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Night shift: Land commission officials in Thimphu began working in shifts from yesterday to complete the preparation of lagtharms for the remaining nine districts. The commission has extended the deadline to complete issuing new lagtharms to February next year.        

BDB launches two schemes at Kabjisa

unnamed-33Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay launches the schemes

As part of the bank’s CSR and to honour the Fourth Druk Gyalpo  Anniversary: The Bhutan Development Bank (BDB) launched two schemes, the “gewog-based banking services” and “Drinchen Ama savings scheme” at Kabjisa gewog, Punakha, yesterday. The launch was to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and also as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility, the bank’s managing director Pema Tshering said. He said the gewog-based banking services (agency) was for the delivery of financial services outside conventional bank branch [... Read More]

Reaching out together

A health initiative to create a partnership between stakeholders in a common cause  Networking: An attempt to develop a new approach to effectively and efficiently prevent and intervene in social issues and lifestyle diseases is underway in all dzongkhags. The initiative is a joint partnership of the networks: multi sectoral task force (MSTF) with the health ministry and community based support system (CBSS) with Respect, educate, nurture and empower women (RENEW). MSTF and CBSS were both formed under the patronage of Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay [... Read More]

Low turnout at Gelephu hot spring this winter

DSC00745Visitors soak in one of the ponds

Attributed to anxiety about security and the fear of being abducted SPA: The fear of being kidnapped could be keeping visitors away from Gelephu tshachu this year, according to visitors at the hot spring. Unlike the last few years, where people visited the hot spring before the season began, the number of visitors has declined this time.  Hot spring season begins from November and goes on until February and March. “Two of the eight rooms and two big halls are still vacant,” he said. “Last [... Read More]

Two detained in drowning incident

Wangchu: Police in Babesa, Thimphu, detained two men since the night of December 9 after a 27-year-old man, who went fishing with them, drowned in the Wangchu. The two men, aged 23 and 26, were detained, although police do not suspect foul play, as there were no physical injuries on the body of the deceased. The Officer-in-Command (OC) in Babesa police station said the men would be detained until they receive the medical report. “Only then we’ll be able to confirm the cause of his [... Read More]

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  The Wildlife Conservation Division’s wildlife rescue and animal section officials released a female Himalayan Black Bear into the forest yesterday. It was unhurt. The bear was 116cm tall, weighed almost 62kg, and was over two years old. According to a news release on the agriculture ministry’s website, it was trapped in the snare set for boars in the maize field in Tanapangkha, Chapcha. The trap was laid for wild boars that were marauding the maize fields in the village under Chukha district. Forest officials [... Read More]

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More than 40 journalists were briefed on reporting disaster and natural calamities at a day long media workshop on ethics of reporting in situations of emergencies and natural disasters yesterday. Jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) based in New Delhi and the Journalists Association of Bhutan, the workshop was inaugurated by Information and Communications minister DN Dungyel and head of ICRC’s regional delegation, Mary Werntz. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion on first hand experience of reporting in situations [... Read More]

Multiple life terms for vandal duo

One of those convicted got a record maximum sentence – 12 lifetime imprisonments Crime: When Mongar district court on December 8 sentenced a 32-year-old man, Langa Dorji, to 12 lifetime imprisonments, he became the country’s only convict to receive the highest sentence to date. The farmer, along with his four accomplices, had vandalised and robbed 12 chortens in Mongar dzongkhag between 2008 and 2013. Of the 12 chortens, Langa Dorji from Zorgyen village in Chaskhar gewog, along with a businessman, Tashi, 32, also from the [... Read More]

For a better future, read: HM

20141209-2C4A7070-(1)His Majesty the King addresses a gathering of students and teachers at the launch of National Reading Year at Tendrilthang, Thimphu, yesterday

His Majesty the King granted tokha to more than 10,000 students and teachers Anniversary:  More than 10,000 students and teachers remained glued, unbothered by the midday sun, reading through a special edition biography of Lord Buddha “Prince Siddhartha – The Story of Buddha” at the Tendrilthang yesterday in Thimphu. The National Reading Year had begun, in earnest, with an apt gift from the His Majesty the King for the occasion they were gathered for. Soon Tendrilthang echoed with the crowd’s resounding response to His Majesty’s [... Read More]

The sleazier side of Phuentsholing’s beauty parlours

Lifestyle: With the onset of winter, Phuentsholing is becoming crowded by the day, as visitors, both Bhutanese and Indian, flock to the busy town. It may take about 15 minutes to drive through the town’s main lanes.  But, there are endless alleys that lead to the concretes that separate the town in intersections. In one of the alleys, some three buildings past pass the Mig Cinema theatre is a wide space that creates an unusual passage.  At its deadlock stands a four-storied building renowned for [... Read More]

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