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Bhutan’s medical team in Nepal expanded

11012194_692024840920711_5328524349533227709_oReinforcement: The additional 15-member team left yesterday on a charted flight to Nepal

800 cases of water delivered to Trishuli Relief: An additional 15 personnel have joined the 63-member Bhutanese medical team in Trishuli, Nepal. The additional team left the country yesterday on a chartered flight. Although the initial wave of patients requiring urgent treatment has subsided, the team welcomed the reinforcement. Today is the team’s ninth day in Nepal. The reinforced team has, in coordination with the Nepalese government, begun identifying places in which their services are urgently required to set up extended camps which would treat [... Read More]

2nd annual ICT conference held

_DSC2581The annual ICT conference in progress

Conference: The second annual ICT (information communications technology) conference for IT officers in the government and private sector ended yesterday. Speaking to more than a hundred IT officers, information and communications minister DN Dhungyel said their role was a crucial and critical one as ICT is an enabler for the entire government and economy. The world is changing at a rapid rate, said the minister, and Bhutan must keep up. He said ICT officers must ensure that strategies formulated by the government are implemented.

Turning waste into wealth

DSC_8200Workers filter waste at the compost plant

Biodegradable: Thimphu thromde’s compost plant is not only seeing an increase in biodegradable waste, but has also started churning out money from the waste, which the municipal office was overwhelmed with until recently. The compost plant in Serbithang receives about four tonnes of organic waste daily, except on Sundays.  This is an threefold increase compared with previous years. The increase in disposable or organic waste at the plant is attributed to the outsourcing of waste collection to a private firm, Greener Way, in January this [... Read More]

Fire in Thimphu destroys temporary sheds


Fire: Thirteen families lost all their belongings yesterday in a fire that gutted 13 temporary sheds at 3:50pm near the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) godown in Changzamtok, Thimphu. Most of the house owners were out for work when the incident happened. Thimphu police’s fire brigades department deployed two fire-fighting vehicles immediately. However, not much could be salvaged from the fire.

Stranded Bhutanese in Nepal reach home

DSC_0248Welcome home: Phuentsholing thrompon, Tsheten Dorji receives the stranded Bhutanese at the border gate

Quake: After about a 20-hour-long drive, 27 Bhutanese, most of them monks and nuns, arrived in Phuentsholing yesterday morning. The Phuentsholing dungkhag administration and the thromde arranged two buses that travelled to Panitanki, an Indian town that borders the Nepalese town of Kakkarvitta.  Bhutanese officials and customs officials in Panitanki received the stranded Bhutanese. Silliguri customs, central excise and service tax commissioner, Vandhana Deori, also personally met with the Bhutanese at the border.  They had been evacuated from Kathmandu at 6:50am and arrived at the border after [... Read More]

Another milestone for MHPA

IMG_5030Progress: Lyonpo Dorji Choden lays the saachu bumter at the dam site

Concreting of dam foundation begins Hydropower: Marking another milestone for the now the fastest hydropower construction in the country, Mangdechu project yesterday symbolically began concreting the foundation of the dam, bringing an end to river excavation work. In concreting the foundation of the dam, which will block the Mangdechu and divert it through the tunnels,  chief engineer, Karma Chophel, said about 0.45 million cubic metres or 80,460 truckloads of cement would be poured to build the dam, a piece of good news for market-less Dungsam [... Read More]

Mobile-home-switch system steals the show

IMG_0546Mobile-home-switch on display

Other handiwork of tech institutes were also on display at the Zorig Day celebration Innovation: Have a habit of forgetting to switch off lights when leaving for office?  Don’t worry.  The students of the Technical Training Institute (TTI) in Khuruthang, Punakha have a solution for it. A mobile home switch, jointly developed by students of technical institutes, was the highlight of the 14th Zorig Day celebration in Punakha yesterday. “You can switch off the light from office using your mobile phone,” said Passang Tshering, a [... Read More]

Bhutan to expand medical assistance to Nepal

11174513_464752390358222_4778334459737105544_oA long journey home: 27 Bhutanese stranded in Nepal following the April 25 earthquake reached Panitanki, Nepal-India border, customs office 9 pm yesterday after 14 hours drive from Kathmandu. Silliguri customs, central excise and service tax commissioner, Vandhana Deori received the Bhutanese at the customs office.

A 15-member team is expected to leave for Trishuli tomorrow Quake: Bhutan will increase its medical team in Nepal to 78 members, it was announced by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday. The team in Nepal, upon the command of His Majesty the King, is providing medical assistance to victims of the April 25 earthquake. An additional 15 members will travel to Nepal tomorrow.  The additional members will consist of DeSuups, medical specialists and health workers. The medical team also expanded its reach beyond Trishuli in [... Read More]

Three day Tarayana fair ends

IMG_5126Visitors try out traditional way of building a mud-rammed house

Fair: About 75 craftsmen from 82 self-help groups from rural communities around the country displayed their crafts, cultures, histories and traditions, during the Tarayana fair at the Centenary Park in Changlimithang, yesterday. The groups have been formed in rural communities to generate income by carrying out activities such as farming and various crafts. Groups from Mongar, Pemagatshel, Trongsa, Samtse, Dagana, Wangdue and Zhemgang were present at the fair. Unlike in the past, the fair this year had stalls in a village setting and live demonstrations [... Read More]

Mobile phone cinema festival launched

WWWLyonpo Norbu Wangchuk launches the Mobile Phone Cinema at Sherubtse

The aim is to provide a platform for amateurs to explore film making  Film: To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the People’s Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA) in collaboration with Sherubtse college launched the Mobile Phone Cinema (MPC) festival on May 2. The MPC festival involves shooting of short documentaries or films using a mobile phone. PICSA held their fourth event at Sherubtse College to coincide with the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Third Druk [... Read More]

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