APFANEWS

Archive for April, 2008

Bhutanese refugees find new home

For 17 years, the Odari family was among more than 107,000 Bhutanese refugees in camps scattered among the southeastern plains of Nepal, hoping to return to their rightful place: Bhutan. The nine-member family shared a small hut with thatched roof and dirt floor that had no electricity, running water, toilet or kitchen. They lived on […]

Published on Apr 30 2008 // Opinion

Speaker given Dakyen (Politics)

Thimphu, May 01: King Jigme Khesar conferred Dakyen to the Speaker of National Assembly Jigme Tshultim on Wednesday. A special function was organized at Tashichodzong to confer the speaker with the orange scarf. The National Assembly had elected Tshultim as Speaker of the Lower House lat week. Bhutan News Service

Published on Apr 30 2008 // Main News

Pay commission established

Thimphu, May 01: King Jigme Khesar has announced the formation of Pay Commission on the recommendation of the council of ministers. The seven-member commission, according to Article 30 of the draft constitution, will recommend the government for change in pay and perks changes for civil servants, army and police forces and special committee members. The […]

Published on Apr 30 2008 // Main News

Government to allow more tourists

Thimphu, April 30: The new government is mulling over increasing the tourist permit by five fold while keeping intact is effort for preservation of culture. Since the door opened for tourists in 1974, very limited permits were issued with motive to preserve its culture and ecology. Government aims that tourist arrival would increase five fold […]

Published on Apr 30 2008 // Main News

Open letter to MPs

To,Hon’ble Member of ParliamentBhutan   Sir/Madam,First of all, please accept my sincere congratulations on your electoral success. The relentless campaign by pro-democracy forces, demanding the establishment of democracy and human rights in Bhutan, has finally yielded results. But non-the-less, the steps taken are still exclusive and essentially anti-people in nature. Your electorate has bestowed upon you […]

Published on Apr 30 2008 // Main News

From Bhutan to the Bronx (Reproduction)

A first group of Bhutanese refugees camped in Nepal is settling in the US as part of the what the UN has described as one of the largest resettlement programmes in the world. America has agreed to take in 60,000 of the Bhutanese. The BBC's Dumeetha Luthra has been meeting some of them in New […]

Published on Apr 29 2008 // Main News

Samtse DYT’s demand (Development)

Samtse, April 30: Samtse district DYT has demanded for formation of a committee at district level to look after the sites where mining has taken place. In a meeting of the DYT, the members stressed on the need that a committee must be formed to oversee the management of sites after the minerals are extracted. […]

Published on Apr 29 2008 // Main News

Three died in road accident

Phuentsholing, April 30: Three people are reported dead on Monday evening when a truck slipped off the road on Monday near Chhukha. The truck fell off some 150 ft below the road killing three people including its driver. The cause of the accident is not known. Police said the incident occurred due to negligence of […]

Published on Apr 29 2008 // Main News

32 exiles leave for Australia on May 11

Damak, April 29: Around three dozens of exiled Bhutanese finalized for Third Country Resettlement (TCR) will leave for Australia on May 11. "32 individuals are already scheduled for Australia on May 11 and accordingly all arrangements are ready", said a senior official at International Organization for Migration. The official, who requested anonymity, also claimed that […]

Published on Apr 29 2008 // Main News

The Bhutan Reporter to continue (Media)

California (USA), April 29: Rajen Giri, who resides in California (USA), has once again committed his personal support, at least for one year, to make The Bhutan Reporter (TBR) published. "I know the TBR has important role to play in the present context of our movement for the greater cause of Bhutanese community", said he […]

Published on Apr 29 2008 // Main News