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Nursing student’s body flown in today

Suicide: The body of a 20 year-old nursing student, in Mangalore, India, who committed suicide on November 6, will be flown home today.

She was a second year student of Indira Nursing College in Mangalore, India. A male friend who was watching over her at the apartment had gone out to a shop when the incident occurred.

President of the Bhutanese students’ association in Mangalore, in a telephone interview said the student had been dealing [... Read More]

No news about abductees since Sept. 7 ransom call

Kidnap: The two men, a Bhutanese and an Indian national, who went missing two months earlier from Santipur near Gelephu are yet to be released.

The last call family members received was two days after the incident on September 5.  Family members said, kidnappers directed them over the phone to arrange Nu 2M in cash for their release.  They warned that the abductees would be killed if the money were not arranged.  The call [... Read More]

Direct employment scheme makes its mark in the east

A change in mindset about blue-collar jobs has already been effected to an extent

GEP: Karma Wangdi started work in an automobile workshop in Trashigang.  It has been two months since he joined the workshop through the direct employment scheme (DES) under the guaranteed employment programme (GEP) launched by the labour ministry in June.  He wants to start a workshop of his own someday.

A graduate from the Technical Training Institute in Rangjung, Karma Wangdi [... Read More]

Along with the farm road, a wish for a motorable bridge

farm-roadExcavation works to maintain the farm road is in full swing

The people dream of a link that can transform their gewog’s economic prospects

Nichula: The people of Nichula gewog in Dagana have decided where the gewog development grant (GDG) for this financial year (2014-15) will be spent most – the farm road.

Although the farm road already exists, and has connected the gewog’s four villages, the road is just about pliable.  Through a public consultation, the gewog administration has decided to pump in Nu 1.9M [... Read More]


Shared Prosperity: A Goal to Reduce Inequality

We have made tremendous progress over the last quarter century in the fight against poverty. In 1990, 36 percent of the world’s population, or 1.9 billion people, earned less than $1.25 a day. By next year, we estimate that the rate will have declined to 12 percent – a two-thirds reduction in 25 years. This means that, by next year, 1 billion fewer people will be living in extreme poverty than in 1990.

That’s major progress. [... Read More]

Our relations are unique and special: President Mukherjee

The President of India, in an e-mail interview, reiterated the close ties between the two nations 

State visit: India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Bhutan, a friend and neighbour, which is sustained by a long tradition of close consultations and frequent exchange of high level visits, according to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

The President is arriving today in the country on the invitation of His Majesty the King.

The President, in [... Read More]

Reality check – Only 6,476MW by around 2022

President Pranab Mukherjee has assured to ensure better border security coordination

State visit: The ambition of generating 10,000MW of electricity by 2020 may be confirmed as dead in the water.  At the most, the country will generate 6,476MW, just over half of what was aspired for, by 2022.

The President of India, who is on a two-day visit, confirmed this.  In an email interview sent to New Delhi, the President said that the 10 Indian-assisted [... Read More]

Garpang-Dawathang transmission line holdup

IMG_8604Landowners objected to the work soon after BPC started felling trees in Garpang

Landowners have objected to the maximum alignment on private property

BPC: The construction A of 33-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, worth Nu 11.406M, from Garpang via Lamai goenpa to Dawathang in Bumthang, is likely to stop, after landowners from Garpang submitted to the dzongkhag to suspend ongoing works.

Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) suspended work in Garpang after 19 landowners submitted a petition, stating that the maximum alignment fell on private lands.  BPC is installing a 14km [... Read More]


Visits that bind ties

Iis not often that a country gets to host a President and the Prime Minister of the same country in the same year.  Rare is it to receive them within months of each other.  The two-day state visit by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, six months after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, therefore makes it a special year.

We need not doubt the reasons for top leaders from India visiting the country.  It signifies the [... Read More]

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