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Farmers can breathe easy now

A technical glitch, now corrected, had made it appear they’d have to pay much higher taxes on utility vehicles

Levy: A technical mistake from the finance ministry was what had resulted in the levying of revised sales tax for utility vehicles for farmers, finance minister Namgay Dorji clarified yesterday.

Lyonpo Namgay Dorji explained the error had occurred, when various types of pick up trucks were clubbed together in the notification that the ministry had issued [... Read More]

Gidaphu community decides to appeal

Mining: Twenty-seven households of Gidaphu in Bjemina under Mewang gewog, Thimphu are preparing documents to file a petition with the district court this Friday, requesting suspension of mining activities in their locality.

The move comes after the incident on July 12, where several house owners alleged that blasting in the nearby mining site had cracked the walls of their houses.

In the past, villagers have filed complaints to various offices, including the Mewang gewog administration, [... Read More]

Pictures story

Audience: His Majesty the King with recipients of His Majesty’s Scholarships at the Lingkana palace yesterday. Including the 64 students who received His Majesty’s Scholarship Kidu this year, 327 students have to date received scholarships in IT, medicine, engineering, media and communication.


Picture story

The kudung (mortal remains) of the late 14th Kunzig Shamar rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro reached Kathmandu, Nepal around 4:30 yesterday evening. The Yangbi Lopon rinpoche and monks from the Zhung dratshang accompanied the kudung to Nepal. The purjang (cremation) ceremony would be held tomorrow at his new monastery in Shar Minub, coinciding with the First Sermon of Lord Buddha. The Dorji [... Read More]

Local leaders seek govt. help against wildlife

IMG_2519Wangdue DT in session

Specifically, gups of four gewogs have appealed for support to install electric fencing

DT: Explaining the difficulties farmers faced in protecting their fields from wildlife, gups of four gewogs, Bjena, Phangyul, Nahi and Gasey Tshogwom proposed government support for solar and electric fencing support at the dzongkhag tshogdu, yesterday.

Local leaders said damage to crops from wildlife continues to remain a persistent issue of farmers in the country.

Tshogwom gup Sangay said farmers have been doing [... Read More]

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.

The tshogpon [... Read More]

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.
[... Read More]


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]

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