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Driving local economy, hydropower’s primacy

E3: Developing hydropower projects exclusively to export electricity is not a priority for the country, but to drive the local economy, it’s a must.

This, the secretary of economic affairs ministry, Dasho Sonam Tshering highlighted during the three-day energy, economy and environment (E3) conference that began in the capital, yesterday.

“We must be able to provide adequate, affordable and reliable power for the Bhutanese and drive industrial growth and export the surplus,” he said. “Future [... Read More]

DHI assumes full ownership of IT Park

Takeover: The foreign direct investment joint venture of the IT park, Thimphu Tech Park pvt ltd (TTPL), has ended with full ownership being assumed by the government’s commercial arm, Druk Holding and Investments (DHI).

DHI acquired the 70 percent stake held by Assetz Property Group (APG) of Singapore, after a share purchase agreement was signed, yesterday.

DHI has purchased the 70 percent stake of TTPL, equivalent to 460,054 shares, for Nu 33.1M.

This amounts to a [... Read More]

Six-month sentence for gold smuggler

Contraband: Paro district court yesterday sentenced an Indian national to six months in prison for attempting to smuggle gold into the country through Paro international airport in early May this year.

The defendant, Ebrahim Layakath Ali, was found guilty of bringing in 994.3g of gold dust made into ingot worth Nu 0.608M (Singapore dollar 12,500), without declaring it to customs at Paro airport on May 12.

Paro airport customs, acting on a tip-off, arrested Ebrahim [... Read More]

Free walk-in check up on World Stroke Day

JDWNRH conducted an awareness campaign on the occasion to combat this growing menace

Health: Two people died of stroke every month this year at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital.

Over 155 patients were diagnosed this year with either of the two types of stroke: bleeding in the brain or blocking of blood supply to the brain.  More than 90 were male and more than 60 were female.  Of the total, 23 died.

In 2013, [... Read More]

Nothing proved beyond reasonable doubt: Defense rebuttal

The attorney for the accused stated that OAG failed to furnish clinching evidence of guilt

Land scam: The charges framed against former royal advisory councillor Chang Ugyen should be dismissed, if the prosecutor cannot prove them beyond reasonable doubt, defense lawyer Ugyen Dorji submitted to the court yesterday during the rebuttal.

Ugyen Dorji submitted that it hadn’t been specified how Chang Ugyen had tampered or forged the documents, and that there were many discrepancies in [... Read More]


Rational response is the key

It is indeed a very good piece of news that the Ministry of Health has formed a task force for the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) that is sweeping fast across the globe.

The task force will develop a strategic plan to respond to the epidemic that the World Health Organisation has declared a public health emergency. The ministry, therefore, deserves all our gratitude, praise and prayers.

But even as we are setting out to develop our [... Read More]

Seventh SAARC meteorological meet in Thimphu

Panoram_4One of the automatic weather stations that was installed in Haa in May this year Photo: Tayba Buddha Tamang

One consensus was that AWSs would help counter the threat from that bane of S. Asia – thunderstorms

Seminar: Thunderstorm is one of the major disasters in the south Asian region, and it’s important to minimise its impact through forecast.

Thunderstorm or nor’wester, experts from the South Asian association for regional cooperation (SAARC) region, during a two-day seminar in the capital arrived at this conclusion.  They will also discuss field experiments of SAARC’s storm pilot [... Read More]

Contretemps over compensation land

unnamedThe land in question

Villagers contend that community holdings were given away wrongfully as substitute

Taktse: Villagers of Taktse in Drakteng, Trongsa are considering whether to take the dzongkhag and the gewog offices to court, or inform the anti-corruption commission (ACC), for giving away about 40 decimals of community land in Tangchipang to two households as land substitute.

The land was given to two households in Taktse as substitute, when the dratshang acquired the land near Taktse Sanga Choling [... Read More]

Japanese project for senior citizens in Bhutan

Photo-0106Helping hand: A Japanese doctor examines an elderly patient at her house in Wangduephodrang

The ‘community based medical care for elderly people’ started in Khaling in 2009

Health: When 78-year-old Lham Tshering first met Dr Michiko Fujisawa, a medical doctor from Japan, she was suffering from paralysis in her leg.

Dr Michiko Fujisawa instructed her to move around and how to exercise.

A year later, when the doctor visited again, the otherwise depressed elderly from Phadeykha, Samtengang in Wangdue, was smiling and, despite being paralysed, was able to move around.

Lham [... Read More]

Two evade daylight robbery on Indian highway

This particular stretch of road seems to be a favourite haunt of a gang in a brown van

Crime: Two men narrowly escaped a daylight robbery on the Indian highway between Alipur Duar Junction and Hasimara Air force station yesterday.  The incident occurred around 2:45pm.

The two civil servants were on their way from Samdrupjongkhar and headed towards Thimphu.  Five Indian men stopped their private car and demanded cash and properties, with one pointing a [... Read More]

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