Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 12:38 PM

Farmers look forward to trade with FCB

IMG_3793Cash crop: Farmers in Nangar, Bumthang are looking forward for FCB to buy their potatoes

If the price is right, that will save them the hassle and cost of reaching the auction yard

Agriculture: Potato-growing communities of Chumey and Tang in Bumthang have begun harvesting their main cash crop, and are waiting for Food corporation of Bhutan (FCB) officials to come and buy their potatoes.

However, farmers have planned that, only if offered rates are reasonable or better than what it fetches at the Phuentsholing auction yard, will they sell [... Read More]

Phishing expedition targets Internet banking users

SCAM: Con artists are currently targeting internet banking users.  An email, requiring customers to validate their accounts by clicking on a link, is sent.  The link takes the customers to a website that almost exactly resembles the sign in page for the bank.

If the user name and password is entered, the information is acquired by the creator of the scam website and used to access the bank account.

One of the banks, Bank of [... Read More]

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Outgoing Indian Ambassador to Bhutan VP Haran called on the Leader of Opposition (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho yesterday in Thimphu.


Burn victim awaits second corneal transplant

IMG_4926Bed No 7: Ap Rinchen feels at home at the hospital

Ap Rinchen Dorji from Lobesa is back at JDWNRH post his first operation

Time out: The room is quiet.  All the patients at Thimphu hospital’s medical ward are fast asleep after lunch.

At the far end of the ward, a man in sunglasses is seated cross-legged on bed number seven, with a radio held close to his left ear.  He hums along to the song on the radio.  A flask, two mango-juice bottles, one filled, [... Read More]

Kholongchu clears last hurdle

deserted-KHP-tunnelA tunnel in Korlung, dug to carry out Kholongchu DPR (file picture)

The project has received dept. of culture clearance, with conditions, as religious sites are to be affected

Hydropower: The Kholongchu hydroelectric project in Trashiyangtse cleared a major hurdle in completing formalities for work to begin, with the project obtaining a clearance from the department of culture yesterday.

The 600MW hydropower project was likely to impact about half a dozen religious sites along the Kholongchu banks.

National Environment Commission officials said it could issue the final clearance [... Read More]

Brand Bhutan complemented not undermined

Tourism: The ongoing Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer for Thai nationals during the leaner months of June, July, and August complements brand Bhutan and does not undermine the country’s status as a high-end tourist destination, the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, who is also the vice-president of Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), said the seasonality issue is a major challenge for the tourism industry, with six months in a year, in spring [... Read More]

Who’s who among the unemployed

The bulletin states that the effort put in to get a job is not commensurate with the numbers on offer 

LMIB 2013: Contrary to what jobseekers say, the labour market information bulletin (LMIB), 2013, states that the effort put in to acquire a job is low, compared with the vacancies available.

This reason, it is stated in the bulletin, is more of a concern than job and skill mismatch.

The market information bulletin shows that the [... Read More]

Two separate accidents in Wangdue claim five lives

Traffic: A 62-year-old man and two students died when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road on the morning of July 13 at Khelakha in Bjena gewog, Wangduephodrang.

The Hyundai i10, driven by a 39-year-old monk, fell over 220m below the road about 31km from Wangdue town.  They were on their way back to Lhuentse from Thimphu.

There were five passengers, including the driver’s father, two nieces and two nephews, when the [... Read More]

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Outgoing Indian Ambassador to Bhutan V P Haran called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen thanked Ambassador Haran for his contributions in strengthening friendship and cooperation between Bhutan and India.
Ambassador Haran will leave Bhutan at the end of this month.


Learners given access to Dzongkha language institutes

From last year English had been introduced to the program

NFE: Non-formal education (NFE) learners, starting this year, can seek admission in Dzongkha language institutes.

Thirty of such learners have already enrolled with institutes.  The opportunity is provided to those, who perform well at the NFE centres, where they are taught basic Dzongkha.

Non-formal education division’s chief program officer, Nima Damdul, said the learners could enhance and upgrade their education.

The institutes, Nima Damdul said, enroll class [... Read More]

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