Last rites: Thousands of devotees from across the country attend the purjang ceremony of late Drabi Lopon Kinley Gyeltshen yesterday in Punakha
Cremation: Devotees from across the country flocked to Lekshey Jungey shedra in Punakha to pay their tribute to the former Drabi Lopon (master of lexicography) of the central monk body, Lopon Kinley Gyeltshen, yesterday.
His body was cremated yesterday 24 days after he passed away on January 1 at the age of 67.
Devotees, including Lams, lopens, monks, nuns and common people chanted soeldep (request chanting), holding yellow sheets of chant scripts in their hands, [... Read More]
His Majesty The King granted dhar to the newly elected gup of Darla gewog in Chhukha, Mil Kumar Mongar at the Tashichhodzong yesterday.
The ban on foreign commodities is to be lifted, while taxes on them will be revised
Imports: The government confirmed it would lift restrictions imposed on import of vehicles and housing loan, but not before fiscal measures are put in place.
Finance minister Namgay Dorji said the ban will be lifted, but taxes on all commodities imported will be revised.
“We’re looking at an extensive overhaul on the taxation front,” he said, adding the overall economy [... Read More]
Not over yet: Discussions continue between Home Minister Damcho Dorji and opposition member Nidup Zangpo (middle) after the session
Parliament decided audit irregularities must be resolved within 2013-14 fiscal year
Audit: Parliament yesterday resolved that political parties should, henceforth, clear all audit irregularities annually.
At the joint sitting, it was also decided that they would look at loopholes in electoral laws and review and amend the acts, if necessary.
This was following the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report presented to Parliament, which stated the former ruling and opposition parties, which have switched roles this time, [... Read More]
NA: The nation’s forestry inventory would now be complete within 2015, three years ahead of its initial schedule of 2018.
Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji, while deliberating the joint public accounts committee report, said his ministry was investing Nu 61M more to accomplish the task.
Findings of the royal audit performance report indicated the forest department would need Nu 252M to complete the inventory alone.
Compiling the national forestry inventory began in 2009 and, so far as [... Read More]
The six men and three women will work at a resort/convention hotel as room attendants
Employment: Nine Bhutanese made up the first batch to leave the country under the government initiated overseas employment programme, when they left to work in Qatar on January 22, labour ministry officials claim.
The six men and three women will work at the Sheraton Doha resort and convention hotel as room attendants with the house keeping department, labour ministry’s employment [... Read More]
Tobacco: Thimphu district court, on January 20, sentenced a Thimphu businesswoman to three years in prison for possessing chewing tobacco (baba) more than four times the permissible quantity.
A person is allowed to import only 300g in a month, according to the amended Tobacco Act, 2012.
The convict, Nar Maya Pradhan, had with her 1,410g (about eight dozen 10-gram baba packets), when police raided her shop in July last year. Police also found 44 pieces [... Read More]
For whatever reasons the nation-wide drug bust operations are being carried out, but it is something that should have been done much earlier.
Not that it is late, but simply the thought that we could have saved one more life, had the intervention come in a little earlier, cannot be waived.
Many parents have had to suffer the pangs of losing their children to drug abuse, or were fighting to lure them to depend on support the [... Read More]
At the dam site: Work is on to build Punatsangchhu II dam at Rurichhu
Nearly 50 percent of the work on the country’s second biggest dam is complete
PHPA II: After helping generate power in the 1,200MW Punatsangchhu hydroelectric project I, the glacier-fed Punstangchhu (river) will be trapped once again for yet another production about 3km downstream.
This will be done through country’s second biggest dam, the Punatsangchhu hydroelectric project II, which is being built at Rurichhu, about 22km from Wangdue zam (bridge).
Among major components of the dam, the [... Read More]
The weeklong course comprised clinical orientation and training on ems, trauma and obstetric care
Health: Forty-one medical professionals are all set to rescue lives in different parts of the country.
They include 26 medical doctors, six dentists and nine nurses, who completed clinical orientation and training on emergency medical services, trauma and obstetric care, the first of its kind being carried out in the country.
“The fresh doctors and nurses are ready to go and do [... Read More]