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His Majesty the King graced the opening ceremony of the 4th session of the second Parliament yesterday


Economy in crawl mode

The country records its lowest GDP growth in more than a decade

NSB: The country’s economy last year grew by 2.05 percent, according to the National Statistical Bureau, but it was the most lethargic growth since 1990, according to the world macroeconomic research.

In comparison to 2012, the economic growth has slowed down by about three percent.  Even the average GDP growth in the last five years was 6.7 percent.

GDP represents the end result of [... Read More]

Four men electrocuted

Two escaped with injuries

Accident: Four men aged between 20 to 30 years in Bidung gewog were killed on the spot when the electric pole they were erecting fell on an active conductor wire of a transmission line.

The incident occurred at 12:15 pm at Pairthong village in Tshekhar chiwog.

According to the assistant manager with Bhutan Power Corporation’s electricity service sub division (ESSD) office at Rangjung, Gyembo Gyeltshen, a BPC official at the site had [... Read More]

Hospitality industry stays askewed

Equitable distribution of accommodation remains an issue with most upcoming hotels still in the west

Tourism: Despite an increasing number of hotels to cater to the increasing tourists every year, equal distribution of accommodation still remains an issue, with a majority of constructions concentrated in the west, according to the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).

Records with TCB show 70 tourist hotels under construction to date since 2011, while eight hotels are constructed under foreign [... Read More]

Insurance policy for drivers

Dhe-yob: To enhance social security and ensure the welfare of their families, professional drivers can now insure themselves under a new insurance policy titled ‘Dhe-yobNgen-sung Lay-char’.

Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited (RICB) launched the new insurance policy on November 11 commemorating the 59th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

The insurance policy comes in two types – standard Dhe-yob that will cover death, permanent disablement and temporary partial disablement, while [... Read More]


King’s Cup – Bhutan duo, underdogs

Nine teams, from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand, plus the home two, are in the field this year

Football: Local team Druk United is up against a formidable opponent when the King’s Cup kicks off on November 15, but they will relish the challenge of playing against the Bangladesh national league champion, Sheikh Jamal.

“We want to win the Cup,” team captain, Karun Gurung said. “Football is an unpredictable game. We’re keeping our hopes high [... Read More]

B-Mobile service to improve by year-end

A lucky draw was organised to encourage B-Mobile users to continue using the service

Telecom : Bhutan Telecom drew their lucky numbers yesterday to commemorate the 59th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

The most active numbers, from November 1 to 10, were drawn through a system generator.  It drew 53 pre-paid active numbers and six post-paid active numbers.

The first lucky number drawn for the pre-paid numbers will be awarded a [... Read More]

From houses to homes

As did all the dzongkhags and communities in the country, Changjiji housing complex in Thimphu organised cultural programmes on Tuesday to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.  But the higher purpose of the celebration for the people of Changjiji was to bring together the fast disintegrating community.  What an auspicious occasion indeed!

Modernity has given us an awful lot of good things.  Our health and education systems in particular stand testimony to [... Read More]

A celebration to cement community bonds

IMG_6197The NA speaker graced the occasion

The Changjiji tribute to the fourth Druk Gyalpo may be a first step to a changed colony

November 11: On a cold November 11 night, tenants, both old and young, of Changiji housing colony in Thimphu, came out of their homes and gathered at the colony’s park to pay their tribute to His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Despite living nearby, a gathering like this is rare in Changiji, because most tenants, being office-goers, don’t [... Read More]

Addressing disaster preparedness

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Critical areas identified for immediate attention to reduce disaster risks

Conference: Planned and robust infrastructure, weather systems, secure food-water-health systems, raising public awareness, and strengthening local institutions and governance system were identified as some of the critical areas that needed urgent attention to reduce disaster risks.

The issue emerged while discussing ‘Predicting uncertainties: The challenges of disaster preparedness’ in Kathmandu, after some participants and panelists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan pointed out [... Read More]

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