Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 2:03 PM

First step taken towards bilateral trade agreement

tradeThe leaders of the two delegations

Which Bhutan and Thailand hope to sign by the end of this year

The first Bhutan-Thailand consultation meeting towards formalising a bilateral trade mechanism between the two countries was held yesterday in Thimphu with a timeline finalising and signing a trade agreement by the end of the year.

In 2004, the governments of the two countries signed the comprehensive framework agreement for cooperation that aims at facilitating and expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields, including trade [... Read More]


Treading on judicial corns

Speculation is rife on how the high court will handle the appeal on the Gyalpoizhing verdict, the hearings for which formally opened yesterday in Thimphu.

But outside the high court yesterday, the chatter was about the Anti-Corruption Commission’s letters to relevant government agencies, asking them to terminate from service the civil servants, as well as the home minister and the speaker, convicted last month by the Mongar court in the Gyalpoizhing case.

Of the 16 people convicted [... Read More]

Druk Air can make twice as many flights to Bangkok

tashiairThai civil aviation director general Voradej Harnprasert and MoIC secretary Dasho Kinley Dorji sign the agreement

The new agreement with Thai government also allows for Tashi Air to fly to Thailand

A memorandum of understanding was signed to update the air services agreement between the two governments of Bhutan and Thailand yesterday in Thimphu.

The new agreement allows for up to 28 flights to be operated between Bhutan and Thailand.

Under the previous agreement, only 14 flights a week were permitted.

Thai civil aviation director general Voradej Harnprasert said more than one airline of either [... Read More]

Two runaway expat workers dead

A third remains missing, twenty were found in Chumey and two made it to Assam

Of the three expatriate construction workers, who went missing from Bumthang since March 11, two have been declared dead and the search has stopped for the other 24-year-old.

The expatriate construction workers, along with 22 others, had run away from the worksite in Bumthang Ura on March 11.  Twenty of the construction workers were found in Zhurketshog village in Chumey, Bumthang, a [... Read More]

Lozep of Dobshari, Jubar

rinzindolmaRinzin Dolma

Rinzin Dolma, though unlettered, is unmatched in the skill of traditional wordplay

Lozay, Bhutanese repartee, articulated in rhythmic syllables, was almost a rural way of life.

It was something rural folk composed in their minds, while sowing seeds or transplanting rice in the fields, weaving, milking cows, or going about the mundane routine typical of a Bhutanese countryside.

That was how villagers occasionally conveyed messages, or cautioned their children and others, during a lozay match, through allusions and [... Read More]

Downhill race an uphill task

bikeSonam Tshering during the championship in Nepal

The third national downhill championship held in Nepal on March 30 was an uphill task for Bhutanese mountain biker, Sonam Tshering, who came 15th out of 24 participants covering the 3km distance in 4 minutes and 5 seconds.

Onbrej Barta from Czech republic won the race with a time of 3 minutes 14 seconds.  Second was Shajjan Rajbanshi and Shyam Limbu third, both from Nepal with a timing of 3 minutes 17 seconds and 3 minutes [... Read More]

67 candidates to contest 20 NC seats

electionboardFilling up: An election board in Thimphu with election advisory posters

That is, if no one withdraws before tomorrow, the last day to do so

The election commission (ECB) has accepted nominations of 67 candidates from across the country to contest the second round of National Council elections, which is scheduled for April 23.

The candidates emerged after successfully crossing the stages ECB laid out for them.  They were first nominated by their gewogs through a selection zomdu, followed by scrutiny of nomination papers the commission completed yesterday.

However, [... Read More]

It’s raining parties (plus candidates)

All voters in the rural villages of Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar know about the new political parties is that there are three.

Forget knowing each of the candidates of all five political parties, villagers said they do not even know the names of the political parties.

Save for the crane and the horse that represented Druk Phuensum tshogpa and People’s Democratic party that they were introduced to during the last election, villagers said they either did not know [... Read More]

Bajo’s dangerous buildings

bajoDon’t open that door: Buildings have left dangerous provisions in case they are allowed to build a verandah in the future

Following the death of a Bajothang resident last month who fell from a three-storied building while drying clothes, the Wangduephodrang municipality has ordered all building owners to put railings around the windows of the top floors as a safety measure.

The notification to put railings by the end of March was issued in the first week of March, town representative, Rinchen Norbu said.

While tenants welcomed the news, building owners haven’t heeded to the notification.

Building owners, Kuensel [... Read More]

And then there were six … in Tsirang

The only woman in the mix has withdrawn her candidacy at the 11th hour

Tsirang dzongkhag is back to six nominees for the council election, with the nominee from Damphu thromde (town) withdrawing at the last moment.

Phub Lham, 49, who was the last to declare her candidature from Damphu town on March 27, was nominated in a thromde zomdu with 33 ‘Yes’ of the 38 votes cast.

But she withdrew as the deadline for filing nominations came [... Read More]