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Bhutan’s first eye bank opens tomorrow

Coinciding with the world sight day, Bhutan will open its first eye bank tomorrow at the Thimphu referral hospital.

The opening, ophthalmologist Dr Nor Tshering Lepcha said, was to start creating awareness on eye donation in the country.

More than 250 corneal blind people are waiting for a transplant today, Dr Nor Tshering said.  The hospital, which depends on corneas from the Tilganga institute of ophthalmology in Nepal, manages to transplant about four to six corneas a [... Read More]

“I believe in education”: HM

20141005-2C4A1889Royal visit: Their Majesties at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. Their Majesties are visiting some of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India.

His Majesty the King graced the 167th Founder’s Day celebration of Lawrence School, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen’s alma mater in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh on October 4

Visit: His Majesty spoke about the importance of education in his address to the students and faculty who had gathered for the celebrations.

“Back in Bhutan, as I serve my country, I have a number of priorities. Number one on my list is education,” His Majesty said. “Education is [... Read More]

Further delay at 11th hour of DHP commissioning

DSC05887The failed gravel trap

The failure of a 10-m gravel trap section has pushed the opening back by some months

Hydropower: Another major hiccup has delayed the 126MW Dagachu hydropower project, which was scheduled to be commissioned today.

Project officials said it would be delayed by a few more months because of a failure of a 10m gravel trap section on October 3.

The gravel trap section is a joining section between phase 2 and phase 3 of the project.  [... Read More]

Cabinet approves Prado each for NA speaker and OL

The two had been using foreign ministry’s cars as duty vehicles to date

Perks: The Cabinet has approved the decision to buy a Toyota Prado each as duty vehicle for the National Assembly speaker and the opposition leader.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji said, for the last one year, the speaker and the opposition leader have been using the foreign ministry’s cars as their duty vehicles, which, although feasible for city roads, could not be used [... Read More]

Unbridled libido fetches 45 days in prison

52-year-old man sentenced for making sexual advances to 68-year old woman

Crime: Trongsa district court sentenced a 52-year-old man from Karshong in Nubi gewog to 45 days in prison for sexually harassing a 68-year-old neighbour on the evening of September 6.

The verdict stated that the defendant committed the crime under the influence of alcohol.

The man, Sangay, made an unwelcomed physical, verbal or non-verbal abuse of a sexual nature, which is graded as sexual harassment [... Read More]


Need for policy or policing?

In the age of new media that we live in, we are experiencing exciting and revolutionary evolution of cultures.  The Internet has made the way we share information by far easier and more accessible to a wider audience.  Social media, websites and computer programmes that enable people to share information and to communicate using the Internet, is changing the way we think, work and share knowledge.

Because we can now transfer data and communication in real [... Read More]

Tourism – An engine of economic growth

DSC_8859Thimphu tshechu this year received about more than 5,000 tourist

Besides a substantial contribution to the exchequer, it also provides employment to many

Tourism:  With a salary that was not enough to support his family, Tashi Wangdi quit his job six years back as a driver with a corporate office, and bought a vehicle and hired its service to tour operators.

He wasn’t sure if he made the right decision then.  Today, he has no doubt.

“With whatever I had, and a vehicle loan from a [... Read More]

Affected buyers appeal to ACC

To investigate property transaction during injunction

Property: Six people affected by a fraudulent land sale have appealed to the Anti Corruption Commission to investigate the transaction of a house belonging to the seller.

According to their appeal letter, a man from Paro who brokered for a Thimphu resident sold an acre of land at Ngabiphu, Thimphu at Nu 0.17M a decimal to them between December 2012 and January 2013. The customers also paid Nu 4,000 [... Read More]

Picture story

The Thimphu tshechu ended yesterday with the Guru Tshengyed cham (the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche)


Electricity for all by this December doubtful

But that should not detract from what the project has accomplished thus far

REP: The rural electrification project, replete with challenges, is likely to miss the December 2014 deadline.

Labour, harsh winter weather, rugged terrain, and transportation issues are some of the unforeseen problems that hinder the progress of the projects, Bhutan Power corporation ltd. (BPCL) officials said.

The previous government declared electricity for all by 2013, when it began works on the 10th Plan, with [... Read More]

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