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PM calls on Indian President

PresidentVisit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay calls on the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday in New Delhi, India

Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, on his first day in Delhi called on the President, Vice President and met the Indian Foreign secretary, Minister of External Affairs and the minister of Power yesterday. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee welcomed Lyonchhoen and said Lyonchhoen’s speech at the Vibrant Gujarat event has made a positive impact in India. The President also mentioned about PM Modi’s visit to Bhutan shortly after the elections and recalled most fondly, his recent visit to Bhutan. Lyonchhoen informed the President about the close [... Read More]

Bolstering communication machinery

DSC_7333National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo launches the strategic plan 2014-2018 yesterday

Website: The National Assembly (NA) yesterday launched a bilingual website that will now allow the people to watch the Parliament sessions live on the site. Jigme Zangpo, the Speaker, said that it is important to have such a website for better public service delivery and to have strong government. The website has a platform where people can share their opinions and leave feedback. The speaker said that the new website will strengthen democracy as people can share their thoughts. “It would also help government officials [... Read More]

Lauri’s long wait for electricity soon to be over

DSC_6078Villagers of Doongmanma contribute labour by carrying electricity poles to their village

Power: With almost 90 percent of the work completed, Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) expects to electrify Lauri, Samdrupjongkhar’s most remote gewog, by mid this year. Divided in two packages, work on the much-awaited rural electrification  (RE) project began in 2012 and was supposed to complete by June 2013. But monsoon and its remote location hindered the installations of trunk line and, the electrification was delayed. However, BPC is now left to erect a few transformers, wire and charge the system, which is expected to complete [... Read More]

February 15 – the latest launch date for Dagachu

unnamed-1Workers repair the damaged section of the tunnel

A series of hiccups caused the project to overshoot its original target by more than two years DHP: The 126-megawatt (MW) Dagachu hydropower project will start operating commercially from February 15, according to officials. The project, which was supposed to have been completed in October last year, was delayed because of the failure of a 10m gravel trap section on October 3. Chief executive officer (CEO) Thinley Dorji said that 98 percent of the work to re-construct the damaged portion was complete and the rest [... Read More]

Indian foreign secretary calls on Lyonchhoen

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Foreign Secretary of India, Sujatha Singh called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay in Delhi today. Lyonchhoen thanked the government of India for their support in Bhutan’s development. They discussed matters of mutual interest related to hydropower, areas of security, progress of the 11th Plan and other areas of cooperation. Discussions were also held on working towards realising the target of producing 10,000MW of electricity. They also discussed the issue of recent communal violence in Assam and on improving border security. Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also [... Read More]

Meeting the power tiller promise

ptEastern Bhutan would be given the first perference

Govt. takes one step further towards fulfilling its campaign pledge Agriculture: The 70 gewogs in the six eastern dzongkhags will get a power tiller each by the end of February, the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said during the 14th meet the press session last week. The government had pledged to provide one power tiller in each of the 1,040 chiwogs in the country.  The power tillers, however, would not be provided for free. “To use it, villagers will have to hire it,” lyonpo Yeshey Dorji [... Read More]

YDF president, Her Majesty Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck in Bangkok

unnamedHer Majesty the Queen Mother with the officials of PMNIDAT

Visit: To explore possibilities of collaboration and partnership in drug education and rehabilitation services between the Princess Mother National Institute for Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT), Bangkok and Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), the President of YDF, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck is in Bangkok for a two-day visit Vice president of the foundation, Her Royal Highness, Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, is accompanying the Queen Mother. Possible areas of collaborations with regards to effective treatment module, capacity enhancement, occupational skills-based programmes for reintegration [... Read More]

Earning while they’re learning

IMG_20150112_161628A student services a car at Lobesa

Many students take up various temporary services during the winter vacation Youth: To help reduce the financial burden on their parents, several students in Wangdue have started to make use of their winter vacation by going from door to door in search of temporary jobs at automobile workshops, incense factories, construction sites and hotels in town. Usually, students, most between 15-18 years, come in groups of three to 10, and ask for work, a construction company owner said. After knocking on several doors, a class [... Read More]

S/J’s first moenlam chenmo draws thousands of devotees

IMG_6803The moenlam chenmo is presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo

Prayer: More than 3,000 devotees from Samdrupjongkhar and the nearby eastern dzongkhags have gathered in Samdrupjongkhar middle secondary school to attend a weeklong moenlam chenmo (great prayer ceremony), which began yesterday. Presided over by His Holiness Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choeda, this is the first moenlam chenmo to be conducted in Samdrupjongkhar with about 200 monks and nuns from Thimphu, Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar dratshangs.  The dzongkhag and thromde initiated the moenlam chenmo, which will be an annual event henceforth, through their own contributions, and donations [... Read More]

National basketball coach leaves

IMG_7024Thank you: BOC secretary general Sonam Karma Tshering gives a momento to coach Kiyong Kim

Sports: The Bhutanese basketball coach left more than able basketball players after his two-year tenure. Kiyong Kim and Youn Myung-Gu of Sunhwa girls’ school, Korea, gifted Bhutan Olympic Committee and the federation with more than Nu 2.4M worth of sports-wears including tracksuits, t-shirts and sports shorts yesterday. The coach is known for his rigorous training, which earned Bhutan its first 3 on 3 basketball victory against Maldives at the South Asian Beach Games at Hambantota, Sri Lanka last year. Kiyong Kim said that he has [... Read More]

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