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Government reluctant to sell some state-owned enterprises' shares

The government is still not yet ready to sell shares of some of its state-owned enterprises to strengthen the country's stock market. Bhutan's stock market, the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said is still the smallest and the slowest in the world. The post Government reluctant to sell some ...

Completion dates of industrial estates uncertain

The government is skeptical of completing construction of four industrial estates within the 11th Five Year Plan. The post Completion dates of industrial estates uncertain appeared first on BBS.

Construction of bridge delays completion of Samtse-Phuentshogling Highway

The construction of the longest bridge in the country over Amochhu is delaying the completion of the 54-kilometre Samtse-Phuentshogling Highway. The highway's construction which began in 2005 should have been completed by 2013. The post Construction of bridge delays completion of ...

Death of hundreds of fish still a mystery

National Environment Commission's test does not explain the mystery behind the death of scores of fish in Dungsamchhu in Samdrup Jongkhar. Hundreds of dead fish were washed ashore Dungsamchhu in November, last year, baffling the locals. The post Death of hundreds of fish still a mystery appeared ...

Helicopter used for the first time to control forest fire

A helicopter was used to control a forest fire for the first time in Bhutan. Airbus H130 could contain the fire above Sangaygang in Thimphu within about five hours which otherwise could have taken longer. The chopper poured about 270 litres of water every four minutes. The post Helicopter used for ...

Two eastern higher secondary schools to be upgraded to colleges

The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, during Meet the Press session today, said the government has already identified two higher secondary schools to be upgraded to colleges, this year. Establishing three colleges in the East was one of the promises of the government during 2013 elections campaign. ...

Government to allow street hawkers to sell food items

The government will allow street hawkers to sell their food items in the streets of Thimphu. However, the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, during a press conference today, said there will be strict monitoring. The post Government to allow street hawkers to sell food items appeared first on BBS.

Local leaders entitled to benefits: Lyonpo Damcho Dorji

Local Government's elected members, completing their term in June this year, will be entitled to benefits, the Foreign Minister, Damcho Dorji said. He said their entitlement will be as per the Local Government Entitlement Act. The post Local leaders entitled to benefits: Lyonpo Damcho Dorji appeared ...

Bhutanese student detained for allegedly stabbing Indian student

A Bhutanese student, 15, is under Indian police custody after he allegedly stabbed an Indian student to death in Darjeeling. The deceased, who was also 15, succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. The post Bhutanese student detained for allegedly stabbing Indian student appeared first on BBS.

Number of tourists visiting Bhutan decreases

The number of tourists visiting Bhutan saw decrease between 2014-15. While more than 58,000 tourists visited Bhutan in 2014, only around 51,000 visited last year. The post Number of tourists visiting Bhutan decreases appeared first on BBS.

Ultramodern hospital's completion of Wangdue Phodrang delayed

From its inception, the construction of an ultramodern 40-bedded hospital in Wangdue Phodrang was not falling in place. The construction in Jatshokha village under Rinchengang, which was to begin from 2013, got pushed to 2014 because of incomplete architectural drawing. The post Ultramodern ...

RCSC awaits Cabinet's directives to implement maternity leave extension

The Royal Civil Service Commission is still waiting for the Cabinet's directive to officially enforce the extension of maternity leave from three to six months. The post RCSC awaits Cabinet's directives to implement maternity leave extension appeared first on BBS.

Could TOP mean end of livelihood for some Taxi Drivers?

Taxi Drivers in Paro say the Road Safety Transport Authority's new rule of Taxi Operating Permit could mean the end of their livelihood. RSTA's rule doesn't allow those who drive hired cabs to avail Taxi Operating Permit . Most of the 300 taxis operating in the dzongkhag are on hire. The post Could ...

First official Kupar of The Gyalsey released

The first official Kupar of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was released on social media, yesterday. It was as a special Losar gift to all the people who have expressed their wish to get a glimpse of the first Royal Child of Their Majesties. The post First official Kupar of The Gyalsey released ...

PM offers Tashi Khadhar to His Majesty

The Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chairperson of the National Council, Cabinet Ministers, and Heads of Armed Forces and Constitutional Bodies offered Losar Tashi Delek Khadhar to His Majesty The King at the Lingkana Palace, yesterday. The post PM offers Tashi ...

Special celebration organised for The Gyalsey

A special celebration was organised at Rongthung Nagtshang in Trashigang to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. The celebration was held for two days. The post Special celebration organised for The Gyalsey appeared first on BBS.

Pelela to get a marble chorten

The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a chorten at Pelela Pass in Wangdue Phodrang was held on Saturday. Lam Neten, Namgay Wangchuk, who presided over the ceremony, said the chorten was for the wellbeing of the newly born, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. He said it is also for the ...

Thousands receive blessings from His Holiness

Thousands of devotees gathered at Tashichhodzong in Thimphu to receive blessings from His Holiness the Je Khenpo, today. It was part of three-day Goenpo Tshepamay Drubchen performed for the wellbeing of The Gyalsey, His Majesty the King and The Gyaltsuen. The post Thousands receive blessings from ...

French artist exhibiting his work in Trashi Yangtse

Coinciding with the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, an art exhibition was organized in Trashi Yangtse. Olaf Van Cleef, a renounced artist based in Paris, is exhibiting his several paintings embellished with Swarovski crystal and other precious gems. The post French artist exhibiting his ...

Maha Puran concludes in Samtse

The 15 days Maha Puran in Samtse, which was a part of the Tendrel ceremony, concluded today. The Priests of the Hindu Community in the Southern Dzongkhags offered prayers and Havaan at the Shivalaya Mandir which was consecrated for The Gyalsey's birth. The post Maha Puran concludes in Samtse ...

Kanjurs carried round the Samdrup Jongkhar town

The Rabdey, Dzongkhag Administration and Public of Samdrup Jongkhar carried over a hundred of Kanjurs or prayer books around the town for The Gyalsey's wellbeing. It was also for the wellbeing of His Majesty the King and The Gyaltsuen. The post Kanjurs carried round the Samdrup Jongkhar town ...

His Majesty gifts two-storied house

His Majesty the King gifted a two-storied house to His Majesty's Dorjipuen or spiritual sister to mark the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, yesterday. The post His Majesty gifts two-storied house appeared first on BBS.

People of south come together to celebrate The Gyalsey's birth

The Tendrel celebration, of the newest member of the Royal Family -The Gyalsey- by the six Southern Dzongkhags, took place in Samtse, today. Thousands of people have gathered in Samtse since yesterday to celebrate the Gyalsey's birth. The post People of south come together to celebrate The Gyalsey's ...

Chorten to be constructed at Thrumshingla to commemorate The Gyalsey's birth

A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a chorten to commemorate the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, was held at Thrumshingla pass, yesterday. The post Chorten to be constructed at Thrumshingla to commemorate The Gyalsey's birth appeared first on BBS.

Woman reunited with her family after 17 years

Pema Tashi, 56, had filed a request to Guma Gewog office in Punakha to delete his daughter, Chenga Lham's census details, last year. His daughter had gone missing 17 years ago. The post Woman reunited with her family after 17 years appeared first on BBS.

Chamkharchhu tributary diversion poses threat to centuries-old Lhakhang and nearby settlement

Ever since two tributaries of Chamkharchhu in Bumthang were merged in 2011, the historic Chakhar Lhakhang and nearby dwellings have become vulnerable to flooding. Without a protection wall, the locals fear there are chances of the river breaking its banks in summer and wrecking havoc. The post ...

Ground breaking ceremony for Drukgyal Dzong's restoration held

To mark the Birth of The Gyalsey, the ground breaking ceremony for the restoration of Drukgyal Dzong in Paro was held, today. Only the ruins of the fortress, built in the 17h century in the time of Zhabdrung, remains. The post Ground breaking ceremony for Drukgyal Dzong's restoration held appeared ...

Nation celebrates birth of The Gyalsey

After the official announcement of the arrival of the newest member of the Royal family; the Kuenray of Tashichhoedzong was abuzz with Zhung Dratshang performing Gyalsey Thrungten Tendrel Gi Sungchoe for The Gyalsey. The post Nation celebrates birth of The Gyalsey appeared first on BBS.

Ground breaking ceremony for Drugyal Dzong's restoration held

To mark the Birth of The Gyalsey, the ground breaking ceremony for the restoration of Drugyal Dzong in Paro was held, today. Only the ruins of the fortress, built in the 17h century in the time of Zhabdrung, remains. The post Ground breaking ceremony for Drugyal Dzong's restoration held appeared ...

Health ministry launches Epidural Labour Analgesia

Coinciding with the Royal birth of The Gyalsey, the health ministry launched Epidural Labour Analgesia Services, a medical technique employed for providing pain relief during labor. The service is a gift from Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen to the mothers of Bhutan. The post Health ministry launches ...

Golden Bumpa offered for The Gyalsey's well-being

Coinciding with the birth of The Gyalsey, Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, along with Zhung Dratshang, offered a golden Bumpa to Dechenphu Lhakhang, today. The Bumpa is worth Nu 3.5 M. The post Golden Bumpa offered for The Gyalsey's well-being appeared first on BBS.

Nation Celebrates Royal Birth

Bhutanese people across the country were greeted with ecstatic news today morning when many learnt of the birth of the Prince, The Gyalsey at 11:55 pm yesterday night. The post Nation Celebrates Royal Birth appeared first on BBS.

Government yet to revise PIT slab as promised

The government is yet to revise Personal Income Tax slab even though it has been three years since they came to power. Revision of tax slab from the current Nu 100,000 to Nu 200,000 was one of their promises during 2013 elections. The post Government yet to revise PIT slab as promised appeared first ...

Ministers from east form committee to accelerate economic development

Four cabinet ministers have formed a committee to accelerate economic development in the eastern parts of the country. The ministers are agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, education minister, Mingbo Dukpa, economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk and works and human settlement minister, Dorji ...

Landowner stops committee from clearing the road she blocked

: A landowner in Bangay under Phuentshogling, who has blocked a Gewog Center Road since Tuesday, stopped the authority from clearing the road, today. The post Landowner stops committee from clearing the road she blocked appeared first on BBS.

Government land encroachment cases being surveyed in Paro

About 190 cases of government land encroachment are currently being surveyed in Paro. Of the 10 gewogs in Paro, eight have government land encroachment cases. The post Government land encroachment cases being surveyed in Paro appeared first on BBS.

Empowering women through sports

Bhutan's Gender and Sports Committee under the Bhutan Olympic Committee has taken its first initiative to empower women through sports. The committee, formed in 2014, is giving three-day leadership training to 40 women in Thimphu. They are athletes, coaches, and sports administration, among others. ...

Landowner in Phuentshogling blocks GC road

A landowner in Bangay under Phuentshogling has placed huge stones, boulders, and mud in the middle of a Gewog Centre Road deliberating blocking it. Her action has led to the closure of the road since Tuesday. The road connects Phuentshogling town and Loggchina. The post Landowner in Phuentshogling ...

Percentage of stunting among children decreases

The percentage of stunting among children, below the age of five, has decreased by about 12 percent, according to the National Nutrition Survey Report, 2015. The figure stood at 33 percent in 2010. Stunting in children occur if they suffer from chronic malnutrition. The post Percentage of stunting ...

Number of cancer patients increasing

To observe the World Cancer Day today, people in Thimphu gathered at the Memorial Chorten to remember their loved ones they lost to cancer. Her Royal Highness Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck graced the event to show solidarity. The post Number of cancer patients increasing appeared first on BBS.

PM meets Japanese Ambassador to Bhutan

The Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met the new Japanese Ambassador, Kenji Hiramatsu, today. The Ambassador hopes to engage actively with the government in healthcare, education, empowering women and child development, among many others. The post PM meets Japanese Ambassador to Bhutan appeared first ...

Construction of Pema Gatshel Dzong to be completed on time

Construction of the Pema Gatshel Dzong is expected to be complete on time in 2018. After receiving the map for the new design of the Utse and Dratsha, the construction is going to begin. Construction of two administrative blocks and main entrance is already underway. The post Construction of Pema ...

Landowner in Phuentshogling blocks GC road

A landowner in Bangay under Phuentshogling has placed huge stones, boulders, and mud in the middle of a Gewog Center Road deliberating blocking it. Her action has led to the closure of the road since Tuesday. The road connects Phuentshogling town and Loggchina. The post Landowner in Phuentshogling ...

More than 250 taxis yet to register for Taxi Operating Permit

More than 250 taxis have not registered for the Taxi Operating Permit . If they do not register by the end of this month, they will not be allowed to operate. The post More than 250 taxis yet to register for Taxi Operating Permit appeared first on BBS.

Tsirang's stalled bypass road to finally see the light of day

Construction of the 1.8-kilometre bypass road in Tsirang, which was started seven years ago, is expected to be completed before the second deadline. The construction, which began in 2008-09 financial year, was stopped the same year, after completing only 800 metres due to budget shortfall. The post ...

Man found dead outside a bar

A body of a 54-year-old man was found outside a bar in Chubachhu, in Thimphu, this morning. Forensic officials were not able to ascertain the cause of death owing to the lack of forensic facilities. They did not find any physical injuries. The post Man found dead outside a bar appeared first on BBS.

Tighten National Referral Hospital's security, patients say

Thimphu police have apprehended a 21 year-old man, who was caught on CCTV, allegedly running away after robbing two patients at the National Referral Hospital's ward. He was detained yesterday. The crime had taken place on January 24. The post Tighten National Referral Hospital's security, patients ...

New Indian Ambassador presents credentials to His Majesty

The new Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar presented his credentials to His Majesty the King, today. Prior this current appointment, Jaideep Sarkar was the Indian Ambassador to Israel. The post New Indian Ambassador presents credentials to His Majesty appeared first on BBS.

Share trading still not able to pick up pace

Despite reducing share prices from Nu 100 to Nu 10, share trading in the country is yet to pick up pace. In 2014, shares worth Nu 181 M were traded in the market and last year, it had marginally increased to Nu193 M. The post Share trading still not able to pick up pace appeared first on BBS.

Bhutan need not worry about Zika Virus

Director of Department of Public Health's Director under health ministry, Dr. Pandup Tshering said Bhutan need not worry about the outbreak of Zika Virus. He said they are in the process of intensifying mosquito control activities. The post Bhutan need not worry about Zika Virus appeared first on ...