At Gidakom: MDR TB patients see off a friend who had completed his treatment at the hospital
In most cases, this is due to patients discontinuing their treatment midway
Health: Although the increase in multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) cases could partly be due to good diagnostic services, public health officials find the surge from two cases in January to 27 in December 2013 at Gidakom hospital alarming.
Gidakom hospital’s TB ward has 28 beds and, except for one, MDR TB patients, who were diagnosed as resistant to the two main [... Read More]
SDP: The Government of India agreed to release Rs 1.8B for construction of 59 small development projects (SDP) under the 11th Plan.
The agreement was reached following a meeting held last week in Thimphu between Bhutanese foreign ministry officials with those of the Indian embassy.
Finance minister Namgay Dorji said work on the projects would begin as soon as they received the money.
“Unlike in the previous years, the government does not intend to pre-finance these [... Read More]
Accident: A Dzongkha lecturer and a laboratory assistant of the College of Science and Technology (CST) in Phuentsholing, died after they got buried under a mound of clay in Gedu on March 8.
Police said the men were digging inside a hole on a gentle slope about 12.30pm, when the earth loosened above and trapped them. The lecturer, Gyembo Dorji, died on the spot, while the lab assistant, Mindu Wangdi died on the way [... Read More]
Verdict: Gelephu dungkhag court sentenced a 41-year-old man to nine years imprisonment for raping a 17-year-old last month.
The accused, a contractor, was detained since October last year, after the victim’s parents lodged a complaint.
The office of attorney general that prosecuted the case said the accused had a physical relationship with the girl, who is also his relative, since July last year.
The accused denied the allegation, saying the victim was like a daughter to [... Read More]
Perhaps there is a need for creation of more and stronger awareness among the Bhutanese people on tuberculosis (TB).
This is felt particularly in the light of the sudden spike in the number of people requiring another treatment of the disease they thought they were cured of.
Public health officials’ recent findings show the growth of such patients more than doubled in 2013 compared with the year before.
Comprising mostly of school and college students, civil servants and [... Read More]
Alberto A Tassone at the fair
The stalls from Down Under drew the most crowds
Events: It was the Australian universities and educational institutions that mostly attracted Bhutanese students at the three-day Bhutan international education fair in Changlingmithang that ended yesterday.
There were nine universities and institutions present, including Curtin University and Stanley International College.
Participating for the second time, Melbourne Institute of Technology had run out of prospectus for its Melbourne campus.
A senior marketing consultant from the institute, Vivienne Helps, said [... Read More]
Thresh ‘em: Farmers at Yangtse begin the midday threshing
GDG: The gewog development grant (GDG) guideline stresses maximum use of the grant for food production and income generation activities, but most gewogs in Trashigang have instead proposed a bulk of the GDG for restoration of religious and cultural heritage sites.
About 39 percent of the total Nu 30M allocated for the 15 gewogs in Trashigang have been proposed for restoration of lhakhangs, monasteries, and mani dungkhor (prayer wheels), budget proposals submitted to the [... Read More]
The Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) is a kind of stabilisation measure undertaken by the government. It aims to inject an additional Nu 5B in the economy. It is more of the nature of supply side management to expand aggregate supply. Funds would be channeled through two routes of monetary and fiscal systems. The monetary channel is the primary channel, which aims to strengthen the capital base of financial institutions by Nu 4B and is expected [... Read More]
Subordinate debt Rs 2.1B to Financial Institutions (FIs)
An economic stimulus plan (ESP) has to be clearly focused on specific sectors and not broad-based. The current Plan spreads over 23 sectors and 58 subsectors. One must determine where the growth will arise from and thereafter answer questions on what the essential needs and support systems required to materialise that growth are. ESP cannot be a stand-alone program to stimulate growth. It has to be a combination [... Read More]
At the summit in Myanmar last week, the leaders of the seven BIMSTEC countries reviewed the progress and agreed to intensify cooperation within the BIMSTEC framework.
The leaders called for early finalisation of the framework agreement on the BIMSTEC free trade area, preferably by the end of 2014.
One of the main outcomes of the summit was the establishment of the BIMSTEC permanent secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh to monitor the group’s work. The secretariat, which is expected [... Read More]