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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - 12:23 PM
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Sharing risk and retaining money

GIC-Bhutan Re: GIC-Bhutan Re ltd., the reinsurance company, which opened office on Thursday, will help in the inflow of Rupees, retain more money, as well as risk, in the country, claim officials.

Established with a paid up capital of Nu 500M, the chief executive officer, Wangchuk Namgyel, said with General Insurance company (GIC) owning 26 percent of the company, their share would help bring in INR. “The immediate benefit is the inflow of substantial [... Read More]

Against all odds

preparing-to-make-araCan’t see, can do: Phantang, visually impaired, prepares to brew ara in her kitchen

Visually impaired and a single mother, Phantang makes a fist of things

Challenge: Not being able to see has not deterred 37-year-old Phantang, a mother of two, at Cheibi village in Gongdue gewog, Mongar, from living her life.

In fact, she is no different from any other homemaker, doing what it takes to have the house up and running.  Moreover, she is a single parent to her two children.

Despite being visually challenged from the age [... Read More]

Eleven GAOs leave for Japan tomorrow

DSC_8040GAOs attend a briefing at the JICA office

The program is under the JICA local governance and decentralisation project phase III

Training: To develop their specialties, by experiencing and learning technologies and skills, and to hone their skills in resolving issues on their own, a group of 11 Gewog Administration Officers (GAO) from across the country will leave for Japan tomorrow.

The training is conducted by the Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) office in Bhutan, under the technical cooperation scheme of the Japanese [... Read More]

Killing with kindness

1235001_10151591827389071_151295572_nFeeding time: A SJ resident feeds grains to the pigeons in the middle of the road

S/J residents have been warned not to feed pigeons on roads as they tend to get run over 

Ban: Feeding pigeons on the road is an offense and those caught doing it will be penalised.

This was notified to Samdrupjongkhar residents recently by the thromde, following a number of instances where dead pigeons were found littering the roads in town.

The notification came into effect three days ago, after concerned authorities found that the general awareness [... Read More]

Opinions

Competitiveness: What is it, why matters?

On  Wednesday this week the World Economic Forum made headlines around the world with the launch of its Global Competitiveness Report (GCR). For the first time ever, Bhutan participated in this exercise, ranking 109 out of 148 countries. This ranking correlates with Bhutan’s ranking of 148 out of 185 on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index (EDBI), whose 2014 results will be announced in October.

So what exactly is ”competitiveness”? According to the World [... Read More]

Towards a more sustainable payback scheme

IMG_4729Cattle graze at Choekhortoe

A cattle insurance scheme was started to compensate farmers for livestock lost to wildlife

Livestock: Although they haven’t joined the livestock insurance scheme, some farmers of Choekhor gewog in Bumthang are still expecting to be compensated for their livestock they lost to black bear and wild dogs.  Wangchuck centennial park (WCP) started the scheme in August 2011.

Recently, some farmers visited the Choekhor gup’s office asking why they were still not compensated for the cattle [... Read More]

Marital problems in Trashigang villages abate

LG officials attributed the decline to a drop in alcoholic consumption by villagers

Lifestyle: Drop in alcohol consumption and increased awareness on legal aspects of breaking marriages and its impact on children were reasons cited by gewog officials on surfacing of fewer matrimonial issues lately.

Though no official records are maintained, local government (LG) officials in gewogs in Trashigang, like Khaling, Lumang, Shongphu and Radhi have relatively seen fewer marriages split in recent years.  Divorce [... Read More]

Sports

Picture story

The five-day Beskop Tshechu started yesterday with the screenings of short films by filmmakers from both within and outside the country. The night opened at the Thai Pavilion with a live performance by Dechen Zam and band. Audiences, both young and old attended the opening where they got to watch a short film from Japan and India. Beskop Tshechu will go on until [... Read More]

Sports

Bhutan pointless at SAFF games

Midfielder Yeshey Dorji retires from international

SAFF games: Bhutan will come back from the SAFF games in Nepal without winning a single game and conceding the most goals after they lost 2-5 to Sri Lanka.

With Sri Lanka losing 0-10 goals earlier in the week to Maldives, Bhutan had one last chance to register a point in the tournament although both teams are out of the tournament. But Sri Lanka had other ideas and beat [... Read More]

Two more held in Bangkok drug bust

They were detained yesterday on arrival at Paro airport 

Update: Police in Paro have detained two people in connection with the drug smuggling case in Bangkok, Thailand.

The two individuals were detained on arrival at Paro airport from Bangkok, yesterday.

The two individuals had initially also been detained, along with the prime suspect, by Thai authorities on Sunday, after 4.9kg of a controlled substance, ketamine, was found in a suitcase shared by the three.

The three had [... Read More]