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DGPC to offer Nikachu shares worth Nu 1B

The cash cow company will invite public participation in the hydropower sector

IPO: Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) will be floating about 23-25 percent shares worth about Nu 1B of the 118MW Nikachu project next year. The move is to involve public participation in the hydropower sector.

For the Nikachu project, the managing director of DGPC, Dasho Chhewang Rinzin  said that, although there appears to be enough funding available, an initial public offering (IPO) is [... Read More]

Villagers not convinced with involuntary manslaughter verdict

IMG_2900Shingkhar village where the incident occurred

The incident is still much-talked in the village

Judiciary: Three months ago, Zhemgang district court sentenced three men to three years in prison each for involuntary manslaughter.  A woman connected to the same case was given a one-year compoundable prison term.

The alleged murder and the verdict meted out by the court are still talked about in remote Shingkhar, where the incident occurred.  They become vocal, when sharing it with visitors from outside the village.

Some [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen offered prayers at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Memorial Chorten on the auspicious occasion of the Descending Day of Lord Buddha (lhabab duechen) yesterday.
Members of the Nyingma Foundation who is organising a 10-day kurim that began on November 4, offered Mendrel Ku Sung Thukten and Tashi Moenlam to His Majesty the King.


New Letshog Lopen Lhengye appointed


Monastic: His Holiness the Je Khenpo appointed lopen Sangay Dorji as the new Letshog Lopen Lhengye of the zhung dratshang yesterday.

Lopen Lhengye Sangay Dorji served as the principal of Dodeydra shedra for 11 years, and as the principal of Tango thorim shedra for the last four years.

Lopen Lhengye Sangay Dorji was born in Babesa, Thimphu in 1967.  He studied in Lungtenphug primary school until the age of 11, after which he entered the [... Read More]

More tourists arrived this year

The lean season offer for Thais contributed substantially to the rise in numbers

Tourism: With 88,138 tourists visiting the country until September this year, Bhutan recorded an increase in both regional and international tourists compared to the previous year.

Records with Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) show a total of 44,424 regional and 43,714 international tourists until September this year.  Last year, during the same time, 42,073 regional tourists and 33,698 international tourists visited the [... Read More]


Occupational hazard oversight

Villagers in Bidung are mourning the death of the four men, who were electrocuted when trying to erect an electric pole on Wednesday.  It was an unfortunate incident from which the fathers couldn’t return from work.  It was an extreme accident, but not really surprising, given the standard of safety measures at work.

The Bidung incident was attributed to the negligence of the line operator.  The men were electrocuted, when one of the conductor wires was [... Read More]

Musk deer in mortal peril …

unnamedPoachers destroying the snares after WCNP team accompanied the offenders to the mountains to remove the snares which was laid earlier by the poachers

… if rampant poaching goes on unchecked, warn park officials 

Wildlife: Musk deer could go extinct if poaching continues at the current rate, according to officials from Wangchuck centennial national park (WCNP) and Thrumshingla national park (TNP).

WCNP officials on October 28 nabbed poachers from Garpang in Bumthang.  The offenders were released after coughing up a fine of Nu 0.9M.  Each offender was fined Nu 0.25M for four musk pods.

“They were released because of lack of history [... Read More]

After words, deeds to be done

15578899857_579cc53f85_zMore than 300 participants attented the conference

The four-day conference came up with a checklist for climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

ICIMOD: Pushing for greater involvement of rural mountain communities, and the need to better integrate scientific and traditional knowledge for effective adaptation action, were at the core of the international conference discussions in Kathmandu, Nepal.

More than 300 experts, scientists, policy makers, government representatives, high-level dignitaries, journalists, and practitioners from 22 countries, including Bhutan, participated in the conference [... Read More]

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The College of Natural Resources in Lobesa established an arboretum to celebrate the fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 59th birth anniversary and pay tribute to his vision of turning Bhutan into one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world today.
A total of 230 seedlings of 20 tree species from Bhutan’s native broadleaved forests were planted on 3,911 square meters land. Two gazebos were [... Read More]

Compensation paid for land lost to upcoming township

DSC_5446The existing Pemagatshel town

Although five years since the plots exchanged hands, for owners, all’s well that ends well

Denchi: After a five-year wait, 30 landowners, save for four households, received monetary compensation for the land they lost to the dzongkhag in 2010 for the new Denchi township.

The existing town will be shifted to Denchi, about 18km from the gewog office under Shumar gewog in Pemagatshel.

A total of Nu 63.301M was paid to the landowners, who together lost [... Read More]

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