Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - 6:12 PM
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Farm houses gear up to give home-stay feel

IMG_4723On display: Ugyen Tshomo’s handicraft at her home stay

Apparently only three of the 20 farmhouses identified for the facility are operational

It  is that time of the year again when resorts and hotels in Chamkhar begin sprucing up rooms and surrounding areas to welcome tourists.

Apart from tourists lodges and resorts, a few farm houses that provide home-stay facility to tourists, especially when all rooms in various lodges in the valley are occupued, are preparing to host guests.

Besides preening the rooms, owners of these two [... Read More]

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About 18 academic and club coaches are undergoing five days training starting September 1 to hone their coaching skills. They are taught on theoretical aspects of modern trends of football such as changes in the game knowledge and skills by the new generation of players. They are also taught to enhance knowledge to train the players professionally.

Being conducted by Mr. Vincent Subramaniam from [... Read More]

11 killed in explosives mishap at Haa, 10 injured

haa-bombEmergency: Hospital and RBA officials transfer the critically injured into ambulances at the Lungtenphug helipad yesterday

The fatalities and wounded belonged to an unserviceable ammo disposal unit of the RBA 

Accident: Eleven ammunition technicians of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) were killed yesterday in Haa, after the unserviceable ammunition they were trying to dispose of exploded around 10am.

Another five, in critical condition, were airlifted to Thimphu referral hospital yesterday afternoon, while another five, including a storekeeper and a driver, are recovering at the IMTRAT hospital in Haa.

Of the 11 dead, [... Read More]

Wooing Indian investors

IMG_1461Lyonchhoen addresses the business meeting at the Leela Palace’s ballroom

FDI: With the country’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) permitting investment in Rupees and allowing Indian investors majority share holdings, Bhutan, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said was keen on attracting more investments from India.

The prime minister was addressing the business luncheon meeting with officials of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), federation of Indian chambers of commerce and confederation of Indian industry.

He said there were about 14 Indian companies with [... Read More]

Joint satisfaction expressed at progress of hydro projects

Visit: With India reiterating its commitment to install an additional 10,000MW of generating capacity, the importance of continued cooperation in developing hydroelectric projects in Bhutan was agreed upon during Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay’s visit to India.

A joint press release New Delhi issued states the two sides also expressed satisfaction at the progress in the three ongoing projects.

The government of India also reiterated its commitment to Bhutan’s socio-economic development.  The two countries agreed to work [... Read More]

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Lyonchheon Tshering Tobgay with the Indian minister of commerce and industry, Anand Sharma, yesterday in New Delhi before the business luncheon meeting with the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).



A terrible loss

In a tragic accident yesterday at Haa, 11 soldiers were killed during a routine procedure of destroying unserviceable ammunition.

After the plane crash that killed several Bhutanese in Nepal, this is probably one of the worst tragedies the country has experienced.

The site, which was identified for the purpose at Haa, was riddled with pieces of cloth the explosion left.

At home, it left families of the bereaved in disbelief of the news they had heard.

It was not [... Read More]

Lhakhang and Goenpa sold short

Lhakhang-KarpoLhakhang Karpo in Haa

East and west, it’s the same sad story: fraudulent accounts and substandard materials

Corruption: Fraud in muster roll payments and use of substandard construction materials were the main findings of the investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) in the renovation of two monasteries in Haa and Pemagatshel.

The renovation was executed departmentally, which means it was not contracted out.

In the investigation of Lhakhang Karpo in Haa, the ACC detected a larger scale of muster [... Read More]

DHI companies switch to ‘balanced scorecard’

Senior officials are currently undergoing a training to master this management tool

BSC: Companies owned and controlled by Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) have begun learning to use the balanced scorecard (BSC), a management tool used in setting long term strategy in the company.

“It converts the strategy into operation plan and manages the performance of the company,” DHI director of corporate performance department, Dr Damber S Kharka, said.

BSC has four important components – financial, [... Read More]