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Govt. skeptical over DHI plan to take over SOEs

Assimilation: Two more state-owned enterprises – Woodcraft Centre and Construction Development Corporation limited (CDCL) – will soon be under the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) umbrella, if negotiations with the finance ministry goes well.

Although DHI plans to gradually take over 10 state-owned enterprises (SOE), it has proposed the government to hand over four SOEs – Bhutan Post, Bhutan Development Bank limited (BDBL), Woodcraft Centre and Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) – within this [... Read More]

Land fraud defendant presses for dismissal of OAG case

Chang Ugyen submitted that both charges against him were based on mere speculation

Judiciary: The former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, appealed to Thimphu district court’s bench four to dismiss the case lodged against him by the Office of Attorney General (OAG).

Chang Ugyen made this appeal during his opening statement yesterday.

The OAG charged him for forging documents to increase his land holding in Omkha in Changjalu to 3.02 acres from 0.02 decimal, and registering [... Read More]


Over to youth

Bhutan’s voter population is increasing.  By the next round of local government elections in 2016, there will be 44,500 new voters qualified to vote for the first time.

If that is a huge number, there will be more by the third parliamentary elections in 2018.  We have a relatively young population.  If half of our population is below the age of 25 years, 30 percent of the population was made up of children below 15 years, [... Read More]

Real time monitoring of earthquakes

To make this possible, seven permanent seismometers are to be set up soon

DGM: To set up a seismic monitoring network in the country with real-time seismic activity data, the geology and mines department (DGM) under the economic affairs ministry will soon establish seven permanent seismometers.

Six seismometers are supplied by World Bank through a project called ‘Improving resilience to seismic risks’, funded by the Japanese government, while the seventh one is donated by Kyoto [... Read More]

Health worker held for circulation of offensive photograph

Suicide: Police have detained a health worker of Wangdicholing hospital in Bumthang for allegedly distributing the photograph of two students, who committed suicide last week.

The health worker has been detained since September 12.

The photograph, which had some graphic details, went viral on social media like Wechat and Facebook a few hours after the incident on September 11.

Police initially narrowed down their search to a monk, a cousin of one of the deceased.  But [... Read More]

Picture story

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale (right), cabinet ministers and senior government officials offered prayers and lit butter lamps at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong yesterday for the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir where hundreds of people were killed and thousands more displaced.


Police nabs handicraft thief

Crime: Thimphu City Police arrested a man for stealing from a handicraft shop and attempting to break in to another at the Craft Bazaar at Chubachu on September 14.

Police recovered four woven kiras, five wooden cups and other stolen items from the man. Police also recovered a wallet with Nu 1,100 and a gold bracelet that he had stolen from an office.

A security guard found shop 41’s lock tampered and another shop with [... Read More]

Women’s centre shuts down once more

DSC_5778Failing to empower: The centre, established to impart skills to women has shut down

The Nu 2.3M drongseb tshogpa closed this time for want of a Nu 100 daily wage stipend

Shumar: Handlooms and sewing machines in a centre in Pemagatshel, established to impart skills that would help women generate income, have been lying idle with the centre closing down recently.

The Nu 2.3M centre, also known as drongseb tshogpa, was constructed using the constitutional development grant.  This is the second time the centre, constructed in 2011 and located [... Read More]

One body recovered

Kurichhu: A week after two men were reportedly washed away by Kurichhu, Gyalpoizhing police and Kurichhu hydropower corporation staff fished a body from the dam site at 9am yesterday morning.

The body was spotted on September 14 evening, but the Police could not recover it since it was dark.

The men were washed away by Kurichhu on September 8 afternoon. Since then, Gyalpozhing police, hydropower corporation staff and residents of Gyalpoizhing town were searching for [... Read More]

Cabinet to discuss status and future of council

The education minister allayed fears that the organisation was going to be wound up

REC: The status and future of the Royal Education Council (REC) will be discussed and decided tomorrow during the cabinet meeting.

Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa said a task force was formed in August this year and has met nine times to study the restructuring of the REC.

“The cabinet will do the last sitting this Tuesday and then issue a press release to [... Read More]

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