India will provide an added Nu 17B for the 1,200MW Punatshangchhu I hydropower project.
This decision was shared with the government on the side lines of the 3rd BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal initiative for multi-sectoral technical and economic cooperation) summit being held in Myanmar. Nu 17.65B will be released by the Indian government in April.
The Indian government also approved the “intergovernmental agreement” that involves the development of four joint venture hydropower projects: Kholongchhu (600MW), [... Read More]
The Cabinet ministers at the 7th meet the press yesterday
PM makes case that present govt. has indeed done more in the same time than previous
Although unfair for the opposition party to expect a lot from the government in less than seven months since they took office, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said it was good the opposition thought the government as very capable.
“It’s good to be pushed but if they expect us to solve all the problems that came up in the last five years within [... Read More]
Opposition party members at the first meet the press session yesterday
Governance: With Parliament’s second session over, and the government completing about seven months in office, all but three members of the opposition party yesterday met the press in Thimphu to share their views on issues they felt were of significance to the country and people.
Opposition leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho said, while the opposition has consistently maintained they were not out to criticise the government or oppose its decisions unduly, it was duty bound, [... Read More]
A Mahindra e2o is charged at the Singye agencies’ charging station in Thimphu
EVs: Less than a week after the Nissan Leaf was launched, another electric vehicle (EV), Mahindra’s e2o, was launched yesterday in Thimphu.
e2o is the next generation of Mahindra’s Reva I, which did not gain much popularity in the Bhutanese market.
A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday, formalising the partnership between Mahindra and the government, where the government would provide charging infrastructure to support EVs manufactured by the company.
Chief executive officer of Mahindra Reva [... Read More]
Bartsham-Shongphu member, Wangdi Norbu
Borrowing: The government must seriously relook into its policies in dealing with increasing external debt, said members of the opposition party, Druk Phuensuem Tshogpa, at a press conference with the local media yesterday.
The Bartsham-Shongphu member, who was also the former finance minister, Wangdi Norbu, said the government should not continue making the same statement that a majority of the debt was self-liquidating.
“There has been no change in dealing with public debt, and the [... Read More]
About Nu 130M has been invested in constructing a bridge and approach road to the Education City Project site at Wangsisina
… closure will be decided on Friday
Edcity: Whether the cabinet decision on the Education City project would translates into the project being closed would be a separate decision and would be decided in the project’s board meeting, which will be held tomorrow.
While, the education city secretariat has not yet received the Cabinet’s decision in writing for it to comment, the National Land Commission (NLC) remains firm on its decision regarding the release of [... Read More]
World bank consultant Steve Atwood explains a graph on stunting in children
WHO findings reveal that the condition actually begins from conception
Nutrition: Although not new, findings of the ‘Bhutan national nutrition assessment and gap analysis’, which the World Bank shared last week, came as a strong reminder that the country shouldn’t be complacent anymore but stunned with its rate of stunting in children and anaemia in women.
Nutrition goes beyond food, the World Bank consultant Steve Atwood said, while presenting the findings at the Taj Tashi, [... Read More]
Occupation: What started as a hobby about two decades ago has made a lucrative business today for Mani Lal Rai, a beekeeper from Jigmechholing gewog, Sarpang.
When Mani Lal Rai started beekeeping, he placed small wooden boxes near his house for the bees to make hives.
Back then, without much knowledge on beekeeping, he could extract just a few bottles of honey, which commuters on the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway, bought.
Mani Lal Rai owned a small shop [... Read More]
Some of the 104 money lenders outside the High Court
Both defendant and 104 plaintiffs appealed against the Paro district court verdict
Appeal: The high court’s larger bench on Monday conducted its preliminary hearing on the fraud case, involving a Paro woman and 104 plaintiffs from Paro and Haa.
Both the defendant, Deki from Changkhar in Paro, and the 104 plaintiffs appealed against the Paro court’s judgment rendered within 27 days in December last year.
Paro court passed 188 judgments involving 190 people against Deki, and [... Read More]
Royal Civil Service Commission chairman Thinley Gyamtsho hands over appointment orders to the new teachers
RCSC: A new batch of 358 teachers will join schools this year with the royal civil service commission (RCSC) yesterday appointing and swearing in the teacher graduates of the two colleges of education in Paro and Samtse.
Selected through the Bhutan civil service examination, 138 are primary school teachers, 171 are for secondary schools, and the remaining 49 are Dzongkha teachers.
Excluding national contract and community-based teachers, there are today 8,542 teachers teaching across the [... Read More]