PM rebuts opposition claim that nothing much or new has been done on public debt
In response to the opposition party’s claim that the government has done nothing much or new in dealing with increasing public debt, the government yesterday said it was doing all it can to reduce dependence on borrowings.
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said the government’s total borrowings increased only by Nu 1.6B since it took office last year, and if not for hydropower [... 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]
Party: The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) released its first newsletter, called Nyamrup Nyenzhu, in English and Dzongkha yesterday.
A tri-annual publication, the newsletter will present views on national issues, updates on party activities, and provide a platform for people to express alternative views, a press release stated.
“The newsletter will be our regular report to the people, as we believe we are answerable to them, having secured 17 percent of the votes,” the press release [... Read More]
A mere dash of shoulders triggered a fight that ended with a loss of a life
Crime: Police in Tsimasham, Chukha, are still investigating the death of a 23-year-old college student, who was allegedly murdered on February 22 near Tsimalakha town.
Two suspects, aged 17 and 18 years, were arrested the same day of the incident and are in police custody.
The two told police that the victim, a college student in India, was playing cricket [... Read More]
Say it would be a shame if an enterprise with so much potential were allowed to go under
Meet the press: Given its importance and benefit, Bhutan would lose a very good opportunity if the education city project closed, member of the opposition party Yeshey Zimba said yesterday, when the opposition met the press in Thimphu.
To make Bhutan an education hub in the region, the education city project is an initiative of the last [... Read More]
They were charged for two accounts of deceptive practices
Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced two men to four months in prison for deceptive practice.
Police in Gelephu had detained the two men, Ajay Kumar and Ugyen Penjor, in December last year after a taxi driver in Gelephu lodged a complaint against them.
The two men, had taken Nu 68,000 from the taxi driver in November last year, claiming they were going to purchase a rhinoceros [... 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]
Kachen-Kuchen villagers are at their wits end about an unreachable elected official
Tendu: Villagers of Kachen-Kuchen chiwog in Tendu are awaiting a response from the local government office on a petition they submitted about a year ago to remove the chiwog tshogpa.
Villagers said, after realising their tshogpa, Tika Maya, “was not beneficial to them, they submitted a written petition, demanding her resignation”. The petition, signed by about 50 villagers, was submitted to the Tendu [... Read More]
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met the Bangladesh ambassador to Bhutan Jishnu Royal Choudhury yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen and the ambassador discussed issues on trade expansion, areas of future investments and other avenues of development.