Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - 9:20 PM

Pep City crowned champions

IMG_8261The finalists: Pep City and Pep City FC

Futsal: Two sister teams, Pep City and Pep City FC competed in the finals of futsal recovery cup, season two, organised by Nazhoen Pelri Drop in Centre that began since July 1.

In a closely contested match, Pep City defeated Pep City FC, 6-4 at Changlimithang ground on July 11.

Pep City grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first 15 minutes and held onto the lead till the end of the first half.

However, just two [... Read More]

Pay revision can be paid for : PM

Lyonchhoen accuses naysayers of seeking political mileage from the contentious issue 

Salary: Allaying concerns raised on the pay revision, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday said that the government has enough money to afford the salary raise, which, being granted royal assent, has now become law.

“We’re comfortable and that’s why we proposed the revision,” lyonchhoen said. “We’ve done our work on where the money is going to come from.”

Lyonchhoen said the government has identified where [... Read More]

Paro airport expansion impasse

Lack of funds and space are the two main constraints to the stalled extension work

DCA: With expansion work at Paro international airport stalled for lack of funds, the ministry of information and communications (MoIC) has requested the government to find funds from any source.

The government of India (GoI) clarified last week that it had not committed Nu 680M for Paro airport expansion in the 11th Plan.  It was pointed out that the Bhutanese [... Read More]

External grants expected to decline

The shortfall will be offset if major hydropower projects come on-stream in time

Export: The country’s external grants are expected to decline from  nine percent of GDP in fiscal year 2012-13 to six percent by the end of 11th Plan.

This was according to the report on International Monetary Fund (IMF) consultation with Bhutan.

As per the Articles IV of the agreement, IMF should hold bilateral discussions with members every year. The shortfall in grants has [... Read More]

Arrow-struck boy airlifted to Kolkata

Injury: A 10-year-old boy from Balamna village in Haa was airlifted to Kolkata yesterday after an arrow released from a compound bow hit him on the head.

Bali hospital’s medical officer, Dr Pema Tenzin, said the arrow had pierced six centimetres into the brain from the left side of the temple above the left ear.

He said an attempt was made to airlift the patient by helicopter to Kolkata initially, but the helicopter could not [... Read More]


Stuck-up or stoked

The idea of a stakeholders consultation meeting is to encourage and engage in dialogue, so what’s proposed is effectively communicated, reviewed and agreed upon based on consensus.  This will promote accountability.

In the past three days, at the information and communication ministry’s conference room, stakeholders and ministry officials reviewed the draft for the revised Bhutan Information Communication and Media (BICM) Act.

In this case, since it is an amendment Act, the draft, once finalised, will be presented [... Read More]

Tourism continues to be exempt from vehicle import taxes

The finance minister says that the sector is to benefit from the same incentives as before

Expo 2010: Despite the revised taxes on import of vehicles, the tourism sector will continue to be exempted from customs duty and sales tax on tourist vehicles, in line with the economic development policy (EDP) 2010.

The finance minister, Namgay Dorji, said the tourism sector would enjoy the same tax incentives on import of vehicles like they did before.

“The [... Read More]

From community mapping to positive change

DSC_6729Ice breaker: Participants sing and dance to a nursery rhyme

30 participants (students and teachers) participated in a ten-day media nomad workshop

BCMD: Taking action to bring about change, a group of media nomads took the initiative to put waste bins at different locations at Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu, where waste management was increasingly becoming an issue.

The group constituted participants of the fourth media nomad: community mapping workshop organised by the Bhutan centre for media and democracy (BCMD).

Presenting their work at the closing ceremony yesterday [... Read More]

Farmers at wit’s ends in fight against wildlife

school-children-to-guard-the-fields-during-summer-breakChildren guarding fields during summer break

Desperate after years of depredation, Dopang looks to govt. for electric fencing 

Agriculture: It’s time for corn kernels to sprout in Dopang village, Mongar.  It’s also time for farmers to spend sleepless nights.

The dark hours are haunted by shouts, drumbeats on tins and other noises that farmers churn up to keep at bay or drive away wild boar, porcupines and monkeys.

With the village located amid dense forest, farmers said they have to, for the [... Read More]

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