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BOiC opens to business

DSC_2183Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and Indian Ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, launch the BOiC yesterday

The centre will target those unable to pay high interest for loans, or offer collateral ESP: By the time the fifth year ends, the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) targets to help establish 6,000 small and cottage enterprises in the country. Starting today, the centre, launched yesterday by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay  and Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, in the capital, starts business.  Those who have been waiting to put up a small or cottage industry business proposal can do so. During a press conference [... Read More]

89 class XII students qualify for education loan

DAHE: The department of adult and higher education (DAHE) yesterday declared 89 class XII students eligible for the student education loan to pursue their undergraduate programs in colleges in Bhutan and India. Of the more than 200 online applications the department received, since they called for applications a month ago from class XII passed students of 2013, the 46 girls’ and 43 boys’ selection was based on the criteria the department had set and assessed by the multi-sectoral student loan committee. Using the set criteria [... Read More]

More hydropower spells greater peace and prosperity

The Punatsangchu projects MD expounds on the positive aspects of energy generation Conclave: Bhutan is headed to become more peaceful and prosperous when it realises the 10,000 megawatts (MW) electricity generation target in the next few years, according to the managing director of Punatsangchu hydropower projects I and II, RN Khazanchi. RN Khazanchi said Bhutanese would have more access to power, the rate of which serves like a barometer for measuring the wellbeing and quality of life of a country. He was addressing the Hydro [... Read More]

Foreign workers recruitment agencies asked to close shop

In pursuance of the ACC suspension order, the MoL has issued a follow-up notice FWRA: Following the Anti-Corruption Commission’s suspension order, the labour ministry yesterday asked all 21 foreign workers recruitment agencies (FWRA) in Phuentsholing to close their operations and businesses related to the foreign workers recruitment. The agencies were still found operating despite the commission’s order. However, after the labour ministry’s notice issued to suspend the certificate of registration and operation of the 21 FWRAs, the regional office yesterday barred the agencies from using [... Read More]

Suspension order should stay: ACC

The commission’s attorney rebutted each of the four arguments of the plaintiff High court: The two-year suspension of Nima Construction’s license is within the purview of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2011, and should be enforced, the commission’s attorney stated in his rebuttal to the High Court on August 25. ACC’s attorney rebutted the four arguments of Nima Construction, which has challenged the commission’s suspension order of its license as “arbitrary and unconstitutional.” Nima Construction filed a petition before the court to issue a stay order [... Read More]

Black-necked crane numbers to Bumdeling have stabilised

img-214112 black-necked cranes arrived in Bumdeling last year

Over the last ten years, the arrivals haven’t shown too much variation Wildlife: The number of black-necked cranes arriving in Bumdeling valley in Trashiyangtse is slowly starting to increase, records maintained with Bumdeling wildlife sanctuary (BWS) show. After declining steadily from 2005 until 2011, the number of cranes arriving has been increasing for the past two years, although marginally. From 123 cranes in 2010, the number decreased to 102 in 2011.  It was the lowest number of cranes recorded by the sanctuary since 2001.  In [... Read More]

One way or the other, the water sources are drying up

Farmers claim foresters don’t check indiscriminate tree felling; the latter says the former is doing the cutting  Zobel: An increase in the felling of trees has caused water shortage in Zobel gewog, Pemagatshel, according to villagers. Villagers and gewog officials are worried about the impact the rise in construction activities and the felling of trees along the Kherigonpa to Tshelingkhor forest, which falls under the gewog, would have on the community. According to villagers, this was happening because forest officials do not monitor the felling [... Read More]

Picture story

Ambassador of Bhutan to the Maldives, Pema Choden presented her credentials to the President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoon on August 25. Pema Choden is the tenth ambassador of Bhutan to Maldives since diplomatic relations were established in 1984.    

Two more Indians sentenced for gold smuggling

Nine Indians sentenced so far in three smuggling cases Verdict: The Paro district court yesterday sentenced two Indian nationals to two and a half years in prison for smuggling 3.53 kilograms of gold worth Nu 8.764M through Paro international airport in May this year. The court established that accused Noushad Khazilane Ebrahim and Jamal Powal Chalkara, both from Kerala, India attempted to smuggle gold, which was brought from Dubai via Bangkok, to their home country, India, by using Bhutan as illegal trade route on May [... Read More]

Dagana student diagnosed with ruptured eardrum

Update: The 17-year-old student from Dagana, who was allegedly beaten by the school principal, was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum, a medical examination including forensic tests, at the Thimphu referral hospital yesterday confirmed. Medical examination by the ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon at Thimphu referral hospital found a hole in the right eardrum of the class VII student of Drujegang HS.  The school principal had allegedly beaten and slapped the student on August 22 evening. Suspecting internal injuries, and on seeing clots of blood [... Read More]

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