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Overseas employment programme makes slow progress

Only about two percent of the total 30,000 jobseekers have been sent abroad so far

MoLHR: One and a half years since the launch of overseas employment programme, the labour ministry and overseas employment agencies have sent 715 jobseekers out of the country for training.

This works out to about two percent of the total 30,000 jobseekers that the ministry promised to send abroad in five years.


Potato leads 2014 production chart

Last year saw new highs, both in terms of yield and income generated

Agriculture: Following good price at the auction yard, Bhutanese farmers sold more than 26,345 metric tonnes (MT) of potatoes, worth Nu 684.10 million in 2014.

This was one of the highest, both in terms of amount and income generated from the sale of potatoes.  The average potato price, for a kilogram, was Nu 38.51, while the highest price received last year was Nu 56.80.


SC dismisses Nima Construction’s writ petition

Five-year old twin cases that have moved up the judicial system come to a conclusion

Suspension: The Supreme Court (SC), the highest appellate authority, has denied Nima Construction’s petition to issue a stay order against its contract license suspension order and upheld the High Court’s (HC) verdict.


Yurung’s cardamom makeover

IMG_7274Tandin Tshewang with his newfound wealth, cardamom

Four years ago a pioneer farmer started plantation and it’s caught on like wildfire since

Agriculture: Four years ago, 59-year-old Tandin Tshewang was the lone farmer in Yurung, Pemagatshel, who decided to grow cardamom.

Tandin Tshewang did well.  He made Nu 35,000 after selling about 50kg dried cardamom for Nu 800 a kg in Samdrupjongkhar.  The idea of growing cardamom occurred to Tandin Tshewang, when he met one of his friends, who had returned from Tsirang.


Protective clothing donated to forest fire fighters

unnamed-1Volunteers inspect the donated uniforms

AID: Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) National Parks and Wildlife Services yesterday donated protective clothing to Bhutan’s Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS).

DoFPS received 145 jackets, 264 pants and 36 fireproof undershirts for Bhutanese forest fire fighters.

The fireproof uniforms will be distributed to relevant officials and individuals who are responsible for fighting forest fire.


Five years for involuntary manslaughter over taxi fare

Verdict: The Gelephu dungkhag court, yesterday, convicted a 24–year–old man from Mongar to five years in prison for killing a taxi driver on December 27. He was also made to pay compensation of Nu 492,000.

The incident occurred on the evening of December 27, when the deceased taxi driver went to drop the man to Pemathang from Gelephu town, which is about a 5km trip.


Govt. projects 6 percent growth in economy

DSC_9213Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk

GoI budget implications can effect this substantial increase from last year’s 2.05 percent

Economy: The government projects Bhutan’s economy to grow by six percent, a drastic increase from last year’s growth of 2.05 percent.

This could be achieved by riding on the coattails of the economic movements in India, and the revised assistance the Indian government announced during the budget presentation on February 28.


Fire in Mongar destroys more than 1,000 acres of forest

unnamed-3First fire Tsamang gewog in about 30 years

Disaster: Forest officials, Desuups, official of Kurichu Hydro Power Project and villagers are trying to contain a forest fire in Tsamang and Saling gewogs in Mongar.

The fire that occurred on March 5 has damaged over 1,000 acres of chir pine forest, including community forests and parts of Phrumsengla National Park since .

The fire broke out at about 4pm from above Phrumsengla National Park .


State Mining corp.’s maiden venture to be a coal mine

Groundwork on the Bangtar colliery has been completed and DGM approval awaited

Minerals: Two months after its incorporation, the State Mining Corporation (SMC) is hoping to start a coal mine by end of the year.  But without the mineral policy in place, there is no document defining and identifying strategic minerals.

As per its terms of reference, SMC is required to mine strategic minerals of high value.


International Women’s Day – picture an equal world!

On every 8th of March since 1975, thousands of events have been organised on International Women’s Day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. But this is not merely an observance; it is also an opportunity to call for greater equality.

International Women’s Day in 2015 is celebrated under the theme “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” We are asked to envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices about her body and her future: participate in politics, get an education, have an income, decide when and whom to marry, when or whether to form a family, and live in a society free from violence and discrimination.