Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Where has the water vanished?

bajoAn overview of Bajo town

A sudden shortage in the township has the municipality in a fever to find the cause

Bajo: Four days of drinking water shortage in Bajo town has kept municipal officials on their toes, as they are not able to find the cause of the abrupt shortage.

Officials are checking the water line for leakages along the pipeline that connects the town, as residents kept complaining on a daily basis.

Municipal engineer, Lobzang, said, the shortage was [... Read More]

Minor rape suspect taken into custody

Crime: Tsirang police have detained a 24-year-old man last night for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl from Tsirangtoe.

The incident took place on the afternoon of June 15, at around 3pm, when the victim took her cattle to graze in the nearby forest.

The accused, who is also from the same village, followed the girl and raped her.

It has been alleged that the accused followed her and raped her when she went to the stream [... Read More]

A celebration of friendship

20140616-2C4A4017His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Trashichhodzong yesterday. (Photo: Royal Office of Media)

PM Modi’s symbolic visit ends

Diplomacy: While Bhutan is important to India because of the friendship between the two countries, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, Bhutan’s future is closely linked with that of India, particularly when it comes to the economy.

That Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes Bhutan and the region seriously, was the message lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay took from the Indian prime minister’s address to the joint session of Parliament yesterday in Thimphu.

“He wants to [... Read More]

10,000MW yes … by 2020 perhaps not

IMG_1817PM Narendra Modi unveils the Kholongchhu hydropower project foundation stone plaque yesterday

However hydropower remains high on the Indo-Bhutan agenda

Hydropower: Achieving the 10,000MW (megawatt) target is ambitious and challenging but doable, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.  However, it may not be within the 2020 target.

Lyonchhoen said, after discussing the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both sides reiterated their commitment to achieving the target.

“I’m not really sure whether the projects can be completed within 2020,  but both governments are committed to giving it everything,” he [... Read More]

How to write or illustrate a children’s book

IMG_8128Get inspired: Writers and illustrators reading popular children’s books from around the world

Publishing: By December this year, at least 10 new children’s books by local writers and illustrators are expected to be out in the market.

A thousand copies each will be purchased and distributed to 54 schools of Zhemgang and Thimphu by Save the Children (SC), which is currently training about 20 illustrators and writers, aspiring and established, in the capital.  Among the schools are 19 Save Children supported early childhood care and development (ECCD) [... Read More]


For a successful neighbourhood

There were no big surprises announced when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Parliament yesterday.

But there is plenty to take home, not only for Bhutan, but the whole region, from the prime minister’s address.

The prime minister stressed the importance of having a good neighbourhood, especially among SAARC nations.  While analysts are quick to note that Prime Minister Modi has one eye on China in India asserting the importance of a South Asian neighbourhood, the reality [... Read More]

No action taken -PAC

Concerned agencies not taking actions as regards unresolved irregularities

Parliament: Despite the resolutions of Parliament, concerned agencies failed to take actions for unresolved irregularities.

This was the highlight of the report presented at the joint sitting yesterday by the chairperson of the public accounts committee (PAC).

While presenting the audit report, the chairperson, Choida Jamtsho, informed the house that, following the resolution of the third session of the first parliament, the finance ministry in 2010 issued [... Read More]

Startup 365 RED

IMG_9341BCCI president Ugyen Tshechup Dorji speaks at the opening yesterday

A 5-day program with a view to take entrepreneurship to the grassroots of rural Bhutan

BCCI president Ugyen Tshechup Dorji speaks at the opening yesterday

Training: To equip aspiring entrepreneurs with skills to venture into rural-based enterprises, a five-day program is underway in Thimphu, which began yesterday.

About 55 participants from across the country are attending the program titled, ‘Startup 365 rural entrepreneurship discovery (RED)’.   Aged 18 and above, the participants come from rural areas, [... Read More]

Larjab – The sacred quest of the mirror-faced cliff

how-students-are-trying-to-cross-the-rockStudents crossing the rock face to get to the neys

Where blessings are to be earned at risk to life and limb

Nye: Fifteen-year-old Kumar is shaking.  There is no place where he can rest his foot.  And the strain on his hands is too much.  A fall could be fatal and a decision has to be made.

Kumar decides not to proceed any further from the steep cliff where he is.  This cliff in Larjab in Mongar is a nye that locals and students [... Read More]

Indelible symbol of Indo-Bhutan friendship

DSC_3875 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the inaugural plaque

The visiting Indian PM yesterday unveiled the inaugural plaque of the Supreme Court

Judiciary: The seat of the judiciary, which is one of the most important institutions of democracy, was formally inaugurated in the form of the Supreme Court (SC) in Hejo, with the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, yesterday, unveiling the inaugural plaque, a gesture that will be forever engraved in Bhutanese hearts.

Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an important moment in Bhutan’s [... Read More]

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