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Apportioning the tourism pie

It’s been over a decade since the tourism sector felt the need to diversify products to cash in on the country’s second highest hard currency earner.

The need, however, has not translated into reality, and there are many factors that impede product diversification.

In the past 20 years, since the tourism sector grew with increasing number of visitors each year, the concentration of arrivals has been during the peak seasons.

Meanwhile, the peak seasons, which are spring and [... Read More]

Work on east-west highway set to three-year deadline

imad21251Rangjung residents greet Lyonpo Dorji Choden

When complete, the travel time from Thimphu to Trashigang overland would be a day

Road: About 333km of the east-west highway from Thimphu to Trashigang will undergo road widening and realignment works within the 11th Plan.

Works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden, who is in Trashigang on a tour, said work on the narrow, and often troublesome, road that is currently undergoing a major facelift would be completed in another three years time.

“When the [... Read More]

Damchu bypass may sound death knell for business along old highway

Highway: More than four years after the Damchu-Chkha bypass was planned and with the bypass due for completion next year, businesses in Tshimasham are still without a plan to face changes the bypass would bring.

The bypass on the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway will shorten the journey by about an hour and vehicle bound for Thimphu or Phuentsholing will avoid climbing to Tsimasham, which today is a commercial hub on the highway.

There are close to 15 [... Read More]

Making heavy weather of recruitment

The Phuentsholing regional labour office is facing a challenge to make the program a success

GEP: Salary, lack of understanding of the program, and attitude of jobseekers are the main factors that Phuentsholing regional office of labour and employment is challenged with while recruiting under the guaranteed employment program (GEP).

The office has to date given jobs to about 30 jobseekers under this program since its launch in July this year.  As of today, the regional [... Read More]

Arrow hits student

Accident: In yet another casualty of archery, an 18-year-old student of Gaselo Higher Secondary School is recovering at the Bajo hosipital in Wangduephodrang.

The class-XII student was hit while watching the archery final match of the inter-school sports meet between Punakha higher secondary and Gaselo School conducted in Punakha on September 28.

Punakha hospital’s chief medical officer, Doctor Choeda Jamtsho said the student suffered minor injuries and the arrow didn’t penetrate the skull as the [... Read More]

Picture story: Thimphu Drubchen

The Thimphu Lhamoi Drubchen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Je Kinga Gyesthen, the first re-incarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
According to legend, Palden Lhamo appeared before Je Kinga Gyeltshen while he was meditating and performed the dance. The sacred masked dance is dedicated to appeasing the protecting deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo.


Sector suffers from peak season congestion

Tour operators no longer promote the Paro and Thimphu tsechus like they used to 

Tourism: The festival season in Bhutan that kicks off with Thimphu tshechu this weekend is a major attraction for tourists visiting the country.  Surprisingly, many tour operators are not promoting the festival season.

This is attributed to the shortage of guides, vehicles, and accommodation that are characteristic of the peak season.

Spring and autumn in Bhutan are considered peak seasons, as they [... Read More]

Public utility structures incomplete after three years

Bara: With two contractors recently terminated, people of Bara gewog in Samtse are still waiting for their basic health unit (BHU) and the lower secondary school’s teacher quarter and a science laboratory, construction of which began some three years ago.

While the people in Bara say the failure was on the part of the contractors for not completing the works despite time extensions, they are also unhappy with the dungkhag for not being able [... Read More]

Dzee snatchers catch six-month to one-year sentences

Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench five sentenced five men to prison terms ranging from six months to a year for fraud and theft of three dzees (cat’s eyes) on September 24.

The incident occurred at Olakha, Thimphu, earlier this year.

The main convict, Natru, was sentenced to a year in prison for deception and theft.

His four accomplices, Sonam Dendup, Yonten Jamtsho, Lalbir Tamang and Sonam Zangpo were convicted for aiding and abetting the crime and [... Read More]

Two killed, one injured in an accident


Update: The 60-year-old passenger who was referred to the national referral hospital in Thimphu is in critical condition and is in the intensive care unit as of yesterday.

The patient was injured when the Tucson car he was travelling in  fell 90mtrs off the road below Tencholing military training center around 9:11pm on the night of September 26. He was travelling with two adults and three children.

During the accident two people, the 52-year-old driver [... Read More]

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