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Judicial cooperation between Bhutan and Thailand

MoU: To promote mutual understanding and strengthen cooperative ties between the Judicial Training Institute of the office of the judiciary of Thailand, and Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI), a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on legal, judicial and arbitration/mediation cooperation will be signed tomorrow in Bangkok.

The secretary general of office of the judiciary of Thailand, Phattarasak Vannasaeng, and the BNLI director, Pema Wangchuk, in presence of Thailand’s Supreme Court president, Direk Ingkaninanda, and BNLI’s [... Read More]

Chiwog weighs pros and cons of thromhood

IMG_20140718_132933To be or not to be: Chazam-Pam chiwog in Trashigang

The authority’s website features its verification process and other moves in the pipeline

Chazam-Pam: The community of Chazam-Pam chiwog, comprising 60 households, is still not decided whether or not they should come under Trashigang throm.

Villagers have their own reasons.   They say that becoming a part of throm meant a lot of obligation, while benefits were few.

Villagers said the slow developmental progress, despite being a part of throm, and having to pay more, were [... Read More]

Fuelwood usage marginally down

Per capita consumption has decreased from 1.3MT in 2013 to 1.17MT in 2014 

Energy: The country’s per capita fuelwood consumption that is the highest in the South Asia region has declined by about 10 percent, according to renewable energy department officials.

A recent study, keeping the baseline of 2013 in 10 dzongkhags, found that the per capita fuelwood consumption in the country has decreased to 1.17 metric tonnes (MT) this year from 1.3 tonnes in [... Read More]

Finding other means of funding

20140422_134203Home ministry no longer endorses petitions from families seeking donation to pay donors

Alternatives now have to be found to finance kidney patients in need of assistance

Kidney: With the home ministry no longer endorsing petitions from families of renal failure patients to collect donations to pay kidney donors, an alternative will be sought to help patients who are genuinely in need, according to Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF).

The foundation will be meeting the home and health ministry officials soon to discuss the issue.

Options, such as allowing BKF [... Read More]

Picture story

The president of Japan’s Kobe-Bhutan friendship association Ichino Kazao hands over Nu 580,000 to home minister Damcho Dorji for the reconstruction of Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. In the past, the association also donated 12 ambulances, fund for reconstruction of Taktshang monastery, Paro and Bhutan Health Trust Fund, among others.


Sarpang to get a dzong

Its location will be at the present site (Sarpang Taar) of the dzongkhag administration

DT: Sarpang, the only dzongkhag without a dzong, will have one in the next few years with the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) having decided on the location.

The two-day DT stuck to its earlier resolution to have the new dzong constructed in Sarpang Taar where the present dzongkhag administration is located.

Although debates ensued and arguments flared on the dzong’s location, the resolution [... Read More]

Audit holds action on Mangdechu Project

IMG_2172Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk explains the advantages of opting for cut off walls over permeation grouting

Should any elements of corruption arise, the economic affairs ministry and minster will be held accountable.

Hydropower: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recently decided not to pursue further action on its two major observations in the operations of Mangdechu hydroelectric project authority (MHPA) in Trongsa following requests from the project’s chairman, the economic affairs minister.

This, however, doesn’t mean that the RAA has dropped its memo. It has accepted the request on the ground [... Read More]

Officialdom versus volunteerism

IMG_1714Dogs in the centre in Yusipang

A longstanding conflict between officials concerned and a couple running an animal rescue centre comes to a head

Yusipang: Officials from wildlife conservation, drug regulatory authority, and residents of Yusipang are at loggerheads with an animal rescue centre in Yusipang, Thimphu.

The bone of contention is that Bhutanese officials feel the couple, who run Pilou medical centre, violated existing conservation and medicines laws.

Wildlife conservation officials said the couple kept 20 Assamese macaques (monkeys) in captivity [... Read More]

Vehicle import ban lifted from today

DoT: New models from Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Maruti Suzuki, along with 30 Toyota vehicles, will soon hit the roads in the country.

The department of trade officially lifted the vehicle import ban, which came in to effect since July 2012, today.

The economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said, “Now that the new taxation is in place, the ban will be lifted with immediate effect.”

Vehicle dealers in the country have received numerous inquiries about the prices [... Read More]

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