Bhutan denies the presence of ULFA militants on its territory; Bhutan’s PM pledges to provide 11,000 MW of power to India over the next decade; Infosys to train 100 Bhutanese graduates free of cost
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  • Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Ugyen Tshering, in the presence of the visiting India’s External AFFAIRS Minister S.M. Krishna has categorically denied the presence of ULFA militants in Bhutanese territory1.

    Bhutan’s Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley pledged to provide an additional 11,000 MW of power to India in the next 12 years to help meet the country’s growing energy demand.
    The announcement was made during interaction with a visiting delegation from the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The ICC president Sanjay Budhia on his part pledged all cooperation for Bhutan's economic development and added that the ICC would be eager to facilitate joint growth in sectors like education, health, agriculture and tourism2.

    Meanwhile, the Bhutanese daily, Kuensel reported that a hundred graduates had left the country to undergo intensive training in business processes and software development for six weeks. These skilled IT people, who will be trained for free, would eventually be employed in the country’s upcoming IT Park3.

    Reports indicated that the Bhutanese government had rejected the demand of three Indian companies who had proposed to employ only about 300 Bhutanese in the upcoming Punatsangchu project. The government was insisting that apart from electricity that will be shared and the revenue that will be generated, it was equally important that employment options for Bhutanese nationals in the process be guaranteed4.

    In other developments, Bhutan is set to delineate guidelines relating to its National Human Resources and Development Policy soon. The document, to be presented to the Cabinet soon, draws its inspiration from the Constitution, the Vision 2020 document, the DPT manifesto, 10th five-year plan and the draft economic policy, among other documents5.