Monday, April 21st, 2014 - 8:14 AM

Ensuring employment for Bhutanese

MoL signs MoU with hoteliers to recruit Bhutanese trained by the ministry

Hospitality: Eight hoteliers in Phuentsholing yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the labour ministry to recruit Bhutanese workers and create a linkage between the industry and the ministry.

This is the latest attempt to recruit Bhutanese workers in the hotel industry in the commercial hub of the country. Although no memorandum of understandings was signed, the previous government also tried to limit [... Read More]

Returning vision to the near blind

eye-checkupHealth officials check the vision of an elderly woman

Health: The weeklong eye surgery camp began in Mongar regional referral hospital from March 9, to sharpen the vision of about a hundred people in the east, who have been living with cataract.

Since it began, the camp screened 46 people, who had come for a checkup.  As of yesterday, 20 people have been operated and another 14 surgeries will be done today.

Officials said more than 20 people have regained their eyesight from the [... Read More]

The legend of Tshogonpa

IMG_8421Depression where was once a lake

The ‘nine brothers’ lakes in Lumang may be traced to a tragic tale of jealousy and revenge 

Folklore: Tshogonpa is a small village that sits on a flatland opposite Mochu in Trashigang. Long ago, there were nine lakes where the village today is. That’s how the local lore goes.

Three of the nine lakes were at the place where today is Tshogonpa primary school. And nearby is a big depression in the ground that gives [... Read More]

Cardamom plantation in once paddy fields

Lack of an irrigation channel has led to Norgaygang farmers switching crops

Agriculture: Crippled with acute water shortage and lack of irrigation channel is why most villagers of Norgaygang in Sipsu are now cultivating cardamom in their paddy fields.

Although there is a provision in the land Act that prohibits conversion of wetland to dry land, all paddy fields in Norgaygang are filled with cardamom plantation, especially upper Norgaygang.

Villagers said it was better to grow [... Read More]

Picture story

A forest fire, which started around 2.30pm above Semtokha Dzong in Thimphu yesterday burnt about 2.5 acres of forest by the time it was contained in about two hours. This was the sixth forest fire this year.




Dzongree FC edge past national U-18 team

DSC_3887A Dzongree FC player tackle the U-18 player Nima Gyeltshen

Football: An end-to-end first half show between Dzongree FC and the national U-18 team saw three goals in yesterday’s match during the ongoing Thimphu A division league that started on March 8.

Dzongree FC’s Wangchuk opened the spree in the 33rd minute.  But the lead did not last long, as Nima Gyeltshen equalised within nine minutes.  However, just as the first half seem to be ending in a draw, Dzongree’s Sonam Tenzin snatched the [... Read More]

Body found below Lungtenzampa identified

The decomposed body of a woman which Thimphu police found last week below Lungtenzampa (bridge) has been identified as a 37-year-old from Wangduephodrang.

The body was found  on March 8 around 1 pm. Two cable-men from Tashi Cell working near the chorten below Lungtenzampa came across the body and informed police.

Police said the woman was working with a non-government organisation in Thimphu. She lived alone in Motithang. She had gone missing since December 25 and a [... Read More]

Electric cars, initial reservations

nissan-Charged: The Nissan Leaf during the launch at the Thimphu clock tower in February

PM believes people ought to overcome the physiological obstacles they were facing 

Transport: If the many inquiries and orders electric car dealers registered are any indication, the government’s ambition to promote battery-operated wheels is on track.

Since its launch in February, the electric car brand of Mahindra e2o that Singye Agencies deal in sold three of the car, the cost of which ranges from Nu 699,000 to Nu 839,000 depending on options.

A Singye Agencies official [... Read More]

Dungsam floats bonds worth Nu 1.2B

To be sold at Nu 1000 a unit, the maturity period is 10 years 

Investment: To lower the cost on numerous borrowings it had made while being constructed, the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is raising Nu 1.2B from the market today.

The money is being raised by floating corporate bonds, which means the company will borrow from individuals or entities, promising to pay back the amount with interest after maturity.

An official from the stock [... Read More]

Japanese project on road slope management

DSC_1366GNHC Secretary Karma Tshiteem and JICA’s chief representative Yumiko Asakumi sign the agreement yesterday

Its ultimate purpose is to render safe such stretches of highway

JICA: For an efficient and reliable road network in the country, the Japan International Cooperation agency (JICA) will assist Bhutan in carrying out critical slope investigation on three road sites.

Representatives from JICA and the Gross National Happiness commission (GNHC) yesterday signed an agreement for the technical cooperation project scheme, “master plan study on road slope management in Bhutan” in Thimphu.

The main purpose of [... Read More]