Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 4:35 PM

No visitors from Tawang at Gomphu kora

IMG_9378Vendors wait for customers at Gomphu kora

Tshechu coincides with general election in India

Festival: The Gomphu kora tshechu’s infinite charms were not able to draw any visitors from the neighbouring Indian district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh this year.

With the tshechu, which began on April 7, coinciding with the general election in India, the popular visitors from Tawang, referred to as Dhaps, chose to stay home and take part in the election.

The tradition of dhaps attending the popular Gomphu Kora [... Read More]

26 households compensated in S/Jongkhar

st-picKezang Pelden receives her insurance claim at Dewathang gewog office

Windstorm: The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (RICBL) office in Samdrupjongkhar compensated the 26 villagers whose houses were affected by the March 21 windstorm.

In one of their quickest responses, the branch office had paid Nu 474,235 by March 31, ten days after the storm, to the affected people in five gewogs.

Martanga gewog, which suffered the most damage had 11 households affected. They received Nu 234,765. Dewathang gewog received Nu 105,415.

Phuentshothang gewog received [... Read More]

Man donates 25litres of blood in 30 years

20140408_120908Kesang Jigme

Health: If the blood bank at the Thimphu national referral hospital were a real bank, the hospital’s laboratory officer, Kesang Jigme would be the richest client.

The 49-year-old have so far deposited 50 units or about 25 litres of blood. Yesterday he was donating blood for the 50th time since he joined the hospital 29 years ago.

About twenty to thirty units of blood is required to treat patients at the referral hospital in the [... Read More]

Phojas set record

DSC_0355A Phoja guard goes for rebound

Basketball: Team Phoja set a new record by netting the highest point in a single game yesterday as they trounced Carabao 103:49.

The tournament already has a record of the highest number of teams with 32 teams participating in the tournament, which began on Monday. The tournament is also seeing an increased number of youth from schools and institutions.

Prize money has also been increased to Nu 40,000 for the winner and Nu 30,000 for [... Read More]

Mobile community launched in Paro

mcp-2Police chief brigadier Kipchu Namgyel and Paro dzongda Chencho Tshering launches the MCP

Policing: To deliver effective police services to communities, the Royal Bhutan Police on April 5 launched its mobile community policing (MCP) in Paro.

A team of police who will be available to respond to the needs of communities to prevent and detect crimes and maintain public order and safety with the launch of the MCP.

The team, police sources said, would involve the local communities.

“This way, we will extend our services to the larger communities [... Read More]

Eastern and central Bhutan to enjoy reliable power

Kurichhu power purchase agreement amended

Energy: To export surplus power from the Kurichhu hydropower plant and to re-import it during the lean season, the Deothang-Rangia transmission line will now serve as an alternative to already existing Salakati- Gelephu transmission point.

This would improve the reliability of power supply to eastern and central region of the country.

To make this possible, the Power Purchase Agreement for Kurichhu hydropower plant was amended and signed on April 2 between [... Read More]

Gautam Bambawale next Ambassador to Bhutan

ambGautam Bambawale

Diplomacy: The Indian external affairs ministry has confirmed Gautam Bambawale as the next Indian Ambassador to Bhutan.

While the Indian media started reporting about the appointment as early as February 25, the external affairs ministry announced the move only on April 1.

He will join office in August.

Gautam Bambawale will be replacing ambassador VP Haran, who assumed the post in January last year. According to some Indian media reports, ambassador VP Haran is scheduled to [... Read More]

Wangdue commits to increase food production

IMG_0652Lyonchhoen interacts with LG officials after the signing

Signing: Wangduephodrang becomes the second dzongkhag to sign performance agreement with the Prime Minister to increase food products.

Like Thimphu, Wangdue agreed to produce 3,900 mt of paddy, 1,100 mt of wheat, 2,000 mt of vegetable and 1,650 metric tons of milk.

These were the pledges highlighted in the agreement dzongda Lhendup Wangchu signed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday.

Like the other performance agreements signed with ministries and Thimphu dzongkhag, Wangduephodrang dzongkhag’s performance agreement [... Read More]

Economic slowdown constrain financial institutions’ performance

Insurance companies, unlike banks however, registered reasonable growth in income

FIs: Banks and insurance companies are beginning to feel the pinch of economic slowdown in the form of decrease in income, the major reason being restrictions on housing loans and ban on vehicle imports still continuing.

While some had seen significant decrease in profits, those that saw increases were marginal.

Bank of Bhutan and Druk PNB saw marginal increase in profits while Bhutan National bank and [... Read More]

Phuentsholing residents observe WH Day

pic-a-world-health-dayCampaign: Phuentsholing residents and students clean the town as they observed the World Health Day yesterday

Health: Phuentsholing residents and students observed the World Health Day (WHD) yesterday with a massive cleaning campaign.

This year’s theme for the WHD was Vector-borne diseases: know before you travel.

Vector-borne diseases are becoming a global concern. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk said about 70 percent of the population lives in malaria risk areas like Sarpang, Samdrupjongkhar, Samtse, Chukha, Dagana, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang. These dzongkhags experience malaria transmission throughout the year.

“The theme is timely as we’re [... Read More]

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