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Private sector growth should be given serious thought: PM

PmLyonchhoen addresses the opening of the Summit

Summit: Private sector growth and foreign investment in the country will not improve if small things are brushed aside and focus is put only on things big.

Curtis S Chin, a participant at the Better Business Summit in Thimphu yesterday shared his experience. He said that he had to wait for almost 45 minutes for a cup of coffee in a Thimphu restaurant, and the oldest bank – Bank of Bhutan – did not [... Read More]

Four mines under the scanner

mineBird’s eye view: The mines in Gidaphu (Picture: Google map)

Investigation follows after villagers complained to the PM

Investigation: Four mines in Gedaphu, near Jemina in Mewang Gewog, Thimphu are being investigated following complaints from villagers through Meet the People program to the Prime Minister.

Villagers complained that their drinking water was drying up, noise from one of the grinding units was disturbing, and that their irrigation water has become sandy and bringing aggregates from mines in to their fields.

National Environment Commission (NEC) secretary, Ugyen Tshewang, [... Read More]

Nu 30M for improving rural livelihood

IMG_3365ICIMOD’s director general David Molden and director of GNHC Thinley Namgyel exchange the letter of agreement

Signing: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) signed a letter of agreement yesterday to start a program – called “Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas” – for improving rural livelihood in Bhutan.

Diversifying agriculture, adding value, identifying additional niche cash crops that will help farmers increase their income levels are the major focus of the program.

With an amount of USD 500,000 (Nu [... Read More]

Picture story

Devotees offer prayers at the annual Jana Chidoe kurim, which began yesterday at Pangrizampa monastery in Thimphu. The nine-day ritual is presided over by His Eminence (retired) Yangbi Lopen Sangay Dorji

B/desh looks to increase collaboration

DSC_1159Ambassador Choudhury and foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji after flag hoisting ceremony

Cooperation: The people of Bangladesh recognise Bhutan as the country that stood by Bangladesh in their nine-month-long liberation war and one of the first to recognise their country’s independence in 1971.

That was the beginning of friendship between the two countries, said the Bangladesh’s ambassador to Bhutan, Jishnu Roy Choudhury.

The Bangladeshi community celebrated their independence and national day yesterday at the Bangladesh Embassy in Thimphu.

The ambassador who has been in the office for only [... Read More]

Editorial

An achievement

The World Health Day on April 7, 1995, focused on eradication of polio, especially in the least developed countries. Bhutan joined the international community in celebrating the day.

By then, however, Bhutan had already eradicated poliomyelitis, a serious disease that crippled the life of the affected person. Bhutan has not had a report of polio since 1986.

Almost three decades later, a delegation led by the health minister is in New Delhi to attend the South-East Asia [... Read More]

A planning setback?

industrial-areaA portion of the Gelephu industrial area

No construction zone rule delays plot allotment in Gelephu thromde

Gelephu: Gelephu thromde will have to wait for another month before they could allot plots in its industrial area.

The area needs re-planning after the final Gelephu airport map declared a no construction zone, which is affecting almost half the demarcated plots ready for allotment.

Officials said about 32.26 acres of the 86.30 acres of proposed industrial area was affected as it fell under the  “no [... Read More]

28 houses to receive claims

IMG_20140325_120608Debris: A roof blown off by the March 21 windstorm

Insurance: Of the 60 houses damaged by the March 21 windstorm in Samdrupjongkhar, only 28 qualify to claim insurance from the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICB).

Although 52 houses in the dzongkhag were insured with RICB, 24 households did not qualify for claims.

“Some of our clients cannot make claim since the damage were mostly related to CGI sheets that were blown off from the roof,” said the RICB branch manager, Ugyen Dorji. According [... Read More]

To become food and nutrition secure

Policy: To address issues related to food security and nutrition, which has bearings on national health, economy and security, it requires a coordinated and concerted approach.

Recognising this, and that past and present policies related to food and nutrition are implemented independently, without coordination, the food security and nutrition policy (FNSP) was formulated. The policy, proposed during the 2009 agriculture conference, was drafted in the following years and endorsed by the cabinet in January [... Read More]

Man injured at road widening site from blast

accidentDid miscommunication cause the mishap?

Mishap: A 37-year-old man was injured when his van was passing through a blast site at the road widening site in Lamperi yesterday.

The van’s windshield was broken, and injured the man on his temple. The driver was returning to Trongsa from Thimphu.

The man said he reached the stretch at 5:30pm and since there was no one to warn him of the blasting, he followed the WagonR that was crossing the stretch.

“When I crossed [... Read More]

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