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Grassroots football to create better players

Football: To encourage more participation in the grassroots football programme, the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) celebrated Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Grassroots Football Day at Druk School in Thimphu yesterday. A total of 17 dzongkhags in the country celebrated the day. Member Association (MA) manager, Ugyen Dorji said that BFF recognises the importance of grassroots football […]

Earthquakes in Bhutan: past, present, future Part II

Present Fortunately, it is not necessary to “wait” for more large earthquakes to progress the study of seismicity in Bhutan. Rather, careful analysis of smaller earthquakes that occur much more frequently can reveal important characteristics of the tectonic structure and overall seismic behaviour.

The meaty debate

Where is my country heading? Dear Prime Minister, I write to you as a concerned Bhutanese on the issue of starting a meat-processing unit, in other words, slaughterhouse with the rationale to meet the growing demand while curtailing cash outflow to boost economy.

Parliament to not discuss ACC’s autonomy

Speaker advices ACC and RCSC to suggest solutions Parliament: The ongoing Parliament will not discuss the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)’s long-standing request for autonomy or complete independence over finance and personnel administration. The ACC Chairperson, Dasho Neten Zangmo, recently wrote to the National Assembly Speaker requesting the Parliament to resolve the issue in line with the […]

Truckers miffed over factory maintenance shutdown

They claimed to have not been informed in advance though plant officials say otherwise DCCL: More than 200 Bhutanese and Indian trucks were stranded for about two weeks in Nganglam when the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) could not dispatch cement after the factory was shut down for maintenance since May 1. Transporters complained of […]

Joint sitting endorses tenancy bill

The initial reaction of tenants is that the legislation is loaded in favour of landlords Parliament: Despite a few members of parliament (MPs) disagreeing on some sections, a joint sitting of the Parliament endorsed the Tenancy Bill, 2014 yesterday. Of the 66 members present, 60 voted in favour of the bill, while two voted ‘No’.  […]

Two women get six months each for voting in Indian elections

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court has convicted two women to six months in prison each for voting in the Indian election in April last year. Bindu Maya Sapkota, 44, from Puranabasty in Sarpang cast her vote on April 17 last year at Daragaon, Jaigaon, India, while 29-year-old Chandra Kumari Dhungana from Chuzargang voted from Dadgari, Assam.

Tenancy Act’s Second Coming

A joint sitting of Parliament has passed the Tenancy Act (amended) yesterday.  It will come into force once it receives Royal Assent. But the parliament endorsing the Act didn’t stir a public discussion like when it was first proposed in 2004.  Forced by urban growth and pressure on housing, the need for a legislation to […]

Khoma road to be blacktopped by May

Road: Blacktopping of 5.45km Khoma Gewog Centre Road (KGCR) in Lhuntse is expected to be complete by May 28. Contractor Sonam Jamtsho has asked for an extension period to blacktop the road. “Blacktopping 3km road in two weeks is impossible. Rain will now disturb the work,” Sonam Jamtsho said.

More hands suspected in visa forgery case

Thorough investigation on to see if there is a racket behind the affair Crime: A thorough investigation of the May 4 visa forgery incident, where visas of 19 Thai tourists were forged, is underway, according to the home minister, Damcho Dorji. Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said that a detailed investigation into the issue was necessary to […]

Indian investors explore Bhutan’s potential

The Bhutan and Bengal chambers of commerce signed a MoU towards this effect FDI: If the visit by the delegation from Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India was any indication of more foreign investment in the country, then education, hospitality, information technology, agri-business and consulting are few areas of interest to India. The presidents […]

What’s to become of the two Gamrichu projects?

Though techno-economically viable, both encroach core areas of Sakteng wildlife sanctuary Hydropower: When Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) dug boreholes to carry out geotechnical studies in some parts of Sakteng last year, villagers assumed that the long awaited Gamrichu hydropower projects were finally taking off. Today, after about seven months, locals claim they are yet […]