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FM Rinzin Dorje acquitted

Latest: The Haa dzongkhag court has acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje this morning. The foreign minister, who was the former Haa dzongda, was charged with abuse of functions. He was also charged with favouring a local saw miller by awarding timber sawing works worth Nu 1.4M without approval of the tender committee and using the dzongkhag’s DCM truck to transport his private timber from Haa to Thimphu. The minister was on “authorized absence’ from the Cabinet since January 24.        

MERS case in Thailand puts Bhutan on high alert

The MoH has taken measures to prevent its entry into the country Health: The recent confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand has put Bhutan on the red alert zone and pushed the country to step up its surveillance efforts. The health ministry and World Health Organisation (WHO), has accordingly initiated preparatory measures to prevent MERS-CoV from entering Bhutan, a press release from the health ministry states.

An investment guide to attract investors

web-launchLyonpo Norbu Wangchuk and Christina Carlson launch the iGuide

FDI: With the launch of the online “Investment guide (iGuide) to Bhutan” yesterday, investors – local and foreign alike – can now access information for setting up business at the click of a mouse. The iGuide, however, is to help the government get the right information closer to potential investors to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). The website (www.theiguides.org/bhutan) provides a snapshot of all the steps the promoter should follow and contact information of relevant agencies.  The iGuide can be translated into various languages online.

Farmers in need of additional vegetable sheds

IMG_8891Bhangtar bazaar

Market: With the increase in the number of vegetable vendors in Bhangtar bazaar, Samdrupcholing dungkhag, most of the vendors have been forced to display their vegetables in temporary makeshifts. There is only one vegetable shed in the area, about 20 minutes drive from the gewog centre. Locals say there is a need for a proper vegetable market in Bhangtar bazaar. Travelling to the vegetable shed a day ahead of the Sunday market has not been easy for vegetable vendors from Phuntshothang gewog. The farmers spend [... Read More]

Gov’t yet to float DTH TV tender

Media: The government is yet to float a tender inviting local companies or individuals interested in supplying DTH TV (direct-to-home television) to Bhutan. The government was considering this move in January after it found out that DTH supplying companies based in Jaigoan were able to include the BBS channel in their packages albeit illegally. Information and communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji said that while a tender has not been floated a number of developments had occurred since then.

LPG dealers start re-qualifying expired cylinders

IMG_3182Expired in the last quarter of 2012

Gas: Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) dealers in Phuentsholing have started sending their cylinders to be re-qualified at the North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant, Siliguri, India. While Bhutan Oil Distributor (BOD) and Druk Petroleum Corporation Limited (DPCL) have already sent their consignments, Damchen Petroleum is sending its expired cylinders today. The expired cylinders are sent to the North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant at Fatakupur, Siliguri for testing and re-qualifying.  DPCL has sent around 900 expired cylinders and BOD has sent around 765 cylinders. Damchen will be [... Read More]

No sign of washed away car

The owner of a Maruti Alto taxi and Tsirang police yesterday searched for the taxi, in vain, that plunged into the Sunkosh river on Sunday, June 21. The driver escaped unhurt after he swam ashore. There were no passengers in the taxi. The 28-year-old driver, who also owns the taxi, told police that after his taxi veered off the road into the river, he got out from the window and swam to safety. “I watched my taxi being swept away by the river,” he told [... Read More]

Exploring 21st century life skills for young scouts

IMG_0747Scout leaders from Asia Pacific Region are attending the seminar

Scouts: In a move towards exploring possibilities of making scouting relevant and attractive to today’s youth, about 30 Asia Pacific Regional scout leaders have gathered in Paro for a four-day seminar that began yesterday. In another four days, the top leaders will discuss and share about integrating 21st century life-skills into scouting. Discussion will be made on defining 21st century life skills and how young people could acquire them. Education secretary Sangay Zam in her opening remarks said discussing life skills for the 21st century [... Read More]

Contaminated water caused diarrhoea

Update: Laboratory tests yesterday confirmed that the contaminated village drinking water had caused diarrhoea in 21 residents of Tokari village in Tsamang, Mongar on June 14. Of the affected, 12 were children. Following the confirmation, health assistant, Chanu, visited the village and chlorinated the water tank. He also educated the residents on sanitation practices, drinking boiled water and, hand washing with soap.

Imports impede growth of tshazo

IMG_9083Unsold: Weavers from Decheling display the bamboo products that didn’t sell at the expo

Cheaper and better kitchen appliances from outside the country are killing the culture  Bamboo craft: One obvious reason the trade  deficit is widening and economy is increasingly becoming rupee driven is because Bhutan imports even goods as basic as a toothpick, which could be produced easily from its rich forest resources through tshazo (bamboo craft) practising communities. This, according to those in the tshazo business, is impeding the growth of the tradition, which is also a source of cash income for hundreds of people.  The [... Read More]

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