Monday, April 21st, 2014 - 5:29 AM

Phuentsholing residents observe WH Day

pic-a-world-health-dayCampaign: Phuentsholing residents and students clean the town as they observed the World Health Day yesterday

Health: Phuentsholing residents and students observed the World Health Day (WHD) yesterday with a massive cleaning campaign.

This year’s theme for the WHD was Vector-borne diseases: know before you travel.

Vector-borne diseases are becoming a global concern. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk said about 70 percent of the population lives in malaria risk areas like Sarpang, Samdrupjongkhar, Samtse, Chukha, Dagana, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang. These dzongkhags experience malaria transmission throughout the year.

“The theme is timely as we’re [... Read More]

Renovation of Paro Ta dzong begins

IMG_4658Paro Ta Dzong

Museum: Works on renovating the national museum in Paro has begun exactly 365 years after it was first built by the half brother of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, La Ngonpa Tenzin Drukda.

The museum hosted in the famous watchtower, Ta dzong, had suffered severe damage during the 6.9 magnitude September 18, 2011 earthquake, which had its epicentre in Sikkim. The Ta dzong was converted into museum in 1967.

Uniquely designed in the shape of a conch-shell, [... Read More]

SJ residents look to Dewathang for houses

IMG_20120103_024204The few buildings in Dewathang are used as offices

Housing: With the housing crunch getting worse in Samdrupjongkhar town, people are now looking for a place to stay in Dewathang, about 18km uphill drive from the town.

Tired of living in stores, as paying guests, and even in hotels, those without a house said it would be better travelling from Dewathang if they found a decent house.

A driver with the dzongkhag, Ugyen Gyalley had been living as a paying guest with a family [... Read More]

Restitution verdict leaves 12 aggrieved

DSC02486Gyalpoizhing town

Update: Mongar’s district court verdict that says the 12 building owners in Gyalpoizhing should forfeit their property to the state has left the building owners in a difficult situation.

Of the 75 land restitution cases in relation to Gyalpoizhing land allotment problem, the district court since last year has passed judgment against 72 cases.

According to the verdict, of the 16 buildings in the current township, twelve building owners have to restitute their buildings to [... Read More]

Irrigation channel to bring back life to fields

IMG_9197Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the renovated Khamdang irrigation channel yesterday

Agriculture: About 2,500 acres of arable land, which went fallow for want of water is expected to come back to life with renovation of Khamdang irrigation channel, inaugurated yesterday, nears completion.

The 11.4km concrete irrigation channel was built in 1976 under the command of His Majesty fourth King.

Renovation works like improving the dilapidated cracked concrete drain and construction of retaining walls began in 2012.

The channel is diverted from Buyang water source and meanders down [... Read More]

Phuentsholing still prone to dengue

DSC01480About 64 local residents and agencies attended the advocacy workshop

Health: Most dengue cases in Phuentsholing last year were reported in Pasakha and the core town area, records with the Phuentsholing general hospital show.

Dengue cases from these areas has been attributed to pollution from the industries, automobile workshops, and scrap dealers, hospital officials who conducted a survey said.

The report was presented at the dengue and other vector borne diseases advocacy workshop for local residents and agencies on April 5.

Phuentsholing hospital’s Dr Jimba Jatsho [... Read More]

Thimphu City suffers its first defeat against Yeedzin

DSC_0027A City player rushes for the ball after the Yeedzin equaliser for a quick restart

Football: Thimphu City FC suffered its first defeat in the second round of the on going Thimphu ‘A’ division league.

Yeedzin FC inflicted the defeat beating them 3:2 and replaced Drukstar FC in the fourth place with 10 points from seven games. Drukstar FC is however just a point behind.

City’s winger Biren Basnet, opened the score in 25th minute when he perfectly intercepted a cross from the right hand side to beat the Yeedzin [... Read More]

What next for Ed City secretariat, employees?

MeetOn record: Lyonchhoen responds to education city-related issues that local reporters raised at Thimphu Dzongkhag Tshogdu hall yesterday

Update: Although the Education City chapter is closed, as far as the project is concerned, the fate of its secretariat and the team remain uncertain with the government still undecided on how to go about hereafter.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said they would have to look into it.

“Considering the work at hand and the new developments, we will see whether a full-fledged secretary is required or not,” lyonchhoen, at eighth meet the press session [... Read More]

Thimphu’s to-do list

DSC_0054Prime Minister signing the agreement with Thimphu dzongda Lhab Dorji

Signing: The capital district, by this time next year, should produce four metric ton of paddy, one and half metric ton of wheat, five metric ton of vegetables, five metric ton of milk and one metric ton of yak meat.

This was what Thimphu pledged to fulfill food and nutrition security, as the dzongda signed the performance agreement with the Prime Minister yesterday.

The dzongkhag will also install a two-kilometre electric fencing and construct three-kilometre [... Read More]

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