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2013 registers spike in power generation

Which, of course, translated into higher revenue receipts than the previous year

Report: Good hydrology with early rains last year pushed up revenue generation by 17.15 percent from the previous year for the four Druk Green Power corporation plants.

According to the corporation’s annual report, the four plants together earned Nu 13.05B from electricity generation.  In 2012, these projects had generated a revenue of Nu 11.14B.

The increase in the income was mainly from the sale [... Read More]


Blame not the monsoon

A downpour lasting fifteen minutes is enough to bring out the worst of the capital’s drainage system.

It irks residents by exposing and subjecting them to such flaws in the infrastructure.  It also, ignored conveniently by most, reveals the flaws of residents – an almost total lack of civic sense.

When these two flaws come together, the rain gets the blame.

The story is not new.  Drains are either missing, small, narrow, and sometimes good enough, but are [... Read More]

Justice means more than just going by the book

DSC_6252Chief Justice lyonpo Sonam Tobgay talks to drangpons

Chief Justice urges drangpons not to get bogged down in procedural details at the cost of fair play

Conference: While adherence to court proceedings was important, rendering justice was even more so, said Chief Justice Sonam Tobgay to drangpons of 20 dzongkhag courts and dungkhag courts who had gathered in Thimphu for the 21st judiciary conference yesterday.

The drangpons were discussing whether aggrieved parties could appeal to higher courts on judgments lower courts deliver, based [... Read More]

DHI contributes Nu 4.9B to government coffers

These came as dividends and taxes from companies under its control  

Revenue: Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) contributed about Nu 4.9B to the government’s coffers last year – Nu 3.55B in the form of dividend and another Nu 1.36B in tax.

The increase of 13.5 percent was mainly fuelled by increased revenue from DHI-owned companies, especially the energy and resources sectors, which noted a 12 percent increase in revenue, and communication and transport sector [... Read More]

First allotment of NHDC flats filled

DSC_5294House full: Civil servants in Samdrupjongkhar town started moving into NHDC quarters from July 1

Given the crunch on living space in S/J, govt. quarters are more sought after than ever

Housing: Although uncertain about the details of the recently endorsed housing allowances, 22 families in Samdrupjongkhar have started moving into National Housing Development corporation (NHDC) flats from July 1.

The 24-unit housing was recently completed and, as per the allotment rules and regulation, of the 32 applications, 22 civil servants under grade eight and nine, working in different sectors [... Read More]

Gyalpoizhing’s Kuenphen Yoeselcholing lobdra

arranging-their-belongingsTashi Penjor (left) and his friends arrange their belongings

It’s the first monastic school that will cater to monks in the east  

Dratshang: It is a bright sunny day at Kuenphen Yoeselcholing monastic school in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar.  Monks and the community people are watching masked dances and entertainment performances by the locals.

Tashi Penjor, 11-year-old monk looks on, but his heart is not in it.  Tashi came to Kuenphen Yoeselcholing from Samdrupjongkhar, and he is not happy in the new environment.

Kuenphen Yoeselcholing is [... Read More]

Army kids attend summer camp

IMG_5285First day: Students sign up for different houses

Youth: There is something to look forward to this summer break for 15-year-old Dechen Thinley.  Usually, the two-week long break means hanging with friends around town.

Dechen Thinley will be with 200 other children between classes V and XII of the royal Bhutan army in Thimphu who have joined the ‘summer camp to productively engage the youth’.

“I’m excited that we’ll be doing things out of textbooks and school academic lessons,” the class VII student [... Read More]

Picture story

After functioning from the temporary office at the Kunga Chholing guesthouse in Motithang for more than four years, the Supreme Court, the country’s highest appellate authority moved into its new complex in Hejo on July 1. Constructed at a cost of more than Nu 705.50M with government of India (GoI) funding and inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15, [... Read More]

Not of their making nor to their liking

DSC_6021Opposition leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho

The opposition makes its stand clear on the recent pay hike

Opposition: Members of the opposition are willing and ready to forgo their salary raise if the government or the speaker clarifies that the National Council’s decision to defer their raise doesn’t violate any of the provisions of the Constitution or parliamentary procedures.

Opposition leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho said, at a press conference, which 12 of the 15 opposition members attended yesterday, that the opposition [... Read More]

Fuel price up, fuel tax up in the air

Trade: Petrol and diesel have become expensive by about Nu 1.69 and diesel by Nu 0.50 a litre respectively across the country from midnight yesterday. (Refer box for details)

In Thimphu, the new price of petrol is Nu 70.03 a litre, an increase of Nu 1.69.  And a litre of diesel costs Nu 57.87.

The new price for petrol in Phuentsholing is Nu 68.01 a litre, while diesel is Nu 56.14.  In the east, in [... Read More]

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