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Japan to help with charging stations

Electric: Japan will assist Bhutan to establish charging stations for electric vehicles, according to the prime minister.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay had sought assistance in achieving Bhutan’s goals to turn itself into an electric vehicle hotspot during his recent official visit of the island state.

While no details were provided, lyonchhoen told this newspaper that Japan is looking to assist in the development of infrastructure for electric vehicles. “Basically, the charging stations,” he said.

The Japanese media [... Read More]

Country’s first two electric cars call it a day

IMG_5000Down and out: First two REVAi in the country

REVAi: The first two electric cars – REVAi – to arrive in the country in June 2009, died as they lived, small, humble and voiceless.  The cars died of battery failure.  They were five years old today.

Transition was in the air.  The country was preparing to be a constitutional monarchy.  It was 2007.  A dream was born – of the many good dreams it had hatched – to save energy and reduce pollution by [... Read More]

Egg production drops, prices soar

A combination of factors has led to the current deficit

Poultry: A drastic drop in egg production in recent months at the Tsirang poultry cooperative has spiked the cost of eggs in Thimphu.

Shops in Thimphu today charge Nu 300 for a tray of eggs, which used to come for Nu 220 last weekend.

The cooperative attributes the drop in production to closure of layer farms, untimely intervention by brokers, and the increase in price of [... Read More]

Trade in resources hardest hit by slowdown

The freeze on construction loans has hit the corporation where it hurts

NRDCL: The slowdown in construction sector had badly hit Natural Resources Development corporation limited, slashing its revenue by Nu 29.373M, and its profits dwindling by about Nu 21M last year.

The year saw a drastic decrease in sale of resources from the previous year and, thus, earnings dropped by 6.7 percent from Nu 438.453M in 2012 to Nu 409.08M last year.

The corporation’s chief [... Read More]

Weeklong search fails to find missing forester

Manas: For almost a week now, some 20 police and forest officials of Panbang, Zhemgang have been combing the banks of Manas river for the body of a 47-year old forester, who fell into the river on July 3.

The man was an employee of the royal Manas park.  On July 3, about 10 forest officials had gone shopping to Barpeta in Assam, about 39km away from Panbang.

Panbang police said that, according to the [... Read More]

Editorial

Daring to be decisive

The government is clear and firm on the pay revision decision the Assembly made.

Notwithstanding the debate and criticism, the government said it would stick by what was endorsed.  There is less than three weeks for civil servants, constitutional post holders, and parliamentarians to receive their revised salary.  There is not going to be any turnaround.

What we can take from, and after, the summer session of Parliament is that everybody played their role well.  The opposition, [... Read More]

Japan donates fire engine and truck pump

IMG_5324Japan has donated 27 fire engines to Bhutan to date

JICA: In the last one year, the country saw 97 fire incidents that damaged 68 houses and property worth Nu 59.20M.

But property worth Nu 24.2M was also saved from fire in Thimphu last year.  To help fight such fire incidents efficiently and to save property, Gyoda City Fire Department and Saitamaken – Nanseibu Fire Department in cooperation with the Japan Firefighter’s Association  yesterday donated a 1,500 litre fire engine and a fire truck [... Read More]

Government sticks by its guns

NA’s pay revision resolution is not in any way unconstitutional, says home minister

Pay raise: The government has decided to abide by the National Assembly’s resolution on the pay revision, but there is a need to have a clear delineation of power and positions between the two houses, home and cultural affairs minister Damcho Dorji said yesterday.

Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said this in response to the National Council’s decision to abide by its recommendations and [... Read More]

Japan agrees to supply 1,450 tillers

AID: Japan has agreed, in principle, to provide Bhutan with 1,450 power tillers, which, if provided within the next four years, will allow the government to meet its pledge of one such machine per chiwog.

The request for the power tillers was made during the prime minister’s recent visit to Japan.

The government has pledged that it will provide one power tiller for every one of the 1,040 chiwogs in the country.

The agriculture ministry estimated [... Read More]

Damaged/missing border pillars to be replaced

1625716_659319417449724_1881919382_nA land record officer at the border pillar between Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, India

But it is not sure when the reconstruction will begin

Frontier: About 900 border pillars along the Bhutan-India border in the south were removed or damaged, according to the home minister, Damcho Dorji.

This, lyonpo Damcho Dorji said, was revealed in the recent security talks between the home secretaries of the two nations in New Delhi last month.

The border pillars, the home minister said, must have been old and damaged. “But some must have been [... Read More]

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