Hitting where it hurts the most?

Private sector already sees the draft domestic electricity policy as a stumbling block 

Policy: Juxtaposing the government’s drive to promote rural economy, should the draft domestic electricity policy materialize, it would impede the growth of cottage, small and medium industries in rural areas.

Rural homes to gain more from domestic tariff policy

The draft policy is expected to iron out the conflicting objectives of the electricity Act 

Electricity: If the draft domestic electricity tariff is any indication of benefiting the domestic consumers, then rural domestic households are likely to enjoy additional subsidy on their free electricity.

Health Walk raises Nu 11.6M

About 2,000 volunteers participated in the walk to promote healthy lifestyle 

BHTF: The annual health walk in Thimphu yesterday collected about Nu 11.6  million (M) from Bhutanese and foreign donors towards the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF), which supports in financing the supply of essential drugs and vaccines in the country.

Regional aviation body to move to Bhutan

The presence of the body is expected to boost the country’s poor aviation oversight capabilities

Aviation: In what is being deemed a major achievement for the aviation industry in Bhutan, the office of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme – South Asia (COSCAP-SA), responsible for improving the safety oversight capability of member states, among others, will be based in Bhutan from next year.

Head coach Norio Tsukitate sacked

Dramatic comeback falls short in 7- goal thriller

Football: The Bhutan Football Federation (BBF) had sacked head coach Norio Tsukitate after falling out with team manager Hishey Tshering during the match against Maldives yesterday.

Supreme Court lifts freeze on marriage certificate

Guidelines for marriage between Bhutanese and foreigners framed 

MC: The Supreme Court Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk yesterday directed the High Court to start processing Marriage Certificates (MC) for Bhutanese married to foreigners starting November 4 this year.

Fund for protected areas close to fruition

The initiative comes just as investments on conservation have been decreasing 

Conservation: Bhutan for Life initiative, a fund that would guarantee long-term protection of Bhutan’s parks and biological corridors (BCs), is steadily nearing its realisation.

Mamata Banerjee boosts business spirit

Business proposals flew and the contagious enterprising mood got the economic affairs minister approving a proposal on the spot

Conclave: More than five business proposals and funding were pitched one after another as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, urged delegates to come up with concrete outcomes from the two hours Business Conclave yesterday in Thimphu.

Poor status of biological corridors

Foresters call for its status to be at par with protected areas to prevent illegal activities 

Conservation: There is an urgent need to promote the status of the eight biological corridors (BC) to that of protected areas, if the protected area system in country is to thrive, a forestry and park services study stated.

Four e-taxi drivers switch cars, one sues dealer

Save for one, Thunder Motors has taken back all second hand electric-taxis 

Transport: Almost two months after they executed a legal agreement, four electric car drivers have returned their cars to the vehicle dealer, Thunder Motors while one has filed a case at the Thimphu district court.

Poor investment hampers conservation efforts

Critical conservation programs aren’t being pursued for want of enough funds

Resources: Bhutan may boast of having more than half the country under forest cover but conserving it is an uphill task, say foresters.

Kerosene subsidy lifted for industrial establishments

About 17 industries in Phuentsholing and Samdrupjongkhar will not get kerosene subsidy from January next year

Trade: Commercial industries in Phuentsholing and Samdrupkongkhar will not be entitled to the current 50 percent subsidy on kerosene starting January 2016.

The captain makes the final call

Aviation rules permit the captain to take decisions for the safety of all passengers 

Aviation: While many sympathised with the ailing passenger who was de-boarded by Drukair on September 25, those in the aviation industry maintain that the captain’s decision was correct.