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India Bhutan Friendship Tennis Championship underway

_MG_2622Ambassador Gautam Bambawale offically starts the championship yesterday

Tennis: To promote tennis in the country, the first India Bhutan Friendship Tennis Championship began in Thimphu yesterday.

Top Bhutanese tennis players along with players from Assam, Darjeeling, Nagaland and Kolkata are taking part in the weeklong championship that’s organised by the Bhutan Tennis Federation (BTF) with support from India-Bhutan Foundation.

BTF’s general secretary, Ugyen Wangdi, said the tournament was organised to give the local players exposure to the international level of the game. “This is our first move towards regional tournaments and we would like to take it further,” he said.


18 more immigration officials suspended

82 people implicated for bribery in illegal entry and exit of foreign workers

ACC/OAG: The department of immigration suspended 18 more immigration officials from the Phuentsholing regional office for their alleged involvement in bribery and illegal entry and exit of foreign workers in 2013 and 2014.

They were suspended after the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) registered a case with the Phuentsholing dungkhag court last week.  A total of 82 people, including 30 immigration officials, three police personnel, five taxi drivers and 23 license holders of foreign workers recruitment agents (FWRA) in Phuentsholing were implicated for bribing public servants, tampering of public documents and forgery.


Trade deficit at Nu 9B in the first quarter of 2015

Deficit narrowed by about Nu 100M last year compared with 2013

Statistics: The country’s trade deficit, excluding trade in electricity, is estimated at around Nu 9B (billion) between January to March this year.  Balance of trade with India alone accounts for more than Nu 7B of deficit.

This was as per the provisional trade statistics for the first quarter, 2015.  Bhutan imported commodities worth of over Nu 15B, while its export value was recorded at around Nu 6B.  During the same period, its import bill from India accounted for Nu 12.6B, and exported goods worth Nu 5B to India.


The helping hands project

DSC01817Bhim Bdr, who had injured his wrist in a fall tests his grip at the helping hands centre

A team of surgeons from Australia has carried out reconstructive plastic surgery on a number of patients

Interplast: A 12-year old boy was brought to the hospital recently, after he was hit by a car and dragged for about 10-20m.  The skin on the side of his face and ear had been scraped off, leaving behind a gaping wound.

In another incident, a young hotel employee in Paro had suffered an electrical burn, which could have led her fingers to be amputated.

But when a team of surgeons from Interplast Australia along with doctors at the JDWNRH operated on her recently, she became the first patient to get a finger joint replacement in the country.


Thousand butter lamps lit for late former MPs

DSC_0946In memory: Members of the National Assembly offer a thousand butter lamps at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong for the two late former Parliament members yesterday

Members of the National Assembly yesterday offered a thousand butter lamp and, prayers at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong for the two late former Members of the Parliament (MP).

Former Dophuchen- Tading MP Prahlad Gurung passed on February 27. He was 68 while the former Gelephu MP Prem Kumar Gurung, 57, expired on April 4.

Prem Kumar Gurung has three children, while Prahlad Gurung has four.

Family members said they were ill for over six months.

A press release from the National Assembly stated that they had both personified everything that is good about political affairs during their tenure as MPs.


Picture Story

The Second Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development with the theme “Strengthening integration, implementation and review for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific” was held in Bangkok on 21-22 May 2015 to deliberate on the evolving post 2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals. Ambassador to Thailand, Kesang Wangdi and permanent representative of Bhutan to UN ESCAP led the Bhutanese delegation, composed of officials from the GNH Commission and Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Bangkok.


Zero Tolerance Day impact

Judging by the disappointment among partygoers and late night owls, the Royal Bhutan Police’s initiative of “Zero Tolerance Day” is working out fine.

More than a month since the initiative kicked off, there are numerous stories of driving licenses and vehicle registration documents seized by police, as motorists are caught red-handed driving under the influence of alcohol or, in some cases, carrying extra passenger or load.


Looming deadline leaves plot-owners worried

Plot-owners were given until 2016 to complete any building constructions

Housing: With only a year left before constructions will not be permitted, 21 plot owners in Lhuentse’s main town are yet to even start constructing their buildings.

Of 28 plot owners issued their lag thrams (ownership certificates) in 2008, only five have completed their buildings while two are currently constructing their buildings.

The dzongkhag administration has announced in 2013 that all plot-owners must complete any constructions by 2016.


Reading awareness programme for Thimphu schools

IMG_5228Students read silently for seven minutes at the Clock Tower Square on Saturday

Event: About 3,000 students from 33 schools under Thimphu dzongkhag participated at the reading awareness programme at the clock tower square on May 23.

The programme began with students walking and reading from a designated point towards the clock tower square in an hour.

A teacher with Changzamtog Lower Secondary School performed a model reading by reading aloud for about 15 minutes.

According to senior thromde education officer, Lham Tshering, the programme was organised to enhance reading culture in the school and community, to create a platform for an exchange program and make reading solidarity, among others.


An action plan for a national and natural resource

DSC_0841National Biodiversity centre’s programme director (Dr) Tashi Yangzome Dorji with agriculture minister

An overview of the past, threats, issues and opportunities 

Biodiversity: Coinciding with the International Day of Biodiversity, Bhutan launched the revised national biodiversity strategies and action plan (NBSAP) at the National Biodiversity Centre in Serbithang on May 22.

The plan contains an overview of the past biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, issues and opportunities in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and implementation of the plan, among others.

According to NBSAP, one of the major factors of natural habitat loss affecting the ecosystem of Bhutan is land use conversion, while forest fire is the major factor causing habitat degradation and fragmentation.