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GoI releases INR 1.299B

DSC_2846Ambassador Gautam Bambawale hands over the cheque to lyonpo Namgay Dorji

Funds: The new Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, on his first visit to the finance ministry’s office yesterday, presented a cheque of Indian rupees 1.299B to finance minister Namgay Dorji.

Handing over the cheque, ambassador Bambawale said that the success of Bhutan was important for India and vice versa. “The budget is released for the smooth functioning of the government and the 11th Plan,” he said.

Of the total, Nu 850M is under the programme grant [... Read More]

Fallen boulders rupture Mongar-Lhuentse highway

Tongkulung-road-blocked-in-LhuentseLhuntse town disconnected: Boulders falling from a cracked rock face swept away about 22m of the Lhuntse-Mongar highway

Road: Falling boulders have damaged the Lhuentse to Mongar highway near Tongkulung, creating a wide gap where the road should have been, and disconnecting parts of Lhuentse from the rest of the country.

The incident happened yesterday morning around 9:50am.  Around 22m of the road and the retaining wall supporting it gave away under the force of the falling boulders.  Tongkulung is one kilometre away from Lhuentse town.

Road officials said it could take several [... Read More]

Gidaphu community responds to companies’ rebuttal

Mining: Community members of Gidaphu, under Thimphu’s Mewang gewog, whose homes are allegedly cracked by blasting carried out by mines, have submitted a rebuttal to the district court.

The rebuttal, submitted to bench II of the district court on August 27, states that the government should take responsibility for their damaged structures.  Otherwise, it states, the four mining companies in the locality have to resettle the entire community to a safer location.

The rebuttal was [... Read More]


Bodybuilding makes it big

From just a hobby for a few fortunate ones, who had exposure and the infrastructure to work out in, bodybuilding has hit the Bhutanese sports arena as one of the most popular sports.

Notwithstanding its late entry, the popularity and success has led to athletes representing the country at both regional and international tournaments.  Medals are now starting to accompany them home.

The latest were two athletes, one a woman, who won bronze competing at the 48th [... Read More]

Khamdang villagers await payment for irrigation channel work

The contractor says a loss of Nu 3M on the project has made him ‘financially unstable’

Buyang: About 60 villagers of Khamdang gewog under Trashiyangtse have written to the gewog office seeking support over delayed payment for renovation work carried out on the Buyang irrigation channel.

The villagers said they have been waiting for almost a year for Chime Phagma Constructions to make outstanding payments.  They had received advance payments when renovation began, but the [... Read More]

Why Monpas choose to live in seclusion

IMG_2120Temporary measure: Ugyen Tamang and his elder brother crossing the bridge that connects their village and school

Though the place is remote and the life one of hardship, people here refuse to be resettled

Ritey: Ugyen Tamang, 13, a student of Ritey primary school in Sarpang, wants to be a teacher.  This is the only profession he can think of, when asked what he wants to be when he grows up.

No doubt a noble profession, but that’s not the reason why Ugyen wants to pursue this career.  It’s not because he [... Read More]

A new method of cultivating rice

IMG_5682Farmers plants rice using the new method

S/J Initiative funded the ‘system of rice intensification’ to the tune of Nu 300,000

Agriculture: Sangay Wangdi was a worried farmer about a month ago.  He did not follow the normal practice of paddy transplantation and followed agriculture officials, who were trying a new ‘system of rice intensification’ (SRI) method.

The system to boost rice production required farmers to use a singly spaced young paddy seedling when transplanting.  Farmers were used to transplanting two to [... Read More]

Women empowerment through eco-tourism

20140831_101125Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji with the participants of the workshop

Workshop: Eco-tourism in protected areas will be prioritised and promoted, it was pointed out by the agriculture minister, yesterday.

Speaking at the conclusion of a workshop on eco-tourism, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji said that the industry represented an opportunity for Bhutan, it was stated in an agriculture ministry press release.

Eco-tourists made up only 13 percent of the total number of tourists that visited the country, so far this year, it is also stated.

Lyonpo pointed out [... Read More]

Wangdue sees largest drop in crime

DSC_2336The RBP celebrated their 49th Raising Day yesterday

Police: Wangduphodrang police was recognised for being able to reduce the dzongkhag’s crime rate by the largest margin nationwide, at the 49th raising day of the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), held yesterday.

The Wangduephodrang police force received Nu 50,000 for their accomplishment. Bumthang police came in second and were awarded Nu 30,000, while Phuentsholing came third for Nu 15,000.

The results were compiled after taking into account the crime rate, crime trends, detection rate, crime [... Read More]

Eight priority sectors earmarked for gender mainstreaming

Comprehensive study of issues and opportunities for women has been completed

Report: Looking at eight priority sectors, “Bhutan Gender Equality Diagnostic of Selected Sectors”, a report launched last week by the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden, provides a comprehensive study of issues and opportunities of women in these sectors, to be considered during gender mainstreaming.

The Asian Development Bank, United Nation (Bhutan) and the National Commission for Women and Children identified the sectors.

The [... Read More]

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