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Spreading the success

The tourism sector has come a long way since Bhutan opened to tourism in 1974, with 287 visiting the country during the Coronation of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.  Arrivals had been on the increase ever since, with new records set almost every year.

Last year, 116,209 tourists visited the country, generating a whopping USD 63.49 million in gross earnings.  The number is expected to increase this year with a special package for Thai tourists.  The three-day [... Read More]

Truckers gripe about tardy loading

DSC_5817Delay: Truckers wait near the factory to load the cement

The cement factory though avers that the fault lies with the truckers wanting to overload

DCCL: Everytime truckers drive into the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) in Nganglam to get their load, they are irked with the factory taking more than three days to load their trucks.

Some 35 truckers, including Indian truckers, who come to collect cement, blame the wait on the factory failing to produce the required amount of cement on time, or [... Read More]

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Punakha and Wangdue courts

IMG_2883Ground breaking: Swiss ambassador Linus Von Casterlmur, Chief Justice and other dignitaries at the event

Funded by ADC and SADC, the two-storey buildings will cost about Nu 50M each

Judiciary: The constructions of Punakha and Wangduephodrang district courts officially began yesterday with the conduct of salhang tendrels (ground breaking ceremonies).

The actual construction of the two courts will begin from January next year, and is scheduled to be completed within a period of two years.

Jointly funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SADC), [... Read More]

National Women’s squad to compete in SAFF

IMG_9106Women’s team trains at Changlimithang

Football: The National Women’s football team is undergoing rigorous training to compete in the third edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s cup in Pakistan, next month.

Last year the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has selected 25 women from the inter dzongkhag football based on the performance, skills, techniques, physical ability and mentality.

But the team is deprived of proper training time since then. BFF’s head of women division, Kinley Yangchen Lhamo said the [... Read More]

Picture story

Cleaning up: Thromde cleaners yesterday morning sweep Norzin Lam of the trash left from the Tshechu celebrations


Bhutan’s first eye bank opens tomorrow

Coinciding with the world sight day, Bhutan will open its first eye bank tomorrow at the Thimphu referral hospital.

The opening, ophthalmologist Dr Nor Tshering Lepcha said, was to start creating awareness on eye donation in the country.

More than 250 corneal blind people are waiting for a transplant today, Dr Nor Tshering said.  The hospital, which depends on corneas from the Tilganga institute of ophthalmology in Nepal, manages to transplant about four to six corneas a [... Read More]

“I believe in education”: HM

20141005-2C4A1889Royal visit: Their Majesties at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. Their Majesties are visiting some of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India.

His Majesty the King graced the 167th Founder’s Day celebration of Lawrence School, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen’s alma mater in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh on October 4

Visit: His Majesty spoke about the importance of education in his address to the students and faculty who had gathered for the celebrations.

“Back in Bhutan, as I serve my country, I have a number of priorities. Number one on my list is education,” His Majesty said. “Education is [... Read More]

Further delay at 11th hour of DHP commissioning

DSC05887The failed gravel trap

The failure of a 10-m gravel trap section has pushed the opening back by some months

Hydropower: Another major hiccup has delayed the 126MW Dagachu hydropower project, which was scheduled to be commissioned today.

Project officials said it would be delayed by a few more months because of a failure of a 10m gravel trap section on October 3.

The gravel trap section is a joining section between phase 2 and phase 3 of the project.  [... Read More]

Cabinet approves Prado each for NA speaker and OL

The two had been using foreign ministry’s cars as duty vehicles to date

Perks: The Cabinet has approved the decision to buy a Toyota Prado each as duty vehicle for the National Assembly speaker and the opposition leader.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji said, for the last one year, the speaker and the opposition leader have been using the foreign ministry’s cars as their duty vehicles, which, although feasible for city roads, could not be used [... Read More]

Unbridled libido fetches 45 days in prison

52-year-old man sentenced for making sexual advances to 68-year old woman

Crime: Trongsa district court sentenced a 52-year-old man from Karshong in Nubi gewog to 45 days in prison for sexually harassing a 68-year-old neighbour on the evening of September 6.

The verdict stated that the defendant committed the crime under the influence of alcohol.

The man, Sangay, made an unwelcomed physical, verbal or non-verbal abuse of a sexual nature, which is graded as sexual harassment [... Read More]

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