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A stitch in time …

IMG_3670A participant tries the new machine

Usha International conducts 10-day training in sewing for 20 participants

Training: Fifty-seven-year-old Rinchen Wangdi had never seen a sewing machine so small that it didn’t even look like it could sew.

Rinchen Wangdi is among the 20 participants at the Tarayana centre in Thimphu currently undergoing a 10-day sewing training.

“It’s very convenient and time saving,” he said, excitedly.

Two trainers from USHA International ltd. are training the participants.  The program began on November 24.  The participants [... Read More]

Gelephu hospital runs short of diabetic drugs

However, they have been received recently and are being prescribed for 15-day periods

Health: For the last two months, a shortage of diabetic drugs at the Gelephu regional referral hospital has left many patients concerned.

The drugs are usually prescribed for a month to control the sugar level and hypertension in diabetic patients.

A diabetic patient, Ugyen, 57, from Umling, said he had to get his dose from the Indian border town Dathgiri, as they were [... Read More]

Tender for Yonphula facelift floated

The ADB-funded project is expected to cost between USD 1-4M

Aviation: More than a year after Yonphula domestic airport was closed, the department of civil aviation (DCA) has finally floated a tender for the airport’s enhancement.

The floating of the tender on Tuesday, which also allows international companies to participate, maintains DCA’s target of re-opening the airport by 2016, for now.

For the airport to be completed within 2016, work would have to start by latest [... Read More]

THDC – Gone but not forever

The partner in the Bunakha joint venture project has closed shop but will be back

Hydropower: Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) officials in Phuentsholing clarified that the company has not withdrawn from the 180MW Bunakha reservoir hydroelectric project (BRHEP).

BRHEP would be undertaken as a joint venture between the two public sector companies – Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) and THDC, India.

THDC will close its Phuentsholing office by the end of this month.  However, officials [... Read More]


Ugyen Academy outplays Assam Electricity

King’s Cup: Ugyen Academy FC outplayed Assam Electricity 4-0 in their last match of the King’s Cup yesterday at the Changlimithang stadium, Thimphu.

Both the teams are out of the tournament, but they didn’t disappoint the crowd and gave a thrilling match.

The first goal of the match came in the 16th minute from striker Tshering Wangdi when the ball deflected from one of the Assamese defenders. It seemed that Ugyen Academy had found their [... Read More]

Summit envisages deeper integration

unnamed-7Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, who is in Kathmandu, Nepal for the 18th SAARC Summit visited Boudhanath yesterday

SAARC: The much-anticipated and important signings on three agreements among SAARC nations – railway and motor vehicle connectivity and energy cooperation – are not likely to happen at the 18th SAARC summit,  in Kathmandu, Nepal.

This, sources said, was because of some differences Pakistan expressed. If one member country does not sign, the agreements may not come into effect.

However, during the council of ministers meet, yesterday, the foreign minister, Rinzin Dorje, said Bhutan attaches [... Read More]

Domestic violence is still at home

IMG_6608Lyonpo Dorji Choden launches the audio visual on teenage mothers

Though the country has come far in this respect, there is yet some ways to go 

Gender: Despite the nightlong endurance and being severely injured in her genitals, Karma (name changed), 26, from Wangduephodrang chose to withdraw the domestic violence case against her husband.

For injuries from the assault, Karma was admitted at the hospital for more than a week.  Her younger sister filed the police complaint and the husband was locked up.  However, as [... Read More]

Situation improved but not yet normal

IMG_20141125_125248In convoy: Vehicles bound to Phuentsholing and Samdrupjongkhar wait for escort

Samtse: Although the border gate in Samtse is still closed, and movement of people across the border restricted, police in Samtse allowed vehicles to move by midnight of November 25th.

The border gate was closed following the death of an Indian maid in Samtse, and after a mob in Chamurchi of North Bengal, India, attacked Bhutanese vehicles plying along the Indian highway.

Police in Samtse said they sent about 35 Indian vehicles and people stranded [... Read More]

Unemployment, yet again

Assembly: Members of the opposition party yesterday asked the government to stop blaming the previous government for failing to address rising unemployment in the country and come out with measures of their own.

During the question hour session, Kengkhar-Weringla representative Rinzin Jamtsho pointed out the rising unemployment and asked the government to spell what measures were taken to address the issue.

Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said the rise in unemployment rate last December was [... Read More]


A regional association, sort of

Leaders of the eight SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries have gathered in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, for the 18th summit.  But even before their planes have landed at the Tribhuvan Airport, analysts are already drawing conclusions that it will be another futile marathon of speeches.

The verdict on the summit, even before it begins, is damning – that it will not go beyond the everyday rhetoric. A local politician called SAARC the regional [... Read More]

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