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Govt. mulls over reopening lottery business

The government is looking into the possibilities of restarting the lottery business in the country.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday said it is easy to start the lottery business in the country. He, however, did not indicate when.

Lyonchhoen said starting online lottery is another possibility but Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority Act prohibits online gambling.

“We don’t know whether lottery could also be under the embed definition of gambling,” lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said.

Lyonchhoen said lottery is a [... Read More]

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President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Dr Chung Won Choue conferred an honorary seventh Dan black belt to His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck in appreciation and recognition of his contributions to the development of taekwondo in Bhutan.
Dr Choue was in the country for the WTF extraordinary council meeting held in Thimphu yesterday.
The WTF has awarded other [... Read More]

First Bhutan-ICIMOD day observed

HKH: Three decades after its inception and partnership with Bhutan, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) observed the first Bhutan-ICIMOD day yesterday in Thimphu.

The day was organised to ensure the centre is responding to the needs and specific priorities of the country in the implementation of the medium term action plan (MTAP-III 2013-17) for the eight region countries along the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).

Under the MTAP-III, six regional programs – adaptation [... Read More]

Bhutan embarks on eye bank venture

DSC_0140HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck and Dr Sanduk Ruit inaugurate the national eye bank at JDWNRH yesterday in Thimphu

On World Sight Day, HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck did the honours at its opening 

Health: She had to be carried on the back for 10 days to reach Thimphu.  That was how the 48-year-old farmer from a remote village in Lunana was brought to the referral hospital for a cornea transplant.

After being visually impaired for years, reaching Thimphu was not enough for Ugyen Pem.  She had to wait for more than three months [... Read More]

Farmers apprised of possible fallout from Cyclone Hudhud

Weather: With a cyclone headed towards the east coast of India, farmers here are being warned not to harvest their paddy as yet.

Officials from the department of hydro-met services say that the country might receive light to moderate rain from the night of October 12.

“Bhutan is away from the forecast track of cyclone and will not have direct impact but, during the dissipating of the system, we might receive rain,” a press release [... Read More]

His Majesty returns today from India visit

20141007-2C4A3006Their Majesties offer prayers at Rajgir Gridhkuta (Ja-Goed-Phungpoi-Ri) where Lord Buddha set in motion his second wheel of law

Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen are scheduled to arrive in the country today after a Royal visit to India.

While in India, Their Majesties graced the Founder’s Day celebrations of Her Majesty’s old school, The Lawrence School, in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. Their Majesties also visited some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Bodhgaya (Dorji Dhen) and Varanasi, on the invitation of the government of India.

In Bodhgaya, Their Majesties [... Read More]

Population growth shapes nation’s development pattern

DSC_0142Seminar participants discuss spatial pattern of socioeconomic wellbeing and regional disparity in Bhutan

Failure to take advantage of potential demographic dividend could dampen future prospects

Seminar: What would Bhutan look like 25 years from now?  Very different, of course.  Taking current development indicators like rising youth unemployment, changing climate, depleting natural resources, increasing urban population… it is not very difficult to make an educated guess.

By 2039, Bhutan’s population will have more than doubled.  It stands at 753,947 today.  As the country’s population increases, the challenges facing the [... Read More]

The education blueprint

Education is back in focus again.  And going by the education blueprint in the making, which is for the decade 2014-2024, it will be in focus for some time.  To prepare it, a massive consultation has kicked off from the capital on Wednesday.

The idea is good.  At least 20,000 people across the country will be consulted through all means possible, including zomdus, in a month’s time.  Given that there are a lot of issues related [... Read More]

Private ‘porn’ petition gets PM’s consent

Lyonchhoen said the govt. was seized of the matter and that the BICMA Act would be amended accordingly

Campaign: The Prime Minister, yesterday, accepted the petition on ‘specific and strict laws against the non-consensual distribution of sexual materials.’

The online petition, put forward by freelance journalist, Namgay Zam, received support from 2,282 people.  The initial target was to get 10,000.

The petition is against the sharing of Bhutanese pornographic videos through social media as occurred a [... Read More]

Watershed moment for Punatsangchu II

DSC_0136Final moment: Dasho Sonam Tshering on the button that would blast the final chunk of rock

The first major event for the water conduct system between power intakes has been completed

Hydropower: The Punatsangchu hydropower project authority II yesterday completed the first major event for water conduct system between power intakes that is connected to the de-silting chambers and head race tunnel (HRT).

In a simple ceremony, the secretary for economic affairs ministry, Dasho Sonam Tshering pressed a button that blasted the final chunk of rock and connecting the de-silting chamber [... Read More]

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