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A lucrative collaboration

The Drukair-Make My Trip partnership will rake in much needed INR

A projected 1,200 high-end Indian tourists are expected to visit Bhutan through the Drukair and the online tour agency Make My Trip marketing collaboration this season.

Around 1,500 Indian tourists visited the country through the partnership last year.

The current season, which runs from mid-April to the end of July, was initially supposed to bring in upwards of 2,000 Indian tourists this year, but the national airline [... Read More]

PDP president in Bumthang

pdpPDP president Tshering Togbay with the people of Chumig

He has his work cut out for him with only one gewog (Chumig) out of four in the bag

That the 11th Plan’s budget from India is yet to be confirmed, and the removal of subsidy in gas and kerosene supply for Bhutan might be signs that support from India is diminishing, People’s Democratic Party’s(PDP) president Tshering Togbay told the people of Bumthang yesterday.

The former opposition leader said that, if Bhutan needs good support from India, [... Read More]

Clamping down on smoking in public places

Persons in-charge of entertainment centres in the capital have been warned 

Tobacco control officials and the police reminded persons in-charge of entertainment centres in the capital to adhere to the law or else face the consequences.

They said most of the entertainment centres, such as hotels, bars, discotheques, drayangs and game parlours flouted the Tobacco Act, letting people smoke in common areas.

The 2010 Act states the person in-charge should arrange smoking rooms, and ensure no person smokes [... Read More]

Is a PDP turnaround possible?

In the primaries, the party lost both seats, one by a huge margin and the other narrowly

Unlike the candidates of Chumig-Ura constituency, which many predict will be a tight race, Bumthang voters are predicting the other constituency might go to the former ministerial candidate, who is against a young businessman.

(Dr) Pema Gyamtsho of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is viewed as a sure win from Choekhor-Tang constituency.  However, there are others, who expect a twist in [... Read More]


Reminisces of the King’s Cup

The goal has changed and, while the election is more than a football match, 48-year old Durga Prasad from Hangay, Sipsu in Samtse, who is now running for a seat in parliament, still remembers the time when he used to run after the football more than 20 years ago.

It was sometime between 1989 and 1990, when team Thimphu XI used to prepare almost five months before the tournament, popularly known as the King’s Cup began.

Durga [... Read More]

Damchen is champion again

archeryVictory dance: Team Damchen win Silver Jubilee Coronation Archery tournament for the second year in a row

Team Damchen maintained its champion title again by winning the finals of the Coronation silver jubilee archery tournament at the Changlingmithang range in Thimphu yesterday.

Damchen beat team Yarkay in the finals on compound bow in two straight game sets (Ku).

With the trophy, the champions also took home a Tissot watch each worth Nu 14,000, while the runners up were given a Tissot watch worth Nu 12,000 each.

Damchen’s Gyem Tshering hit 20 kareys in the final [... Read More]

Issues circling postal ballot

No system is perfect but this one seems less so 

At a time when voting process for country’s general elections has begun through postal ballots, filling up and sending them back to the constituencies, questions on its effectiveness and reliability have surfaced yet again.

Just last week, postal ballot packages had reached some empty colleges and schools, whose trainees, students and teachers have left for their summer break.

Although officials attempted to “re-direct” the packages to those postal [... Read More]

Search still on for two missing

Police in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts of the neighbouring Assam, India, are conducting joint search operations to reach the ‘group’ suspected of kidnapping the two Bhutanese men on the evening of June 27 from Shantipur.

Shantipur is on the Gelephu-Santaibari road.  The small town is 19km from the Gelephu town.

The additional superintendent of police in Chirang district, Nabaneet Mahanta, said police had identified some suspects, and the Kokrajhar and Chirang district police were combing the dense [... Read More]

The ghost town phenomenon

An unforeseen spin-off of the hydro projects is the ‘lapsed’ settlement

With some major hydropower projects ongoing and several more to come up soon, the unplanned settlements that come along with these projects could get deserted when the projects wrap up.

This issue was raised by the president of Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Ugyen Tshechup, in a conference held at the Royal Thimphu College on macro-economy of Bhutan.

He said, “ghost towns” were created because [... Read More]