Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 7:56 AM


20 teams set for elimination round

BtUISI9IEAEL85lSonam Tshering

Archery: Sonam Tshering of team ‘Kuzu Mobile’ joins the league of sharp shooters after he hit 44 kareys in 45 rounds in the ongoing Yangphel open archery tournament.

Sonam Tshering reached the mark after he hit 17 kareys in 15 rounds on July 24. He hit 27 kareys in the two previous matches (15 rounds each). He is the highest hitter in this year’s tournament as of now.

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Tomatoes become dearer

IMG_8814Hike surprise: A customer at the Centenary Farmer’s Market yesterday

Trade: The price of imported tomatoes in the local vegetable market has almost doubled because of the price hike in India.

Until last week, a kilogram of tomatoes would cost about Nu 40 but now it has soared to about Nu 65 or more.

It is estimated that the price has increased by about 200 percent in New Delhi and 300 percent in Mumbai because of scarce rainfall this year.

Kinley Dem, 59, a customer at [... Read More]

Yudhiri bridge receives DT support

Uncertainty as to whether DoR and dzongkhag was responsible has delayed a resolution

Infrastructure: Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) has agreed to request works and human settlement ministry to look into the possibility of building a bridge over Yudhiri river.

The issue was raised by Phongmey gewog repeatedly in several tshogdus.

“Without a bridge, villagers of four gewogs of Phongmey, Radhi, Sakteng and Merak were suffering,” Phongmey gup Palden Dorji said, adding the lack of support had [... Read More]


All About Animals

We came to Bhutan in 1997. We are devoted Buddhists and animal lovers, and started to rescue animals from the streets of Zhemgang 18 years ago.

We could not remain inactive with so much suffering around us. The work we do is all about helping those animals in most need: treating them and for those who have no home, giving a temporary, safe and loving place to live.

We have currently 201 dogs, 13 cats and 24 [... Read More]

Unfair trade practices in public transport

Tshogdu acts on behalf of passengers taken for a ride by both buses and taxis

DT: For the welfare of public, mainly farmers, Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided that the regional road services and transport authority (RSTA) should put up fare boards in and around the town.

This, DT members said, would help passengers and drivers to be aware of the fares.  The decision was made on July 23.

Local government officials said, whether a person [... Read More]

Bhutan backs bid for SAARC development bank …

DSC_8190For a free trade: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay with commerce ministers and delegations from SAARC countries at the 8th SAFTA ministerial council meeting yesterday at the convention centre

… with branches in all eight member countries, if secretariat’s proposal is approved 

SAFTA: SAARC countries will have a development bank with branches in all eight countries, if the proposal from the SAARC secretariat gets approved.

Following the 8th South Asian free trade area (SAFTA) ministerial council meet yesterday in the capital, the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk said the SAARC Development Bank (SDB) was important for Bhutan.

The proposal will be tabled and decided at [... Read More]

13 minors raped in five months

Crime: The royal Bhutan army (RBA) has detained a soldier in their quarter guard for allegedly raping his daughters.

While RBA was not available for comment, it has been learnt that the case surfaced when one of the daughters, a class X student, confided in her friends.

The girl has said that she did not want to go home for the mid-term break, and alleged that her father had been sexually abusing and assaulting her [... Read More]

Bhutan and Nepal hold bilateral discussions

DSC_8280Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk met Nepal’s minister for commerce and supplies, Sunil Bahadur Thapa, yesterday

Diplomacy: Tourism, indigenous crafts, and hydropower are the three areas, which Bhutan and Nepal have identified to explore for expertise and resources.

This was discussed at the bilateral meeting between the economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and the Nepalese minister for commerce and supplies, Sunil Bahadur Thapa, yesterday in Thimphu, after the SAFTA ministerial council meeting concluded.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said these three sectors were among the many important issues discussed.

“Nepal is very strong in [... Read More]

First e-taxi makes a quiet start

Kencho-TsheringKencho Tshering

Kencho Tshering, the pioneer e-cabbie, says he’s yet to catch the passenger’s eye

Transport: The car is neat and clean, both inside and out.  The dashboard almost reflects the afternoon sun.  There is enough room for the head and the legs, even for a six-footer.

The gear looks like a small joystick and, when Kencho Tshering, the first electric taxi driver, puts it into drive, there is no noise of an engine starting.  The Nissan [... Read More]


Major minor issue

Going by the figures of rape of minors, we should be ashamed as a society.  The figures are alarming – 13 minors in five months and 35 in a year.  This is more than three minor rapes every month.

In most societies, this is reason enough to bring down a government, or strip authorities of their responsibilities and power.

We don’t call for public outrage or encourage people to come out on the street to stop the [... Read More]

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