English | Dzongkha Thursday, April 2, 2015

Following decline in international crude oil prices, petrol price was today slashed by 49 paise a litre and diesel by Rs 1.2 a litre in India. The new rates will be effective in Bhutan from tomorrow midnight. After the revision, petrol is likely to cost Nu 59 a litre and diesel Nu 58 a litre in Thimphu.

Bangladesh’s troupe performed a cultural programme at the auditorium of Department of Youth and Sports, yesterday. It was organised by the Bangladesh’s embassy with support from home ministry. The programme included music, dance and drama by the Manipuri artists. Manupuri population are concentrated mainly in Moulaviazar District of Bangladesh.

Bhutan continues to import huge amounts of rice, meat, edible oil and vegetables. According to the annual report published by the Royal Monetary Authority, Bhutan imported essential food items worth Nu. 6.3 billion between 2012 and 2013. Between 2011and 2012, Bhutan imported essential food items worth Nu. 5.1 billion. Rice import constituted Nu. 1.5B while 1.3B worth of meat was imported in the same year. On the other hand, only Nu 1B worth of food was exported.

Forest range office in Wangdue has caught smuggling walnut consignments. Following a tip-off officials seized around 117 cubic feet walnut logs when trying to smuggle under the cover of darkness. The man was apprehended on the 18th of this month in Taksha. He was fined around Nu. 74,000.

Representatives of eight SAARC member countries gathered in Paro for the 7th South Asian University governing board meeting, yesterday. The South Asian University is an international university set up by the SAARC member countries and operating since 2010 in New Delhi, India. University’s President, Dr. Kavita Sharma said one of the main goals is to pool resources and provide students opportunity to develop and learn more.

Jangbi village in Trongsa was selected as a place to observe second World Wildlife Day for Bhutan, this year, as it falls under the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. The village has a number of endangered species including tiger. It was to create awareness among the community living in the park area. The day was celebrated with a theme, “Partnering with Local Communities to Combat Wildlife Crime”.

A trust from Karnataka, India, K.S. Muddapa released a book titled, “Bhutan on the Wings of Peaceful Dragon” along with an inauguration of a photo exhibition at the Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Centre in Thimphu, yesterday. The book is a collection of photographs of Bhutan and has a narration of DG Mallikarjuna about his experiences as a traveler in Bhutan. A small folklore dance drama was also showcased. The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, also attended the event.

Some students and international participants took part in a day long program which was organized to understand Gross National Happiness. The event, with a theme, “deepening our understanding of GNH”, took place at the Gross National Happiness. International facilitators, along with the GNH Centre, facilitated the event.

A cricket tournament, the K4 Cup, began in Thimphu on Saturday. In yesterday’s match, Tashas United defeated Youth XI by 115 runs. Ten teams are taking part in the tournament, played during the weekends, at Dechencholing. The final will be played on May 17.

A man, 48, from Lhuentse died on the spot when the trailer truck he was driving fell about 50 meters below the road. The incident occurred on Saturday at around 8:30 PM, about 26 kilometers from Trongsa towards Thimphu. He was transporting construction materials for the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric project. Police said the mechanical failure caused the accident. The Gyalpoi Zimpon’s office in Trongsa offered a semso of 10,000 ngultrum to the family members of the deceased.

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