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Amochu flood leaves seven families homeless

DSC_0126Aftermath: A resident, Tshering Dema searches through the debris of her damaged hut after the Amochu flooded the area yesterday in Phuentsholing

No help has come from the authorities so far

Flood: The Amochu, which flooded the Bangay Bazar area yesterday morning in Phuentsholing, left behind seven families with no homes.

While sweeping away their homes, the floodwaters also flooded a brick factory and submerged two excavators and three school buses downstream.

As the water level started receding through the evening, worries engulfed the seven families who lost their makeshift houses and shops at the embankment near Phuentsholing’s Youth Development Fund building.

While some had found refuge at their friends and relatives’ houses, some were still strolling the area in disbelief and without a place to go.


Second round of mass plantation

IMG_1008The dead saplings are being replaced by the thousands

Forestry: At least 50 percent of the 49,672 trees planted below Kuenselphodrang on June 2 that entered Bhutan into the Guinness Book of World Record have died.

The saplings were planted in an attempt to enter the record book for planting the most number of trees in an hour.

While some trees have completely died and are uprooted, some have partially dried and many pits where the saplings were planted are empty. Four pipelines run down the hill with few splitters in between, sprinkling water pulled from the Buddha point.


23 RBA personnel to rebuild Tongchudrak bazaam

TrongchudrakTongchudrak is about 10 hours walk from Gasa Photo: Gasa dzongdag

Update: On the command of His Majesty the King, 23 Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) personnel from Tencholing military training centre in Wangduephodrang reached Gasa on June 30 to rebuild the Tongchudrak bazaam that connects Laya with Gasa.

Following the outburst of Lemthang tsho (Lake) in Laya on June 28, the wooden bridge at Tongchudrak, which is about 10 hours walk from Gasa was of the six bridges that was washed away.

Gasa dzongdag, Dorji Dhradhul said after reaching Gasa, seven of the 28-army personnel have left for Tongchudrak the same day, while the rest left yesterday.


Industries earn more INR than other sectors: Industrialists

INR: That Bhutan should export more to ease the shortage of Indian Rupee (INR) is evident from the export performance of the industry sector.

Last year, about 34 industries exported goods worth Rs 11.5 B and another USD 48B to India and third countries. But after deducting the expenses on import of raw materials, the net INR inflow generated last year was Rs 3.7B and the net inflow of hard currency was about USD 33M.

In 2013 net INR inflow from these industries was Rs 6.8B and net hard currency inflow was USD 24M.


Regional trade office’s service delivery irks business owners

mmexportBusiness owners throng the RTIO at Changzamtog

Trade: The government’s effort to deliver public services in a seamless and accessible manner is not working if the long queues for license renewal at the Thimphu regional trade and industry office (RTIO), Changzamtog, are any indication.

For the last few days, business license holders have been queuing since dawn for hours every day to ensure that they are among the first 60, who are issued the tokens everyday.  The RTIO issues slightly over 60 tokens a day, the number they can handle until 3pm, after which the revenue collected has to be deposited in the bank.


Below the rim

After all the support and attention football received for their success in the World Cup qualifying games, we shouldn’t expect other tournaments or sports to take the backstage.

But the national basketball team which left the country today to take part in an international tournament didn’t receive enough support and good wishes.


Interbank online payments from next year

The government is currently developing an e-payment gateway that will inter connect all local banks for online transactions

ICT: By next year, you should be able to pay for public services using only a mobile phone, irrespective of which bank you’re a customer of.

By the following year, all kinds of payments, irrespective of bank, could become available.

As part of an effort to enable cashless transactions, the government is currently developing an e-payment gateway. The first phase of this gateway, which will include only G2C (government to citizen) and G2G (government to government) services that require payment by the citizen, is expected to be ready by June, next year.


Investigation on to trace the payment for incinerators

The amount the thromde deposited into an account never reached the firm in Bangkok 

Thromde: Investigations are on to trace the USD 85,000, about Nu 4.93M that the Thimphu Thromde transferred into an account of a firm in Bangkok, Thailand, but which never got deposited.

The thromde had floated a tender to revamp the incinerator at the cremation ground in the city and a firm in Bangkok called Benjamin heating system, had won the bid for USD 170,000.


I have only good memories to take back: Rahmatullah Ahsani

IMG_2262Rahmatullah Ahsani

Education: When most of the Bhutanese students are going abroad for higher studies, a young lad from Afghanistan, Rahmatullah Ahsani, has come to Bhutan to study.

Rahmatullah Ahsani was 20 when he first reached Bhutan. It was in 2012. He was to spend three years at Gaeddu College of Business Studies studying Bachelors of Commerce.

The winding roads, richly-forested land and rice with emadatsi were the biggest cultural shocks for Rahmatullah Ahsani, to say nothing about the curious weather in Gedu.


Not the best prep for the big game

basketThe national team visits Dechenphu lhakhang before the tournament (Photo courtesy: BFF facebook page)

Basketball: The national basketball team left today for the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) championships in Bangalore, but not in their best mood.

The players were asked to manage with their own money for now, as the Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF) couldn’t deliver the DSAs for the 12 players as they leave for the tournament today. The players are unhappy for not getting the 80 percent advance daily subsistence allowance (DSA).

Although officials from the federation deny the existence of such issues within the team, players told Kuensel that there is a lack of initiative from the federation.