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A moment to pay tribute

As  the nation comes together to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, officially launching the onset of the 60th birth anniversary of the Druk Gyalpo next year, there is a big question ringing in many an ear.  What is the especial significance of 60?

While everyone is trying to interpret their own take on the number 60, the importance of the day goes much beyond the birth anniversary celebrations.  We [... Read More]

Banking services in community centres

1495528_1009530172406646_604958251868088359_nThe service was launched in Chapcha on November 8

BoBL/BPCL: To include the unbanked and under-banked population into their banking system, Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL), in partnership with Bhutan post corporation limited (BPCL), started basic banking services, such as opening an account, cash withdrawal, and deposits, from community centres.

The initiative was officially opened at the Chapcha community centre in Chukha on November 8.

BoBL officials said the move would help educate rural population about banking services, inculcate the habit of saving, and [... Read More]

Drukair introduces frequent flyer program

Anniversary: National airline Drukair introduced a frequent flyer program, yesterday, in celebration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s birth anniversary.

The frequent flyer program will reward travellers, who fly Drukair frequently.

“The move is consistent with the trend in the travel industry of rewarding customer behaviour based on price,” it was stated in a press release.

“We were always looking for ways to thank our loyal passengers for flying with us and there can’t be [... Read More]

Growing cotton in Chongshing again

image-onePicking cotton

Once a hub for the crop, effort are being made to revive the culture in at least one chiwog

Handicraft: Chongshing gewog of Pemagatshel was once a hub where cotton was widely grown and textiles woven from it. A weaver would earn Nu 800 by selling a gho or a kira.  Today, this tradition is almost dead in all the five chiwogs of Chongshing.

However, gup Pema Dorji is encouraging the villagers in Thongsa to [... Read More]

Picture story

About 55 members of the Bhutan Australia Alumni Association donated blood on November 8 to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The Australian government funded the activity, which was the first the association organised after it was formed in April this year.

    

Old footpath preferred to new farm road

The latter has been a bottomless pit for funds towards its repair and maintenance

Taksha/Silli: The people of Taksha and Silli in Wangdue prefer the old footpath to the 21.7 kilometre farm road.

The road remains frequently blocked by landslides.  Hardly any vehicles ply the road.  Also, the old footpath is by far much shorter than the farm road.

The farm road was constructed in 2010 with a Nu 25M KR2 grant from Japan.  It is [... Read More]

Opinions

Fourth Druk Gyalpo: Making of a new Bhutan and blossoming India-Bhutan ties

November is a blessed month in Bhutan, marked by joyous fervour and festivity celebrating the birth anniversary of the country’s beloved leader, Jigme Singye Wangchuk. The 34-year-reign of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (1974-2006) saw a defining all-round transformation of Bhutan into a modern renascent nation that has embraced modernity on its own terms, while staying true to its centuries-old Buddhist heritage. This year is special as it paves the way for the 60th birth anniversary [... Read More]

Strong Bhutan in India’s interest: President Mukherjee

DSC_5408President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Yelchen Central school on Saturday

Address: It is in India’s interest to see a strong, vibrant, and prosperous Bhutan, President Pranab Mukherjee pointed out in his address at the convention centre in Thimphu, on Saturday.

Likewise, the President said that friends in Bhutan had told him that a strong, united, and economically dynamic India is in Bhutan’s interest as well.

“There is a deep confidence and trust between our governments and peoples, and we’ve ensured that we remain sensitive, as [... Read More]

India provides Nu 1.3B in grants

DSC_5337Indian ambassador hands over the cheque to the Finance Minister

Fund: India provided grants of Nu 1.3B to Bhutan during the recent state visit of the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee.

Three cheques totalling Nu 1.3B were handed over to the finance minister Namgay Dorji by Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, prior to the Indian President’s address at the convention centre on Saturday.

The Nu 1.3B represents the first portion for three projects that were inaugurated by President Mukherjee during his two-day state visit to [... Read More]

Indian President’s two-day state visit ends

Departure: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee left the country on Saturday, following a two-day state visit.  His Majesty the King travelled to Paro to see off the President.

In an unprecedented gesture, His Majesty the King had also personally received the President on his arrival at Paro airport.

During the visit, the president received an audience with His Majesty the King and discussed bilateral and regional issues.

In the meeting, the President recalled the role of Bhutan [... Read More]

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