Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 1:50 AM

India approves four hydro projects

Power: The country’s target to harness 10,000 MW of hydropower by 2020 got a huge boost with the government of India giving the green signal for the construction of four hydropower projects.

This was decided at the 12th Empowered Joint Group (EJG) meeting held yesterday in the capital.

The four projects are the 600MW Kholongchhu, the 570MW Wangchhu, the 770 MW Chamkharchhu and the 180MW Bunakha, all of which will be undertaken as joint venture [... Read More]

Pay commission’s report ready

Salary: The pay commission, established to look into the possibility of revising salaries of civil servants, has completed its report, whose findings will be known, once submitted to the cabinet for review.

The commission sought an additional month’s extension beyond February 12, to complete and present its report to the government, during the last parliament session.

Commission’s chairperson, Druk Green Power corporation’s managing director, Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, said, the report has been completed and is ready [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King yesterday granted an audience to 175 students who received government scholarships to pursue professional undergraduate courses abroad


Dungkhag shift: Final decision with people – PM

Gelephu: Nine months after he promised to move Gelephu dungkhag (sub-district) to Chuzagang, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on March 11 said the government would go by its Wangtse Chirpel policy and let the people make the final decision.

In a meeting at Norbuling middle secondary school, where hundreds of people, including village tshogpas, local government leaders and officials from dungkhag, attended, lyonchhoen said the People’s Democratic party had made this pledge, based on the [... Read More]


The burglary plague

The  recent spate of burglaries has forced many to change their perspective on crimes committed in the capital – a fairly safe city until recently.

Speak about an apartment or an office being broken into, and there will follow numerous stories of theft, both petty and serious to recount.  These include both cases reported to police and those that go unreported or unknown.

Burglary is becoming common by the year among urban dwellers.  Nothing is spared, and [... Read More]

Class X and XII graduates looking for jobs increase

Employment: In just two months after the board exam results were declared this year, class X and XII graduates looking for jobs have increased by more than 52 percent compared with last year’s figure about the same time.

Out of the 1,774 jobseekers registered between January and February this year, 1,184 were class X and XII graduates. Until December 2013, the total number of jobseekers stood at 2,253. The number has reached 3,437 today, [... Read More]

The escalating cost of paddy cultivation

IMG_8616Local rice being dried before its taken to the mill

Agriculture: Development doesn’t necessarily bring prosperity.  While the cities and towns are flying high in their new-found opulence, far-flung communities in the dzongkhags are going dry.

And the increasing rural to urban migration makes the matter worse by scraping food out of people’s mouth.

Growing rice – the staple food of the Bhutanese – is becoming difficult, especially in places like Trashigang.  So, the cost of a kilogram of rice continues to rise from year [... Read More]

Sarpang to get a new dzong soon

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay during his visit to Sarpang said the construction of new Sarpang dzong is ready to take off. Location of the dzong, however, is yet to be finalised.

The government of India has already released Nu 20M of the Nu 200M committed for the project.

According to the dzongkhag’s planning officer, three tentative locations have been identified. The dzongkhags tshogdu decided on the present dzongkhags administration area in Sarpan Taar as the location for the [... Read More]

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The three day annual Punakha Tshechu ends today


Drukpol 2 Druk Utd 1

DSC_4747Drukpol’s Jigme Drakpa celebrates his first goal

Football: Drukpol’s Jigme Drakpa scored a brace to beat Druk United 2:1 in the ongoing Thimphu A division  league yesterday.

Both teams were on the attack from the start and had several attempts before Drukpol’s striker broke the deadlock in the 40th minute. He doubled the lead three minutes later to end the first half 2:0.

Druk United came back strong in the second half and pulled one back in the 67th minute. Striker Kezang [... Read More]

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