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Business matters: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay moderates a ministerial panel on Asia-Pacific Development Financing at the UN ESCAP’s 70th Session yesterday in Bangkok. The Prime Minister, also moderated a session on sustainable development.


Rabid rumour spreads panic

About 170 people were vaccinated after consuming the meat of a suspected rabid cow

Samtse: The Samtse hospital had to vaccinate about 170 people from the town area in two days after a man in Sukrety allegedly sold a rabid cow to an Indian butcher in the bordering town of Chamurchi.

Since Bhutanese buy meat from this border town, people, who had consumed beef, rushed to the hospital fearing the risk of rabies.

Dzongkhag livestock officials, [... Read More]

BoBL offers two new loan schemes

Banking: Need to perform an urgent rimdo, but you are cash strapped?  Need to settle down and furnish a home, but you are cash strapped?

For such clients, Bank of Bhutan Limited (BoBL) has initiated two new loan schemes, establishment and festival loans, with comparatively lower interest rates.  The loans were made available starting August 5.

Any graduate joining the civil service, government corporations or a reputed private company with minimum of five years of [... Read More]


Sarpang’s kidnap concerns

While the fate of four men, including two students, abducted on August 7 evening, is not known, it’s clear what the intention of the abductors from across the border in Sarpang was.

The miscreants, about 30 of them, who strolled across the porous border, want to make quick money and are aware that kidnapping Bhutanese is a good way, as they make easy prey.

In just one and a half years, victims of kidnapping in Sarpang and [... Read More]

TRAI study may lead to lower internet costs

The Cellular Operators Association of India’s agreement to collaborate bodes well for such an outcome

SATRC: A study is to be carried out by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to find ways of how Bhutan can lower its internet connectivity costs.

This decision was made during the recently concluded South Asian telecommunications regulators’ council (SATRC) meet held in Paro.

Bhutan currently has one of the highest internet connectivity costs in the South Asian region.  [... Read More]

The waste bins that were laid to waste

DSC_8385The broken bins

Civic amenities are all too often the victims of mindless vandalism in our capital city

Thromde: There once was a happy and prosperous town.  Not a speck of dust could be found in that little town, not a scrap of paper.  Wastewater from homes did not run freely through thoroughfares, but into conduits that did not burst and create foul-smelling fountains in the middle of high street.  And a river called Wangchu ran through [... Read More]

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Education Minister Mingbo Dukpa and department of school’s deirector general Karma Yeshey represented Bhutan at the three-day Asia-Pacific Regional Education Conference in Bangkok.
On the sidelines of the conference, Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa held bilateral meetings with the officials from the education ministries of Thailand and Malaysia.
Malaysia’s deputy education minister offered to extend any assistance in the field of education especially the [... Read More]

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Diplomacy: (from left) The Ambassadors of Slovenia, Colombia, and Slovak Republic – Zigmund Bertok Kuret, Monica Lanzetta Mutis, and Zigman Bertok – presented their credentials to His Majesty The King yesterday at the Tashichhodzong. The ambassadors also called on the Acting Prime Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji.


Pending budget paralyses work on new Pemagatshel dzong

DSC_5436What’s done: Foundation and groundwork for two administrative blocks have been completed

The GoI-funded project is slated to be complete by the end of the 11th Plan

Construction: With budget on hold, the construction of Pemagatshel dzong, which began in November 2012, has come to a halt.

About 20 percent of the work has been completed.  This constitutes foundation laying and groundwork.  The project is waiting for the Nu 30M fund to be released so work can continue.  Funded by the government of India, the total budget [... Read More]

So far so good … in the fight against encephalitis

P/ling dungkhag has not reported a single case of the deadly disease that has struck across the border

Outbreak: As a precaution, the Phuentsholing dungkhag health team is visiting villages located near the border and spraying indoor residual spray (IRS), with Japanese encephalitis (JE) claiming more than 100 lives in neighbouring west Bengal.

Following the outbreak in West Bengal, the health ministry alerted the dzongkhags and hospitals in the southern belt, and notified the dzongkhags [... Read More]

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