Friday, April 25th, 2014 - 10:42 AM

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]

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]

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]

Academic dreams through sports


MoU: Bhutanese students who are good in sports and cannot qualify for diploma courses or undergraduate studies will get a second chance with the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) and Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) signing a memorandum of understanding yesterday.

RUB and BOC jointly agreed to provide up to 20 scholarships a year to study diploma or undergraduate programs in colleges of RUB.

The scholarship, a press release from the BOC stated was to encourage [... Read More]

GoI agrees to develop four JV projects

GoI agrees to develop four JV projects

Indian companies to partner with DGPC have been identified for Bunakha, Chamkharchhu and Wangchhu projects

Hydropower: An inter-governmental agreement was signed yesterday between India and Bhutan on development of four hydropower projects yesterday.

The 700MW Chamkharchhu, 600MW Kholongchhu, 570MW Wangchhu, and the 180MW Bunakha were the four projects for which the Government of India agreed to develop under joint venture through public sector undertakings between the two countries.

Under such a scheme, the financing will be [... Read More]

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Occupancy certificates may not have to be renewed annually


The City is weighing the proposal even as building owners balk at the idea

Thromde: Thimphu thromde officials are studying the pros and cons of enforcing a rule that requires building owners to renew their occupancy certificates every year.

Occupancy certificate is a confirmation that the building is fit and safe for living before renting flats out.  A building cannot be legally occupied until the municipal authority issues the certificate.

Newly constructed buildings are connected with [... Read More]

Voluntary surgery benefits rural poor


Camp: Thirty-five-year-old Pema Zangmo from Gelephu is in Mongar referral hospital.  She had her gallstone removed, and is recuperating.

Pema would have been in her village enduring the pain, not daring to travel to Thimphu for surgery, with no one to take care of things while she is gone, had surgical camp not come to the referral hospital.

A urologist, Dr Lotay Tshering, has been conducting voluntary surgical operations at Mongar referral hospital since April [... Read More]

Traditional trade endures


Commerce: Every Wednesday, as the clock strikes 5:30pm, three men in a Bolero pick-up stop at Pachu village under Phuentsholing gewog.  And there they wait.  After 10 minutes, a group of herders turn up looking weary, with horses carrying baskets full of cheese and butter.

Herders from Jabana in Paro walk the entire day from Chumina, a village under Lochina gewog in Chukha, and come to Pachu village to sell their butter and cheese [... Read More]

Fire leaves four families homeless


Fire: The fire that gutted top floor of two buildings and affected another in Gelephu on Monday has left four families homeless.

Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon provided emergency relief kit and offered semso of Nu 15,000 each to the affected family.

The three building owners received Nu 10,000 each, while an owner of another building who suffered collateral damage, was given Nu 5000 as a semso yesterday.

The police, RBA, Desuups, officials from the dzongkhag [... Read More]

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