A database to help the royal government track where poverty is and how it exists will be created by the planning commission secretariat with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The database is expected to eventually lead to the development of an integrated poverty monitoring system for Bhutan and to draw the national poverty line. The UNDPs support, including US $350,000 for the first year of the project, will come in ways of assistance, [... Read More]
The price for Maruti 800cc car, a brand of the Maruti Udyog Ltd. has dropped by about eight percent, according to the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan (STCB).Sold at about Nu 2,27000 earlier this year, the car is now available in the STCB showroom for about Nu 2,10000.
A STCB spokesman said that the price drop indicated a stiff competition in the Bhutanee market. Many Indian distributors have started marketing small cars in Bhutan.
While the van [... Read More]
The response to the draft tenancy act, now in public discussion, indicates that the current stage of urban growth does require legislation to streamline the housing – specifically the rental – situation. However, we also wonder whether the focus is misplaced.The interest aroused by the draft act comes as no surprise because many of us fall into one of the two categories: house owners and tenants. And, despite the fact that the tenancy act draft [... Read More]
One of the most popular spots in the capital city, the wide open area in front of the Lugar Theatre used as car park, is being developed into yet another shopping complex.
The new building will take up whatever little space left in front of the Lugar theatre
According to the owner, Jamyang, after the construction is complete [... Read More]
Three international vendors are bidding for Bhutan Telecoms B-mobile tender to set up the first cellular phone network in the country.Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan, Telecommunication consultants India limited (TCIL), a government of India enterprise and Telos Technology of Canada are the short listed vendors tendering for the bid which opened this week.
Earlier Ericsson and Siemens were also among the short listed vendors. But Siemens is now bidding together with Mitsui Co Ltd and Ericsson [... Read More]
UPDATEFor nearly two weeks leaders of over 100 nations and 65,000 delegates convened in Johannesburg attending the World Summit for Sustainable Development.The objective: To save the planet from ecological devastation and rescue billions of people from wretched poverty.
The World Summit did cover a wide range of environmental and development issues, such as clean water, energy and health, but environmentalists say its failure to set targets to boost the use of renewable energy [... Read More]
Calling Saddam Hussein a “serious threat,” President Bush said Wednesday he would seek approval from Congress about taking action against Iraq and vowed to make the case against the Iraqi leader on the international stage as well.”At the appropriate time, the administration will go to the Congress to seek approval necessary to deal with the threat,” Bush said at a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House.
In making the administration case for a “regime [... Read More]
The minister for health and education, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup, left for Thailand today (September 3).Invited by the Thai ministry of public health Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup will be calling on senior Thai officials including the public health minister, Sudarat Keyuraphan during his five day stay.
Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup will be delivering a lecture at Chulalongkorn University at the school of Public Health on Integrated Approach to Health and Welfare System in Bhutan.
A health spokesman said that the [... Read More]
Soldiers in South Korea are continuing efforts to rescue 71 people still missing after the peninsula was battered by its worst typhoon in 40 years.South Korea’s anti-disaster centre said 113 people were confirmed killed after Typhoon Rusa swept through the country over the weekend.
Officials are warning that the damage is likely to be the worst in the nation’s history.
Cho Soon-sung, adviser to South Korea’s ruling Millennium Democratic party said that the clean-up was expected to [... Read More]
Tension surfaced at the Earth Summit as Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe lashed out at his critics, especially UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.Addressing the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, Mugabe said Zimbabwe had fought hard for its sovereignty and was prepared to “shed blood” to keep it.
Zimbabwe was criticised by the international community and suspended from the Commonwealth after it ruled that presidential elections held in March were unfair, with the European Union displaying [... Read More]