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Petrol price drops

But the cost of diesel may rise by the end of the month

Fuel: Petrol price dropped by Nu 1.91 to Nu 2.03 across the country from 9pm yesterday.

However, a diesel price hike by about 56 paise in Delhi is expected towards the end of this month, according to Indian media reports.

A press release from the Indian Oil corporation limited (IOCL) stated that this reduction could be attributed to declining petrol prices globally, and [... Read More]

First deadline passes; kidnappers lower ransom

However, the victims’ families are still in no position to meet the demands made on them

Update: The one-week time, abductors gave to the family members of the four abductees to pay Nu 20M in ransom, ended yesterday.  In another phone call, made yesterday at 4:15pm, they extended the payment time until Monday.

The initial demand of Nu 20M ransom for safe release of the four men, who were abducted at gunpoint from their homes [... Read More]

Consumption patterns going from bad to worse

And this is reflected in the drastic rise in alcohol liver disease cases in the recent past

Alcohol: It’s difficult making ends meet for 48-year old Jangchu from Thimphu, without a regular source of income. Living with an alcoholic husband, makes it even worse.

He has to be rushed to Thimphu referral hospital frequently for abdomen swelling and bleeding he experiences after several drinks.

“Doctors have warned him to quit drinking as his survival is at [... Read More]

One of RICBL’s oldest shareholders gets recognition

unnamed-1Sonam Dorji

Sonam Dorji received a cash award of Nu 100,000 for this distinction at the last AGM

Personality: March 14, 2013, Phuentsholing.  Tables are set at Tashi Group’s boardroom for the Royal Insurance Corporation’s annual general meeting (AGM).  Sonam Dorji, 84, waits in the room.  He doesn’t like to be late.

A tallish, dark and heavily mustachioed man with wild hair walks into the room.  He looks at Sonam Dorji, and says, “Don’t sell them. Don’t [... Read More]

A common and civic crime …

1069816_4453077101666_6800-copyDilapidated: The old road that leads to Bajo town

… is the collateral damage to public property by private constructions

Violation: Few months back, a stretch of road below Bajo town in Wangdue was used to stock construction materials for a retaining wall in front of two houses located just above the road.

Residents said that, during the construction of the retaining wall, vehicle movement was also restricted for a while that they had to tolerate despite the inconvenience.

The construction was carried out with [... Read More]

Indian community celebrates 68th Independence Day

DSC_9852The cultural team performs the classical dance at Indian embassy yesterday

Occasion: The Indian community in Thimphu celebrated India’s 68th Independence Day at the India House Estate in Hejo yesterday, which was attended His Majesty’s representative, the Gyalpoi Zimpon, and other senior government officials.

The ceremony began with the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, reading the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation, which highlighted India’s history, economy, achievements and challenges.

“We have reaffirmed the power of our individual and collective liberties by [... Read More]

BAFRA to conduct tests on imported teas

This follows a Greenpeace report on the toxic content found in most noted Indian brands 

Pesticides: Following a study in India that claims to have found pesticides in various Indian manufactured teas, the Bhutan Agriculture and Regulatory Food Authority (BAFRA) will conduct its own tests, next week.

A report by Greenpeace India, a non-government organisation that deals with environmental issues, stated that tests has claimed to have found residues of pesticides in a majority of [... Read More]

Her Expression: First ever art exhibition by women opens

IMG_4411On display: Kunzang Wangmo’s artwork

Culture: ‘Her Expression,’ the first ever art exhibition by Bhutanese women that opened at the art gallery yesterday saw about 20 female artists showcasing various artwork.

With tender feminine strokes visible in their works, each artist managed to show a part of their world through their paintings.  Some showed their artistic sensibilities with their photography skills and through abstract paintings.

Organised by Voluntary Artists’ Studio in Thimphu (VAST), the exhibition provides a platform for budding, [... Read More]

Kholongchu on the cusp of a sea change

IMG_20140720_143635Kholongchu flowing between Tomzhang and Zangpozor

The serene bucolic valley will soon be the hub of a major hydropower project

KHP: Almost heaven, Trashiyangtse, Blue Ridge mountains, Kholongchu river…

Smitten by the beauty of the valley, some Sherubtsean, long ago composed a Bhutanese version of John Denver’s famous song “Take me home, country road” from the 1970s.

The serene valley, with the Kholongchu rushing down to meet the Dangmechu, the rice fields and the slopes dotted with small settlements, is typical of [... Read More]

Gewogs wants dzongkhag administrative centre relocated

As the present site is not centrally located, local leaders feel it’s not at all convenient

DT: The Zhemgang dzongkhag administration centre is not centrally located and has to be shifted to a more ideal location for efficient public service delivery.

This is what local leaders, and most people in upper and lower Kheng, including Bardho, Shingkhar, Phangkhar and Bjoka, feel.  Bardho gup, Kinzang Jurmey, said that the dzongkhag administration’s existing location in Zhemgang is [... Read More]

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