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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 [... Read More]

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 [... Read More]

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, [... Read More]

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 [... Read More]

Flood damages property

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Update: The Amochu, which swelled because of heavy rainfall last night flooded the Bangay Bazar area and washed away seven huts while leaving two excavators completely submerged. A brick factory on the banks of Amochu was also flooded. Rescuers are trying to pull out the three school buses that were partially submerged in floodwater.       

Gov’t selects Airbus H130 helicopter

h130The Airbus H130 was found to be the most suitable for Bhutan Photo: Airbus Helicopters

Aviation: The government has selected the H130 chopper manufactured by Airbus to begin helicopter services in Bhutan. The government will purchase two H130 helicopters at a total cost of around Nu 459.9M (million) or USD 7.3M. Each helicopter will cost around Nu 226.8M or USD 3.65M. The H130 will be capable of fire fighting and medical evacuation besides transportation of passengers and cargo. The decision to select the H130 was made by the cabinet, yesterday, following which a letter of intent or a commitment to [... Read More]

Assessment finds multiple slides

IMG_6499-(1)MHPA lorries transport the steel rods below the DoR office where half of the road was washed away by the landslides

Loss still being assessed  Disaster: Trongsa dzongkhag officials are still assessing the scale of damage the torrential rain on June 26 caused in the dzongkhag. So far damages on four houses including damage on a two-storied traditional house in Denshing, Nubi gewog were reported. Residents of a three-storied building below the fuel depot, on the Zhemgang highway, have also been evacuated after sliding land damaged the house. The under-construction truck parking below the fuel depot suffered the worse damage as it was covered with tonnes [... Read More]

Constructions on wetlands rampant in Shongphu

mmexport1435666767168Houses constructed on wetlands in Chongthi

A team from the land commission is expected to inspect such activities soon Land: Shongphu gewog administration’s repeated reminders to stop constructions on the wetlands of Chongthi and Buna in Trashigang have gone unheeded. Shongphu gup, Kinzang Wangdi had again raised the issue recently at the annual gups conference and said that people remain adamant despite their reminders.  “Only one household approached the gewog but the national land commission didn’t permit the construction.” He said the villagers were also asked to put up applications to [... Read More]

Showing the best of singing mothers

IMG_0159From left: Tashi Wangmo, Tshewang Lham and Kezang Dema

Tradition: It was a different time altogether. Fifty-five-year-old Aum Tshewang Lham, Bhutan’s veteran singer, reflects with deep sense of loss. Tshewang Lham was a little girl from Tshangkha in Trongsa. She was five and herding cattle when she found her love – singing. The mother of three, Tshewang Lham, started singing almost professionally from the age of 12.  And her passion for singing grew with age. “I find solace in singing. This is what I would have pursued had I been given a chance in [... Read More]

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