Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - 4:00 AM

3,304 graduates to sit prelims

BCSC: A total of 3,304 graduates have registered with the Royal Civil Service Commission to appear the preliminary examination on August 10. This year the number of graduates registering for the preliminary exam has dropped by 263 compared to last year’s 3,567. However, only 3,332 of them sat the examination last year. There are 1,451 female and 1,853 male this year. The month long e-registration closed on July 17. Separate figures of graduates registering for different fields could not be availed. RCSC officials said the [... Read More]

State corporation to unlock ‘no-mine zones’

Dzongkhags have no right to hold national mineral resources to ransom, says minister   Mining: Dzongkhag tshogdus, such as Haa and Samtse, that have declared their dzongkhags as no-mining zones will need to reconsider their decisions, once the state mining corporation is established. Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said local governments couldn’t hold huge rich mineral deposits at ransom. Economic affairs ministry and particularly its geology and mines department, he said, are empowered to take decisions and make policies related to the mining sector. “Individual [... Read More]

34 new HIV positive cases in six months

Health: With about five new HIV positive cases detected every month, the country recorded 34 more HIV positive cases between December to June this year, taking the total number of detected cases to 380. Of the new 34 cases, 18 are male and the rest females.  Two are minors, aged two and three years, according to the health ministry.  A majority of them were adults within the productive age group of 20 to 39 years, while the remaining seven were aged between 40 to 49 [... Read More]

Two projects to be tendered out in two years

These energy+ ventures fall outside the purview of 10,000MW by 2020 Hydropower: Two new hydropower projects will be up for bidding to investors from outside in the next two years. The bidding process is taking off after the Norwegian government-funded Energy+ Cooperation Partnership project started its work recently.  A total of Norwegian Kroner 100M (USD 17M) will be contributed to this project, which has hydropower as one of the four packages. In the hydropower package, six hydropower projects are in the pipeline with a budget [... Read More]

Principal sentenced for using corporal punishment

Education: Mongar district court yesterday sentenced a school principal to a three-month prison term for inflicting corporal punishment on a student. The principal can pay a thrimthue of Nu 11,250 in lieu of the prison term.  He also has to pay Nu 45,000 as compensation to the boy for ‘traumatising him’ and for making him miss school for a year.  If the boy is interested, the verdict states, he can join school next year. The incident happened on April 23, this year. The principal’s statement [... Read More]

All charged up

photoE-Driver: Kencho Tshering poses with his Nissan Leaf after a test drive in the city Photo: Thunder Motors

The country’s first e-taxi driver awaits his e-Nissan to be painted a mandated green E-cabs: The clank of metals, the clatter of tools, the humming of car engines and shuffling of people in, around and under cars, everything inside the Zimdra automobile workshop is noisy. Somewhere outside, by the riverside, under the July afternoon drizzle, men in slippers with bare greasy hands are stooped over cars that are parked with their jaws open. Watching them repair the machines is a man in jeans, hands in [... Read More]

Illegal construction consideration sought

IMG_4518Dzongkhag tshogde members during the tea break

The move seeks to legitimise houses already built in violation of the Road Act 2013  Trongsa DT: Trongsa dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) will request the government to allow construction of houses within 20-30 feet of the gewog centre and dzongkhag roads and five feet of farm roads. This issue was presented in the DT against the backdrop of a rising number of illegal constructions, especially along the highways in Trongsa.  Owners of 12 such illegal constructions in Langthel have also been dragged to court. Drakteng gup, [... Read More]

1,685 vehicles imported during ban period

RSTA: In the past two years, during which the import on vehicles was banned, about 1,685 vehicles were imported. Road safety and transport authority (RSTA) records show 1,387 were private vehicles, including ones imported by diplomats.  The rest, 298, were registered as government vehicles, including ones imported by corporations. Director general of RSTA, Lham Dorji, said these vehicles were imported with clearance provided by the ministry of economic affairs. “An import license approval from the ministry was required to buy a vehicle during the ban,” [... Read More]

Nepal medical institute to supply two corneas a month

Eye: More than 200 visually impaired patients could regain their eyesight, with a medical institute in Nepal committing to provide two corneas every month to Thimphu hospital from August. Ophthalmologist at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital, Dr Nor Tshering, said Nepal’s Tilganga institute of ophthalmology’s would supply the corneas. Although Nepal has been supplying corneas to Bhutan until now, it was not on regular basis. “They provided, as and when they could arrange, and accordingly we called patients for transplant here,” Dr Nor [... Read More]

Picture story

Bear Sighting: Pug marks of the bear residents of Olakha sighted yesterday morning near the Election Commission of Bhutan office. The bear was spotted around 4.30 am. A resident said the bear loitered around the area for a while and proceeded towards Pelkhil School across the river.  

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