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The centre will target those unable to pay high interest for loans, or offer collateral

ESP: By the time the fifth year ends, the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) targets to help establish 6,000 small and cottage enterprises in the country.

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Tshogpon takes part in ‘virtual zomdu’

IMG_5879Virtual zomdu: Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo interacts with a group of his constituents for a zomdu yesterday (Photo courtesy: Annamari Salonen/UNDP Bhutan)

The NA speaker, from Thimphu, interacted with a group of his constituents in Mongar 

TECH: In a display of how technology can be utilised for governance, a “virtual zomdu” was held between the national assembly speaker in Thimphu and his constituents in Mongar in real-time yesterday.

Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, seated in the national assembly building, interacted with a group of his constituents, who were in a community centre in Mongar using video conferencing technology.

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BEGIN trainees all geared up

IMG_1428The fifth BEGIN graduates at the closing ceremony yesterday

A dozen entrepreneurs are now set to seek funding to realise their business ideas

Training: After three months of intensive training in business skills, Suraj Rai, is all geared-up to stride into the world of doing business and becoming a successful entrepreneur.

This is happening with the help of the ‘Business entrepreneurship growth and innovation’ (BEGIN) training program, which started in May and concluded yesterday.  An initiative of Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), the program [... Read More]

12 years for rape of minor

The Tsirang district court has sentenced a 24-year-old man to 12 years in prison for raping a minor last week.
The court has also ordered the defendant and his relatives to pay a compensation of Nu 150,000 to the victim.
The incident happened at Tsirangtoed on June 15 while the victim was herding her cattle in the jungle near the village.
The defendant is a school dropout, living with his relatives in the same community.
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An airport trap

For the thousands of Bhutanese travelling to Thailand, the duty free shop at the Bangkok international airport is a favourite place to do last minute shopping, whether to pick up a gift or spend their remaining baht.

But the duty free shop, it seems, is turning out to be a dangerous place to pick up a gift for your loved ones, or to window shop.  There are stories of how departing passengers are detained for allegedly [... Read More]

Written permission awaited

Update: The kudung (mortal remains) of the late14th Kunzig Shamar rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro, which was supposed to be flown to Kathmandu, Nepal from Paro this morning, could not be taken because no written confirmation was received from the Nepalese government.

“But we are optimistic that the Nepalese government would grant us the approval today to bring the kudung to Kathmandu for final rites and cremation,” the late rinpoche’s brother, Jigme Rinpoche said over the telephone from Kathmandu. “We [... Read More]

Shamar rinpoche’s purjang on July 31

20140728-2C4A9747His Majesty the King offered prayers to the kudung of the Late Kunzig Shamar rinpoche yesterday in Paro. The kudung was brought to Paro on July 27 for Bhutanese devotees to receive blessings and pay their respects.

Religion: The kudung (mortal remains) of the late 14th Kunzig Shamar (pronounced Zhamar) rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro, is expected to arrive at the Thribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal between 9 and 10am today, according to the late rinpoche’s brother, Jigme rinpoche.

In a telephone interview last evening, Jigme rinpoche from Kathmandu said rinpoche’s kudung will be flown to Kathmandu from Paro this morning, and then taken to Shar Minub monastery to conduct his [... Read More]

Grey areas in housing allowance for civil servants

NHDC: For about 2,000 civil servants living in National Housing Development Corporation’s (NHDC) colonies, the rent will be credited directly to the corporation, and not into their personal bank accounts.

NHDC’s managing director, Ugyen Chewang, said tenants from the civil service include those in the executive levels to those in the elementary and general support personnel levels.

The rents of NHDC houses vary from about Nu 2,200 to around Nu 17,000.

“The housing rent allowance (HRA) [... Read More]

3 men arrested for chorten vandalism

Crime: The Wangdue police in a joint operation with Trongsa police arrested three men for vandalising four chortens in Sephu and Tangsibji, Trongsa on July 25.

The three men were arrested from different places following tip-off from informers.

A 30-year-old man was arrested from a village in Sephu, 25-year-old from Sha Rabuna, and 23-year-old from Gaywnag in Tangsibji.

Police said they recovered three dzees (cat’s eye) and 20 red corals from the 23-year-old man, who was [... Read More]

OD exercise leaves CNR graduates at a loose end

Forestry, agriculture and animal husbandry diploma holders are out on a limb due to freeze on decentralised employment

RCSC: Ten diploma graduates of the college of natural resources (CNR), Lobesa, on behalf of 74 graduates, appealed to the minister for agriculture and forests yesterday to consider employing them soon.

Unlike in the past, the applicants, unlike past graduates, were not employed on completion of the two-year diploma courses in fields of agriculture, forestry and animal [... Read More]

DT wants MoIC to expedite Yonphula airport work

ImageYongphula airport runway

Tshogdu: Concerned over the prolonged suspension of Yonphula domestic airport, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to write to the ministry of information and communications to begin runway-restoration activities at the earliest.

Local leaders said the department of civil aviation (DCA) was taking too long a time to carry out the work.

Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji, said the flight services have not resumed, nor has any maintenance work started.  This, he said, was affecting the growth [... Read More]

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