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Archive for December, 2009

The battle for eyeballs begins

With the imminent introduction of DTH, TV viewers will soon be spoiled for choice With the government on the lookout to license direct to home (DTH) TV operators in the country, cable operators are worried that they might go under if authorities do not create a level playing field. Most are concerned that, if DTH […]

Published on Dec 30 2009 // Media Monitor

Indo-Bhutan relations

Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom of 635,000 people, geographically located between China and India, has one of the highest per capita incomes in South Asia at over $2,000. Bhutan is a very peace loving and friendly country and its people are happy and prosperous. On November 6, 2008, formal coronation of 29-year-old Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar […]

Published on Dec 30 2009 // Opinion

Seriously injured Koirala passes away

(Tikaram Koirala, a resettled Bhutanese from Beldangi II extension Sector A-3 , passed away at Vinderbille hospital at Tennesse State of USA at 12 noon local time today. Koirala, a former sub sector head of A-3 was hit by a speedy car from behind while Koirala was returning to his home from work. He was […]

Published on Dec 30 2009 // Main News

TV channels chopped off again

December 29, 2009: The Bhutan Information, Communication and Media Authority (BICMA) has again cut off over a dozen foreign television channels from Bhutanese cable lines last week. With this order, the Bhutanese cable operators are allowed to distribute only 40 television channels. The restricted channels include a number of sports and a few movie channels. […]

Published on Dec 29 2009 // Media Monitor

Stock market peeping out for greater trading

December 29, 2009: The possibly-smallest stock market in the world is likely to get out of box in near future as government starts mulling for allowing private brokerage firms to operate. The only stock exchange of the country, Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan Ltd. (RSEBL), established in 1993 still operates in dormant with four computers […]

Published on Dec 29 2009 // Main News

DHI partners with EU Software Company

December 28, 2009: Druk Holding and Investment (DHI) has entered into partnership with the SAP, largest software company in Europe, to meet the DHI objective of streamlining the target of providing electricity for all by 2013 and to strengthen administrative and management procedures. The DHI will use SAP software in member companies like Druk Green […]

Published on Dec 28 2009 // Main News

Rongthong freed for travel

December 27, 2009: The Delhi High Court has issued verdict in favor of allowing Rongthong Kunley Dorji to travel anywhere on December 21. The court had earlier issued a stay order on the extradition proceedings in the District Court against Rongthong Kunley Dorji on December 10. The verdict was given by Divisional Bench comprising of […]

Published on Dec 28 2009 // Main News

Nomad festival kicks off

December 27, 2009: The first Nomadic festival organized by the government kicked off amid special inauguration ceremony attended by Agriculture Minister Dr Pema Gyamtsho at Wangchuck Centennial Park in Bumthang. Senior government officials, members of parliament and tourist as well graced the festival on the first day. The first day of festival attracted over a […]

Published on Dec 27 2009 // Main News

Denver cops give 911-only cellphones to refugees worried about recent attacks

Recent beatings of South Asian refugees have prompted Denver police to hand out cellphones to newcomers from abroad. The hope is that the emergency-only phones, which require no payments, will help refugees reach paramedics and police to prevent future trouble, said Scott Snow, director of the Denver police Victim Assistance Unit. “It gives a sense […]

Published on Dec 23 2009 // Main News

Dissatisfied business community speaks finally

December 22, 2009: Dissatisfied with the government draft of new economic development policy, especially allowing 100 percent foreign investment in certain sectors, Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has submitted a memo to the government compiling the list of its grievances. Though the prime minister and the cabinet on August 5 had given assurances […]

Published on Dec 22 2009 // Main News