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Japan donates four compactor trucks to Thimphu thromde

This is the third set of such vehicles received through the same grant 

Aid: Japan’s grant assistance for grassroots human security projects (GGP) donated four compactor trucks to Thimphu thromde yesterday.

Thimphu thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said, although about 30 to 40 metric tonnes (MT) of waste are generated in a day in Thimphu, providing garbage trucks to every corner of the city has been a challenge with the shortage of trucks.

“With the four compactor trucks, [... Read More]

Five die in farm road accident

Minjiwoog: Five persons, including the driver, a woman and an eight-month-old baby, died on impact, when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the farm road near Minjiwoog chiwog in Serthi gewog yesterday afternoon.

The other two passengers, who survived with minor injuries, are being treated at Jomotsangkha basic health unit (BHU).  They were on their way to Zamteri village when the accident occurred.

Zamteri primary school’s principal, a male teacher of the same [... Read More]

BOiC approves 38 proposals

Approximately 1 out of 10 proposals received have been vetted for investment

Business: Within a month’s time after the operation of Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) began, it has received 393 project proposals, of which 38 have been approved.

Although the centre intends to help establish 6,000 small and cottage enterprises in the country by its fifth year in operation, of the 38 approved projects, only five were for cottage and small manufacturing industries [... Read More]

Court reverses compulsory retirement order

NLC & MoL: Thimphu district court’s bench five, on September 30, cancelled National Land Commission (NLC) and labour ministry’s compulsory retirement order to labour ministry’s administrative and finance division (AFD) head, Ugyen Dorji.

The district court also ordered NLC and labour ministry to reinstate him, and ruled that the compulsory retirement, based on NLC’s human resource committee finding was illegal.

NLC and labour ministry issued a compulsory retirement order to Ugyen Dorji in August this [... Read More]

Bangkok hospital to assist JDWNRH

DSC07070Dr Gosar Pemba exchanges the MoU with Bangkok hospital’s vice president Dr Chatree Dnangnet

Facilities and telemedicine services on offer to JDWNRH will help cut down referral costs

MoU: To reduce patient referrals to hospitals outside the country, the Bangkok hospital will help build facilities at the Thimphu referral hospital, and provide telemedicine services.

To make the commitment official, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two hospitals yesterday.

Through collaboration of telemedicine, health officials said doctors in Thimphu could consult specialists in Bangkok hospital for advice.  Besides, they [... Read More]

Picture story

Ambassador of Bhutan to Myanmar Kesang Wangdi presents his credentials to president U Thejn Sein at the Presidential Palace, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. During the event on October 3, Kesang Wangdi expressed his commitment to strengthen relations between the two countries that share many commonalities including a shared spiritual heritage. Kesang Wangdi also called on the minister of hotel and tourism, minister of [... Read More]

Seven convicted for chorten vandalism

Crime: Former Chimong gup in Pemagatshel was one of the seven that Pemagatshel district court convicted for chorten vandalism on October 1.

The court sentenced the seven men to prison terms ranging from 17 years to 35 years, under first-degree felony.

Police forwarded the case to court in August and September after the accused were arrested following a tip-off.  They were caught from Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Pemagatshel.

Except for one, the rest of the accused had [... Read More]

Ex-students earn six-month sentences

The two 17-year-olds were found guilty of trespass and malicious mischief

Crime: Tsirang dzongkhag court on September 30 sentenced two former students of Mendrelgang middle secondary school to six-month prison term each for trespassing into the school campus and causing malicious mischief.

Both accused are 17 years old.  The verdict stated that both boys were expelled from the school last year for breaking the schools rules and misbehaving in school.

On August 25, the boys trespassed [... Read More]

Suspect health official out on bail

Suicide:  If found guilty, Bumthang district’s health office is considering taking administrative action against the health official, who is alleged to have first posted and shared pictures of the students, who committed suicide on September 10.

While the office is waiting for the court to issue its verdict, district health officials said, sharing such pictures could also be violating the ethics of medical professionals. “It’s still deliberated whether administrative action must be taken against [... Read More]

Editorial

Spreading the success

The tourism sector has come a long way since Bhutan opened to tourism in 1974, with 287 visiting the country during the Coronation of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.  Arrivals had been on the increase ever since, with new records set almost every year.

Last year, 116,209 tourists visited the country, generating a whopping USD 63.49 million in gross earnings.  The number is expected to increase this year with a special package for Thai tourists.  The three-day [... Read More]

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