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First Bhutanese in UN peacekeeping mission

img12121His Majesty the King and lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with Lt Col Kinley Wangdi and Major Ugyen Wangchuk (right)

RBA/RBG: In a historic move for the country and armed forces, Bhutan is now participating in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.

Two royal Bhutan army (RBA) and one royal body guards (RBG) officers recently left the country to serve as peacekeepers in the Middle East and Africa.  They will don the distinctive blue beret or helmet worn by UN peacekeepers and serve under the UN flag.

RBA lt col Ngawang Jigme has been assigned as [... Read More]

HM grants land kidu to 6,718 households

20140916-907A6170A girl offers flowers to Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen during the public tokha in Zhemgang yesterday

Visit: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 6,718 households including those who were eligible for land substitution in Zhemgang.

The kidu is part of His Majesty’s ongoing land reform across the country. His Majesty is on a tour of the central regions of the country.

Addressing the people from various parts of Zhemgang dzongkhag, His Majesty said that land is central to the lives of the people because land provides security of inheritance, [... Read More]

Trashigang gups seek answers from tshogpon

They asked particularly about the Bolero pickup promised during the campaign

Visit: Local leaders in Trashigang were left disappointed after their first meeting with the National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo yesterday.

Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo visited the dzongkhag and met with the members of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT).

Local leaders said they had many questions for the speaker, but were not given enough time to ask. “It was such a disappointment as we rarely get to meet [... Read More]

Improvements anticipated with autonomy

Expectations are high for better service delivery from the national referral hospital

JDWNRH: Service delivery and management of the national referral hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu are expected to increase with the hospital now becoming fully autonomous.

The hospital will shoulder its responsibility as an autonomous body, with full powers vested in the board and management team of the hospital.

With autonomy, JDWNRH expects to better manage their resources, and enhance motivation of service providers, and ultimately [... Read More]

Pumping facility to end decades of water problems

Thangu: With a new 30,000 litre water-pumping station constructed, the village of Thangu in Wangduephodrang sees an end to decades of water problems.

Constructed under the Indian government funded small development program, the facility will supply water to 25 households.  The pumping station was constructed at a cost of Nu 1.5M in a span of two months.

Until 2003, residents of Thangu depended on manually fetching water from the Punatshangchu.

The water was used for everything [... Read More]


What for the festive season

The only preparation visible, besides the monks practising dances for the Thimphu tshechu, is the space reserved by shopkeepers and vendors along Norzin lam.  The road will be closed for traffic and, for three days, it will be an open market.

Sales thrive as shopkeepers use the space to clear their old stock at cheaper prices, and tshechu goers and shoppers take advantage of the so called “sale”.  But there is trouble waiting.  It was quite [... Read More]

Drujeygang delegation ‘returns reassured’

DSC_3294The local leaders of Drujeygang leaves the works and human settlement ministry last week

The GNHC has assured that the issue would be raised at the SDP committee meeting

GCR: The group of local leaders from Drujeygang gewog, Dagana, has returned to their village after getting reassurance that their gewog centre road (GCR) would be blacktopped.

The reassurance came after their meeting with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) on Monday, following their appeal to the works and human settlement ministry on Friday last week.

After finding out that the [... Read More]

Mongar hospital without dialysis machines since Sept. 4

three-dialysis-machine-of-MRRHEngineers are trying to repair the machines

20 kidney patients on treatment have been referred to Thimphu since the breakdown 

Health: With both its dialysis machines malfunctioning, dialysis treatment for kidney disease has been suspended at the Mongar regional referral hospital.

Dialysis treatment has been suspended since September 4, after two of its machines broke down due to age.  The two machines were installed at the hospital in 2006.

The hospital has been referring patients to Thimphu for dialysis since then.  The hospital [... Read More]

44,500 voters added to voters ‘list

DSC_4176To vote: Voters and youth pledge to exercise their franchise in every election at the clock tower in Thimphu yesterday

First ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the country

Occasion: The total number of eligible voters by the next local government election in 2016 will increase by 44,500. This is the number of youth coming of age, reaching 18 years, taking the total eligible voters to 426,290.

In a symbolic gesture, the Prime Minister awarded five students their voter’s photo identity card (VPIC) during the first-ever National Voters’ Day celebrated in the capital yesterday.

The day [... Read More]

Govt. skeptical over DHI plan to take over SOEs

Assimilation: Two more state-owned enterprises – Woodcraft Centre and Construction Development Corporation limited (CDCL) – will soon be under the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) umbrella, if negotiations with the finance ministry goes well.

Although DHI plans to gradually take over 10 state-owned enterprises (SOE), it has proposed the government to hand over four SOEs – Bhutan Post, Bhutan Development Bank limited (BDBL), Woodcraft Centre and Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) – within this [... Read More]

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