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Bhutan observes international archive day

DSC_1963Documenting: Participants at the daylong seminar discussed on the importance of archiving Bhutan’s cultural and religious heritage

Seminar: Bhutan observed its first international archive day yesterday. A daylong seminar emphasising on the importance of archiving Bhutan’s cultural and religious heritage of the past, present and its linked to the future was held to mark the day.

Highlighting the importance of archives, four Bhutanese experts talked on the areas of digitalisation of cultural heritage, preservation of religious scripture, preservation and promotion of religious sites and research on music and arts. The seminar also focused on the importance of literary heritage, tangible and intangible cultural heritage and emergence of preserving them for the future of the country.


Khaling BHU I upgrade in name only

20150605_112954Khaling BHU is yet to get a doctor

Health: Although Khaling basic health unit (BHU) was upgraded to grade I in 2013, it has remained underutilised for almost two years and is yet to get a doctor.

The issue was raised repeatedly in the past dzongkhag tshogdus, but Khaling gup, Tashi Dorji, said their wait for a doctor was only getting longer.

“If we go by the policies, the BHU is entitled for an ambulance as well,” he said. “Although people of Khaling gewog are supposed to benefit from it, the BHU is only catering to the nearby population.”

Three health assistants (HA), a GNM and an ANM run the BHU today.  The unit has an X-ray, dental and traditional medicine services but most of the rooms are empty.


Bhutan hopes to triumph over Hong Kong

footballNational players during a practice run in Hong Kong (Photo courtesy: BFF)

Football: Bhutan’s national team will take on Hong Kong in the first game of the second round of the World Cup qualifiers in Hong Kong tomorrow.

The Bhutanese team arrived in Hong Kong yesterday for the ‘big game’ after a week-long practice and acclimatisation session in Bangkok.

Defender Karun Gurung of the national team said that the team is all set to take on Hong Kong on their home ground. “We might not be the favourites, but we believe in ourselves. We might be able pull off another surprise, who knows?”

Karma Shedrup Tshering will lead the Dragon Boys yet again as the skipper of the team.

“Karma is playing the best football of his career right now. He is guiding the team to a better future. I am sure the team will reach new heights under his leadership,” Karun said.


NA derails from budget discussion

The two sides of the house seemed more intent in scoring points than sticking to the agenda

Assembly: The daylong discussion on the budget at the National Assembly yesterday swayed from the agenda, as members from the opposition and the ruling party engaged in finger pointing.

Deliberating on the national budget, the house resolved only two chapters of the ten.


DPL records profit for the first time

IMG_8888At least 48,000 fabric bags are produced everyday

Business: Dungsam Polymers Limited (DPL) in Nganglam, Samdrupjongkhar made profit for the first time this year 28 months after it started commercial operations.

The company said that various methods and measures were adopted to register a Nu 3.8 million profit margin.

The company incurred a loss of Nu 28.14 million in 2014.  Sales revenue for the first quarter was recorded at Nu 35.99 million, an increase of 90 percent from Nu 18.32 million in the same period in 2014. Its production capacity has increased to 40 percent from 30 percent in 2014.


Plugging the loopholes

NC takes up issue of Drametse gup’s census transfer issue

Census: The case of the incumbent Drametse gup who had transferred his census to Ngatshang gewog since last November contravenes certain provisions of the Constitution and the Election Act of Bhutan, the National Council’s good governance committee submitted yesterday.


Exhibition opens to public

DSC_4554Tribute: Some 24 artifacts are on display at the exhibition

Museum: Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck opened the exhibition, “A Tribute to His Majesty Drukgyal Zhipa” to the public yesterday at the Royal Textile Academy.

The exhibition showcases some 24 artifacts including Namzas, crowns, photographs and other memorabilia of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo from the museum’s permanent collection and loans from members of the Royal family and other individuals.


The battle of the budget

Having gone through only two chapters in a day, the National Assembly’s discussions on the budget are moving at a snail’s pace.  At this rate, they will take at least a week to pass the budget.

This was because discussions went haywire.  Although related to the task on the table, assembly members almost engaged in a finger-pointing spree as the discussion on debt ensued.  The government blamed the previous government, members of the previous government jumped to the defence and even had to plead not to play a blame game and concentrate on building on what they have done.


NA endorses Companies Bill, 2015

Passed by the house yesterday, the bill consists of 17 chapters

Legislation: The National Assembly yesterday passed the Companies Bill 2015 with 40 Yes votes, seeking to repeal the Companies Act of 2000.

Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said the new bill had become necessary to make the economic self-reliance dream come true. “The bill was brought to create a conducive environment for the business community,” he said.


OAG appeals to High Court

Judiciary: Not satisfied with the district court’s verdict on the recently concluded Chang Ugyen land case, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on May 27 had appealed to the High Court.

Thimphu district court’s bench IV passed the verdict on May 15 where the former royal advisory councilor was sentenced to two years and six months compoundable prison term based on circumstantial evidences for tampering with documents to increase the size of his land holding in the 1980s.