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The ‘10,000MW by 2020’ dream – Dead in the water?

Sources say the Indian government has declined to finance some of the planned projects

Hydropower: Bhutan’s dream to generate 10,000 megawatt (MW) of electricity by 2020 could hit a dam brick wall, going by the Indian government’s recent indication of lack of funds for some of the major projects in the country.

In addition to some of the ongoing projects that are already being delayed, and the new ones not taking off as planned, the [... Read More]

Dagachu export tariff revised…

DSC_0030-(1)The power purchase agreement was amended on September 29

…days before commercial operation commence

Energy: With just five days left for commercial operation, export tariff for the Dagachu hydropower is increased by five chetrums, which is subject to annual increment of two percent.

While the first power purchase agreement was signed in 2009 between Tata Trading Power company ltd, India, and Dagachu hydropower corporation (DHPC), the export tariff was fixed at Rs 2.40 a unit.  Towards the end of last month, the rate was revised [... Read More]

“A paradigm shift in hearts and minds”

605288-GeneralAssembly69-B-copyNew York: Lyonpo Damcho Dorji addresses the general debate of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. The General Debate began on September 24 and concluded on September 30. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Urged the home minister, who led Bhutan’s delegation, in his address to the 69th session of the general assembly

UN: Eliminating poverty must form the core objective of the post-2015 development agenda, it was pointed out by Bhutan during the general debate of the 69th session of the United Nations (UN) general assembly held on September 30, in New York, USA.

The deadline of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halving extreme poverty [... Read More]

Sri Lankans trained in local dairy production

IMG_0392-copyImparting knowledge: A trainee tests milk sample at the mini dairy plant

NDDC: Five Sri Lankans, including two farmers, were the first foreigners to be trained in local dairy product processing in the country.

They completed a two-week training, using traditional and improved methods of processing dairy products, yesterday.

A farmer, Maya Damayanthi Beddewela, said, “We use a lot of coconut milk in cooking, including dairy products, so what we learnt here, we could try it on a bigger scale back home.”

They said their new knowledge could [... Read More]


A good time to reflect

The season of festivals is come. This is the time of year that traditionally marks the end of toil and deprivation. This, the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar, is the time when we celebrate and welcome new beginning with hopes, prayers and good wishes.

Perhaps, this holiday season is also time for us to look back on the journeys we made together as a nation through the many difficulties along the way.  However, a new [... Read More]

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]

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