BD to invest $1.0b in Bhutan hydropower

M Azizur Rahman Bangladesh is weighing a deal with Bhutan to invest around US$1.0 billion in hydropower in the landlocked country to re-import the electricity, officials said. It’s part of a regional power trade. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), an enterprise of the World Bank Group, has already assured the government of financing regional power…

Bhutan officially enters Guinness World Record

Thimphu: The Guinness World Records based in London, UK, yesterday officially awarded certificate to Bhutan for beating the Guinness world record by planting 49,672 trees in an hour over 25 acres of land on June 2 last year. About 133 certificates were awarded to the government, agriculture and forest ministry, 100 volunteers who planted the…

Injured Red Panda rescued, recuperating at Zoo

Guwahati: A small Asiatic softshell turtle and a red panda were rescued in Arunachal Pradesh and handed over for rehabilitation, officials said today. Two IRBN personnel rescued the softshell turtle (amyda cartilaginea) at Chimpu near here on Sunday and handed it over to Flago for rehabilitation, Itanagar Zoo curator Raya Flago said. The red panda…

Nepal declares energy emergency to end power crisis

The Nepalese government has declared an energy emergency in the country targeting an end to the ongoing power crisis within the next two years. It is the third time that the government has declared energy emergency in the last eight years — the previous declarations have ended in disappointment. Nepal is currently facing load-shedding of…

Bhutan triples medal tally from last SAG

SAG: Bhutanese athletes displayed impressive skills at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) in Guwahati and Shillong to win 16 medals at the games. As expected Bhutanese athletes grabbed medals in archery, boxing and taekwondo. Like in most of the previous international tournaments the country has taken part in, taekwondo was once again the discipline…

Bhutan wind powers on greener future

THIMPHU, Feb 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From wind power to biogas, bicycles and electric buses, Bhutan is exploring new ways to play its part in the global push to keep climate change in check. Last month, two wind turbines – the Himalayan mountain kingdom’s first – were inaugurated at Rubesa village in Wangduephodrang district,…

Myanmar parliament enters democratic era after 54 years

YANGON, Myanmar — After more than five decades of isolation and repressive military rule, Myanmar on Monday swore in hundreds of lawmakers in its first freely elected parliament. The inaugural session marked the start of a new era for Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which has been under army control since 1962. It follows a Nov. 8 election that saw Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San…