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Govt. will seek to restart lapsed lottery business

DSC_6684Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay

While advice may be sought on its GNH aspect, the final decision will be the cabinet’s

Pledge: The new government ‘as of now’ wants to restart the Bhutan lottery business, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said at the first ‘meet the press’ session with the cabinet yesterday in Thimphu.

Restarting the lottery business, that the former government had closed, was one of the pledges the PDP government had made during the campaign, as one of the [... Read More]

Setbacks definite, final assessment in Sept.

Hydropower: Besides the setbacks in cost and time because of the sinking hill at the dam construction site, the Punatsangchu-I hydropower project will lose one more season to the “snowball” effect.

During the first meet-the-press with the new Cabinet yesterday, the economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said there would definitely be a setback because what has been planned for the dam construction cannot happen now.

“We’ll be losing one more season because of the snowballing [... Read More]

Gauging actual growth rate

Economy: Acknowledging the current state of the economy is the biggest challenge and concern for the new government, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said a study is being carried out to gauge actual growth rate of the economy, by segregating the hydropower sector from the economy’s measurement of gross domestic product.

“If we go by the growth rate today, which is around eight percent, there is no need for injecting money in the economy in [... Read More]

PM leaves for India

On the invitation of the Prime Minister of lndia Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime minister Tshering Tobgay will be on a five-day official visit to, India from today, his first foreign visit after assuming his office.

During the visit, Lyonchhoen will call on the President of lndia Pranab Mukherjee, and the Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari. Lyonchhoen will also meet the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, National Security Adviser [... Read More]

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First time: The new cabinet takes questions from the local media at the meet the press forum yesterday in Thimphu



Keeping a good thing going

For the new government, it was another first of sorts when they met with the local press yesterday, continuing a tradition instituted by the previous government, where the cabinet answers in person questions from the media at least once a month.

This time the forum did not take place in the National Assembly complex, it was in some place away from institutional structures, and the cabinet did not wear their orange scarves, making it less formal, [... Read More]

Japanese assistance: Positive as always

Aid: It was all in affirmatives that the Japanese delegation responded in terms of assisting Bhutan in projects, especially in rural and agricultural sectors, during the eighth annual Japan-Bhutan consultation meeting yesterday in Thimphu.

The minister of economy, embassy of Japan in New Delhi, Tamaki Tsukada, headed the Japan team, along with JICA officials, while Bhutan had officials from GNHC and other relevant ministries.

Tamaki Tsukada said it was a two-way process, in which their [... Read More]

No bending laws for substitute land

Land commission strikes down dzongkhag move to allocate plots in another gewog

Airport: The 13 landowners, who lost land to the airport construction in Samtenling gewog, will not get substitute land in Gelephu thromde (town) and Gelephu gewog, land commission officials have confirmed.

“The Land Act clearly specifies landowners wouldn’t be eligible for land substitute in another gewog,” land commission secretary, Dasho Sangay Khandu, said. “Nobody can bend the law, unless parliament amends it.”

The Sarpang [... Read More]

New improved watermills save time

IMG_4528A watermill in Tang gewog

An initiative of the agriculture ministry, it works faster and with less force required

Energy: The improved traditional watermills of Tang and Choekhor gewogs of Bumthang, initiated by the agriculture ministry, are expected to grind cereals in less time and considered more hygienic.

Most of the existing traditional watermill sheds are temporary structures, with wooden planks and bamboo as the roof, which were subject to decay.  They were also small, with less space and bad [... Read More]

Proposed hike in power rates raises rural anxiety levels

Tariff: With the news to increase electricity tariff for domestic consumers afloat in rural areas, villagers in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse are worried, claiming they are already grappling to pay off the existing rates.

If not for interventions, tariff hike would hit the poorer the hardest, rural folks said.

“While young would pay off, by making cash income doing manual jobs, the raise would be unfavourable for elderly and poorer folks with no income,” a villager [... Read More]