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Druk Chapchab defeated Bank of Bhutan in two straight games at the ongoing Druk Wangyel traditional archery tournament yesterday. The other game between Norlha and Rada Puensum will be decided today as only one set was completed yesterday.
A total of 25 teams are taking part in this year’s tournament.


Indian maid’s death sparks off disturbance

Border: The border gate of Samtse had to close by 11:25am yesterday, after residents of Chamurchi in India’s north Bengal attacked Bhutanese vehicles and people plying along the Indian road.

Police in Samtse said five Bhutanese vehicles were stranded in Chamurchi, after a mob of about 6,000 people set a Wagon R on fire, and damaged three light vehicles and a truck.

The passengers, police said, are safe and did not sustain major injuries. “Some [... Read More]

Jaigaon’s grey currency exchange market

Paan shops on NS road have become transactions points for ngultrum sand rupee

INR: Jaigaon is as busy as ever.  The streets are crowded and the sound of traffic pierces the eardrums.  Amid the hustle and bustle, as usual, people from India and Bhutan enter and exit the two gates that divide the border.

In the crowd at Jaigaon’s NS Road, a monk is examining a busy paan shop.  The 30-year-old is up for a [... Read More]

November 22 is National Clean and Sober Day

20141122-2C4A4742His Majesty the King granted an hour-long audience to more than 200 people recovering from addiction on Saturday during the launch of the National Clean and Sober Day.

HM graced the launch on Saturday

His Majesty the King graced the launch of the “National Clean and Sober Day” on Saturday, November 22, coordinated by the Chithuen Phendey Association.

More than 200 recovering individuals offered gratitude to His Majesty, for His Majesty’s unwavering love and care for the recovering society in the country.

In an hour-long audience to the recovering individuals, His Majesty shared some stories of people His Majesty had met in Bhutan, which demonstrated the [... Read More]

PM to lead delegation to summit

DOI_3966Foreign secretaries and officials from SAARC member countries at the 41st session of the SAARC Standing Committee Photo : Department Of Information, Nepal

SAARC: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will lead the Bhutanese delegation tomorrow to attend the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which is scheduled for November 26 and 27 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Bhutanese delegation includes foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, information and communications minister DN Dhungyel, foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji, and other senior officials from the foreign ministry.

The 36th session of the SAARC council of ministers (SMC) will be held [... Read More]

Minority shareholders taken a beating

Mining: The government is reviewing the observations of the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) and will work to fix loopholes and systemic deficiencies in the mining sector.

The minority shareholders of public mining companies have suffered huge loses in dividends between 2008 and 2012, in absence of anti-trust laws to protect their interests, the latest audit report stated.

Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said the issue is something the government needs to look into .

“We’ll closely [... Read More]


From natural to national resources

The government has approved the State Mining Corporation that will operate as a company under the Druk Holding and Investments soon.

It may be a mere coincidence, but the timing of the announcement was perfect, as the Royal Audit Authority, on the advice of the National Council, conducted a performance audit on tax of mining and quarrying sector, which revealed a lot of unhealthy trends in the sector in its findings.

The decision to establish a state [... Read More]

Megaypang water treatment plant soon to be operational

IMG_1289Project officials demonstrate how the treatment plant works

For Semtokha, Lungtenphu, Changbangdu and Babesa residents, this will mean no more ‘dry’ days

Thromde: A month more and residents of Semtokha, Lungtenphu, Changbangdu and Babesa local area plan (LAP) of Thim throm will have treated water supply round the clock.

The much awaited water treatment plant at Megaypang, about five kilometres up from Chamgang is ready to supply water.  Works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden, and Thimphu thrompon, Kinlay Dorji, inaugurated the treatment [... Read More]

Incense factory owner wins Entrepreneur Award


GEW: A monk from Beyul Langdrak monastery, Lama Sonam Gyatsho, who runs an incense factory with his team in Wangduephodrang, won the Best Loden Entrepreneur Award, 2014. The award comes with a cash prize of Nu 100,108 and a trophy.

Opposition Leader presented the award at the concluding ceremony of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on November 22.

A brainstorming session on the last day of the GEW brought together established businesspersons, entrepreneurs, experts and [... Read More]

Vibration intensity tests carried out

unnamed-2Project officials measure the vibration intensity in Wangdue

To ascertain if blasting may have damaged houses and affected water sources

PHPA II: To find out whether blasting at the headrace tunnel construction of the Punatsangchu project caused cracks on houses and affected water sources, a vibration intensity of blasting was conducted since November 18.

This comes after residents of Daga, Rubesa and Gaselo complained that blasting at the project damaged their houses and affected water sources.  While people of Gaseytshogom, Tshogwom and Daga [... Read More]

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