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One Year On: Reflections on PDP’s election win

It has been exactly one year since Bhutanese went to polls on July 13, 2013 for the second parliamentary elections.  Overall, the 2013 elections had been more exhilarating than the historic 2008 elections.

As predicted, in the preliminary round of election in 2013, out of the total of 210,835 votes cast, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) won by securing 44.5%, followed by People’s Democratic party (PDP) with 32.5%, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) with 17.5%, and Druk Chirwang [... Read More]

Tosa Nga – The greybeards of the range

IMG_8945Kha Tashi, 64

While this team of over-60s isn’t winning games, it’s sure capturing hearts 

Archery: The camouflaged Intruder compound bow is hard to draw.  But at 64, Kha Tashi, like a tough guy, draws the bow with ease and aims it with squinted eyes.  The metal arrow leaves the bow at such a speed that Tashi’s eye can hardly catch the flight.  The arrow misses the target by a few inches.  Tashi bangs the side of [... Read More]

State corporation to unlock ‘no-mine zones’

Dzongkhags have no right to hold national mineral resources to ransom, says minister  

Mining: Dzongkhag tshogdus, such as Haa and Samtse, that have declared their dzongkhags as no-mining zones will need to reconsider their decisions, once the state mining corporation is established.

Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said local governments couldn’t hold huge rich mineral deposits at ransom.

Economic affairs ministry and particularly its geology and mines department, he said, are empowered to take decisions [... Read More]

34 new HIV positive cases in six months

Health: With about five new HIV positive cases detected every month, the country recorded 34 more HIV positive cases between December to June this year, taking the total number of detected cases to 380.

Of the new 34 cases, 18 are male and the rest females.  Two are minors, aged two and three years, according to the health ministry.  A majority of them were adults within the productive age group of 20 to 39 [... Read More]

Two projects to be tendered out in two years

These energy+ ventures fall outside the purview of 10,000MW by 2020

Hydropower: Two new hydropower projects will be up for bidding to investors from outside in the next two years.

The bidding process is taking off after the Norwegian government-funded Energy+ Cooperation Partnership project started its work recently.  A total of Norwegian Kroner 100M (USD 17M) will be contributed to this project, which has hydropower as one of the four packages.

In the hydropower package, six [... Read More]

Principal sentenced for using corporal punishment

Education: Mongar district court yesterday sentenced a school principal to a three-month prison term for inflicting corporal punishment on a student.

The principal can pay a thrimthue of Nu 11,250 in lieu of the prison term.  He also has to pay Nu 45,000 as compensation to the boy for ‘traumatising him’ and for making him miss school for a year.  If the boy is interested, the verdict states, he can join school next year.

The [... Read More]


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]

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