Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - 8:27 AM

Country’s first diploma course in survey

First batch begins program this month at Jigme Namgyel polytechnic Dewathang: The first batch of 39 students is all set to start their diploma course in survey at the Jigme Namgyel polytechnic in Dewathang. The program, which began this month, is the first designed in Bhutan where students will be trained to become surveyors. Jigme Namgyel polytechnic’s director, (Dr) Andu Dukpa, said the course was introduced, based on studies conducted by the institute in 2008 and 2010.  The study found that most organisations in the [... Read More]

Paro farmers appeal for tax rollback

WP_20140724_005Farmers wait outside the finance minister’s office

Dogar: Ten farmers from Paro appealed to the finance minister yesterday to do away with the sales and green tax imposed on utility vehicles. The farmers, most of them from Dogar gewog, had placed orders for the Indian-made Bolero pick-up trucks from Zimdra, before the vehicle tax was revised in July 1.  The sales tax on utility vehicles was also not decided at that time. However, when their vehicles had arrived and were ready for delivery, the farmers were asked to pay the sales tax [... Read More]

Nganglam’s milky way

photo2Good business: The farmers’ dairy cooperative has been a commercial success since the start

A group of former orchard farmers has hit upon a winning formula Cooperative: By 7am, 36-year-old Tao Zangmo is ready to deliver her milk. She pulls a wide brimmed white hat off the mud wall of her house, tosses a bag of milk on her back, and marches out. “I have to reach Nganglam by at least 8am,” she says as she walks briskly under a blazing sun. She is delivering five litres of milk to a one-stop shop established in Nganglam town, an hour’s [... Read More]

Bhutan and Bangladesh to consider free trade agreement

DSC_8110Economics affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and Bangladesh’s commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed

The two countries have met on the sidelines of the SAFTA meeting towards this effect SAARC: While the SAFTA ministerial council meeting begins today in the capital, economic affairs and commerce ministers from Bhutan and Bangladesh have already met to consider the free trade agreement to further strengthen its trade ties. Economics affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and Bangladesh’s commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed met yesterday. Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said the free trade agreement would eliminate the tariff barriers and address non-tariff barriers. The first bilateral trade [... Read More]

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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met Bangladesh’s commerce minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday in Thimphu. The Minister is in the country to attend the SAFTA meeting. They discussed on strengthening collaboration in agriculture, tourism, mining and other areas of shared interests.  

Illegal settlers given six months to vacate govt. land

Tshogdu: In Mongar, those, who have constructed structures or are farming on government land, have been given half a year to vacate the property. The decision was made yesterday by the dzongkhag tshogdu. The decision comes into effect from August. Even those, who have constructed houses on chuzhing (arable land), despite having kamzhing (dry land), are provided a six-month time frame to dismantle such structures.  For those, who do not have dry land, it was decided that the local government and the dzongkhag officials would [... Read More]

Dzee snatcher gets three-year sentence

Crime: Thimphu district court sent a 36-year-old man to three years in prison for snatching three dzees from a woman in Thimphu and selling them off. Tharchin Dorji from Saling, Mongar, claimed to be a potential dzee buyer and asked Choten Dema to come near the clock tower square October last year. The two then went to hotel N Tee and Tharchin Dorji ran away with three dzees, two two-eyed and a three-eyed dzee, while pretending to look at the dzee to authenticate whether it [... Read More]

Project sanctions Nu 30M for Trongsa dzong renovation

The northern part of the structure allegedly suffered damage from blasting at the dam site Mangdechu: The Mangdechu hydropower project sanctioned Nu 30M to conduct major renovation of northern part of Trongsa dzong, which had allegedly suffered damages from the blasting at the project dam located around 1.6km. Trongsa dzongda Tshewang Rinzin said Nu 30M was released for the renovation of dzong, which would begin in the 2014-15 financial year. “It’s a three-year plan because, being a traditional architecture, dzong renovation demands lots of planning [... Read More]

Man accused of taking hotelier and taxi driver for a ride

The former he owes a fat hotel bill and the latter, a long distance fare  Crime: Gelephu police detained a 32-year-old man on Tuesday, following complaints from a hotelier and a taxi driver that he not paid for services they have rendered to him. The hotelier in Gelephu town alleged that the man occupied a room for 43 days with all meals credited to the room.  The man owed the hotelier Nu 65,000.  The man also had with him a driver, whose taxi was at [... Read More]

EEG smartphone app to diagnose seizure disorder

Its use will be part of a research on the prevalence of epilepsy or seizure disorder Epilepsy: Starting next week, health officials at the Thimphu referral hospital will start using a smartphone device to conduct electroencephalography (EEG) as part of a research on prevalence of epilepsy or seizure disorder. Electroencephalography is a recording of electrical activity along the scalp, and doctors will use it with help from an expert, who is flying in from the United States. The EEG smartphone app is a portable device, [... Read More]

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