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Bhutan’s rank rises in Ease of Doing Business index

The country continues to strive towards achieving 100th place, as stated by the PM Conference: Bhutan has risen 16 places in the World Bank’s recently released Ease of Doing Business index. It is ranked 125 out of 189 countries.  It was ranked 141 in the previous index. However, in this year’s World Bank report, Bhutan was ranked 122 last year. Economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said the 122 rank was due to changes in the methodology and insertion of some other elements, but the official [... Read More]

Another bold hydropower dream

E3: Going by the current pace of developing hydropower projects, in a matter of just five years, Bhutan could be providing consultative services in hydropower sectors in the region. The country can become a leader in hydropower, and even compete with advanced countries, like Norway and Austria, who have the expertise currently. Managing director of Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, talked of the possibility of such expertise during the energy, economy and environment (E3) conference in the capital.  The conference is organised [... Read More]

The Edisons in our midst

IMG_5978The winners explains their innovation to the labour minister after they were awarded with the prizes and certificates

Smart wild animal repellent wins first prize in first innovation competition MoLHR: Buddhiman Mongar, 50, had a knack for inventing contraptions since he were a child.  He dropped out of school after the third standard, but it did not snuff out his zest for innovation.  To this day, he has preserved his interest. Yesterday, at the first technical innovation competition held in the capital, Buddhiman Mongar, who is a businessman, won second and seventh prizes for two of his entries, a cement brick-making machine and [... Read More]

Don’t put all your eggs in one (hydropower) basket

Due to climate change, Bhutan is advised against investing too heavily in this sector E3 conference: As climate change, including receding glaciers, will impact the hydropower sector, Bhutan was cautioned on investing too aggressively in this area, at the three-day E3 (energy, economy, and environment) international conference held in Thimphu, since October 28. “The risks from climate change are increasing each year and the hydropower sector is going to be affected,” UNDP Bangkok regional team leader for resilient and sustainable development, Gordon Johnson, said. Citing [... Read More]

Picture story

Thousands of devotees gather outside the newly consecrated Penden Tashichoeling Tshulhakhang in Phuentsholing, yesterday, to receive blessings from His Holiness the Je Khenpo     

Land encroachment rampant in Trashigang

Thanks to a precedence, people are of the opinion their occupation entails a de facto kidu  Squatters: Land record officials in Trashigang have identified 159 cases of encroachment of government land in the dzongkhag. While 34 cases are of illegal constructions, the remaining 125 cases are related to illegal fencing and cultivation. Save for Bidung gewog, land encroachment cases exist in all other 14 gewogs in the district.  Officials said that such cases were rampant, as people had a misperception that there were possibilities of [... Read More]

Case against proposed Chaskhar mine dismissed

The court argued that it could not intervene, as the enterprise was not yet in operation  Mining: Seven people, who claim to be representatives of two villages, are readying to approach “higher authorities”, after the Mongar district court dismissed a case they filed against a proposed mine in Chaskar gewog, and allegations of corruption against the Chaskar gup. The case was filed on October 28 and dismissed on the same day. The court ordered the representatives to route their case either through the Anti-Corruption Commission, [... Read More]

Japan donates patrol cars for community police centres

IMG_1531The new Honda City cars were handed over to RBP yesterday

GGP: Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Project (GGP) donated six patrol cars for the six community police centres in Thimphu. The Japanese embassy in New Delhi’s minister and deputy chief of mission, Yasuhisa Kawamura, handed over the vehicles to the additional chief of police, colonel Chimi Dorji at the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) headquarters yesterday. Inspired by the Japanese system of community policing, the RBP had also adopted the system and established six community police centres in Changjiji, Motithang, Taba, Dechenchholing, Babesa and Khasadrapchu last [... Read More]

Man held for alleged rape of minor

Crime: Police detained a 21-year-old man from Barshong gewog, Tsirang on October 29 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old student. The girl’s father reported the case to the school administration, after which the school filed a police complaint. The school principal said that he received a call from the girl’s father, inquiring whether his daughter was attending school regularly.  It was found that she has been absent since October 27. “We thought she was sick and unable to attend school. She lived near the school compound,” [... Read More]

Poacher slapped with heavy penalty

unnamed-65Illegal: He was arrested with seven musk pods, bear bile and bear meat

Wildlife: Gelephu police apprehended a man for poaching and handed him over to forest officials on October 17. He was arrested with seven musk pods, a bear bile and 1.5kg of bear meat. The  47-year-old poacher is a resident of Chuzagang in Sarpang. Police said that they found the man behaving suspiciously when they went on a routine patrol and halted at a makeshift house below the vegetable market in Gelephu. “When we approached him, he smelled of meat and upon checking we found the [... Read More]

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