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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 9:32 AM
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JYT campaigns in Dungkar

jytBefore his campaign, DPT president Jigmi Y Thilnley visits Dungkar Nagtshang in Kurtoe

Some 40km up from Lhuentse, more than 2,000 metres amid lush forest and fields stayed nestled Dungkar, the root of the monarchs, the Wangchuck dynasty.

The early hours of the day presented the gewog surrounded by green hills with streaks of mists, crowned like halo atop their peaks against the backdrop of which, on a gentle hill-top stood Nagtshang, the home of Jigme Namgyel, an isolated structure hedged by maize fields and houses, a few of [... Read More]

Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway to be ready by 2013 end

gyalpoizhingThe rocky terrain has slowed the pace of work, but the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway is expected to be complete by the end of this year

By the end of this year, formation cutting of the 75km Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway will be completed, opening up many parts of interior eastern Bhutan by 2014, road officials said.

To date, 67.4km of formation cutting work has been completed, with 24.8km completed from the Gyalpoizhing side and 42.6km completed from Nganglam in the foothills, where Bhutan’s largest cement plant Dungsam, is coming up.

The remaining 7.6km formation cutting would be completed by 2013 end.  The formation is [... Read More]

Ex-DNT candidates grilled on changing sides

Former Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president, Dorji Choden and her colleague, Norbu Wangchuk, were quizzed about “grabbing the opportunity” to contest in the general round from former People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidates in Trashigang during their public debates.

Dorji Choden replaced PDP’s primary round candidate Sonam Penjor from Thrimshing-Kangpar, while Norbu Wangchuk came in place of PDP’s Kanglung-Samkhar candidate, Dorji Dukpa.

DNT’s Radhi-Sakteng candidate, Kinley Dorji, replaced PDP’s former candidate, Gongsar Karma Chhophel.

Following the debate, a young [... Read More]

Monastic education needs a shot of English

gelongLets learn English: Novices at Gom Kora monastery in Trashiyangtse learn English words (file photo)

Was the consensus among lam netens at their recently concluded convention

District monastic bodies, the country’s custodians of culture and tradition, are now expressing the need of an English curriculum for their novices in monasteries, lam netens (district abbots) discussed at the annual convention, which ended last week.

When less number of youth is showing interest in attending monastic education, Tsirang lam neten Wangdi said it is now time to improve the standard of monastic education in [... Read More]

Jakarta meet fails to convince why LDCs should join

wtoBuilding up to Bali: WTO officials brief media and civil society representatives on the cost and benefits of joining WTO

Deadlocked since Doha in 2008, the coming Bali summit has its work cut out for it

Officials of the World Trade Organisation were vague and tight-lipped, when it came to the benefits of least developed countries joining the multilateral trading system, during a recent meeting between WTO officials and journalists from South East Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Organised by Friederich Ebert Stiftung (FES), from June 24 to 26, the meeting briefed journalists and civil society representatives from [... Read More]

Sports

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Thousands of spectators gathered at the Changlimithang archery range to watch the finals of the silver Jubilee coronation archery tournament yesterday.

The defending champions, Team Damchen has completed the first set (Ku) and scored 14 points in the second, while team Yarkay are at seven points. The match continues today.

Central bank sells USD for Rupee

This is the second time it has done so to buy Rupees in less than two years

The royal monetary authority has sold 200 USD M from the country’s foreign reserves to buy INR (Indian rupee) and pay off the short-term commercial borrowings from Indian banks that charge high interest rates.

The sale was done on June 26 when the INR was valued at 59.85 against the US dollar.  It earned the central bank INR 11.93B.

It has [... Read More]

Two Bhutanese men go missing in Shantipur

Raid and search operations are underway in suspicious and vulnerable areas to look for the two Bhutanese men who went missing in Shantipur on the evening of June 27, police in the neighbouring Chirang district of Assam, India, said.

Police officials said they are also investigating and keeping a close watch on all suspects. “But we couldn’t get any clue as of now,” a police official said.

He said local people in Shantipur informed police about an [... Read More]