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Expat worker dies in mudslide mishap

Fatality: A 35-year-old expatriate labourer died while excavating a tower pit in Gonpopang, Zhemgang on the evening of December 15.

The labourer was working for an Indian power construction company and got buried, while excavating a pit along with a friend, when the mud wall collapsed.

The friend of the deceased, who was working for the same company, was rescued and taken to Yebilaptsa hospital, about 25km away from the place of incident.  The labourer [... Read More]

Two women at a man’s work

DSC_0102Khandu Zangmo and Karma Zangmo

The pair works with nine men as labourers, unloading goods from trucks

Occupation: Sixty-year-old Khandu Zangmo and thirty-five-year-old Karma Zangmo work as a labourers, who unload goods from trucks in Gelephu town.  They work with nine men.

Khandu and Karma started working as ‘unloaders’ three years back. When they started, there were five of them.  Three left.

Khandu Zangmo is from Pemagatshel.  She has three children studying in Gelephu higher secondary school.  She said she feels [... Read More]

Spike in Kanglung commerce

unnamed-1Shopkeepers are making the most of the celebrations

National Day crowds have sparked a mini business boom in the town

Occasion: Kanglung town is bustling with life, with thousands of people gathered for the national day celebrations.

Restaurateurs and shopkeepers are doing brisk business, while hotels are seeing a rush of customers.

A restaurateur, Wangchuk Namgyal, is busy attending to his customers.  Usually, he would have closed his shop and left for his village by this time.

“We generally don’t do good business in December. [... Read More]

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Camped: About 1,000 people from Merak and Sakten gewogs are in Kanglung, Trashigang to join in the National Day celebrations today. Some 50 tents were pitched to accommodate them near the venue at Thragom.


March 2015 – Dagachu’s latest deadline

Hydropower: The 126 megawatt (MW) Dagachu hydropower project, after missing several deadlines, is now scheduled to go on commercial operation by early March next year.

The project, which took off in October 2009, was initially set to complete in August 2013. But due to geological conditions and collapsing of a tunnel on January 5 this year, it was delayed by a year.

A new deadline was set for October this year but, at the eleventh [... Read More]

Looking forward to the 107th National Day

DSC01191A rehearsal of cultural programmes for the National Day celebration was held at the Kanglung football ground yesterday

Trashigang is all agog – with anticipation and preparations – for the big occasion

Celebration: Trashigang dzongkhag has remained busy for the past few days.  Excitement is high as preparations for the 107th national day celebration are on full swing. Excluding people visiting from other dzongkhags, about 20,000 people are expected to join the celebrations from Trashigang dzongkhag.

Despite thousands of people pouring in, accommodation is not an issue.  Tents have been pitched along the [... Read More]

Banks face INR shortage despite improved Rupee reserve

The deficiency however is particularly in notes of Rs 100 denomination

Currency: While the country’s rupee reserve has improved, banks are facing a shortage of INR, especially in notes of Rs 100 denomination.

Bank of Bhutan, on behalf of all the banks in the country, gets INR from the State Bank of India (SBI) in Hashimara, West Bengal, and distributes it to other banks.

Since 2000, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had banned Indian currency [... Read More]

Beyond Graduation – The changing labour market in the country

Survey 2014: There will be lesser number of ICT graduates in the country in the years following this; a significant number of young people graduate with business and management degrees, and there has been a gradual increase in the number of technical graduates.

This is according to ministry of labour and human resources’ Beyond Graduation Survey 2014.

This says something about the changing labour market in the country.  There is a major shift in educational [... Read More]

Woman dies in fire

An 84-year-old woman died in a fire that razed her house to the ground on the morning of December 15 at Drangla in Tangsibji, Trongsa.

The fire occurred around 1am. The family was not able to salvage any of their belongings. The deceased lived in a separate room with her cousin.

The fire is suspected to have started from the oven.

Tangsibji gup, Jigme Namgyel said the family also lost Nu 150,000 that was supposed to be paid [... Read More]


Nation comes together

The otherwise quiet Trashigang has become a beehive of activity. There is excitement in the air. The 107th National Day celebration that is due tomorrow has pulled the people together like never before.

His Majesty the King and Gyaltsuen, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the members of the Royal family will grace one of the biggest celebrations the dzongkhag has ever seen in recent memory.

The dzongkhag will see the largest gathering of people. About [... Read More]

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