Sunday, April 26th, 2015 - 3:39 PM
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Fresh twist to ongoing case

Project manager submits documented evidence to back up foreign minister’s deposition

Update: The on-going Lhakhang Karpo case took a new turn with the project manager yesterday submitting a document as evidence, where eight of the 11 dzongkhag level tender committee (DLTC) members had signed on the comparative statement for setting up of a sawmill at the project site.


PCAL sues Kuensel

The Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL) on April 20, filed a defamation case against Kuensel at the Samtse dzongkhag court for maligning the company’s image in the April 9 story, “PCAL in deep water?”

PCAL’s legal and lamsoel officer, Tshering Dorji, in a telephone interview said the company decided to go to court after the issue came up for discussion during their board meeting recently.


Foreign aid projected to decline

Report: Foreign aid to Bhutan in the form of the country programmable aid (CPA) will decline by USD 32M (million) from 2013 to 2015, according to a recent report published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The CPA is the total amount of aid that comes through co-operation agreements between the government and donor agencies, minus short-term assistance like humanitarian aid.


Man found murdered en route to RTC

Crime: A man, with multiple stab wounds on the body, was found dead near a stream on the way to Royal Thimphu College yesterday morning.

A passerby, who spotted the body, when he had gone to relieve himself near the stream, informed police around 7 am.  The man is yet to be identified, as no documents were found on the body.


NEC to start levying application and processing fees

The move drew sharp responses from the six eastern dzongkhags

Clearance: Beginning July, the National Environment Commission (NEC) will start charging an application fee of Nu 500, along with a processing fee, which would depend on the nature of the work, for environmental clearances (EC).

For instance, the processing fee for construction of any type of road would be two Ngultrums for every metre.  For small, medium and large cottage industries, the fees charged would be Nu 2,000, Nu 30,000 and Nu 50,000 respectively.


The hydra-headed monster in our midst

It was quite a scene at the Zangtopelri complex in Phuentsholing town, as Anti Corruption Commission officials shut down a shopping complex and three other shops, allegedly linked to corrupt practices.

A huge crowd gathered at the premises as words spread about the presence of the ACC investigation team.  By the time officials sealed the shops, police had to shoo the crowd away.  Such activities always draw public attention.


Drayangs get support from local government

IMG_4640The tshogdu declined dzongkhag administration’s bid to suspend issuance of licenses

Society: After a majority of members voted no to the proposal, Bumthang’s dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) recently turned down the dzongkhag’s proposal to suspend the issuance of license for drayangs in the dzongkhag.

DT chairperson, Sangla, said the decision could not be endorsed, as a majority of the members were against the proposal.

“Moreover, such decisions, which can have a larger impact on the population, can’t be taken as some members are also missing,” Sangla said.

Tang gup, Thinley Namgay, and Ura gup, Dorji Wangchuk, both voted no to the proposal for economic reasons.


TP Sherpa’s pet bottle greenhouse

SAM_1327Recycled: Tshering P Sherpa grows tomatoes in his greenhouse

Innovation: There were just too many pet bottles, here, there and everywhere.  And then the idea struck him.  Tshering Penjor Sherpa, 27, from Rangthaling in Tsirang, came up with the notion to build a greenhouse out of pet bottles.

It took 400kg of pet bottles for Tshering Penjor Sherpa to construct a greenhouse.  He collected the discarded bottles from town.  Some he bought from scrap dealers.  He has a shack filled with pet bottles.

Tshering Penjor Sherpa’s greenhouse at Nimesa village is today the centre of attraction.


Medical camp in Punakha draws moderate response

There were many, however, who were not told of this chance to consult US specialists

Health: More than 300 people, mostly children consulted doctors from USA, who were in Punakha hospital for a five-day health camp that was organised by Helping Hands-health and education, a US based nonprofit organisation in collaboration with the health ministry.

A team of 11 – a gynaecologist Dr Sue Haney, three paediatricians Dr Tom Boschen, Dr Michell Haney Kerr and Dr Herb Rheingrubex, three nurses, along with four others, conducted the check up.


National basketball team leaves for the Philippines

Basketball: The national basketball team has left for the Philippines for a 10-day practice trip that is expected to help them get used to the international scene.

The national coach with Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF), Tenxin Jamtsho, said that the team will have practice matches with local and university teams in Philippines, where basketball is hugely popular. “The main reason for this practice session is to help adjust our players to international standard of the game and it is also a preparation for the SABA games. It is an exposure match for our new team members,” he said.