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Gelephu-Santabari road opens to traffic

IMG_1731The road opened to traffic on August 19 afternoon (file photo)

A subway was built at the site of the collapsed bridge at Deosiri, Assam

Subway: With Gelephu-Santabari road opened to traffic, prices of commodities, including fuel and beer, are expected to return to normal in the southern districts of Sarpang, Tsirang and Dagana.

Prices hiked after the total collapse of a bridge at Deosiri earlier this month.  A litre of petrol costing Nu 69 earlier would be reduced by more than Nu 6 and would [... Read More]

Indian rupee plummets to record low

A fallout on the Bhutanese economy is only to be expected

INR: While the Bhutanese economy continues to reel under a liquidity crunch, its biggest donor and trading partner, India, is experiencing one of the worst economic situations in the past decade.

Fueled by a huge current account deficit, the Indian rupee has depreciated to a record low of Rs 63 against a dollar as of yesterday.

The economic situation in India will have direct and [... Read More]

Stray stone smashes car windows, misses passengers

Unknown-1The stone that broke in through the glasses rests on the back passenger seat

Car passengers said the stone could have been triggered by the blasting around the area

A stone, slightly bigger than a usual brick smashed the back seat passenger side of a Hilux pick up truck, the shattered glasses of which caused minor cuts on the mouths of two Punatsangchhu engineers.

The engineers, who were seated with a site supervisor on the back passenger seat were returning from their duty at Punstsangchhu yesterday when the incident occurred around [... Read More]

Learning new arts, crafts using traditional ways

IMG_5295A Thai trainer show Bhutanese trainees to make flower from fish scales

Around Bhutanese trainees learn to make artificial handicrafts from fish scale, embroidery and gold painting among others

Crafts: It was with repudiation that a trainee of Choeki traditional art school at Kabesa, Dorji Penjor was looked at when he visited meat shops in search of fish scales.

When Dorji Penjor explained what he intended to do with the fish scales, he was scoffed at.

All the trainee wishes to do is wipe that scorn off of [... Read More]

November poll date for Nanong-Shumar

While PDP will field its former losing candidate, DPT has yet to decide on one

By-election: People in Nanong-Shumar constituency in Pemagatshel will go to the polls once more in November this year to elect their National Assembly representative.

Before that, they will be fed with another round of campaign drill in the election process that will begin in early October.

This follows their former elected representative, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president Jigmi Y Thinley tendering his [... Read More]

What was discussed

11th Plan: It might not be all that easy for the government to gain the Rs 5B it had requested its Indian counterpart for so as to stimulate the country’s economy.

During the recent 11th plan talks between the representatives of the two nations, the Indian side had informed the Bhutanese that the request merited some thought.

Indian representatives felt that, if the country’s central bank injecting about Rs 14B, in the hope it would [... Read More]

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Back on network: A telecom staff replaces the fibre cable to restore cellular connectivity in Gasa’s Laya gewog on August 17. Mobile service in this gewog went off towards the end of July after locals cut the fibre cables of the Base Transmission Station (BTS) at Laya. Picture courtesy: Gyem Thinley, Bhutan Telecom

Record amount of cordyceps collected, sold

Wangdue collected the largest amount this season of about 373kg

Fungus: Highlanders from Bumthang, Gasa, Wangduephodrang, Trashiyangtse, Lhuentse, Paro, and Thimphu together auctioned about 685kg of cordyceps, the largest quantity collected so far.

The fungus was auctioned between July 16 and August 13 this year to 43 buyers.

The most cordyceps collected and sold so far was 672kg in 2008.

Gasa farmers collected 101kg to earn Nu 1.21M a kilo, the highest price, while those [... Read More]

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Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Taro Kimura, and his delegation meet Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu


Much ado about naming

It brings memories of the responses and reactions in neighbouring India a number of years ago, when a wave of sorts was happening to rename places and cities.

There was this move to rename Connaught Place in New Delhi with a more localised name.

The eastern city of Calcutta, where the East Indian trading company from Britain set its base and eventually took over the country, was to be renamed Kolkata or revert to its old name [... Read More]