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22 universities across India deemed fake, 44 de-recognised

UGC: With 22 universities across India found fake and another 44 de-recognised, parents, who are planning to send their children for studies to India, could be more careful while choosing colleges for undergraduate studies.

The education ministry announced on its website a report by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India that said there are 22 fake universities today and 44 others are de-recognised by the commission.

UGC is a statutory organisation in India set [... Read More]

Bolero crushes girl’s right leg

Accident: A seven-year-old girl, whose legs were crushed when a Bolero hit and ran over her in Pasakha on August 23 evening, is in stable condition, officials from Thimphu referral hospital said.

The girl was referred the same evening and admitted to the orthopedic ward. “There were multiple fractures, as the Bolero ran over her leg,” an official said.

Thimphu referral hospital officials said a part of the girl’s right foot had to be amputated. [... Read More]


Notch one up for transparency

So the right to information (RTI) bill, which some prefer to call access to information bill, will be up for discussion in the first session of the second parliament next month.

The new prime minister has already posted a link to the draft policy on social media seeking feedback from the public.

Having an RTI Act, which, among other things, is expected to foster citizen participation in governance and promote government transparency and accountability, is a pledge [... Read More]

No business association in commercial hub

IMG_7474Phuentsholing town

Phuentsholing insiders say it’s because of the numerous ‘fronting’ enterprises in town

Commerce: Phuentsholing is known for being the country’s commercial hub and a gateway for export and import businesses.

But despite the fancy titles, business entities, enterprises and businessmen in Phuentsholing town, even after trying for decades, have failed to form a business association.

Bhutanese businessmen in town said the fronting practice that still prevailed in most of the commercial entities deterred them from forming [... Read More]

New lease rate for Gelephu town submitted for endorsement

Gelephu-Industrial-areaLand of opportunity: If not for killing lease rate that kept those interested at bay

The proposed price for industrial space though has troubled the business community 

Thromde: Following complaints from interested lessees on “unreasonable” rates, Gelephu thromde recently proposed a new lease rate for different land categories in the town area to be submitted to the national land commission for endorsement.

According to the proposed new lease rate, for industrial area it is Nu 4 per sqft per annum, Nu 3 per sqft for residential area, Nu 2 per [... Read More]

Man caught for attempted ATM theft

pic_20130826012920Caught on camera: Man digs at the cash dispenser of ATM after breaking the wooden panel

Crime: Bajo police arrested a 22-year old man on August 26 for attempting to break in an automatic teller machine (ATM) of Bank of Bhutan Limited (BOBL) at Bajo town.

The incident took place around 2am.

Police said that the miscreant went inside the ATM room, hit the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera with a stick first, and then, using a knife (patang), started breaking the machine from the cash dispenser part.

However, after repeated attempts in [... Read More]

How to offer khadar in future


A wiseacre offers a way out to eliminate the queuing for and repetition of the routine 

Time out: The traditional Bhutanese way of offering Tashi Khadar, while wearing the kabney or rachu, takes a bit of practice to be done in the proper way.

The white scarf, symbolising purity, should be held by the forefinger and thumb of the left hand in an accordion fold.  After making the formal bow and taking a step back, [... Read More]

Buckwheat makes a comeback in Bumthang

IMG_4150On display: Variety of buckwheat seeds in the storage room

With help from the govt., this once staple has now become a lucrative cash crop 

Agriculture: Until some five years ago, with much focus shifting to potato cultivation, farmers of Bumthang had almost lost interest in growing buckwheat.

It was only a few villagers, who were cultivating the crop for self-consumption, and not many considered going commercial.

But it was in 2008 that a farmer’s group, calling themselves Sanam chigthuen rangzhin tshogpa, was formed, with a [... Read More]

Bhutan to play a friendly against Nepal U-19

945186_415424921900199_844133385_nGo yellow: The Bhutanese national football team warms up in Kathmandu. The team is in Nepal for the SAFF championship which kicks off from August 31.

Football: In preparing for the upcoming SAAF championship in Nepal, which will take off on August 31, Bhutan will play a friendly match against Nepal U-19, today.

In another friendly played yesterday, the Nepalese U-19 had 1-1 draw with Pakistan. Pakistan also played 45 minutes game against the Nepal’s U-16, which also ended 0-0 draw.

Sanjeeb Shilpakar, a sports commentator for the Nepal television, in an on-line interview, said the host team Nepal is all [... Read More]

New rates likely from next month

Traffic: With the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) having submitted their review proposal to the economic affairs ministry, the Cabinet is likely to endorse the new domestic electricity tariff rates by early next month.

The tariff rates for the cost of supply of both the Druk Green Power corporation and the Bhutan Power corporation have been reviewed, decided and submitted to the ministry.

An official from BEA said it would be submitted to the Cabinet “soon”.

The [... Read More]