The first ever Bhutanese team that competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C in the US returned home, yesterday. They brought with them the coveted Spirit of the Jessup Award', Bhutan's first-ever trophy in the Jessup competition.
The government is proposing to provide excavators in the Dzongkhags to construct new farm roads rather than providing cash. The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, shared the proposal with the local government officials and civil servants of Trashigang and Trashi Yantse Dzongkhags.
The Election Commission of Bhutan spent over Nu.426 MN for the 2013 parliamentary elections. The expenses also included the bye-election for the Nanong-Shumar constituency. The figures were released this morning.
As the west Bengal state of India went to the polls yesterday, Phuentshogling town wore a deserted look. Business was unusually slow, as most of the shops and other business entities in the main town remained closed.
To implement the overseas employment programme effectively and efficiently, a regulation on Bhutanese Overseas Employment Agent 2013 was launched, today.
After losing their crops to wild animals for years, the farmers of Langchenphu Toe village in Samdrup Jongkhar are expecting a good harvest finally. A solar electric fencing has been installed with assistance from the Wild Life Protection of Bhutan to keep wildlife at bay.
Hundreds of youth have applied to the Overseas Employment Agencies to work abroad. There are four licensed agencies in Thimphu, who are exploring job opportunities overseas. The Global Recruitment Overseas Employment Agency has been able to send 6 Bhutanese to work in Doha earlier, this month.
His Majesty the King granted an Audience to the De Suung volunteers, who are undergoing the 11th batch De Suung training programme in Tencholing, Wangdue Phodrang yesterday.
In what could be a major educational reform, the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, says he has a vision to reduce the number of schools across the country to few quality schools.
A second consignment of illegal sandalwood has been confiscated in Paro in just two days. More than 50 pieces of smuggled sandalwood was seized from Tsento Gewog in Paro at around 6am yesterday.
Under the project KR II, Grant Aid Agreement for the, Food Security Project for underprivileged farmers', was signed at the Gross National Happiness Commission office in Thimphu, yesterday.
From now on, 13 Goenpas which were identified as Gyanzin Dratshang in 2009, will function as any other monastic schools. The first ever meeting between His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the principals of 13 Gyanzin Dratshangs was held on Monday, in Autsho under Lhuentse.
Awareness alone will not do. A more stringent drug law is needed to tackle the country's rising drug related problem, said Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. He was responding to the students of Sherubtse College who asked him on how the government plans to deal with the problem.
A few landowners, whose land was taken for the construction of the Gelegphu airport, are still not happy with the latest land substitution. This time, they were offered the 27-acres between the airport and Gelegphu-Sarpang Highway.
Built in the 1960's, the auditorium of Sherubtse College is in dire need of a facelift. The auditorium has also suffered damage from the 2009 earthquake. It was renovated twice since but the auditorium is still needs a major facelift.
The public transport bus service between Zhemgang and Gelegphu has been discontinued for about two weeks now, much to the chagrin of the locals.
Officials from the Paro Divisional Forest and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park confiscated a pick-up truck, loaded with illegal red sandalwood. The vehicle was caught at around 1:20am yesterday from Metse under Tsento Gewog in Paro.
The annual Paro Tshechu ended today. His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the last day of the festival.
A woman has filed an assault case against the owner of the Hi-Tech Construction company in Punakha. The first hearing took place at the Punakha Dzongkhag court, earlier today.
The forest Fire in Wangdue Phodrang has been contained, earlier today. Over 11,000 acres of forest is said to have been destroyed by the fire which raged for six days.
Dophuchen Gewog continues to function from a ramshackle office that has fallen into a state of disrepair. The deadline, given by the Dzongkhag Disaster Team, to move out of the building two years back hasn't been heeded to.
An art exhibition titled Impressions of Happiness' is underway in Singapore. The exhibition is a first visual arts collaboration of Bhutanese and Singaporean artists. The eight-day exhibition opened last Friday evening and runs till Friday this week.
A shop in Phuentshogling town lost goods worth over Nu.370,000 in a fire incident. The incident happened at around 2.30am, today. The goods included kitchen items like rice and curry cookers, water boilers and melamine items.
The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, signed the performance agreement with Pema Gatshel's Dzongdag, Tshering Kezang, at Nganglam Dungkhag, yesterday.
The newly renovated Lhuentse Dzong was inaugurated yesterday. The Rabney was presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. It was inaugurated by His Majesty's Representative to the East His Royal Highness, Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
A 73-year-old man died after fire engulfed his one-storied home in Tashiphu under Sherzong Gewog in Sarpang. The incident took place at 2am, this morning.
Asian Development Bank with Norway and Japan will be helping Bhutan in managing its clean energy and water resources. They will be providing assistance under two different projects.
The annual week-long Crafts Festival opened today in Thimphu. Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck, the patron of the Royal Textile Academy, graced opening.
Historical documents belonging to the 16th Century Chungdu Goenpa have been lost to the fire that continues to rage in Wangdue Phodrang.
Locals in Norboogang Gewog in Samtse have helped the government save more than Nu.1 million by using the gewog's money collected as tax in finishing the construction of a farm road.
The National Referral Hospital in Thimphu will conduct a survey to understand the leading cause of stroke cases in country. At least one person suffering from stroke comes to the National Referral Hospital every day. In a year, over 200 stroke cases are reported in the country.
The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, signed performance agreements with Minister for Works and Human Settlement, Dorji Choden, and Zhemgang Dzongdag, Karma Drukpa, yesterday.
Small and medium scale shops of Thimphu are levied taxes on a lump sum basis. These enterprises do not maintain a book of accounts as the customs officials do not ask for it at the time of the assessment. There are only a handful of shops in Thimphu, which maintain the book of accounts for the ...
His Majesty the King inaugurated the 152-metre-long Panbang Bridge over Drangmechhu in Zhemgang, today.
Bhutan and Bangladesh have decided to renew the bilateral trade agreement before its validity expires. The validity of the agreement expires later this November. The bilateral trade agreement was signed in 1980 and was last renewed in 2009.
His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Guru Dragma Ney at Tshengkhar Gewog under Lhuentse, yesterday.
Any issues related to women and children under 18 years in the dzongkhag will be looked after by a separate desk under the Gelegphu Police. The desk was created on Monday.
The newly constructed vegetable shed at Barp Gewog in Punakha has failed to serve its purpose. The farmers continue to sell their produce along the Missina Highway, citing bad business.
Sadhu-Madhu village under Phuentshogling Gewog looks lush green. After a month of sowing, acres of maize plantation are ready to bear fruits. The promising yield is attributed to hybrid seeds the villagers were provided with.
The Bangladesh's Senior Secretary of Commerce Ministry, Mahbub Ahmed, said trading between Bhutan and Bangladesh not been satisfactory. He was speaking during the two-day Commerce Secretary Level Meeting, which began in Thimphu, today.
After almost a year of waiting, the financial institutions in the country finally received funds as part of the Economic Stimulus Plan , today. The Finance Minister, Namgay Dorji, handed over the cheques to the different financial institutions in Bhutan.
A different type of 'meet the people' programme has begun in Gelegphu. Under the programme, the doctors at the Gelegphu Central Regional Referral Hospital are meeting the people, every Wednesday.
The first ever private institute to provide professional training on tailoring, Druk Tshemzo Training Institute, was inaugurated, in Thimphu today. The Minister for Labour and Human Resources, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, inaugurated the institute.
The Indian External Affairs Ministry's website confirms Gautam Bambawale, as the next Indian Ambassador to Bhutan. He is the current joint secretary in charge of the East Asia division that includes China and Japan. He will replace the current Indian Ambassador to Bhutan V.P Haran.
Karma Yonten, the founder of Greener Way, is among the three youth panelist in the world, to be invited in the High level meeting for Global Partnership for Effective Development Corporation.
The body of a man, who drowned after the boat he was in capsized, was found on Saturday. The boat had capsized a month ago in the middle of Gongri River bordering Pema Gatshel and Monggar.
Once a vibrant shopping centre, Kuri Zampa in Monggar is now anything but a commercial hub. The only shop in the town barely earns Nu. 500 a day.
The highly contagious foot and mouth disease outbreak in Bumthang is now under control, say the Dzongkhag's veterinary officials. Most of the 25 cases reported over the past month have been treated.
The construction of 58.75 kilometre farm road from Jomotshangkha till Shingkhar Lauri under Samdrup Jongkhar will take another year. About 14 kilometres is yet to be excavated.
Bhutan Joined the Global community to observe the World Health Day. The day was observed in Phuentshogling, today. This year, the focus was on vector borne diseases with the theme 'Small bite, big threat'.