in Thimphu

DSC_4784Bhutan will offer travel opportunities to the world during an international conference next week

Bhutan’s renown as a most sought after destination is underlined by its hosting this event for a second time Tourism: Bhutan will get a good chance to show tour operators from across the world first hand travel opportunities the country has to offer when it hosts an international “adventure travel and responsible tourism conference and mart” in Thimphu next week. Organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) from February 4 to 6, the conference will offer “a tremendous platform” for tour agencies from Bhutan [... Read More]

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Winners: Kuenjung FC was crowned the champions of the seven-sided Yuljong Football Championship season-I after defeating Northern Thimphu, 4-0, yesterday in the finals played at Changlimethang. The winners took home a cash prize of Nu 25,000 and the runners up Nu 17,000. Ten teams participated in the league-cum-knockout tournament that began on January 11.     

ACC seeks suspension of two tainted civil servants

The project engineer and the manager have been indicted for their alleged involvement in lhakhang Karpo corruption Update: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday wrote a letter to the Haa dzongda asking him to suspend two civil servants, who were involved in the alleged corruption case of the lhakhang Karpo construction project. An ACC official said the letter was sent to the competent authority, with copies to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) and the Royal Audit Authority (RAA), to suspend the lhakhang Karpo conservation [... Read More]

Conditional govt. help for private sector

10947285_682448875201152_5684809481266038603_nMonday Meeting: The Prime Minister and the economic affairs minister meet the members of the wood based industries’ association in the first meeting with business entities yesterday

Only if businesses invest profit to upgrade capacity and employ Bhutanese Monday Meeting: The government’s help for the private sector came with conditions when the Prime Minister had his first meeting with business owners yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said only if the private sector is willing to invest in upgrading their capacity and employ Bhutanese, would the government give them businesses. Lyonchhoen said many business owners chose to buy land, Land Cruisers and construct houses with the profit earned, instead of re-investing it [... Read More]

Trends in trade

Latest figures show that commerce with third countries (other than India) has increased RMA Report: The share of Bhutan’s exports to India dropped to 86.1 percent in 2013 from 93.9 percent in the previous year, while the share of exports to countries other than India (COTI) increased by 25.2 percent. This is an indication that Bhutan is strengthening its trade relations with countries besides India, and that earnings in hard currency have increased. While exports to COTI has increased, imports from COTI increased only by [... Read More]

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Ambassador Pema Choden presented credentials to the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, on January 23 in Seoul. During a call on, the President acknowledged Bhutan’s proposal to send Bhutanese youth for employment in Republic of Korea and informed the ambassador that their agencies would further study the proposal. Diplomatic relation between the two countries was established in September 1987. Ambassador Pema Choden is Bhutan’s ambassador to Bangladesh with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Korea, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.    

Taxi drivers feel victimised

The cabbies feel that they are picked on with regards to traffic rule enforcement   RSTA: Rules are becoming complicated by the day for taxi drivers.  Either they stay on the right side of the rules and lose passengers, or they break the rules and make the most out of a working day. The rules say that a child below 10 is not allowed to sit in the front seat.  And that is creating problem for passengers as well as drivers, says the taxi driver.  [... Read More]

Lapsed tsamdros appropriated by sons of the soils

Former leaseholders, deprived of grazing rights, have received no compensation to date Pasture lands: Bumthaps (people of Bumthang) are losing their tsamdro to the natives of dzongkhags like Zhemgang, Mongar and Lhuentse, even as they wait for the lease right, on which the government has not made much headway. The government reverted all tsamdro rights, so that it could be leased out to the needy.  The idea was to lease the tsamdros within 10 years of the Land Act 2007 coming into effect. But without [... Read More]

Eighteenth century lhakhang being renovated

IMG_0408-copyAbout 65 Bhutanese are renovating the lhakhang

Wangditse: The over 300-year-old Wangditse Lhakhang located on a ridge above Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu is being extensively renovated for a fourth time. It has been a “tricky” and learning experience on archeology for the officials of the Department of Culture’s Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites. Except for a book,“Views of Medieval Bhutan”by Michael Aris, there is not much written history on the 18th century lhakhang. Aris’ book is based on a diary and drawings of Samuel Davis in 1783. Whatever structural history the [... Read More]

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