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Welcome growth of regional tourism

Almost half our visitors last year were from the region that’s turned out to be a key market

Tourism: A majority of the regional tourists, who visited Bhutan last year, came solely for the purpose of holidaying, followed by business trips, according to tourism council of Bhutan (TCB).

About 71 percent of the 50,722 regional tourists came to holiday, while 11 percent were here on business trips, and the rest came to visit friends and [... Read More]

Council deliberates Trowa Theatre case


It’s 12 point administrative decision needs follow up

NC: The National Council’s good governance committee yesterday recommended the national land commission follow up with the works and human settlement ministry with regard to administrative decision it has taken on the Chang Jiji Trowa theatre land case.

The chairperson of the committee, eminent member Tashi Wangmo, said it had been more than six months since the dispute settlement committee of Land Commission had forwarded its 12-point [... Read More]

Chasing wild boars in Bemji

IMG_8815Paddy rick covered with clothes to protect from boars in Bemji, Trongsa

Wildlife: Farmers in Nubi gewog, Trongsa, have taken the battle against the wild boars to the forest this time.

Tired of repelling them from near their fields, 26 men equipped with knives, axes, sticks and accompanied by dogs, from Pang and Bemji villages combed the forest surrounding their villages for two days to scare away wild boars that had been rampaging their paddy fields for days.

The chase started on September 15.

“We had to leave [... Read More]

No sale at Point of Sale(POS)

DSC01103Increased production of local vegetables at the auction yard couldn’t translate into INR

Buyers want to spend Ngultrum in Bhutan

Vegetable: The point of sale (POS) facility at the food corporation of Bhutan auction yard in Phuentsholing, installed early this year to help generate INR, is yet to be utilised, according to officials.

The POS was installed with the help of the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) to encourage Indian vegetable vendors who attend the auction to make payments through their ATM cards instead of cash when they buy vegetables [... Read More]

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The ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Mr Takeshi Yagi, calls on the Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday afternoon in Thimphu.
It is the ambassador’s second visit to Bhutan.

Nu 34.2B budget for 2013-14

Education tops list of recipients with an allocation of Nu 6.7B in this fiscal

11th FYP: Going by the revised budget estimates for 2013-14 fiscal, the first year of the 11th Plan, the government should be able to finance 15 percent of capital expenditure from domestic revenue.

But any unforeseen expenditure during the year could change this possibility.

The budget for 2013-14, which will be presented today by the finance minister to the National Assembly, capital [... Read More]

Abuse of power a major concern, ACC

Corruption:  Abuse of functions or power is still a major concern constituting 30.29 percent of the total 449 complaints the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) received during the reporting period between April 2012 and April 2013, according to ACC’s annual report.

The report tabled in the National Assembly last week stated that ACC received 136 complaints against abuse of functions, followed by misuse of government resources with 135. “This type of corruption generally manifests in [... Read More]

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The other tshechu: Thimphu residents swarm the Norzin lam, which was closed to traffic during the three-day tshechu that ended last evening


Cooperatives are as good as its members’ cooperation

A sense of ownership was all that was sought of the members of cooperatives

Agriculture: Lack of a sense of ownership was what cooperative and agriculture ministry officials attributed to most of farmers’ cooperatives spread across the country not meeting their full potential.

“There certainly seems a lack of ownership from the members,” the chairman of Dewathang milk marketing cooperative, Tashi Tobgay said. He has been the chairman since its establishment in 2005.

The cooperative’s membership [... Read More]

Driver dead in a road accident

Accident: A 23-year-old man’s body was recovered yesterday morning after the Mahindra Bolero pick up truck he was driving veered off the road at Lhapsakha under Tading gewog in Samtse.

The accident, police sources said, took place on the night of September 15 near Lhapsakha village between Samtse and Phuentsholing highway.

Lhapsakha is about 40km from Samtse towards Phuentsholing.

Police sources said the owner of the Bolero based in Samtse town had informed there were brake [... Read More]