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Bhutan looks to cash in on Make in India initiative

DSC_4865Ambassador Gautam Bambawale and economy affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk during the live telecast of the launch of “Make in India” movement at Hotel Taj, Thimphu yesterday

The Indian embassy organised a viewing of the live telecast of PM Modi’s economic movement at Hotel Taj

Economy: Bhutan is poised to benefit from the Indian government’s fast track economy development initiative, “Make in India”, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched yesterday in India, to make India a global manufacturing hub.

Bhutan, being a close friend of India, with which 85 percent of the country’s trade takes place, the benefits of prosperity and strength [... Read More]

Preliminary hearing on libel case

DPT: Thimphu district court’s bench five will first decide whether it is procedurally correct to preside over the libel case, which Druk Phuensum Tshogpa filed against former deputy minister, Dasho Paljor J Dorji.

In the preliminary hearing conducted yesterday, the court stated that libel is an offence defined under the penal code of Bhutan, and it is not procedurally right for private parties to file and prosecute the case.

The court explained that, in a [... Read More]

Two choppers fail to airlift arrow-hit victim

Medevac: People of Lunana prayed yesterday.  They prayed for pleasant weather for the helicopter to make it through thick clouds and airlift the archery-hit patient.

But their prayers were not answered.  The weather condition worsened and the two helicopters deployed to airlift Gem Dorji, 30, could not get through, leaving the patient with the arrow still struck below his right shoulder.

An arrow shot from a compound bow hit Gem Dorji on the evening of [... Read More]

Move for Health walk from Khasadrapchu on October 11

It’s also the first event to mark His Majesty the fourth King’s 60th birth anniversary

BHTF: The “Move For Health” walk that the government revived from last year to raise funds through donations to be used as capital money for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF) will flag off from Khasadrapchu on October 11.

The health walk is the first event to commemorate His Majesty the fourth King’s 60th birth anniversary.

Health ministry officials said Prime [... Read More]


What Make in India can mean to Bhutan

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday launched an ambitious initiative called the “Make in India”.  The launch in India was attended by the who’s who of Indian business.  Hundreds of top business representatives also attended the live telecast in more than a dozen countries, indicating the impact of the initiative.

The move is to make India a global manufacturing hub.  And by evening the initiative was receiving good reviews with huge expectations that it will transform [... Read More]

Missing father of abandoned baby sought

Paternity: Lhuentse police are looking for the father of a newborn baby, after a 17-year-old girl allegedly abandoned the infant.

The cook of a school in Lhuentse, while herding cattle, found the baby crying under a tree on September 24.  The newborn was wrapped in a red wonju and the umbilical cord was rotten.

The cook immediately took the newborn to Tangmachu basic health unit.  The baby was then referred to Lhuentse hospital.

Health officials in [... Read More]

Suspended agents look askance at operational ones

However the latter claim their own 2013 cases were settled at the time

FWRA: A month after 21 foreign worker recruitment agents (FWRA) in Phuentsholing were suspended, some agents feel there are more that should be suspended.

An agent said there are three FWRAs, who are still operating in the town that violated labour rules.

He referred a case in 2013, in which about seven agents were involved in making work permits for foreign workers, but [... Read More]

Dungsum dogged by problems galore

IMG_0129Night view of Dungsam Cement Photo: DCCL

From the issuance of the BIS certificate to an ‘instigation’ issue among truckers

DCCL: Since the commercialisation of Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL), only 14 percent of the production capacity has been utilised.  That’s according to the company’s record.

DCCL, the largest cement plant in the country, officially began operation from January this year.  Sale is yet to pick up in the market.

Chief executive officer (CEO), Dorji Norbu, said this was because of “various problems” [... Read More]

Picture story

Head coach Ochiai Hiroshi of Urawa Red Diamond club in Japan trains students of Rinchen Kuenphen Primary School on the basic skills and techniques of football yesterday at the school ground. Accompanied by four more coaches, the team was in the country for a three-day visit since September 23 to coach school children. The team will leave today.


Teenagers arrested for stealing mountain bikes

DSC01380Recovered: The stolen bikes

Crime: Tsirang police arrested two teenage boys for stealing two mountain bikes, one  from Damphu high school and the other from Damphu town.

Police received the complaint on August 12 and August 17, but without a suspect, the case was not registered.

The mountain bike which was lost from Damphu high school belonged to a contractor from Tsirang and the other stolen from the back of a hilux belonged to a civil servant working in [... Read More]

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