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Godowns need to be reorganised

IMG_9613The SAARC food bank members with agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji

This was one of the decisions taken by the food board, which met yesterday in Thimphu

SAARC: Designated godowns or storage facilities will have to be reorganised in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, the SAARC food board decided yesterday in Thimphu.

Board members from Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, also decided to let the SAARC secretariat know the updated details at the earliest for circulation.

Member states were also asked [... Read More]

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Dasho Dr (Col) Tandin Dorji receives the veteran’s category trophy of the COAS Open Golf Tournament, which was held from November 22-24 at the RBG Golf Course in Thimphu. Col Rinzin Dorji, DW, SO to COO, RBA and Maj Kesang Wangdi were the overall Net and Gross Winners. A total of 106 golfers participated in the annual tournament organised by IMTART.

 

A case of whose interest should prevail?

…that of man’s or tiger’s, is the quiz Shingkhar-Gorgan road poses

Conservation: The previous government’s interest in linking Shingkhar at Bumthang to Gorgan at Lhuentse resonates with that of the new government’s as well.

But as with the previous government, this government is likely to face some opposition from conservationists, who believe the road construction would rudely interrupt the core tiger habitat.

The 67km Shingkhar-Gorgan highway that cuts through the tiger habitat at Thrumshingla national park [... Read More]

Business in a GNH setting

GEW: Weaving through the bureaucracy in Bhutan for business is as difficult and time consuming as weaving a silk (seeshu) kira.

So put candidly  Yangphel’s managing partner Karma Lotay, to describe business-bureaucracy  relationship at a global entrepreneurship week’s panel discussion on November 23 in Thimphu.

One of the successful entrepreneurs in the country today, Karma Lotay, was one of the panellists at a session on ‘business, social enterprise and GNH’ that Loden Foundation organised to [... Read More]

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No show: People with issues wait for the prime minister last Saturday for the “Meet the people” program. Although the prime minister did not show up, labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo met those with unemployment issues

 

Parties point up promoting private sector

Although they diagreed on the state of the country’s economy 

Economy: It was a forum that allowed, besides the ruling and the opposition, other political parties that existed until the primary round of elections to discuss the country’s economy.

Representing their political parties, four politicians were making their impressions on the audience comprising Thimphu school students and aspiring entrepreneurs that crammed the Tarayana hall.

The politicians discussed issues like Rupee shortage, public debt, investment in hydropower, [... Read More]

Editorial

Local news from abroad

The local media was beaten hands down last week when they missed an important development in the government’s policy on electric vehicles.

Foreign media broke the news about the government’s policy to make the “capital city an electric vehicle hotspot”.  Many papers and blogs picked up the news, where lyonchhoen was reported to have met the chief executive of Renault-Nissan to discuss supplying electric cars and charging system.

Lyonchhoen was also quoted as saying, to kick off [... Read More]

MP assures Kangpara of connectivity in 11th FYP

IMG_5214Zordhung village in Kangpara will receive a farm road in this plan period

Farmroad: Villagers in Kangpara, Trashigang, were given assurance by their parliament representative recently that all the villages in the gewog would be connected with roads.

This news came as a relief to villagers from Pasaphu, Zordhung, Merdha, Threlphu and Lamai Gonpa, which are at least two hours walk from the nearest feeder road.

Kangpara is the only gewog in Trashigang after Merak and Sakteng, that today lacks internal roads within the gewog, save for Bedengphu.  [... Read More]

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Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay who is one on a week-long visit to his constituency in Haa talks to a staff of National Centre for Riverine Lake Fisheries. Yesterday he met with the people of Samar gewog and briefed them on the resolutions of the last Parliament and priorities of the 11th Plan. Lyonchhoen also visited Lhakhang Karpo construction site and met with Dzongkhag [... Read More]

Phobjikha gets a grade I BHU

Inaugural-3The newly consecrated BHU

Health: Unless it is a referral case, people of Gangtey and Phojikha will not have to go to Bajo district hospital in Wangdue, because they have a new grade I basic health unit (BHU) in the valley.

Consecrated on November 23, the 10-bed BHU-I at Esa village in Gangtey will have a doctor and about five health personnel providing dental, X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy services.  The BHU also has an indigenous unit, an ambulance, [... Read More]