Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 7:29 AM


Let’s talk about it

It was breaking news on most websites yesterday.  Social media picked it up and spread the word.  A few hours after the news release from the health ministry on the number of people detected HIV positive, everybody was talking about it.

HIV/AIDS news interests the public.  Whenever a new figure is released, it is talked about for days.  It is good that we are talking, but it is also important to know what people are exactly [... Read More]

All charged up

photoE-Driver: Kencho Tshering poses with his Nissan Leaf after a test drive in the city Photo: Thunder Motors

The country’s first e-taxi driver awaits his e-Nissan to be painted a mandated green

E-cabs: The clank of metals, the clatter of tools, the humming of car engines and shuffling of people in, around and under cars, everything inside the Zimdra automobile workshop is noisy.

Somewhere outside, by the riverside, under the July afternoon drizzle, men in slippers with bare greasy hands are stooped over cars that are parked with their jaws open.

Watching them repair [... Read More]

Illegal construction consideration sought

IMG_4518Dzongkhag tshogde members during the tea break

The move seeks to legitimise houses already built in violation of the Road Act 2013 

Trongsa DT: Trongsa dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) will request the government to allow construction of houses within 20-30 feet of the gewog centre and dzongkhag roads and five feet of farm roads.

This issue was presented in the DT against the backdrop of a rising number of illegal constructions, especially along the highways in Trongsa.  Owners of 12 such illegal constructions [... Read More]

1,685 vehicles imported during ban period

RSTA: In the past two years, during which the import on vehicles was banned, about 1,685 vehicles were imported.

Road safety and transport authority (RSTA) records show 1,387 were private vehicles, including ones imported by diplomats.  The rest, 298, were registered as government vehicles, including ones imported by corporations.

Director general of RSTA, Lham Dorji, said these vehicles were imported with clearance provided by the ministry of economic affairs.

“An import license approval from the ministry [... Read More]

Nepal medical institute to supply two corneas a month

Eye: More than 200 visually impaired patients could regain their eyesight, with a medical institute in Nepal committing to provide two corneas every month to Thimphu hospital from August.

Ophthalmologist at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital, Dr Nor Tshering, said Nepal’s Tilganga institute of ophthalmology’s would supply the corneas.

Although Nepal has been supplying corneas to Bhutan until now, it was not on regular basis. “They provided, as and when they could arrange, [... Read More]


Pioneer women’s team leaves for the Philippines

Basketball: A trained team of women basketball players will compete in a local basketball tournament in the Philippines this month.

The 10-member team left for the two-week tournament today.  It is the first of its kind for Bhutanese women basketball players.

Coach Sonam Tashi, and Lhendup Dorji, who are both freelance basketball tournament organisers, brought the team together.

The two got together with a Filipino woman, Conney, who visits the country every summer and winter to [... Read More]

Picture story

Bear Sighting: Pug marks of the bear residents of Olakha sighted yesterday morning near the Election Commission of Bhutan office. The bear was spotted around 4.30 am. A resident said the bear loitered around the area for a while and proceeded towards Pelkhil School across the river.


Fuel tax takes effect from today

DSC_7765Last hour rush: Vehicles line up at the BOD to fuel before the tax come into effect

Petrol price increase by about Nu 3.5 and diesel by Nu 2.89 in Thimphu

Tax: At least a hundred cars queued up at the fuel depots in the capital after word spread that the five percent green tax on petrol and diesel comes into effect from today.

Adding the taxes, petrol in Thimphu has become about Nu 73.17 a litre and diesel Nu 60.47 a litre.  Fuel depot officials said the taxes come into effect [... Read More]

Nu 426M lost due to less rain

Energy: Poor hydrology so far this year has lad to a revenue loss of Nu 426M, which is worth the additional revenue expected from the revised tariff of the Chukha hydroelectric project.

The total power generation until May this year has decreased by 222.29 million units (MU), compared with the same period last year, which translates to Nu 426M.

Chhukha tariff was revised from Nu 2 to Nu 2.25.  But the rates were applied retroactively [... Read More]

DT dispenses with signing performance contract

The rationale is that the agreement between PM and dzongda was sufficient to the purpose

Trongsa: In Trongsa, no performance agreements will be signed between the dzongda, Tshewang Rinzin, its five gups and various sector heads, the eighth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) session resolved recently.

The tshogdu resolved to forgo signing of any such agreements, reasoning that the agreement signed between lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and the dzongda is already an assurance and allegiance enough to guarantee [... Read More]

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