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Shareholders agreement signed, work to begin in November

DSC_0153Deal done: DGPC MD Dasho Chhewang Rinzin and SJVNL MD RP Singh exchange documents after the signing in Thimphu

Kholongchu: Work on the first joint venture between Bhutan and India, the Kholongchu hydropower project in Trashiyangtse, will soon commence, with Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) and its Indian partner SJVNL signing the shareholders agreement on September 30 evening.

DGPC managing director (MD), Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, and SJVNL’s MD, RP Singh, signed the agreement, containing terms for establishing and operating the joint venture company.

The partners took more than three months to complete the agreement, [... Read More]

Telecom services dearer thanks to sales tax

5 percent: The five percent sales tax on telecom services came into effect yesterday.

A Nu 100 pre-paid voucher, for both B-Mobile and Tashi Cell will now buy only Nu 95 worth of talk-time.

Pre-paid data packages have also been reduced.  For instance, a B-Mobile Nu 99 package that previously bought 470MB (megabytes) and 30 SMSs, now buys only 470MB and 30 SMSs.

The data quotas for broadband internet have also been reduced.  The Druknet pre-paid [... Read More]

Parking fee spats

Tiffs between drivers and collectors over timings and etc. have become a daily affair

Thromde: A parking fee collector of Chang lam area in Thimphu was taken to the city police station thrice by vehicle owners, for allegedly either charging higher parking fees, or for not recording the correct timings.

Recently, a private employee, Tshering Tashi, took the collector to police, alleging that she had recorded the time wrongly and charged him more.

Tshering Tashi said [... Read More]

Speaking in an unheard tongue

unnamedA common tongue: A Draktsho student interacts with hearing and speech impaired tourists

Hearing and speech impaired tourists spend time at Draktsho VTC communicating in sign language

Draktsho: A Swiss, 18 Americans and a group of Draktsho vocational training centre students spent an afternoon communicating in a language, all of them were familiar with.

Using sign language, the tourists interacted with the young hearing and speech impaired students, who, unlike most other times, were understood.

The students introduced themselves and explained their work using signs.  They showed them their [... Read More]

Man dies after stepping on trap arrow

Accident: A 40-year-old man from Dagana’s Larja gewog who accidentally stepped on a traditional trap, sangdha (arrow trap) died at the Larja basic health unit on September 29 few hours after he reached the BHU.

The incident happened on the evening of September 29 around 6:30pm.

The deceased, Pema from Shengana,Punakha, a father of three was staying with his wife who is from Larja.

Dagana police said the deceased was with his son and came looking [... Read More]

Mother and child reunion

Foundling: The 17-year-old girl, who abandoned her newborn baby, took custody of her daughter, after they were discharged from Lhuentse hospital on September 29.

Doctors, who treated the mother and the baby, said both were in stable condition, after which they were discharged.

“The girl wanted her baby, and denied the cook’s proposal to adopt the baby,” a hospital staff said.

The cook of a school in Lhuentse, while herding cattle, found the baby crying under [... Read More]

Multitasking NFE instructors

10429015_763294600395704_187792996_nEnergy efficient: Improved cooking stoves

Latest batch of 72 is trained to help construct improved cooking stoves in rural areas

DRE/DAHE: About 72 non-formal education (NFE) instructors of Wangdue, Gasa and Punakha districts were trained to construct improved cooking stoves in the rural areas.

The instructors received a seven-day training recently in Guma gewog.  They will be visiting the villages in the three districts to collect requisitions for improved stoves and then construct them as per demand.

The instructors were among [... Read More]

Investigation ongoing at Tango monastery

Equipment has been installed to measure crack movement and timber resilience

Heritage: A scientific investigation has begun at the Tango monastery since July to save the priceless mural paintings from being destroyed.

The division for conservation of heritage sites is carrying out an accurate survey of the utse to study the extent of deflection of different parts of the building.  Equipment called telltale, which measure movement of cracks in masonry, has been fitted on all [... Read More]

OAG sticks to its guns in land scam case

Update: The Office of the Attorney General yesterday insisted that the former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, manipulated his thram and increased his land holding size to 2.03 acres in Omkha, and registered seven acres in Lubding, during his tenure as a gup.

In their rebuttal at the bench IV of the Thimphu dzongkhag court, OAG’s prosecutor, Tashi Gyalpo, submitted that thrams prior to 1979 clearly state the land size in Omkha as 0.02 [... Read More]

Beaten to the punch

An allegedly illegal tenant sues NHDC legal officer over eviction action

Housing: A support staff of the national land commission (NLC) has filed a court case against the legal officer of the national housing development corporation ltd (NHDCL), accusing the latter of forcefully evicting him from a government house in Kawangjangsa.

Tenzin wrote to court that the legal officer had asked him to vacate the house, where he has been living with his wife and [... Read More]

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