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Culvert-bridge over Lorikhachu washed away

10632738_1531843383717623_4913982842953769479_nShort-lived: The five-month old Lorikhachhu Bridge after heavy downpour

Monsoon: A five-month old culvert-bridge over Lorikhachu was washed away recently, leaving nine chiwogs under Tading gewog in Samtse disconnected from the motorable road.

Two days prior to the incident, which happened on August 16, the swollen river washed away the walls of the bridge.  At that time, local government officials said, the bridge slabs were still intact.

“However, after two days, Lorikhachu bridge was washed away because of the continued downpour,” Tading gup, Ashok [... Read More]

Govt. raises about Nu 4B through T-bill sale

RMA: T-bills worth Nu 2B each have been allocated to Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL) and Bhutan Development Bank limited (BDBL).

The four bidders, which were commercial banks, had oversubscribed the bills by Nu 4.9B.

The government issued three separate T-bills worth Nu 4B in August for bidding.  One bill worth Nu 1.5B was issued for 30 days, another Nu 1.5B bill was floated with a maturity of 60 days, and Nu 1B worth bill [... Read More]

Only about 1 out of 3 GEP vacancies applied for

The Ministry of Labour initiative does not seem to have enthused potential jobseekers

Employment: Two months after the labour ministry launched the guaranteed employment program (GEP), only 367 jobseekers were placed by the ministry.

The ministry had floated 1,312 vacancies.

Employment officials said jobseekers are not serious, and they have to literally go after jobseekers to apply for the posts available.

A labour officials said, while they were trying to make things easier for jobseekers, by arranging [... Read More]

Conflicting calls from latest kidnap victims

The Bhutanese driver and Indian co-worker have made separate contact with their employer

Abduction: Family members of the 40-year-old driver, who went missing since Friday night from Shantipur, Assam, along with his Indian coworker, received a call from a B-mobile number yesterday morning.

The driver spoke to his wife over the phone and told her he was kidnapped.  A ransom of Nu 20M has been demanded for his release.

The two men are drivers of Mindu [... Read More]


The kidnapping racket

One thing is clear from the recent incidence of people from across the border kidnapping hapless Bhutanese citizens.  Security along the borders should be a priority for the government, both local and central, and with a red-flag urgency.

As if to thumb their noses at our government and security forces, another two men were kidnapped even as the four Norbugang residents were returned.  The incident happened on the same day.

This says a lot of things.  The [... Read More]

Jigme Losel PS’s exchange programme

IMG_2332Sharing classroom: Chiya PS students with students of Jigme Losel PS

The now autonomous school is hosting twelve from a remote school in Udzorong

Education: Twelve students from a remote school in Udzorong, Trashigang are attending classes at the Jigme Losel primary school as a part of an exchange programme.

Jigme Losel PS initiated the programme after it was granted autonomy this year.

The exchange programme, Jigme Losel PS teachers said, was a part of its five-year plan as an autonomous school.  The month-long programme is expected [... Read More]

PM addresses desuups

IMG_3153March past: MPs exhibit their marching skills

Lyonchhoen was at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program

Tencholing: Desuung is about patriotism, volunteerism, leadership and management, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said, addressing 121 executive officers and managers at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program yesterday.

The program is conducted at Tencholing military training centre, Wangduephodrang.

“The very fact that you’re here is to prove that you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and do something,” the [... Read More]

Kangpara bouncing back from chili blight


Production of the main cash crop has been progressing from strength to strength

Agriculture: After losing huge quantities of chili, the main cash crop for Kangpara gewog, to blight in 2011, chili production in the gewog is now picking up.

Last year, the gewog produced 360MT of chilies from 110MT the previous year.  In 2011, chili production had plummeted to about 30MT.

“We’re expecting the production to increase further this year, as damage from blight after [... Read More]

Picture story

Representative of His Majesty the King and president of Bhutan Olympic Committee, HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding in Thimphu yesterday.
The parties agreed to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between the countries through sports.


Two men washed away by Kurichhu

Mishap: Two men were washed away by Kurichhu yesterday afternoon.

Gyalpoizhing Police, Kurichhu hydropower corporation staff and residents of Gyalpoizhing town are searching for their bodies.

The incident took place at around 12:30pm at Tshokor in Gyalpoizhing. According to sources in Gyalpoizhing, the men were reportedly swimming at Tshogkor, between Gyalpoizhing and Kurizampa, with two other friends.

Gyalpoizhing police said both men were in their 20s and were employees of an automobile workshop in Mongar. Since [... Read More]

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