Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Ancient rock art of Bhutan

RockThe rock face on which the art were made

Archaeology:Located along a riverbed in the upper reaches of Thimphu are a series of open-air rock art. These rock art are set on a single, exposed rock face that stands along a tributary of the Thimchu.

The contents of the rock art are varied in style, media, and theme. The earliest assemblage, which I label ‘prehistoric,’ includes several pictographs in red, along with a single petroglyph.

They are all zoomorphic in subject. The assemblage comprises [... Read More]

Wizards lift winter championship trophy

BBThe finalists with Secretary General of Bhutan Basketball Federation, Tokey Dorji

For the second tournament in a row, team Phojas turned out to be second best

Basketball: Team Wizards once again got the better of their archrival, Phojas, when they beat them to lift the winner’s trophy of the winter basketball championship in the finals played yesterday.

This was the second consecutive final Phojas lost to Wizards. Wizards became the first club champions in May last year after beating Phojas.

Both teams reached the final without losing [... Read More]

Ban must stay: gups

Local officials feel the situation in rural Bhutan warrants its continuation

Tobacco: National Council’s (NC) recent resolution to allow import and sale of tobacco products in the country did not go down well with most of the gewog officials in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse.

Except for a few, more than 20 gewog officials in the two dzongkhags Kuensel spoke to, mostly gups, claimed that coming in of the Tobacco Control Act and its implementation worked well [... Read More]

USD seized at Paro airport

Currency: Customs officials at the Paro airport yesterday seized almost Nu 4M worth of foreign currency.

Customs officials found the money on a Bhutanese businessman bound for Bangkok.

According to airport sources, the man had a little more than USD 47,000 and at least INR 1M in his possession.

The foreign currency was detected at the first x-ray checkpoint by customs and civil aviation officials.

While the man was eventually released, the money is still in the [... Read More]

Learning what it takes to become a leader

Some 100 youth took part in a weeklong YDF/UNICEF-sponsored training

Camp: Understanding one’s strength is what makes one a perfect leader.  This was what some 100 youth took home from a weeklong training at the “ethical leadership and mind training” camp that ended on February 5 in Phuentsholing.

Ranging between 13 to 20 years, the participants were both students and school leavers from various dzongkhags, including Pemagatshel, Tashigang and Bumthang.  A volunteer group, “young volunteers [... Read More]

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Gearing up: Nyagoes (strong men) learn shot put skills, which will come in handy during the finals of the strong men contest on February 21 to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birth anniversary

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Bhutanese taxi driver robbed in India

A Bhutanese taxi driver, Kuenzang Tobgay, 35, was robbed off his red Eco van, its documents and Nu 7,000 from his room at Hotel Alakananda in Patshala, Assam in the early hours of February 5. He alleged his two men passengers committed the crime.

Kuenzang Tobgay filed a case against the two at 8am yesterday at Nganglam police station. According to the statement with the police, the victim (Kuenzang Tobgay) was offered Nu 10,000 by the [... Read More]

Consider reducing tax, interest on loan…

DrDr Harish Ahuja

…keeping the revised electricity tariff as it is

Tariff: Instead of a reversion on the new electricity tariff rates the government recently implemented, it is considering reducing tax or interest on loans for local industries.

This was one suggestion that emerged from the seminar on different models of electricity pricing held yesterday in Thimphu.

Hindustan Power Project president Dr Harish Ahuja, who was the speaker yesterday said besides electricity, there were several other factors of production [... Read More]

Bank takes ten defaulting clients to court

BDBL: Bhutan Development Bank limited (BDBL) branch office in Tsirang has filed a case against 10 of its clients, who defaulted monthly and quarterly loan installments that they availed.

BDBL officials said those clients are “serious” defaulters, who have refused to pay about six to 12 quarterly, and nine to 16 monthly, installments.

Among them, six are farmers from Kilkhorthang gewog. Officials said four have taken loan for rural business, one for orchard development and [... Read More]

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Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay speaks to organisers, donors and volunteers after launching the Clean Bhutan Project and its website yesterday at the Tourism Council of Bhutan secretariat in Thimphu.

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