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Lyonchhoen fields questions on GDP growth

NA: The government has formed a taskforce to identify factors that led to the drop in the GDP to 2.05 percent in 2013, the lowest in recent years, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said at the National Assembly’s question hour session yesterday.

Lyonchhoen was responding to questions from the opposition on the slump in GDP, and the Prime Minister’s statement to make the country self-reliant by 2018 at the last meet-the-press session.

The taskforce, lyonchhoen said, [... Read More]

Cabinet yet to decide on Bhutan Airlines’ domestic flights

NC takes govt. to task for allowing private airline to violate agreement and then dictate terms

Aviation: National Council yesterday questioned the government why it allowed Bhutan Airlines to violate the terms and conditions of licensing international flights, which was to subsidise domestic flights, and on setting an unhealthy precedent.

Two months after the deadline to resume domestic flights, the government has been unable to decide on what it would do with the airline.

Trashiyangtse councillor [... Read More]

Tashi case illuminates matrimonial and inheritance issues

Judiciary: The case of Tashi Group of Companies, which was worth Nu 30B in 2006 when the sole proprietor Dasho Ugen Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Rimp, expired, attempted to answer some of the confusing legal provisions on marriage and inheritance.

During the four-year trial, questions were raised on whether the marriage between late Dasho Rimp and his second wife Lhaden Pem Dorji should be considered legal, as they did not have a marriage [... Read More]

Samtse-Chamarchi border gate remains closed

Update:  The Samtse-Chamarchi border gate remains sealed and, except for the escort provided, residents from both sides are not allowed to cross the border.

The border gate has been closed after the death of an Indian maid in Samtse town.  Currently, even daily workers from Chamarchi are not allowed to enter Bhutan, while Bhutanese are also not allowed to cross the border for any purpose.

While some residents say life has become difficult, most say [... Read More]


The climate clock is ticking

Environment officials have given industrialists in Pasakha an ultimatum.

They are asked to mitigate pollution or close their shops.

The government is serious about pollution, and any violation of standards comes with repercussions.

This is good not only for the country but for humanity even as we, part of the global village, fight climate change and global warming, largely blamed for the continuous increase in emissions.  As a country located in a fragile ecosystem, and with guidance from [... Read More]

Inflation down to 7 percent

The decline may be due in large part to the fall in fuel prices since July this year

NSB-CPI: The annual inflation rate came down to 7.03 percent in October this year after swaying between 8 and 9 percent for most of the year.

Inflation rate between September 2013 to September 2014 was 8.36 percent.

Going by the latest National Statistical Bureau’s (NSB) consumer price index (CPI), food prices dropped to 6.6 percent in October from [... Read More]

Bhutanese learn Choekey from … a Japanese

IMG_20141128_182208Interest to learn Choekey is mostly driven by a desire to understand religious texts and improve Dzongkha skills

Dr Yoshiro Imaeda is conducting a three-month course on his own initiative

Linguistics: In an indication that there is growing interest to learn Choekey, a group of Bhutanese students are currently learning the classical language from a Japanese academic in Thimphu.

Choekey is commonly found in religious scriptures and was also used for official correspondence and for teaching in schools in Bhutan until the written form of Dzongkha was developed, starting from the 1960s.

Dr Yoshiro [... Read More]

PHPA II’s afforestation program

Besides land reclamation, in the next four years, 16,000 saplings will be planted on 800 acres

CSR: The Punatsangchu hydropower project authority (PHPA) II plans to reclaim about 71 acres of land and plant 16,000 saplings on 800 acres of land, in the next four years.

The afforestation program is part of PHPA II’s corporate social responsibility, environment officials said.

The reclamation is being achieved by disposing of excavated earth from the project site to identified [... Read More]

Uneasy lies the head at Ura MSS

Education: Students and teachers of Ura middle secondary school (UMSS) in Bumthang want their principal transferred for alleged use of corporal punishment on students and mistreatment of the teaching faculty.

In April 2014, a class 10 student of the school suffered injuries after being physically assaulted by the principal, it has been learned.  The student was referred to Wangdicholing hospital in Bumthang by the Ura basic health unit for his injuries.  The incident occurred [... Read More]

Sheikh Jamal are new King’s Cup champions

DSC_8403Champions: Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh are the 2014 Kings’s Cup winner

King’s Cup: Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club snatched the King’s Cup trophy, their second title abroad, yesterday after beating Pune FC.

MD Yeasin Khan headed Wedson Anselme’s corner in the 25th minute, what turned out to be the winner of the final match at the packed Changlimithang stadium to take home Nu 0.5M in cash prize.

After taking the lead, except for occasional counter attacks, the team defended with all energy in the remaining part [... Read More]

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