Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Trashigang Forest Fire

The forest fire in Trashigang burnt at least eight houses in Bidung gewog as of yesterday evening, gewog officials said. The fire that started on the evening of April 21 from Muktangkhar, near Bartsham has now spread to four gewogs in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse. Fanned by strong winds, the fire, as of yesterday crossed Saling village in Bidung, upstream of [... Read More]

MoU expedites Kholongchhu project


Druk Green Power corporation signs compact with Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam 

Hydropower: Construction works for the 600MW Kholongchhu hydropower project will start between September and October this year.

This comes in line with the signing of the inter-governmental agreement on April 22 between Indian and Bhutanese governments for the development of four joint venture (JV) hydroelectric projects.

The Indian counterpart agreed to develop these four projects under JV through public sector undertakings between the two countries.

The [... Read More]

Litmus test of health system


SEAR: Sustaining free healthcare is the biggest test for country’s health system and its efforts towards achieving universal coverage.

It is also a fiscal challenge, for costs of health escalates each year. “This happens because of changes in epidemiology, demography, and evolving healthcare needs of the population and emergence of new technologies,” health minister Tandin Wangchuk said.  The minister made the statement at a conference on accelerating universal health coverage (UHC) in the South-East [... Read More]

Bringing accounting standards across the board

The aim is to have full compliance (by small and medium enterprises) by 2021

BAS: Small and medium enterprises will, towards the end of the year, have to implement Bhutan accounting standards (BAS).

Since its launch in 2012, only listed public companies have been implementing BAS.  Until then, most companies were following the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to prepare their financial statements.

Officials from the company registry division said BAS was derived from international financial [... Read More]

Picture story

Bhutan’s Ambassador to Bangladesh Pema Choden presented credentials to the President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mohamed Abdul Hamid at his official residence, Bangabhaban in Dhaka yesterday.

Pema Choden conveyed the greetings and well wishes of His Majesty the King and the people of Bhutan to the president and the people of Bangladesh. She conveyed her commitment to further deepen and [... Read More]


Inch by inch, until we’re on our own

The mere mention of a donor agency pulling out its assistance from the country sends jitters among many Bhutanese.

Is there a way to convince donors to continue for a little longer? What is going to happen without international assistance? Will we be able to cope?

These are a few things we begin to mull over.

It is true that much of the development that we see around us today would never have been had it not been [... Read More]

Proposed Orong-Dewathang farmroad displeases the latter

The cons of the alternative route suggested appear to outweigh the pros 

Connectivity: Dewathang community members are disgruntled over the approved plan of constructing a 22km farm road that will connect two gewogs of Orong and Dewathang.

Orong gup Khawjey first proposed the road and it was approved during dzongkhag tshogdu in September last year.  However, people of Dewathang gewog had raised issues and objected to the proposed road.

They also recommended another proposal, which they [... Read More]

Indian buyers pay in Ngultrums at auction yard


Currency: To encourage Indian buyers to pay in Rupees at the vegetable auction yard in Phuentsholing, an electronic point of sale (PoS) was installed, but it has proved to be of no use.

The Royal Monetary Authority, with an aim to generate rupees, installed the PoS last year.  Buyers, however, prefer to pay in cash, that too in Ngultrums.

“While it’s expected that Indian buyers will pay in rupees, it hasn’t been the case,” head [... Read More]

Tackling old problem new way?

Narcotics: Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency (BNCA) is sensitizing school counsellors and law club coordinators on policies, ill effects and ways to tackle narcotic-related problems in an effort to dissuade youth from abusing narcotics.

BNCA’s tobacco control officer Chimmi Dorji said the agency is seeking support from teachers and counsellors “to reach larger audience”.

BNCA’s director general, Phuntsho Wangdi, said that the agency could not conduct as many campaigns as it wanted to. “It stretched the [... Read More]

Druk United wins against struggling Yeedzin


‘A’ Division: Two goals in the second half was just enough for Druk United to see off Yeedzin and close the gap to just one point behind the league leaders.

Thimphu City and Drukpol has 20 points each, city leading the league by goal difference.

The win against Yeedzin has been a huge step for United as they prepare to face Thimphu City this weekend, in what could be considered the title decider match.

United’s Captain [... Read More]

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