A part from the “happy country” tag, Bhutan is also known, enviously, as the country with the cheapest electricity rates. Compared with the region, electricity is dirt-cheap in the country, but it is not going to be so, any longer.
With the latest revision, electricity, some have realised, is becoming expensive. And this applies to home users, besides the industrialists, who are already complaining of the new rates.
The rate per unit charged to domestic consumers is [... Read More]
The Bhutan education blueprint will chart out where the system wants to reach at the end of 10 years
Schools: Work is in full swing to comprehensively assess where the country’s education system stands today, especially in terms of quality of education.
In the last two months, since a team of education officials begun working on the ‘Bhutan education blueprint 2014-2024 project’, they have to date completed drafting a preliminary background report, collected about 700 [... Read More]
From green to blue: All electric taxis imported into the country will have to be blue, the colour of hydropower, with a white top
Is to be the colour (with a white top) of the e-cabs, it has been confirmed
Taxis: Electric taxis will have to abide by blue with white top paint scheme requirement, not a green one.
Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel confirmed this latest development yesterday.
Lyonpo explained that the blue colour scheme was decided during a meeting between the prime minister and the taxi community on June 23.
The government had in March decided that all [... Read More]
Land may now be acquired and work on infrastructure begin
Hydropower: Nikachu hydropower project (NHP) in Trongsa can now start acquiring land and develop infrastructure, with the project receiving environment clearance, the latest development.
The National Environment Commission (NEC) issued the clearance earlier this month, six months after the 118MW project applied for it.
Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) managing director (MD), Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, said they hope to start actual work by August this year, [... Read More]
Tashi Wangdi’s mission – and it’s one done gratis – is to help folks get citizenship IDs
Profile: His face has the colour of deeply scorched earth, a little like that of sufficiently burnt bread. The deep furrows on his dark-brown forehead and sagging cheeks tell of ravages done by toil and time and sun. Wooly black hair with strands of grey is cropped short and sticks to his skull like an Afro wig [... Read More]
Crime: The high court, on July 21, changed Chukha district court’s judgment involving two boys, who murdered a 23-year-old college student earlier this year, and ordered the 17-year-old defendant to pay compensation of Nu 492,875 to the victim’s family.
Chukha district court, in June this year, sentenced the 17-year-old defendant to four years and six months in prison for stabbing a 23-year-old college student of India at Tsimasham in February this year. The court [... Read More]
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]
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]
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]
Site 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]