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Taktse desperate for an ATM

Students, teachers and locals have to go 15km (to Trongsa) to withdraw money

Banking: Teachers, students and the locals of Taktse in Drakteng, Trongsa are asking financial institutions to install an automated teller machine (ATM) near Taktse higher secondary school and Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS).

People of Taktse have to go to Trongsa town to withdraw cash from the banks, since there is no ATM or banking services in Taktse.

“To withdraw Nu [... Read More]

BHSL is in business

unnamed-33Dasho Chhewang Rinzin at the opening of the centre yesterday

The joint venture service centre started commercial operations yesterday 

Company: Bhutan Hydropower Services ltd (BHSL) in Jigmecholing, Sarpang started commercial operations yesterday.

Fully managed by Bhutanese employees, except for two expatriate workers, the company is a joint venture between Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) and Alstom, France.

BHSL’s chief executive officer, Tenzin, said that the service centre would repair and carry out reclamation works of hydro runners, allied underwater components, and mechanical service jobs.

“We’ve trained our [... Read More]

Man detained for alleged rape of a minor

Lhuntse police detained a 26 year-old man from Medtso gewog in Lhuntse for allegedly raping a 14-year-old student on October 4.

The case was first reported to the teachers by the student and then forwarded to the gewog administration. The gewog administration reported the case to police.

The school principal said the class teacher observed that the class V student was not attentive in class and upon questioning, the girl informed the school’s discipline committee about the [... Read More]


Picture story

Team Crackjack (yellow) beat Thimphu Basketball Club on the last day of league round of the Queens Cup basketball tournament at the Swimming pool complex yesterday. In the quarter finals today team Phojas plays against Wizards, Drukpas versus Takins, and team Jachung takes on Jumpers. Thimphu Basketball Club confronts Pazaps, the winners of pool C. A total of 19 teams participated [... Read More]

21 trained in AFC coaching course

DSC_2033In session: Participants practice at the artificial turf in Changjiji

Football: The Asian Football Federation’s (AFC) ‘C’ certificate coaching course for football coaches from across country ends today in Thimphu.

Organised by the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the course started on October 10.

BFF’s technical director, Chokey Nima, said the course is expected to groom more capable coaches to enhance the game for young players.

Chokey Nima said participants were taught basic football coaching in theory and practical every day.

To be certified by AFC, participants have [... Read More]

Solving a problem of plenty

The supposed surplus in house rent allowance is a primary concern of the policy review

Housing: The perceived notion among civil servants of there being a surplus in the 20 percent house rent allowance (HRA) is one of the main issues the finance ministry is looking at addressing while reviewing the housing allowance policy.

Finance ministry officials said the policy, which is under review, following anomalies in its implementation, would be ready before the winter [... Read More]

A cash flow to keep the ship of state afloat

The govt. has released two more T-bills to raise another Nu 3B 

Funds: The government is raising another Nu 3B from two separate treasury bill (T-bill) to meet its expenditure and narrow the resource gap in the current financial year.

On August 20, the government raised Nu 4B from three separate T-bills, of which Nu 3B has already been redeemed from the government’s consolidated account (GCA) maintained with the central bank.

GCA is government’s account maintained [... Read More]

First ever EU film festival focuses on youth

Cinema: Nineteen award winning films will be screened at the first ever European Union (EU) film festival to be held in Bhutan.

The festival began yesterday with the German film, Lessons of a Dream, being screened.

The film is about a young Oxford graduate English teacher in nineteenth century Germany who introduces the new sport of football to his students in a bid at removing cultural prejudices towards the British.  While he encounters resistance from [... Read More]

Five children’s books by Bhutanese authors launched

A Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative to rehabilitate the fading pastime of reading 

BCBI: Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative launched its first five books by Bhutanese authors yesterday in Thimphu.

The books are a mix of folklores and fairy tales about animals, birds and children.

The authors presented their books by mostly reading them.

Karma D Tshering said Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s captive breeding of the endangered white bellied heron in Punakha inspired her story.

“It was a [... Read More]


The gungtong issue

The gungtong (unoccupied house) issue is back again.  This time it is from Samdrupjongkhar where local government officials fear that at least one house is getting emptied every year.

In a desperate attempt to look for solutions, villagers are requesting the government to annul and take over gungtongs, or mandate at least one member of each gung (household) to remain in the village.  There is a reason for villagers to go to this extreme.  It is [... Read More]

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