Findings reinforce provisions and objectives of draft heritage sites bill
PSIA: Unlike other countries, Bhutan is not valuing its traditional buildings, an assessment conducted by department of culture and World Bank indicated.
This, World Bank’s senior social development specialist, Stefania Abakerli, said forced many owners of traditional buildings in Thimphu to demolish their houses, and replace them with concrete blocks of flats as source of income.
Citing the examples of traditional houses in Thimphu, the two [... Read More]
This brings to Rs 3.7B the GoI infusion so far towards improving liquidity
GoI: The government yesterday received Rs 1.2B from the government of India to finance activities under the economic stimulus plan, which has the objective of improving liquidity and addressing the shortage of rupees.
The cheque was handed over by Indian ambassador to Bhutan VP Haran to the finance minister Namgay Dorji last evening.
With this receipt, the total money received from India [... Read More]
Crime: Seven Indian citizens are currently in detention for allegedly attempting to smuggle gold worth 24.4M through Paro airport.
Five of the accused were detained on Saturday, after authorities intercepted them at the airport, according to customs officials. Authorities found a total of eight kilograms of gold, spread between and hidden in the underwear of four of the accused. A fifth individual, accompanying them, was also detained.
The five individuals had flown to Bhutan from [... Read More]
Villagers and guests participate in a game of tug of war that was organised at the festival
Though the number of gewogs halved compared to last year, the number of visitors rose
Occasion: The nomad festival this year had a grand theme: “Park and communities coexisting harmoniously,” but there were nomads from only four gewogs attending the festival held at the Kizom eco-camp ground in Tang gewog, Bumthang on February 23.
Nomads of Sephu gewog in Wangduephodrang, Choekhor, Tang and Ura gewogs of Bumthang attended the festival, compared with nomads from eight [... Read More]
Blaze: Two days after it started and despite efforts to contain it, the forest fire above Langjophaka, Thimphu is still burning.
Fire: After fighting two days of losing battle, hungry and thirsty officials and volunteers left for their homes yesterday evening leaving the forest fire still blazing above the Wangchuk resort in Thimphu.
Forest officials said Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bhutan Police, Royal body Guards, Dessups, forest officials and the people in the locality would resume fire-extinguishing work today. “To ensure structures in the area are safe in the night, we have deployed some fire [... Read More]
Four huts were razed to the ground and around 1,000 acres of forest were destroyed in a fire that started around 2.30 pm today above Langjophakha in Thimphu. No casualty was reported.
Fanned by the winds, the fire is suspected to have spread into the forest from a fire three children had started outside the huts. Police, army, desuups and near by people are still [... Read More]
His Majesty The King participates in a game of archery at Thangzona in Punakha yesterday
His Majesty the King celebrated his 34th birth anniversary in Punakha with thousands of people from Punakha and Laya, who had gathered in Thangzona, next to the Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang dzong.
In the morning, His Holiness the Je Khenpo received His Majesty at the dzong and offered Kusung Thukten Mendrel.
His Majesty visited the sacred Marchen Lhakhang of the Dzong to offer prayers. His Majesty also offered prayers and lit a butter lamp before the Zhabdrung Thongdroel [... Read More]
Launch: To mark National Education Day, and coinciding with His Majesty’s birth anniversary, three important education policy initiatives were rolled out yesterday in Thimphu, which, if implemented well, are expected to transform the education sector in the country.
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay launched the Teacher Human Resource Policy, 2014, which is expected to attract and retain the best in teaching, to make teaching profession a career of choice, and to enhance the moral of teachers.
Teachers [... Read More]
Transport: While officially launching the Nissan Leaf, a Japanese-made electric car, yesterday, the prime minister announced the government’s plans to transform Bhutan into a “hotspot for electric vehicles”, including research and development.
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said Mahindra E2O, another electric car, and the next generation of existing Mahindra Reva, would be launched this week.
He said he was hopeful that Ashok Leyland would be soon providing electric buses for tests in Bhutan. Ashok Leyland which [... Read More]