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Nikachu project gets NEC clean chit

Land may now be acquired and work on infrastructure begin

Hydropower: Nikachu hydropower project (NHP) in Trongsa can now start acquiring land and develop infrastructure, with the project receiving environment clearance, the latest development.

The National Environment Commission (NEC) issued the clearance earlier this month, six months after the 118MW project applied for it.

Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) managing director (MD), Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, said they hope to start actual work by August this year, [... Read More]

Mitsi Gopen – An ex-cook’s second calling

DSC_0026Tashi Wangdi

Tashi Wangdi’s mission – and it’s one done gratis – is to help folks get citizenship IDs

Profile:  His face has the colour of deeply scorched earth, a little like that of sufficiently burnt bread.  The deep furrows on his dark-brown forehead and sagging cheeks tell of ravages done by toil and time and sun.  Wooly black hair with strands of grey is cropped short and sticks to his skull like an Afro wig [... Read More]

Two boys sentenced to four and five years in prison for murder

Crime: The high court, on July 21, changed Chukha district court’s judgment involving two boys, who murdered a 23-year-old college student earlier this year, and ordered the 17-year-old defendant to pay compensation of Nu 492,875 to the victim’s family.

Chukha district court, in June this year, sentenced the 17-year-old defendant to four years and six months in prison for stabbing a 23-year-old college student of India at Tsimasham in February this year.  The court [... Read More]

Picture story

A Dessup tests the Rosenbauer Ultra high-pressure fire fighting All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), during a demonstration Ugen Trading House conducted yesterday.
The vehicle is specially designed for fire-fighting operations in restricted places like off –road conditions, confined space conditions, forest fire, bush fires, narrow city streets, cultural monuments, and shopping centers which are not feasible for normal fire trucks in Bhutan.
Basochhu hydropower [... Read More]

One killed, another injured in lightning strike

A 24-year-old man was killed and a 21-year-old injured when a lightning struck them in Kharbandi village of Yoeseltse gewog, Samtse, on July 21.

Yoeseltse gup, Ganga Prasad Limbu, said the men were uprooting paddy saplings for plantation when the incident happened around 4:30 pm.

“The deceased was immediately taken to Ghumauney BHU, which is half an hour drive from the incident place,” the gup said. Other villagers who were transplanting paddy in the field escaped unhurt.

Ghumauney [... Read More]

Domestic power tariff up by 15 percent

This is the second hike of a three-cycle revision put in place by BPC

Electricity:  Electricity tariff for low voltage domestic consumers has increased by almost 15 percent, starting July 1 this year.

The revision is an outcome of a decision the Bhutan Power corporation had taken on October 1 last year, when tariff revision for three cycles was announced.

The first cycle was effective from October last year until June this year, while the second [... Read More]

Gidakom households file complaint against blasting

IMG_5393Site inspection: DGM officials and employees from mining companies inspect the site where explosives were used. The use of explosives, it has been alleged, affected and caused damage to private structures.

DGM is investigating whether the stone quarry explosions have affected their houses

Mining: Five households in Gidakom filed a complaint with the department of geology and mine’s regional office in Khasadrapchu, alleging that the blasting nearby had cracked the walls of their houses.

The cracks, according to the house owners, developed after they felt a shock of something similar to an earthquake.  High intensive explosions, used at the approach road construction at the upper Gida [... Read More]


Spare the rod …

The Mongar court verdict, indicting a school principal to three months in prison for lashing a student, has once again thrust the controversial issue of corporal punishment in the forefront.

The principal’s action was against the education policy, which is framed in accordance with the convention of the rights of the child.  The child was the victim and the marks on his body spoke volumes.

The statement the principal provided to the court was that it was [... Read More]

Infant survives three-storey-fall

The child, who suffered a head injury, was released from JDWNRH yesterday

Accident: A one-year-and-11-month old boy survived with a head injury after he fell from the third floor of a hotel in Phuentsholing around 7pm.  The incident occurred on July 5.

The child, who was playing on the bed, in the presence of both his parents, had leaned on the curtain when he fell out of the open window.

The child was referred to the [... Read More]

22nd round of Bhutan-China boundary talks

Border: The 22nd round of boundary talks between Bhutan and the People’s Republic of China will be held in China from July 24 to 25.

A seven-member Bhutanese delegation, led by foreign minister Rinzin Dorji, will leave for China today.  The delegation includes foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji, ambassador of Bhutan to India, major general Vetsop Namgyel, international boundaries secretary, Dasho Pema Wangchhuk, and senior officials from the foreign ministry and international boundaries.

The 21st round [... Read More]

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