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Misery continues: The only athlete representing Bhutan, Lhaba Tshering, 19, could not pass the qualification in the Men’s 200m Round 1 yesterday in Incheon, South Korea. Of the eight runners Lhaba completing the 200m in 24.18 seconds stood seventh, while Oman athlete was disqualified. He raced with athletes from China, Korea, Kazakhstan, Hongkong, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Oman. Meanwhile, in taekwondo, Tilak Gurung will [... Read More]

RAA pulls up MoIC for lapses

The highlight of the report was the misuse of government funds by a former senior accounts officer 

Audit: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has directed the information and communications ministry to initiate appropriate action against the former senior accounts officer for deliberate misuse of government fund amounting to Nu 2.206M.

The audit has also asked the ministry to take appropriate administrative action against the immediate supervising officials for their failure to supervise and monitor the [... Read More]

Has the lean season offer backfired?

DSC_0290Photo opportunity: A tourist pose with a monk during the Thimphu drubchen yesterday

Tourism: The Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer that the government initiated to make Bhutan a year-round destination has backfired, thereby affecting their business, tour operators claimed.

With many tourists expecting similar offers, tour operators said they mostly get inquiries on whether a particular country could be listed next, as part of a similar offer. Tour operators requested anonymity fearing repercussions

A tour operator said, by this time, he usually gets around 100 bookings from Japan for next [... Read More]

Gelephu SP absolved of supervisory accountability

ACC took cognisance of a police clarification and reversed the RAA stand 

Losel: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has dropped the supervisory accountability on the superintendent of police in Gelephu, according to the royal Bhutan police.

A police source said that the ACC took cognisance of their request to not consider the superintendent of police in Gelephu as a member of the accounts operation of Losel cinema hall.  Earlier, the Royal Audit Authority issued a [... Read More]

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Drubchen: His holiness the Je-Khenpo is escorted to the kuenray of Tashichhodzong yesterday before the lham tsom dance is performed in dedication to Palden Lhamo, Bhutan’s protecting deity


Shingkhar-Gorgan road stuck in limbo

unnamed-9Quiet: There is no activity of any sort from Shingkhar side today

Road: There is no development on the controversial Shingkhar-Gorgan bypass road, which the National Assembly in May endorsed to be taken up in the 11th Plan.

Department of roads (DoR) officials in Bumthang received no directives on the 55-km Singkhar-Gorgan road since its survey was halted abruptly in March 2013.

“We didn’t receive any directives on Shingkhar-Gorgan road construction,” Bumthang DoR executive engineer, Sangay Dorji said, adding that the government has neither said that the [... Read More]


Apportioning the tourism pie

It’s been over a decade since the tourism sector felt the need to diversify products to cash in on the country’s second highest hard currency earner.

The need, however, has not translated into reality, and there are many factors that impede product diversification.

In the past 20 years, since the tourism sector grew with increasing number of visitors each year, the concentration of arrivals has been during the peak seasons.

Meanwhile, the peak seasons, which are spring and [... Read More]

Work on east-west highway set to three-year deadline

imad21251Rangjung residents greet Lyonpo Dorji Choden

When complete, the travel time from Thimphu to Trashigang overland would be a day

Road: About 333km of the east-west highway from Thimphu to Trashigang will undergo road widening and realignment works within the 11th Plan.

Works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden, who is in Trashigang on a tour, said work on the narrow, and often troublesome, road that is currently undergoing a major facelift would be completed in another three years time.

“When the [... Read More]

Damchu bypass may sound death knell for business along old highway

Highway: More than four years after the Damchu-Chkha bypass was planned and with the bypass due for completion next year, businesses in Tshimasham are still without a plan to face changes the bypass would bring.

The bypass on the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway will shorten the journey by about an hour and vehicle bound for Thimphu or Phuentsholing will avoid climbing to Tsimasham, which today is a commercial hub on the highway.

There are close to 15 [... Read More]

Making heavy weather of recruitment

The Phuentsholing regional labour office is facing a challenge to make the program a success

GEP: Salary, lack of understanding of the program, and attitude of jobseekers are the main factors that Phuentsholing regional office of labour and employment is challenged with while recruiting under the guaranteed employment program (GEP).

The office has to date given jobs to about 30 jobseekers under this program since its launch in July this year.  As of today, the regional [... Read More]

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