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The bamboo shoot pickle business

Women from two villages in Jigmeling formed a group that makes this best-selling preserve Food-processing: Sarpang is blessed with fertile land.  Farmers grow both cash and food crops, and vegetables are fast becoming a good source of cash income.  If that is not enough, the dzongkhag is also rich in non-wood forest products. One such product is bamboo shoot, which is much in demand when processed into pickles.  Realising the potential, 21 women from Chungshing and Chakpai villages in Jigmeling formed a group about two [... Read More]

10,737 people transfer census

ECB is looking into possibilities of allowing voters to vote from their place of residence  Election: To enable themselves to vote from the place of their residence, 10,737 people transferred their census, mostly within gewogs of the same dzongkhag, and some between dzongkhags and thromdes, in six months, from July to December last year. The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) in July last year notified that December 31, 2014 would be the last day for the transfer of census, as the laws require a minimum [... Read More]

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Strong winds blew off the roof of a two-storied traditional house in Lobesa, Punakha yesterday evening. The gewog has provided plastic sheets to protect the house from rain.                                              

Govt to solve critical aviation shortcomings

.. By allowing the recruitment of required personnel at the market rate MoIC: In a major move that will settle a longstanding issue for the civil aviation sector, the Ministry of Information and Communications will be able to recruit an airworthiness officer and an air safety officer. The decision for immediate recruitment of the two officers, according to MoIC officials, came after the ministry, Royal Civil Service Commission, and the finance ministry met at the prime minister’s office earlier this month. The two officials will [... Read More]

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Pro-Bhutan, a private German philanthropic association donated equipment worth Nu 500,000 to Punakha hospital on March 17. The equipment includes four water tanks, nine panel heaters, a refrigerator with 250-litre capacity and a deep-freezer. The hospital also received a washing machine with 8.5kg capacity, a projector for conference hall, a wheel burrow and a grass-cutting machine. Punakha hospital’s chief medical officer Dr Choeda Gyaltshen, who requested for support, said Pro-Bhutan has continuously supported the hospital for years. He said the fund for the equipment was [... Read More]

Cross-examination exposes inconsistencies

Both defendants submitted conflicting statements yesterday against their bribery charges Update: Discrepancies arose in the submissions of the parties involved, when the Haa district court conducted a cross-examination hearing yesterday to establish facts in the alleged bribery case of a public servant in the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo case. Both the defendants, Nima of Pema Tshongkhang in Paro, and project engineer of Lhakhang Karpo, Tashi Gyeltshen, yesterday submitted conflicting statements against their bribery charges. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which is currently prosecuting seven [... Read More]

ADR training for all local leaders: Wangdue DT

Fears of the Trongsa contagion spreading may partly be laid to rest Judiciary: Almost a week after the Trongsa dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) passed a resolution to hand over mediation and conciliation of civil cases to the judiciary, local leaders in Wangdue are requesting the judiciary to train all local leaders on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation and conciliation. At the second day of the ongoing DT session, local leaders requested the judiciary to provide ADR training to tshogpas, and, if possible, to all local leaders, [... Read More]

Indo-Asian Academy issue resolved for now

Bengaluru: After more than three weeks, confusion among the 195 students studying at the Indo Asian Academy in Bengaluru, India is purportedly cleared for now. The students were given a reassurance after a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) was drawn last week between Careerinfo Bhutan, a consultancy based in Thimphu and the students. The new MoU states that the students studying in the first and second semester, who were sent under the financial aid programme, will continue to receive the aid unless they fail.  Those [... Read More]

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Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay urged the innovative, creative and skilled Bhutanese to return and invest in Bhutan when he met the Bhutanese community in New York recently. The priame minister also encouraged the community to open foreign currency accounts with banks at home. To raise awareness for the ‘Bhutan for Life’ initiative, the prime minister is on a nine-day visit to the US. Lyonchen and his delegation also met the co-chair and members of Bhutan Foundation and the president of Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert Kennedy Jr.  Following [... Read More]

DCA dismisses Drukair’s safety concerns

Aviation: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has found no cause for concern regarding similarity in radio call signs between Drukair and Tashi Air subsidiary Bhutan Airlines. A radio call sign is assigned to a specific aircraft and used by an Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower to give instructions to that aircraft using radio communications, such as whether to lower or increase altitude. The national airline had raised safety concerns that the call signs of the two airlines, “Royal Bhutan” for Drukair and “Bhutan Air” [... Read More]

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