Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 3:48 PM

1,685 vehicles imported during ban period

RSTA: In the past two years, during which the import on vehicles was banned, about 1,685 vehicles were imported.

Road safety and transport authority (RSTA) records show 1,387 were private vehicles, including ones imported by diplomats.  The rest, 298, were registered as government vehicles, including ones imported by corporations.

Director general of RSTA, Lham Dorji, said these vehicles were imported with clearance provided by the ministry of economic affairs.

“An import license approval from the ministry [... Read More]

Nepal medical institute to supply two corneas a month

Eye: More than 200 visually impaired patients could regain their eyesight, with a medical institute in Nepal committing to provide two corneas every month to Thimphu hospital from August.

Ophthalmologist at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital, Dr Nor Tshering, said Nepal’s Tilganga institute of ophthalmology’s would supply the corneas.

Although Nepal has been supplying corneas to Bhutan until now, it was not on regular basis. “They provided, as and when they could arrange, [... Read More]


Pioneer women’s team leaves for the Philippines

Basketball: A trained team of women basketball players will compete in a local basketball tournament in the Philippines this month.

The 10-member team left for the two-week tournament today.  It is the first of its kind for Bhutanese women basketball players.

Coach Sonam Tashi, and Lhendup Dorji, who are both freelance basketball tournament organisers, brought the team together.

The two got together with a Filipino woman, Conney, who visits the country every summer and winter to [... Read More]

Picture story

Bear Sighting: Pug marks of the bear residents of Olakha sighted yesterday morning near the Election Commission of Bhutan office. The bear was spotted around 4.30 am. A resident said the bear loitered around the area for a while and proceeded towards Pelkhil School across the river.


Fuel tax takes effect from today

DSC_7765Last hour rush: Vehicles line up at the BOD to fuel before the tax come into effect

Petrol price increase by about Nu 3.5 and diesel by Nu 2.89 in Thimphu

Tax: At least a hundred cars queued up at the fuel depots in the capital after word spread that the five percent green tax on petrol and diesel comes into effect from today.

Adding the taxes, petrol in Thimphu has become about Nu 73.17 a litre and diesel Nu 60.47 a litre.  Fuel depot officials said the taxes come into effect [... Read More]

Nu 426M lost due to less rain

Energy: Poor hydrology so far this year has lad to a revenue loss of Nu 426M, which is worth the additional revenue expected from the revised tariff of the Chukha hydroelectric project.

The total power generation until May this year has decreased by 222.29 million units (MU), compared with the same period last year, which translates to Nu 426M.

Chhukha tariff was revised from Nu 2 to Nu 2.25.  But the rates were applied retroactively [... Read More]

DT dispenses with signing performance contract

The rationale is that the agreement between PM and dzongda was sufficient to the purpose

Trongsa: In Trongsa, no performance agreements will be signed between the dzongda, Tshewang Rinzin, its five gups and various sector heads, the eighth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) session resolved recently.

The tshogdu resolved to forgo signing of any such agreements, reasoning that the agreement signed between lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and the dzongda is already an assurance and allegiance enough to guarantee [... Read More]

Less rain forecasted this monsoon

Wangdue district is the hardest hit in the west

Monsoon: Wangduephodrang has received the least rainfall this monsoon.

After the 2mm rain it saw on July 8, Wangdue received the next rainfall almost a week later, on July 13, measuring 11mm.  The following day, it received 1.3mm of rain.

Farmers have been conducting rimdos and visiting goenpas to appease local deities, to bless them with rain so that paddy plantation continues.

But the country’s western region has [... Read More]


Banking on rain

Less rain this summer is taking its toll not only on rice growing farmers, but on the exchequer as well.

With hydropower projects falling short of power generation targets, it is obvious the government’s spending power, especially on current expenses, will be affected.  The last time it rained heavily in the capital was when the Indian Prime Minister visited the country, and the recent one, when a furniture business literally drowned in water from an excessive, [... Read More]

Two swollen rivers wash away two cantilever bridges

Monsoon: Two wooden cantilever bridges were washed away when the swollen Wakela and Tsachuphu rivers in Laya, Gasa, caused a flash flood on July 15 around 10:30pm.

Gasa dzongda Sonam Jigme said the cantilever bridges over Lungoo river cater to people of Gasa and Lungoo villages.  No casualties or damage to properties were reported.

“Villagers of Lungoo and Gasa will use the longer route to cross the river,” Sonam Jigme said.

With the river swollen, following [... Read More]

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