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Bhutan embarks on eye bank venture

DSC_0140HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck and Dr Sanduk Ruit inaugurate the national eye bank at JDWNRH yesterday in Thimphu

On World Sight Day, HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck did the honours at its opening  Health: She had to be carried on the back for 10 days to reach Thimphu.  That was how the 48-year-old farmer from a remote village in Lunana was brought to the referral hospital for a cornea transplant. After being visually impaired for years, reaching Thimphu was not enough for Ugyen Pem.  She had to wait for more than three months for the cornea to arrive from Tilganga institute of ophthalmology, [... Read More]

His Majesty returns today from India visit

20141007-2C4A3006Their Majesties offer prayers at Rajgir Gridhkuta (Ja-Goed-Phungpoi-Ri) where Lord Buddha set in motion his second wheel of law

Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen are scheduled to arrive in the country today after a Royal visit to India. While in India, Their Majesties graced the Founder’s Day celebrations of Her Majesty’s old school, The Lawrence School, in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. Their Majesties also visited some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Bodhgaya (Dorji Dhen) and Varanasi, on the invitation of the government of India. In Bodhgaya, Their Majesties visited the Mahabodhi Temple, built on the site where Lord [... Read More]

Population growth shapes nation’s development pattern

DSC_0142Seminar participants discuss spatial pattern of socioeconomic wellbeing and regional disparity in Bhutan

Failure to take advantage of potential demographic dividend could dampen future prospects Seminar: What would Bhutan look like 25 years from now?  Very different, of course.  Taking current development indicators like rising youth unemployment, changing climate, depleting natural resources, increasing urban population… it is not very difficult to make an educated guess. By 2039, Bhutan’s population will have more than doubled.  It stands at 753,947 today.  As the country’s population increases, the challenges facing the country currently will also compound.  This requires the country to [... Read More]

Watershed moment for Punatsangchu II

DSC_0136Final moment: Dasho Sonam Tshering on the button that would blast the final chunk of rock

The first major event for the water conduct system between power intakes has been completed Hydropower: The Punatsangchu hydropower project authority II yesterday completed the first major event for water conduct system between power intakes that is connected to the de-silting chambers and head race tunnel (HRT). In a simple ceremony, the secretary for economic affairs ministry, Dasho Sonam Tshering pressed a button that blasted the final chunk of rock and connecting the de-silting chamber and the HRT. The water conductor system is 18km long, [... Read More]

Nationwide consultation on education underway

DSC_0091Sherig consultation: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and education minister Mingbo Dukpa launch the nationwide consultation to evaluate the country’s education system

As part of an ongoing review process in preparation for an Education Blueprint 2014-24 Feedback: In what could perhaps be the biggest to date, the education ministry yesterday launched a nationwide consultation that’s expected to galvanise the people in evaluating the country’s education system. The comprehensive month long consultation which will be done through field surveys, focus group and panel discussions, online forums, social media, interviews and zomdus is expected to reach more than 20,000 people across the country. After almost an hour long meeting [... Read More]

Living under the shadow of fear

IMG_0616All quiet: Norbugang village near the Gelephu-Sarpang highway

Neither Norbugang nor its now free abductees can breathe easy for the foreseeable future Kidnap: Norbugang village in Sarpang is quiet.  It is not yet dark.  The eerie silence here is heavy and ominous.  The Sarpang-Gelephu highway, just a few metres above the village, with no vehicles, is grey and deserted. Here, the villagers wind up their chores early, have a quick dinner, and go to bed, because it is not safe to stay up late.  Kidnappers could be lurking about. Chauri Maya Tamang, a [... Read More]

Doongmanma PS – A school on WFP life support

DSC_5955Food for thought: Feeding program has improved students’ attendance in school

The only way to keep students in attendance is to feed them two square meals daily Education: Students of Doongmanma primary school don’t go to school for education alone. Since 2008, the school started providing two meals a day through the World Food Program (WFP), which, according to school authorities, was a blessing. The meals, besides improving their health, also brought tremendous change in the students’ attendance.  The school is located in Doongmanma chiwog under Lauri gewog in Jomotshangkha dungkhag. Principal Sangay Dorji said, in [... Read More]

The “Imagine Civil Society” dialogue

IMG_0651Participants discuss the role of civil society

Discussion on some of the unanswered questions of what a CSO really is BCMD: Civil society organizations (CSO) in an emerging democracy like Bhutan need to work together for them to play their role of bringing changes and filling up gaps that are left unattended. The roles and need of civil society were discussed yesterday during the “Imagine Civil Society” dialogue that the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy had organised. The dialogue, which ends today, also discussed some of the unanswered questions of what [... Read More]

Work on Khitsang underway

DuksumOn track: Ancillary works in progress

More than half the infrastructure is in place and it’s due to be completed by next August Township: Installation of basic infrastructure for Khitsang township in Trashiyangtse is expected to be completed by the third week of August next year. More than 50 percent of infrastructural works, like the internal urban road network, sewer pipelines and water supply, have already been completed. Trashiyangtse’s municipal engineer, Jigme Tshewang, said formation cutting of 5.3km internal road has been completed, and a 2km trench to lay water pipes [... Read More]

Cataract surgery camp treats 196 elderly patients

eye-camp-2Eye camp: Health officials distribute steroids and antibiotics to the patients

This was a first by the Himalayan Cataract Project for the east HCP: About 196 elderly patients underwent senile cataract surgeries at Trashigang general hospital during the two-day cataract surgery camp that ended yesterday. Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), a non-governmental organisation for eye care that has been supporting Bhutan since 2000, organised the surgery camp in collaboration with the health ministry. A surgical team from Nepal conducted the surgeries, where people from all the six eastern dzongkhags availed the service.  Patients were screened from villages [... Read More]

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