Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 3:25 PM

PM interacts with Sherubtseans


Explained the importance of experience in contesting NC election

Meeting: If the prime minister represents the voice of the party, the 10-year experience criteria the National Council resolved to contest for the upper house will be a smooth sailing at the summer session of the Parliament.

Responding to a query from a Sherutse college student yesterday, Lyonchhoen said experience was needed while contesting for NC because the house must foresee beyond politics, review the functions [... Read More]


Lifting the restrictions

Much to the delight of those waiting to construct house and buy new vehicles, the central bank has decided to lift restrictions on both housing loans and import of cars.

The restrictions, which initially started as a temporary measure will be in place for exactly two years, when parliamentarians meet to discuss it in the summer session of the Parliament.

However, the restrictions will be lifted on the condition that fiscal measures are put in place keeping [... Read More]

PoS make shopping in Jaigaon convenient


Business:  Phuentsholing residents have found a means to avoid paying extra Ngultrum or in Indian Rupee when shopping in the Indian border town of Jaigaon.

A number of shops in Jaigaon have installed point of sale (PoS) machines, which has made it convenient for people to shop as they can swipe the VISA debit card issued by Bhutanese banks instead of carrying cash.

This has come as a huge relief as traders in Jaigaon started [... Read More]

Man detained for malicious mischief

Crime: Police in Tsirang has charged a 29-year-old man who was involved in malicious mischief yesterday.

The man was arrested and detained on April 5 following a complaint from his elder sister that an accused had dismantled his kitchen.

According to the sister’s statement to police, her brother was drunk and urinating on the earthen oven. When she scolded him, he was aggressive forcing the sister and mother to runaway.

The man had dismantled kitchen walls [... Read More]

Farmers grow new variety maize to maximise economic viability


Agriculture: Villagers of Sadhu Madhu in Phuentsholing are now growing five varieties of maize to maximise economic viability and sustainability.

The village of 26 households has a total of about 30 acres of land where the farmers grow paddy. Now, paddy will be grown only after harvesting maize.

The farmers have tried four-hybrid and one local maize variety from Trashiyangtse distributed by RNR DC Wengkhar in Mongar.

Farmers are brimming with hope because the local variety [... Read More]

Meat van drivers schooled to drive responsibly

Twenty-one meat van drivers who drive between Phuentsholing, Thimphu and Paro attended a sensitisation program called “Safe and responsible driving” at Tshimasham police station in Chukha yesterday.

Police said the program was initiated because of complaints from others drivers and travellers that the meat van drivers are reckless on the road leading to accidents.

“But there has been decrease in the number of accidents involving van meat drivers,” he said officer in-charge (OC) Tsheten.  “So we thought [... Read More]

A bus terminal for Tsirang


The Nu 6.3M project is scheduled for completion in January next year

Transport: The ongoing bus terminal construction in Tsirang is expected to address the two main issues-lack of bus parking and ticketing counters.

The terminal is being constructed at the entrance to the town from Sarpang.

In absence of a proper terminal, local bus operators and people travelling to various parts of the country said ticket transaction was a problem.

Lhamo, who has been selling tickets [... Read More]

Drukstar draws Dzongree


Football: Drukstar dropped two crucial points even as they chase league topper Thimphu City after they drew with relegation battler Dzongree 1:1 yesterday.

The first half ended goalless with both teams having equal chances to go in front. “I think both the teams had equal chance to lead. But both failed to capitalize the chances” said Drukstar Manager Namgay.

It was after break that saw more attacking football. Drukstar pressed for a winner and their [... Read More]

Loan restrictions will be lifted by July


Banks to allow loans for electric cars

RMA: The central bank has decided to lift restrictions on both housing loans and ban on import of cars by July this year after the coming parliament session.

Besides this, it will also allow banks to provide credit for electric vehicles, which is now being withheld.

This, the central bank said will only be done provided the government also complements it with fiscal measures.

Governor of central bank, Daw Tenzin [... Read More]

Taxi parking cannot be acquired: NLC

Taxi parking: Thimphu Thromde has formally handed the taxi-parking area adjacent to the fuel station in Lungtenzampa to Tashi Commercial Corporation (TCC), following the National Land Commission’s final stand on acquisition of the area.

NLC secretary Pem Chewang said the thromde’s proposal to acquire the land was neither supported by the approved Thimphu structural plan 2002-2027 nor was it consistent with the recent development, therefore the land commission could not approve the thromde to [... Read More]

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