Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - 8:09 AM

Kholongchu work to begin next month

The project is the first joint venture with a public sector undertaking of India Hydropower: Road construction tenders for the 600MW Kholongchu hydroelectric project in Trashiyangtse would be floated next month, project officials said. The tenders are for two roads measuring up to 41km, one to the dam site at Buyang, and the other going to an adit to the tunnel alignment at about seven kilometres from Duksum towards Trashiyangtse from the Trashigang-Trashiyangtse highway. Constructions are expected to begin from September. A project official, Khandal, [... Read More]

PM to personally oversee G2C project

The success of the security clearance certificate application procedure has been a one-off so far Governance: In a move to get more government agencies to make their public services available online and directly accessible to citizens, the prime minister is now personally overseeing the G2C (government to citizen) project. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay announced this during a press conference, following an award ceremony to recognise the best government websites and webmasters, last month. Lyonchhoen pointed out that he WOULD directly supervise the G2C project, and that [... Read More]

Arrow injured boy responds to external stimuli

Update: The 10-year old boy, who was admitted at a hospital in Kolkata, India, after an arrow hit his head, responded to external stimuli from July 18, liaison officer in Kolkata said. The health ministry’s liaison officer in Kolkata, Jit Bahadur Darnal, said the boy responded to injections and pinch, a week after he was admitted. “Ventilation has been removed from that day,” Jit Bahadur Darnal said. However, the patient is still in the intensive care unit (ICU) and neurosurgeons are assessing him round the [... Read More]

Picture story

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay addresses the closing of the scout leadership program in Wangduephodrang on July 19. Some 123 students from Samtse, Sarpang and Chhukha dzongkhags participated in the program    

Non-tariff measures inhibit intra-regional trade

Member states must trust each other’s certification and quality control to promote commerce SAFTA: Even with tariff liberalisation, trade among SAARC member countries has not yielded results, with intra-regional trade still hovering around five percent. The stakeholder’s dialogue on trade facilitation yesterday revealed that this was mainly attributed to the non-tariff measures (NTM) individual countries have in place. Bhutan chamber of commerce and industries (BCCI) hosted the dialogue as a part of the eighth meeting of South Asia free trade area (SAFTA) for ministerial council, [... Read More]

Taxi services to be verified

The authority’s website features its verification process and other moves in the pipeline Taxi: To determine the actual number of taxis plying in the country today, the road safety and transport authority (RSTA), since July 15, has been verifying taxi registration certificates and taxi driving licenses. The authority carried out a two-day random sampling on the Bhutan taxi system in March, and re-verification for 10 days in April this year, the authority’s website states. The random sampling and re-verification covered only 23 percent and 47 [... Read More]

Judicial cooperation between Bhutan and Thailand

MoU: To promote mutual understanding and strengthen cooperative ties between the Judicial Training Institute of the office of the judiciary of Thailand, and Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI), a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on legal, judicial and arbitration/mediation cooperation will be signed tomorrow in Bangkok. The secretary general of office of the judiciary of Thailand, Phattarasak Vannasaeng, and the BNLI director, Pema Wangchuk, in presence of Thailand’s Supreme Court president, Direk Ingkaninanda, and BNLI’s president Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, will sign the [... Read More]

Chiwog weighs pros and cons of thromhood

IMG_20140718_132933To be or not to be: Chazam-Pam chiwog in Trashigang

The authority’s website features its verification process and other moves in the pipeline Chazam-Pam: The community of Chazam-Pam chiwog, comprising 60 households, is still not decided whether or not they should come under Trashigang throm. Villagers have their own reasons.   They say that becoming a part of throm meant a lot of obligation, while benefits were few. Villagers said the slow developmental progress, despite being a part of throm, and having to pay more, were discouraging. “Under throm rules, we need to apply for [... Read More]

Fuelwood usage marginally down

Per capita consumption has decreased from 1.3MT in 2013 to 1.17MT in 2014  Energy: The country’s per capita fuelwood consumption that is the highest in the South Asia region has declined by about 10 percent, according to renewable energy department officials. A recent study, keeping the baseline of 2013 in 10 dzongkhags, found that the per capita fuelwood consumption in the country has decreased to 1.17 metric tonnes (MT) this year from 1.3 tonnes in 2013. Of the total consumption, according to the report, the [... Read More]

Finding other means of funding

20140422_134203Home ministry no longer endorses petitions from families seeking donation to pay donors

Alternatives now have to be found to finance kidney patients in need of assistance Kidney: With the home ministry no longer endorsing petitions from families of renal failure patients to collect donations to pay kidney donors, an alternative will be sought to help patients who are genuinely in need, according to Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF). The foundation will be meeting the home and health ministry officials soon to discuss the issue. Options, such as allowing BKF to raise funds on behalf of patients, and placing [... Read More]

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