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Trashigang records almost threefold hike in alcohol liver cases

10384932_758987880810144_8269192684289812253_nEmpty beer bottles stacked on the roadside in Bikha village

A pilot survey program on alcohol consumption at the village level is to be initiated soon Morbidity: Alcohol consumption related diseases and fatalities have been increasing in Trashigang, the annual morbidity reports maintained with Trashigang general hospital show. From 106 alcohol liver cases in 2010, the figures drastically increased to 310 cases in 2013.  This year, as of August, about 94 cases were registered.  Since 2010, 37 people have died with the highest, 15 death cases recorded in 2013. The reports further show that most [... Read More]

Chorten to be relocated for airport expansion

Drakpoi-JengserPreparation: Monks of Yongphula goenpa perform a fire ceremony as they prepare to relocate the 56-year-old chorten which was dismantled to make way for the Yongphula airstrip

Nine days and nine nights of rebuilding rituals were completed yesterday Yonphula: In what is a case of conflict between the old and new, a 56-year-old Khamsum Namgyal chorten was dismantled at Yonphula to make way for the airstrip expansion work recently. The 13-foot long Khamsum Namgyel chorten, which was built by Tokden Lama Karpo, father of Yonphula Rinpoche, in 1958, will be re-located at around 300m away from the runway.  Lama Karpo was one of the first five disciples of His Holiness Dudjom rinpoche. [... Read More]

The ambulance man – Beyond the call of BHU duty

IMG_5855 Lungten Norbu carries Sangay Lhamo to Nganglam hospital

Village health workers like Lungten Norbu in Mendrelgang are the unsung heroes of the sector Health: It is 7am, and someone is pounding on Lungten Norbu’s door. Lungten opens the door to find an elderly man standing in front of him. Dopa, 58, anxiously asks Lungten to come with him.  His wife has been suffering body aches since the night before. Lungten grabs his woollen medical bag and dashes out of his home.  He begins asking questions.  What did she eat last night? Five minutes [... Read More]

A man with a mission in the mountains

IMG_5363Sangay Tenzin

A hydromet engineer exhibits single-minded dedication to his task of GLOF mitigation Lakes: Lunana in September is cold, utterly cold.  There is rain and snow all day and nothing else.  Wind bites with fangs into skins. In a dank, claustrophobic room in Tenche, a village that a roiling river separates from Thanza, is a man in a blue Mammut jacket, looking at the weather records maintained by the person at the flood warning station. Sangay Tenzin from Tangmachu in Lhuentse is an engineer with the [... Read More]

Teams start returning, without medals

unnamed-3In Action: Tashi Norbu (blue) fights Eshan Rouzbahani of Iran yesterday

ASIAD: Some members of the national team competing at the XVII Asian Games at Incheon, Korea will start returning home starting tomorrow, without medals. After their competitions, the tennis and archery teams are the first to return. Tennis player Tandin Wangchuk lost to a Turkmenistan player in the first round of the men’s single match on September 24. The men’s archery team that played on September 23, Jigme Norbu and Kinley Tshering ranked 54 and 55, while Karma Tshering ranked 61 from 72 participants. In [... Read More]

Bhutan looks to cash in on Make in India initiative

DSC_4865Ambassador Gautam Bambawale and economy affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk during the live telecast of the launch of “Make in India” movement at Hotel Taj, Thimphu yesterday

The Indian embassy organised a viewing of the live telecast of PM Modi’s economic movement at Hotel Taj Economy: Bhutan is poised to benefit from the Indian government’s fast track economy development initiative, “Make in India”, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched yesterday in India, to make India a global manufacturing hub. Bhutan, being a close friend of India, with which 85 percent of the country’s trade takes place, the benefits of prosperity and strength of Prime Minister Modi’s initiative is bound to overflow into [... Read More]

Dungsum dogged by problems galore

IMG_0129Night view of Dungsam Cement Photo: DCCL

From the issuance of the BIS certificate to an ‘instigation’ issue among truckers DCCL: Since the commercialisation of Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL), only 14 percent of the production capacity has been utilised.  That’s according to the company’s record. DCCL, the largest cement plant in the country, officially began operation from January this year.  Sale is yet to pick up in the market. Chief executive officer (CEO), Dorji Norbu, said this was because of “various problems” that has affected the sale and the production, apart [... Read More]

Teenagers arrested for stealing mountain bikes

DSC01380Recovered: The stolen bikes

Crime: Tsirang police arrested two teenage boys for stealing two mountain bikes, one  from Damphu high school and the other from Damphu town. Police received the complaint on August 12 and August 17, but without a suspect, the case was not registered. The mountain bike which was lost from Damphu high school belonged to a contractor from Tsirang and the other stolen from the back of a hilux belonged to a civil servant working in Gelephu. The two mountain bikes cost 35,000 and 40,000 respectively. [... Read More]

The airlift option – Easier said than done

caveThe cave where the 41-year-old porter died en route Gasa

Update: The Indian army helicopter, deployed to airlift the man injured by archery in Lunana on September 23, had to return to India yesterday, as thick clouds hindered its journey to Lunana. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, who called a press briefing yesterday morning at the Lungtenphug helipad, said a smaller helicopter would be deployed today to airlift the man. He explained that, although weather was pleasant in Thimphu and Lunana, the helicopter could not travel to Lunana above Wangduephodrang and Punakha. “Bad weather conditions impeded [... Read More]

Trashigang’s thromde status hinges on Rangjung’s residents

IMG_20140922_150007Rangjung town

The township has 200 registered inhabitants and it needs 10,000 to qualify for class ‘A’ Township: With only about 200 registered residents, Trashigang thromde doesn’t qualify as a class ‘A’ thromde unless there is a registered population of 10,000 as mandated by the local government Act. For the town to develop, people, who own property in Rangjung, but have their census registered in their respective gewogs, have until December to transfer their census to Trashigang thromde. Located 18km away from Trashigang town, Rangjung impedes residents [... Read More]

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