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Expert group discuss joint technical survey modalities

IMG_3837In session : The 12th Meet the Press

Border Talks: The delegation from the People’s Republic of China and Bhutan, meeting in Thimphu since October 9, are discussing the modality of conducting the joint technical field survey of disputed areas in the western region, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

There are four disputed areas in the western regions of Paro and Haa – Doklam, Dramana, Sinchulungpa and Shakhatoe, comprising a total of 269 square kilometres.

Termed as the technical expert group meeting [... Read More]

Initial inspection fails to unearth fault

Three Hindustan Construction designers inspected the gravel trap section on October 7

Dagachu: An inspection of the concrete failure of the gravel trap section, which delayed the Dagachu hydropower project commissioning, has produced inconclusive results.

Three designers from the contractor, Hindustan Construction company, arrived at the   hydropower project site on October 6 and made an inspection on October 7. Officials said it was found that everything inside was intact.

The designers from the shareholders’ side [... Read More]


Bringing transparency to bear

Winter and summer are special seasons for the Bhutanese.  These are the times of the year when we make heavy, important decisions for our nation, for our people, for the kind of future that we would like to have for ourselves and for our children.  Our lawmakers are preparing for the winter session of Parliament.  Come November 12, we will have the 14th session of Parliament, six years after we chose to become a democracy.

We [... Read More]

Proposal to increase DSA for patients referred outside

The govt. though is finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet in this vital sector

Health: A proposal to revise the daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for patients referred outside the country will be forwarded to the lhengye zhungtshog by a health committee that was formed eight months ago.

Referred patients are paid Nu 150 per day as of now.

Health minister, Tandin Wangchuk, said, although the DSA paid for food and rent were not revised [... Read More]

Public consultation procedure standardised

A mandatory procedure to obtain mining licenses has been regulated to avoid misunderstandings and disputes

DGM: To standardise public consultation, which is mandatory for obtaining mining licenses, the department of geology and mines (DGM) has issued a guideline to the local government.

This guideline comes into place after the recent spate of conflicts between mine operators and communities in Thimphu and other mining areas.  The local governments, hereafter, must inform the date, venue and purpose [... Read More]

ScanCafe plans to upscale operations

scancafeProductivity: ScanCafe has found that its Bhutanese employees can perform at a very high global standard (Photo: Thimphu Techpark)

Employee productivity in Bhutan has proved at least 15 percent higher than in Bangalore

IT Park: After finding that employee productivity in Bhutan is at least 15 percent higher than its branch in Bangalore, ScanCafe, an international tenant at the IT park, plans to further upscale operations here.

ScanCafe is an American company that digitalises and organises videos and photos.  It began commercial operations at the IT Park in May, last year. It had been [... Read More]

Two charging stations in every dzongkhag

ADB has committed a grant of USD 0.360m to promote eco-friendly transport

E-Cars: With an Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) grant committed for eco-friendly transport in the country, the government will set up two charging stations each in every dzongkhag, two at every 50km, and a sufficient number in urban areas, especially Thimphu.

ADB had committed a grant of USD 0.360M to promote eco-friendly transport in the country for activities identified in the 11th Plan.

During his [... Read More]

Annual inflation rate on the rise : CPI

There has been an increase from 8.08 percent in the previous period to 8.71 percent now

NSB: The annual inflation rate from August last year to August this year stands at 8.71 percent, which is an increase from the 8.08 percent in the previous period (July 2013-July 2014).

The National Statistical Bureau’s consumer price index (CPI) states that, in the past 12 months, food price increased by 9.66 percent and non-food increased by 8.08 percent.

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Unlicensed guides clutter up an already crowded field

In the event, tour operators are dealt with, according to rules and regulations in place

GAB: In the last seven months, the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) monitoring team came across 16 unlicensed guides engaged by tour operators.

As the guides are unlicensed, TCB officials said they deal with the concerned tour operators directly.  Tour operators are issued a warning letter on the first instance and, if they repeat the offense, they are fined in [... Read More]

India still committed to 10,000MW by 2020

unnamedSuited and booted: Ambassador Bambawale is shown the progress of the project

The Indian ambassador made this assurance during a tour of the Mangdechu project

Visit: India is still committed to Bhutan’s target of achieving 10,000 megawatt (MW) of electricity by 2020, Indian ambassador to Bhutan Gautam Bambawale said, during a visit to Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHP) on October 9.

The ambassador assured this, despite the government of India’s indicating lack of fund for the Kuri-Gongri and Sunkosh projects and Amochu project for security reasons.

“I can [... Read More]

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