Council endorses recommendations for the government to consider benefits dzongkhags should reap from hydropower
NC: Hydropower, despite being the spine of the country’s economy, has its own share of downside.
National Council’s social and culture affairs committee chairperson Jigme Wangchuk while submitting the impact of hydropower projects’ construction on township development yesterday, discussed Bajothang town in Wangduephodrang.
“It has been identified as a national concern by the Gross National Happiness Commission,” he said. “Bajo town was [... Read More]
A team from seven Canadian companies is in the country on a five-day mission
Commerce: Internationally recognised companies from Canada are looking for business prospects in Bhutan.
Led by the Canadian ambassador, Stewart G Beck, a business delegation team from seven Canadian companies was in the country on a five-day business mission. The delegation was exploring commercial opportunities in sectors like aviation, hydropower projects and infrastructure, and gaining a deeper understanding of the priorities, challenges [... Read More]
The culprits include corporate bodies and private sector entities
RAA: A total of 38 individuals, corporations and companies are occupying 50.10 acres of government and government reserved forest (GRF) land, the royal audit authority has observed.
“These lands were neither leased out nor their occupation approved by the government,” the performance audit report on leasing of government land, GRF land and mines released earlier this month states. “It has rendered undue privileges to a few [... Read More]
Far from discussing council’s recommendations on budget appropriation bill, assembly members list their respective constituency needs
NA: National Assembly members discussed more the needs of their constituencies than National Council’s recommendations on budget appropriation bill, 2013-2014.
Labour minister Ngeegma Sangay Tshempo said tourism had never been promoted in the south although the area held much potential.
Citing Dagana as an example, he said the do namkhai kaw near the dzong and lake in Lhamoizingkhag could attract [... Read More]
Photo of the Queen of Bhutan taken by Dr Graham during his visit in 1921. Photo: Ian Graham
“Kalimpong grows daily. We are getting a motor road made up from Teesta Bridge and the new City, which has hung fire, is likely to go on now. But of all this you will hear from Tobgay.”
From this letter to the first king, it is clear that the king was well informed and his man in Kalimpong, Gongzim Sonam Tobgay, kept him abreast of world affairs.
Graham’s letter to the first king also contained information ranging [... Read More]
Or how come my long sojourn in this fair land has left me in the dark, far short of fluency in her tongues
Stumbling off on the wrong metrical foot, as if it were
WHEN I passed out of school, had things gone by the book, there should have been four languages at my fingertips or tripping off my tongue – viz. Malayalam, English, Bengali and Hindi. And, oh yes – almost forgot – to make that [... Read More]
Nidup Dorji and Shigeki Miyaki finalises the agreement signed
Connectivity: To enhance their data connectivity through optical fibre network, the Japanese government has agreed to provide technical help to Bhutan Telecom, in an agreement that was signed yesterday in Thimphu.
BT’s chief executive officer, Nidup Dorji, during the signing, said the government of Japan has approved BT’s request for assistance in April this year through a three-year technical cooperation project, which is expected to commence in April next year.
Through this project, JICA will [... Read More]
Torment: Floodwaters enter homes every summer
Every time it rains, residents in some areas find themselves at the mercy of floodwaters
Monsoon: Monsoon in Phuentsholing can be nasty, especially when the drainage system is poor, and drain water threatens living rooms. For residents living in the one-storied house along the so-called Chinese line (near the revenue and customs office), fighting to keep the water away is an annual event.
The latest incident happened on September 25 when, after three hours of heavy rain, [... Read More]
NA: Home minister Damcho Dorji assured the people of the country, irrespective of how they voted during the elections, that PDP government would make sure they were not left out in terms of development.
Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said this is in response to North Thimphu candidate Kinga Tshering’s question over concerns people of his constituency raised during the question hour yesterday.
Kinga Tshering said people in Thimphu were worried they might be negated from benefitting [... Read More]
All edible products coming into the country will now be vetted from India itself
MoU: Food and agricultural products Bhutanese import from India will now come under the radar of Export Inspection Council (EIC) of India and Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) to ensure quality and safety.
This was agreed yesterday with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two regulatory bodies. The EIC director, Dr SK Saxena, said EIC will [... Read More]