For the project has violated provisions of the land Act
Venture: That the Bhutan education city project had violated provisions of the land Act was the only reason why the Cabinet decided the government shouldn’t be part of “something” that was illegal, works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said.
Lyonpo Dorji Choden, who is the chairperson of the project’s board, said land was fundamental to this project. She said, the National Land Commission has [... Read More]
Hydropower: The country’s target to generate 10,000 MW of electricity got a boost, with the cabinet approving the detailed project report (DPR) of the 180MW Bunakha reservoir hydroelectric project (BRHEP).
The Bunakha reservoir would not only generate 180MW of energy, but also supplement the generation of the 1020MW Tala, 366MW Chukha and Wangchu hydropower projects downstream.
After the cabinet approved the DPR on February 18, economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said the agreement would be [... Read More]
Bhutan could receive around Rs 3B as excise duty refund by June this year
Refund: The government of India has agreed to refund Rs 1.7B as excise duty refund for goods manufactured in India and exported to Bhutan. The amount is calculated for those goods that were imported by Bhutan in 2012.
Revenue officials and their Indian counterparts signed the agreement last week in the capital at a meeting chaired by finance minister Namgay Dorji.
Unlike [... Read More]
Findings reinforce provisions and objectives of draft heritage sites bill
PSIA: Unlike other countries, Bhutan is not valuing its traditional buildings, an assessment conducted by department of culture and World Bank indicated.
This, World Bank’s senior social development specialist, Stefania Abakerli, said forced many owners of traditional buildings in Thimphu to demolish their houses, and replace them with concrete blocks of flats as source of income.
Citing the examples of traditional houses in Thimphu, the two [... Read More]
This brings to Rs 3.7B the GoI infusion so far towards improving liquidity
GoI: The government yesterday received Rs 1.2B from the government of India to finance activities under the economic stimulus plan, which has the objective of improving liquidity and addressing the shortage of rupees.
The cheque was handed over by Indian ambassador to Bhutan VP Haran to the finance minister Namgay Dorji last evening.
With this receipt, the total money received from India [... Read More]
Crime: Seven Indian citizens are currently in detention for allegedly attempting to smuggle gold worth 24.4M through Paro airport.
Five of the accused were detained on Saturday, after authorities intercepted them at the airport, according to customs officials. Authorities found a total of eight kilograms of gold, spread between and hidden in the underwear of four of the accused. A fifth individual, accompanying them, was also detained.
The five individuals had flown to Bhutan from [... Read More]
Villagers and guests participate in a game of tug of war that was organised at the festival
Though the number of gewogs halved compared to last year, the number of visitors rose
Occasion: The nomad festival this year had a grand theme: “Park and communities coexisting harmoniously,” but there were nomads from only four gewogs attending the festival held at the Kizom eco-camp ground in Tang gewog, Bumthang on February 23.
Nomads of Sephu gewog in Wangduephodrang, Choekhor, Tang and Ura gewogs of Bumthang attended the festival, compared with nomads from eight [... Read More]
Blaze: Two days after it started and despite efforts to contain it, the forest fire above Langjophaka, Thimphu is still burning.
Fire: After fighting two days of losing battle, hungry and thirsty officials and volunteers left for their homes yesterday evening leaving the forest fire still blazing above the Wangchuk resort in Thimphu.
Forest officials said Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bhutan Police, Royal body Guards, Dessups, forest officials and the people in the locality would resume fire-extinguishing work today. “To ensure structures in the area are safe in the night, we have deployed some fire [... Read More]
Four huts were razed to the ground and around 1,000 acres of forest were destroyed in a fire that started around 2.30 pm today above Langjophakha in Thimphu. No casualty was reported.
Fanned by the winds, the fire is suspected to have spread into the forest from a fire three children had started outside the huts. Police, army, desuups and near by people are still [... Read More]