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Search still on for all three inmates

Update: The three male inmates who escaped through the toilet window from the Wangdue police custody are still at large as of yesterday evening.

A search team was immediately deployed after they went missing in the evening of January 7.

Police sources said following information from villagers, the three were last spotted in

Phangyul and Kazhi gewogs. Search teams have been deployed at Sephu, Phobjikha, Kazhi, Dangchu and other across the dzongkhag.

The search is still going [... Read More]

To boost local construction firms

Construction companies employing only Bhutanese to get works without tenders

SDP: Contractors willing to employ Bhutanese workers only will get construction works without having to go through the work tendering process.

The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay announced this during the 14th meet the press session yesterday.

“Let us know if there are any private sector contractors who can build bridges and buildings from start to end using only local workers and engineers,” he said. “The government [... Read More]

No guests in Tang’s farmhouses

unnamed-1Waiting: Phomrong village, which also houses a farmhouse is one of the villages that has not hosted a guest since 2011

Poor advocacy and lack of cooperation from tour operators and guides are attributed for the no-show

Tourism: None of the 15 households in Tang, Bumthang, which opened farm house/home-stay since 2011 has seen a single tourist despite over 60,080 tourist arrivals until 2013 in the dzongkhag.

According to the chairman of Tang farm house group from Phomrong, Chencho Dorji, none of the houses running a home-stay has provided home stay service to a tourist despite [... Read More]

1,000kms of electric fencing by 2015

As the only viable solution, installation of electric fencing is expected to curb human-wildlife conflict 

Conflict: More than 1,000kms of electric fencing will be installed across the country in areas prone to human-wildlife conflict by the end of this year.

Agriculture minister Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, during the meet-the-press session, said the electric fencing has proven effective in dealing with human-wildlife conflict.

The minister during his visit to the east visited around 39 gewogs where electric fencing [... Read More]


The case of leaked English paper II and the price for justice

BCSEA’s Decision is Unfair and Unscientific


The Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment, BCSEA board in its wisdom decided to award English I marks for English II, as the two papers are related.

I believe that this decision is unfair and unscientific for reasons I shall present here. But first, allow me to comment on the information given by the board on this matter. The board mentions that it will take anywhere from about Nu 4-11M [... Read More]


Schools can give a healthy start in life

Araham Lincoln once said that, “the philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Indeed what school children think today, the nation thinks tomorrow.

Schools not only offer wonderful opportunities for learning and thriving, they are also uniquely positioned to give children and adolescents a healthy start in life to enable them to fulfill their potential and succeed. This is of critical importance today because of increasing and [... Read More]

Reward for information on escaped convicts

The three inmates who were convicted for life imprisonment carry a cash reward of Nu 10,000 each

Crime: The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) is still on the look out for the three male inmates who are still at large after they escaped from Wangduephodrang police custody on January 7 between 7.30pm to 8pm.

According to police, the three inmates from Sephu gewog, Wangduephodrang, escaped through the toilet window after cutting the iron bars. The inmates, [... Read More]

Bhutan prepared for Ebola on paper

No budget has been allocated to date to set up a surveillance system

Health: If an Ebola case comes home, Bhutan would have to spend an amount that is several times more than the amount that’s spent on the country’s health system today.

It’s for this reason that despite the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease being far away from home, public health officials and the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office are stressing on the [... Read More]

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Refuel: Thimphu residents waited for hours yesterday to collect kerosene as temperature dropped below freezing point by late evening


Five companies to be ISO certified

This means their products will be of international standards

Food: Come April and five companies, including the national airline, DrukAir would supply international standard food products to their customers if they qualify the final stage of the certification process.

Bhutan Agro Industries, Zimdra Foods, Bhutan Milk and Agro Pvt. Ltd, Terma Linca, and DrukAir will need to satisfy the international auditors to approve the ISO 22000 food safety and management system.

Agriculture ministry officials said its [... Read More]

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