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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

New CJ: Old wine in new bottle

December 20, 2009: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk has appointed a long-serving High Court chief, having no certification on legal studies, Sonam Tobgye as the new Chief Justice of the country. The six-member Royal Commission formed on November 19 recommended former chief justice of the High Court of Bhutan as the new Chief Justice of […]

Published on Dec 20 2009 // Main News

Delhi Calls Bhutan King for an Orientation

The Fifth Monarch Jigme Kesar Namgyal Wangcghuck is called to India to ensure that every step in Thimphu is in tune with trumpet played from New Delhi. Two year after the revision of Indo Bhutan Treaty 1949, a year after the enthronement of the king, the declaration of a royal democracy, election in Bhutan and […]

Published on Dec 17 2009 // News Analysis

GNH taken to climate summit in Copenhagen

December 14, 2009: The craziness among Bhutanese rulers sounds going beyond normal state in relating things with Gross National Happiness, claimed to be coined by fourth king Jigme Singye. Encouraged by the WB official’s offer to adopt GNH as development index, the Bhutanese rulers began talking about using the philosophy in all issues they come […]

Published on Dec 14 2009 // Main News

Two more newspapers ready to hit the market

December 14, 2009: Come this December, the country will have two more newspapers in its credit after the launch of Drukpa and The Journalist. On December 17, the 102nd National Day, a brand new monthly news magazine, called Drukpa,  will hit the newsstand. According to the owners, the monthly magazine will work towards bridging the […]

Published on Dec 14 2009 // Media Monitor

The greatest photo opportunity that never was!

November 20, 2009 was the opening day of the 4th Session of the National Assembly of Bhutan. I awaited the arrival of the day like an excited little boy. I cancelled or postponed all my other engagements in order that I can be in Thimphu to attend the Opening Session. But when the day finally […]

Published on Dec 14 2009 // Commentary