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Wamrong fire victims worry about loans

IMG_20140903_161327Temporary shelters at Wamrong where the three shopkeepers live

They fear the cost of constructing a new home may fall beyond their reach  

Banks: With the deadline to vacate their temporary shelters having passed in June, four victims of a 2009 fire in Wamrong, Trashigang, who lost their homes, are concerned about their future.

The four, all shopkeepers, are yet to construct houses.  And despite construction loans now being available, they are concerned that the lending conditions of the financial institutions are not [... Read More]

Modern methods of research into Himalayan Buddhist texts

IMG_3050The workshop began since September 5 at dungdrop lobdra, Punakha

Workshop: To train Bhutanese monastic scholars and nuns in the research field, with an exposure to tools and conducts of the western academic world, a nine-day workshop began in Punakha since September 5.

A first of its kind, the workshop was organised by zhung dratshang (central monastic body) and its Buddhist Education, the University of Hamburg, Department of India and Tibetan studies, and the Khyentse Centre for Tibetan Buddhist textual scholarship.

Titled, ‘Himalayana Buddhist textual [... Read More]

Bumthang town awaits new lagthram

IMG_5965Aerial view of Bumthang

Construction, particularly of permanent structures, has remained suspended following NLC directives

LAP: To complete the local area plan (LAP) of Bumthang town, the municipality awaits the arrival of lagthrams  (land ownership certificate), due to be issued after the cadastral resurvey was carried out in 2010.

The expanded Bumthang town will stretch across 5.5sqkm, from Jalikhar in the east along Trashigang highway to Kurje lhakhang in the north.

After issues pertaining to expansion stalled the physical growth [... Read More]

Double record set

IMG_1215Ajay Pandit Chhetri at the finish line

Tour of the Dragon

Cycling: Completing the 268-km bike race in 10 hours and 42 minutes, a Nepalese national, Ajay Pandit Chhetri broke last year’s record to emerge as the champion of the  Tour of the Dragon on Saturday.

The 26-year-old finished the race by more than 40 minutes faster than last year’s champion, Sonam who managed to come third this time completing the race in 11 hours 23 minutes.

The winner said that the altitude, [... Read More]

Picture story

From third to champions- Druk Utd beat Thimphu City and won the Coca Cola Bhutan national league in the final game played yesterday.
Before the game started, Druk Utd was third with 19 points while Thimphu City was second with 21. Table topper Ugyen Academy had 22 points. Druk Utd beat Thimphu City 3:2 to equal Ugyen Academy’s 22 points. But their 5 [... Read More]

Timber trade in the red

IMG_5657Old and mould still unsold: Logs at the Ramtokto timber depot

The economic slowdown translated into a glut of produce from a slump in sales

NRDCL: Most timber depots run by Natural Resources Development corporation ltd. (NRDCL) have huge piles of logs waiting to be cleared, some even bearing mushrooms.

Despite efforts made, NRDCL officials said, the company was struggling to clear timber in stock, resulting in the excess.  Production has overtaken sales.

Officials said the company too bore the brunt of the economic slowdown since early [... Read More]

Abductees expected to be freed today

The kidnappers have reduced the ransom amount from Nu 20M to Nu 375,000 each

Update: The four kidnap victims of Norbugang village in Sarpang could be released today, according to their family members.

Yesterday, the kidnappers called one of the relatives in the village, using one of the abductee’s phone, which was stolen during the kidnapping.  Families were informed that the four abductees would be released today, after almost a month.

They were abducted on August [... Read More]

ADB commits USD 50.35M

unnamed-3Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay at the Eminent Speaker Forum

Grant: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting Bhutan with US$50.35M for the South Asian Sub-economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Project, of which US$ 31.39M is on soft term credit and US$ 18.96M grant.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji and ABD President Takehiko Nakao signed the loan and grant agreement yesterday in Manila, Philippines, where the Bank’s headquarters is based.

The construction of the 68.30 km of South – west highway between Nganglam and Deothang is [... Read More]

More regional tourists opting for packaged tours

Growing numbers of ‘local’ visitors are utilising the services of tour operators

Tourism: Although considered a lean season, May recorded the highest number of regional tourists this year, with 9,944 arrivals, records with the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) show.

As of July, 33,469 regional tourists visited the country, while last year, during the same period, regional arrivals stood at 34,330.  TCB officials said that the arrivals include tourists, who travelled by air and land.

Visitors [... Read More]

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