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Local vegies production to triple this winter

C360_2013-09-04-12-06-46-5-copyA vegetable vendor transports local cabbages at the CFM

Agriculture: As a part of the self-sufficiency in vegetable production initiative, about 4,500MT of local vegetables from five dzongkhags is expected to hit the centenary farmers market (CFM) this winter, said officials of the horticulture division.

Promotion of local vegetable production began last year to reduce imports from India in the wake of the rupee shortage.

Last year, the ministry invested about Nu 22m and saw a production of about 1,000MT of vegetables from 1,088 [... Read More]

Income inequalities to be evened out

DSC_6458The Deputy Chairperson of the National Council raised the lone question

No taxes and free power for the rural populace are some of the measures towards this goal

Council: One of the main concerns of the parties prior to the primary round of election was the concern of income inequalities that widened the gap between the rich and the poor.

However, the Gini coefficient, an index used to measure the inequality says otherwise.  When compared to the world and region, Bhutan’s case is not so serious, [... Read More]

Vara to open Busan international film festival

actorDevesh Ranjan as Shyam / Krishna

Cinema: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s new film, Vara: A Blessing, has been selected to open the Busan international film festival in Korea that will be held from October 3-12.

This is the first time a Bhutanese film has been chosen to open an international film festival. Since 1996, Busan has had a reputation for discovering promising Asian films.

Rinpoche, who is presently on an extended retreat in eastern Bhutan, will not be able to attend the [... Read More]

A little sense of this incredible India

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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s statement on his new film VARA:

A Blessing, which will open the Busan international film festival next month

Because I am duty-bound by my first profession as a Buddhist teacher, I never could aspire to be a filmmaker exclusively.  But I have always been a dedicated fan of this art form—cinema.  I can see the impact of the moving image and sound, how it can influence people on a conscious and subconscious level.

I am [... Read More]

Remedial measures to cost Nu 3.5B

punaCaution, sliding area ahead: The sliding slope at the Punatsangchhu dam site

The total cost projection of the project is now up almost threefold at Nu 97.5B.  

PHPA I: Punatsangchhu hydroelectric project authority (PHPA I) will incur Nu 3.5B additional cost to install remedial measures to stabilise the hill that has been “sinking” on the right bank of the project’s dam site.

This was highlighted in the status report the authority submitted to the government on September 20.

With the escalation, the total cost projection of the [... Read More]

Mangdechhu sticks to initial plan

Hydropower: The 720 megawatt (MW) Mangdechhu hydropower project will continue with the excavation and construction of its powerhouse and transformer caverns in the initially identified location.

That is contrary to what its consultant, the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation of India (NHPC) had asked the project to shift their locations to avoid shear zones or loose rocks encountered during the excavation.

NHPC proposed that their locations had to be shifted some 40 meters away from the [... Read More]

RCSC prelims to be dropped from next year

MoLHR: University graduates appearing for the royal civil service examination next year will not have to sit for a preliminary examination, according to labour and human resource minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo.

He was responding to the Drametse-Ngatsang MP’s query on why the government could not fulfill its campaign pledge of doing away with the preliminary examination this year.

The labour minister said the pledge could not fulfilled this year because of time constraints.

“The royal civil [... Read More]

Fourth arrest made in ketamine case

Update: Police yesterday arrested at Paro airport a fourth person in connection with the Bangkok drug smuggling incident.

Police confirmed that a Bhutanese national had been arrested upon arrival from Bangkok.  Police also confirmed that the individual is in custody and under investigation.

Police did not comment further.

The individual arrested yesterday was wanted by the royal Bhutan police (RBP) for questioning since the arrest of the other suspects earlier this month, it has been learned.

The [... Read More]

Close call at Damphu fuel station

IMG_8961A BoD staff cleans the mess

BoD: The Bhutan Oil Distribution fuel station in Damphu, Tsirang, almost went up in flames on September 23, when a fire broke out in one of its pumps from a short circuit.

But disaster was quickly averted when the fire was put out within a minute after it broke out with the fire extinguisher fixed at the side of the gas station.

The station, at the time of the incident, had 14,000 litres of fuel [... Read More]

Foreign minister to address UNGA on September 30

Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, who is leading the delegation from Bhutan is attending the 68th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where intergovernmental negotiations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, including the next set of global development goals would be begin.

Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje will participate in the General Debate of the Session, and is scheduled to address the Assembly on September 30, according to a press release from the foreign [... Read More]