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Unlicensed guides clutter up an already crowded field

In the event, tour operators are dealt with, according to rules and regulations in place

GAB: In the last seven months, the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) monitoring team came across 16 unlicensed guides engaged by tour operators.

As the guides are unlicensed, TCB officials said they deal with the concerned tour operators directly.  Tour operators are issued a warning letter on the first instance and, if they repeat the offense, they are fined in [... Read More]

India still committed to 10,000MW by 2020

unnamedSuited and booted: Ambassador Bambawale is shown the progress of the project

The Indian ambassador made this assurance during a tour of the Mangdechu project

Visit: India is still committed to Bhutan’s target of achieving 10,000 megawatt (MW) of electricity by 2020, Indian ambassador to Bhutan Gautam Bambawale said, during a visit to Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHP) on October 9.

The ambassador assured this, despite the government of India’s indicating lack of fund for the Kuri-Gongri and Sunkosh projects and Amochu project for security reasons.

“I can [... Read More]

Govt. mulls over reopening lottery business

The government is looking into the possibilities of restarting the lottery business in the country.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday said it is easy to start the lottery business in the country. He, however, did not indicate when.

Lyonchhoen said starting online lottery is another possibility but Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority Act prohibits online gambling.

“We don’t know whether lottery could also be under the embed definition of gambling,” lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said.

Lyonchhoen said lottery is a [... Read More]

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President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Dr Chung Won Choue conferred an honorary seventh Dan black belt to His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck in appreciation and recognition of his contributions to the development of taekwondo in Bhutan.
Dr Choue was in the country for the WTF extraordinary council meeting held in Thimphu yesterday.
The WTF has awarded other [... Read More]

First Bhutan-ICIMOD day observed

HKH: Three decades after its inception and partnership with Bhutan, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) observed the first Bhutan-ICIMOD day yesterday in Thimphu.

The day was organised to ensure the centre is responding to the needs and specific priorities of the country in the implementation of the medium term action plan (MTAP-III 2013-17) for the eight region countries along the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).

Under the MTAP-III, six regional programs – adaptation [... Read More]

Bhutan embarks on eye bank venture

DSC_0140HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck and Dr Sanduk Ruit inaugurate the national eye bank at JDWNRH yesterday in Thimphu

On World Sight Day, HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck did the honours at its opening 

Health: She had to be carried on the back for 10 days to reach Thimphu.  That was how the 48-year-old farmer from a remote village in Lunana was brought to the referral hospital for a cornea transplant.

After being visually impaired for years, reaching Thimphu was not enough for Ugyen Pem.  She had to wait for more than three months [... Read More]

Farmers apprised of possible fallout from Cyclone Hudhud

Weather: With a cyclone headed towards the east coast of India, farmers here are being warned not to harvest their paddy as yet.

Officials from the department of hydro-met services say that the country might receive light to moderate rain from the night of October 12.

“Bhutan is away from the forecast track of cyclone and will not have direct impact but, during the dissipating of the system, we might receive rain,” a press release [... Read More]

His Majesty returns today from India visit

20141007-2C4A3006Their Majesties offer prayers at Rajgir Gridhkuta (Ja-Goed-Phungpoi-Ri) where Lord Buddha set in motion his second wheel of law

Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen are scheduled to arrive in the country today after a Royal visit to India.

While in India, Their Majesties graced the Founder’s Day celebrations of Her Majesty’s old school, The Lawrence School, in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. Their Majesties also visited some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Bodhgaya (Dorji Dhen) and Varanasi, on the invitation of the government of India.

In Bodhgaya, Their Majesties [... Read More]

Population growth shapes nation’s development pattern

DSC_0142Seminar participants discuss spatial pattern of socioeconomic wellbeing and regional disparity in Bhutan

Failure to take advantage of potential demographic dividend could dampen future prospects

Seminar: What would Bhutan look like 25 years from now?  Very different, of course.  Taking current development indicators like rising youth unemployment, changing climate, depleting natural resources, increasing urban population… it is not very difficult to make an educated guess.

By 2039, Bhutan’s population will have more than doubled.  It stands at 753,947 today.  As the country’s population increases, the challenges facing the [... Read More]

The education blueprint

Education is back in focus again.  And going by the education blueprint in the making, which is for the decade 2014-2024, it will be in focus for some time.  To prepare it, a massive consultation has kicked off from the capital on Wednesday.

The idea is good.  At least 20,000 people across the country will be consulted through all means possible, including zomdus, in a month’s time.  Given that there are a lot of issues related [... Read More]

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