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PHPA II’s afforestation program

Besides land reclamation, in the next four years, 16,000 saplings will be planted on 800 acres

CSR: The Punatsangchu hydropower project authority (PHPA) II plans to reclaim about 71 acres of land and plant 16,000 saplings on 800 acres of land, in the next four years.

The afforestation program is part of PHPA II’s corporate social responsibility, environment officials said.

The reclamation is being achieved by disposing of excavated earth from the project site to identified [... Read More]

Uneasy lies the head at Ura MSS

Education: Students and teachers of Ura middle secondary school (UMSS) in Bumthang want their principal transferred for alleged use of corporal punishment on students and mistreatment of the teaching faculty.

In April 2014, a class 10 student of the school suffered injuries after being physically assaulted by the principal, it has been learned.  The student was referred to Wangdicholing hospital in Bumthang by the Ura basic health unit for his injuries.  The incident occurred [... Read More]

Sheikh Jamal are new King’s Cup champions

DSC_8403Champions: Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh are the 2014 Kings’s Cup winner

King’s Cup: Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club snatched the King’s Cup trophy, their second title abroad, yesterday after beating Pune FC.

MD Yeasin Khan headed Wedson Anselme’s corner in the 25th minute, what turned out to be the winner of the final match at the packed Changlimithang stadium to take home Nu 0.5M in cash prize.

After taking the lead, except for occasional counter attacks, the team defended with all energy in the remaining part [... Read More]

Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday appointed Khempo Kuenzang Thinley (center) from Haa as the Principal of Tango Buddhist University, Khenpo Karma (right) from Nyisho gewog, Wangdue as the vice principal of Tango Buddhist university and Lopen Namgay (left) of Talo, Punakha as the administration officer of Zhung Dratshang at Punakha dzong.


Three go public with HIV status on World AIDS Day

2Courageous: Khotsha (from left), Tashi Dema and Namgay declared their HIV status yesterday in Gelephu

Health: Namgay, 30, was seriously ill with high fever.  Suspecting it to be H1N1 flu or swine flu, his family insisted he visited Thimphu referral hospital.

Nothing could be confirmed until he got his blood tested for the third time.  On the third report, he was told to visit the information service centre (HISC).

There they told him that he was HIV positive.  It was April 2010 and Namgay knew little about the disease then.

His [... Read More]

Clean up or shut down

IMG_0014The Pasakha industrial estate in Phuentsholing

Pasakha and Bhalujhora industries have this ultimatum to a March 31, 2015 deadline

NECS:  Industries in Pasakha and Bhalujhora will have to cut down emission and put control measures in place by March 31 next year or face shutting down until the problem is corrected.

This is one of the many conditions industrialists agreed with the National Environment Commission secretariat (NECS) on November 26 to mitigate pollution, improve housekeeping and self-monitoring systems.

NECS officials, after monitoring [... Read More]

Two state-owned companies come under DHI umbrella

The ownership of the WCCL and CDCL is now transferred with certain conditions

SoEs: The ownership of the Nu 99M worth Wood Craft Center limited (WCCL) and Nu 455M worth Construction Development corporation limited (CDCL) is now transferred to Druk Holding and Investments (DHI).

This takes the DHI-owned companies from nine to 11.

On November 18, the ministry of finance, and owner of these state-owned enterprises, has written to the chairman of DHI approving the transfer [... Read More]

Prime Minister to visit Bangladesh

Diplomacy: At the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay will make an official visit to Bangladesh from December 6-8.

An important outcome of the prime minister’s visit will be the renewal for a further 10-year period of the bilateral trade agreement between the two countries.  The agreement will provide greater impetus to the existing trade and commercial relations between Bhutan and Bangladesh.

During the visit, lyonchhoen will pay a courtesy call on [... Read More]

NC lambasts government agencies for inefficiency

Existing laws not enforced properly is the council’s basic critique 

Mining: With National Council members calling for accountability, the regulatory and monitoring agencies in the mining sector that failed to fulfil their mandate came under fire yesterday.

Following deliberations of the audit report on tax of mining and quarrying sector, council members pointed out that geology and mines department, revenue and customs department, Royal Monetary Authority, finance and the economics affairs ministries, among others, have [... Read More]

Survey on Bhutanese living in Jaigaon

The data will enable a blueprint toward government housing for them in Phuentsholing

NHDC: Starting today, the National Housing Development corporation (NHDC) will conduct a survey across the border in Phuentsholing to ascertain the exact number of Bhutanese living in Jaigaon.

The housing crunch and rising cost of living in Phuentsholing have forced low-income groups to live in border town Jaigaon.

Once accurate data is collected, NHDC will make a road map for building government housing [... Read More]

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