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In-principle approval of two pvt. TV channels mooted

The concerned promoters have been waiting for a year and half for the govt.’s green light

BICMA: Officials of the Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority (BICMA) say they are drafting a letter to the Ministry of Information and Communication(MoIC) with regards to giving the in-principle approval to two private television channels waiting to starting up.

The promoters of the two private stations have been waiting for more than 18 months to receive the in-principle approval, [... Read More]

Labour ministry releases master plan

The focus is mainly on private sector development with a facilitating role for MoLHR

HRD: The 11th human resource development (HRD) master plan, with a primary focus on private sector development, was released by the labour ministry on Thursday.

The 11th HRD master plan aims to convert the labour ministry’s role as an implementor of private sector HRD to that of a facilitator, and for HRD to be integrated into private sector functioning.

Two aspects of [... Read More]

Picture story

Villagers of Thangthabi chiwog under Darla gewog, Chukha, attended the chiwog zomdu to nominate a gup candidate who will go on to contest the by election scheduled for September 19. During the zomdu which saw 375 voters of the total 1,192 registered voters showing up, Nil Kumar Mongar was nominated with 330 votes.

Two more farmers electrocuted by makeshift fences

IMG_3104Electric fence in one of the farms in Trashigang

Wildlife: Two villagers were recently electrocuted in Bidung and Bartsham gewogs in Trashigang, after coming in contact with improvised fences, using naked steel or aluminum cable, to keep wild animals at bay.

The elderly man from Bidung had fenced his field with live electric wire.  It was intended to ward off wild boar from gnawing his fruit trees.

On the day he died, the elderly man is believed to have slipped to fall on the [... Read More]

Organic yields just as good

IMG_1142In the field: Yadunath checks out his crop at Bajo

Bhutanese researcher publishes paper on his findings with corn and cabbage growth

Agriculture: A Bhutanese scientist, through his PhD research, has proven that yield of corn and cabbage, organically cultivated, is equivalent to conventional systems, provided macronutrients put in are balanced.

During his four-year research in New South Wales, Australia, Dr Yadunath Bajgai of RNR-research and development centre (RNR-RDC) in Bajo, Wangdue, experimented on sweet corn and cabbage, using commercially available organic fertilisers (based on [... Read More]

Forensic lab included in plan

A longstanding need will be met and the cause of justice will come of age 

11th FYP: A budget of Nu 135M has been set aside to establish a forensic laboratory in the 11th plan, according to the draft plan document.

The absence of a forensic laboratory in the country has proved to be challenging in solving crime cases, particularly when there is a need to analyse DNA samples as evidence.

As of now, the royal [... Read More]

Busted but not booked

IMG_7440Tobacco products confiscated from the nine shops in Phuentsholing

The P/ling raids netted errant shopkeepers and seized contraband but that was it

Tobacco: Business communities in Phuentsholing town are asking what actions have been taken on those trade license holders, who were caught with tobacco products during a raid conducted jointly by the regional trade, custom and police earlier this month.

A group of businessmen said, after hearing a shop was raided by the team and caught with tobacco items, they still spotted one [... Read More]

Still rustling up meals after all these years

manasCooking: Dorji Wangchuk does what he is best at

It’s three decades plus and counting for Dorji Wangchuk, a trekking cook with BTCL

Profile: Meet 50-year-old, Dorji Wangchuk, aka Manas, a man who has spent a good part of his life up in the mountains, cooking for tourists trekking the rugged terrains.

He was 17 when he started his career with Bhutan Tourism in 1980, the first tourism company, which was initiated by the government and later corporatised in 1991 as Bhutan Tourism corporation [... Read More]

Rash of ATM break-ins

BoB, with the most machines, is the main victim but no money has been stolen yet

Crime: Automated teller machines (ATM) have become the latest target for miscreants to break into, after homes, cars and offices.

Until June this year, the Bank of Bhutan (BoB) alone saw five ATMs being damaged and broken.

BoB officials said that, of the five cases, three ATMs that were broken into were in Thimphu.  The first break-in was seen at [... Read More]

JICA official receives major commendation

Award: The local governance and decentralisation project coordinator, Tomoaki Tsugawa, has received the prestigious Japanese foreign minister’s commendations for the fiscal year 2013.

He was amongst 128 individuals and groups from Japan and overseas acknowledged under the commendations for their exclusive contribution to the international relationship between Japan and other countries on July 31 in Tokyo, Japan.

Mr Tsugawa, who served as an engineer in the 1980s with the erstwhile trade ministry, a lecturer at [... Read More]