Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - 9:20 PM

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A Dessup tests the Rosenbauer Ultra high-pressure fire fighting All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), during a demonstration Ugen Trading House conducted yesterday.
The vehicle is specially designed for fire-fighting operations in restricted places like off –road conditions, confined space conditions, forest fire, bush fires, narrow city streets, cultural monuments, and shopping centers which are not feasible for normal fire trucks in Bhutan.
Basochhu hydropower [... Read More]

One killed, another injured in lightning strike

A 24-year-old man was killed and a 21-year-old injured when a lightning struck them in Kharbandi village of Yoeseltse gewog, Samtse, on July 21.

Yoeseltse gup, Ganga Prasad Limbu, said the men were uprooting paddy saplings for plantation when the incident happened around 4:30 pm.

“The deceased was immediately taken to Ghumauney BHU, which is half an hour drive from the incident place,” the gup said. Other villagers who were transplanting paddy in the field escaped unhurt.

Ghumauney [... Read More]

Domestic power tariff up by 15 percent

This is the second hike of a three-cycle revision put in place by BPC

Electricity:  Electricity tariff for low voltage domestic consumers has increased by almost 15 percent, starting July 1 this year.

The revision is an outcome of a decision the Bhutan Power corporation had taken on October 1 last year, when tariff revision for three cycles was announced.

The first cycle was effective from October last year until June this year, while the second [... Read More]

Gidakom households file complaint against blasting

IMG_5393Site inspection: DGM officials and employees from mining companies inspect the site where explosives were used. The use of explosives, it has been alleged, affected and caused damage to private structures.

DGM is investigating whether the stone quarry explosions have affected their houses

Mining: Five households in Gidakom filed a complaint with the department of geology and mine’s regional office in Khasadrapchu, alleging that the blasting nearby had cracked the walls of their houses.

The cracks, according to the house owners, developed after they felt a shock of something similar to an earthquake.  High intensive explosions, used at the approach road construction at the upper Gida [... Read More]


Spare the rod …

The Mongar court verdict, indicting a school principal to three months in prison for lashing a student, has once again thrust the controversial issue of corporal punishment in the forefront.

The principal’s action was against the education policy, which is framed in accordance with the convention of the rights of the child.  The child was the victim and the marks on his body spoke volumes.

The statement the principal provided to the court was that it was [... Read More]

Infant survives three-storey-fall

The child, who suffered a head injury, was released from JDWNRH yesterday

Accident: A one-year-and-11-month old boy survived with a head injury after he fell from the third floor of a hotel in Phuentsholing around 7pm.  The incident occurred on July 5.

The child, who was playing on the bed, in the presence of both his parents, had leaned on the curtain when he fell out of the open window.

The child was referred to the [... Read More]

22nd round of Bhutan-China boundary talks

Border: The 22nd round of boundary talks between Bhutan and the People’s Republic of China will be held in China from July 24 to 25.

A seven-member Bhutanese delegation, led by foreign minister Rinzin Dorji, will leave for China today.  The delegation includes foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji, ambassador of Bhutan to India, major general Vetsop Namgyel, international boundaries secretary, Dasho Pema Wangchhuk, and senior officials from the foreign ministry and international boundaries.

The 21st round [... Read More]

Japanese government provides 152 more power tillers

This is the second last time Japan will provide farm machinery under the program

KR-II Grants: The Japanese government provided farm machinery worth Nu 66M or USD 1.1M to Bhutan, yesterday.

Under the “food security project for underprivileged farmers” or KR-II grant program, 152 power tillers were handed over to the government by the Japanese ambassador to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi, in Paro, yesterday.

“The Government of Japan hopes that this grant assistance would contribute to achieving [... Read More]

Five men, attackers and victims alike, sentenced for fight

The high court overturned the lower court verdict, which only penalised the assailants

Crime: The high court, on July 16, changed the lower court judgment, and sent five men to prison for terms ranging from a year to two years and six months.

Thimphu district court’s bench four, in April this year, sent three men to one year and one month in prison for assaulting two men in Chang Gidaphu on November 23 last year.

The [... Read More]

Won’t progress be contingent upon budget release?

IMG_20140721_113328Dzongda Lungten Norbu signs performance agreement with a gup

Gups question validity of performance agreement if funds are not released on time

Compact: A few gups in Trashigang raised the issue of how activities under the compact performance agreement would progress if budget were not allocated on time at the signing of the agreement yesterday.

The 13 gups and sector heads in Trashigang signed the performance agreement with dzongda Lungten Norbu yesterday.

The gups said that the performance agreement demands timely progress report against various [... Read More]

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