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Disaster management in dire need of funds


The department is still soliciting funds to set up a national emergency operation centre DDM: More than a year after the enactment of the Disaster Management Act, the disaster management department (DDM) is still soliciting funds to establish a national emergency operation centre. The centre is a critical component of the national disaster management system and the disaster management authority led by the Prime Minister has asked DDM to establish it at the earliest. Establishing a centre with the capacity to cover the whole country [... Read More]

Indo-Bhutan friendship rally ends in Thimphu

unnamedRally participants at the Clock Tower in Thimphu

Prize distribution to be held today at the clock tower square. Celebration: The 5th Indo-Bhutan friendship car rally, which started from Siliguri on February 3 arrived at the clock tower square, Thimphu yesterday completing the 870 kilometer race. The three-day rally saw a total of 18 cars participating including a female team from Kolkota. But the winners will be announced only today. The Secretary General of Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association and the chief organiser of the rally, Jay P Majumdar, said that except for two new [... Read More]

Wangdue dzong construction well in progress

1463051_1031734693520007_745115656224546364_nShowing progress: Workers installing the main door of Kuenray (File photo)

The overall work is painfully slow, posted the prime minister Heritage: In a simple ceremony last week, project officials of Wangduephodrang dzong reconstruction project, installed the main door and two rabseys of the kuenray, an indication of the work progress. The progress, however, didn’t impress Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, who visited the construction site a few days after the ceremony.  Following the visit, lyonchhoen posted on Facebook: “The good news is that the main door and two ‘rabseys’ of the Kuenrey are now up. The [... Read More]

BOiC approves 149 projects in the east

IMG_9637Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk at the inauguration of the BOiC regional office

The approval was granted at the inauguration of a regional office in Trashigang Business: Business Opportunity and Information Center (BOiC) approved 149 project in the six eastern dzongkhags during the inauguration of its regional office in Trashigang yesterday. BOiC received about 500 project proposals from the six eastern dzongkhags alone.  While 72 projects were from Trashiyangtse, 22 were from Lhuentse, 21 from Mongar, four from Samdrupjongkhar and three from Pemagatshel. Chief executive officer of BOiC, Karma Tshering, said their office in Thimphu was overwhelmed with [... Read More]

Highlanders go the Gouda way

P8030006-2A livestock official demonstrates how the edges are trimmed before the cheese is packed and sold off

The profit from the Dutch cheese is far higher than that of their usual milk and cheese Merak/Sakteng: The highlanders of Merak and Sakteng, famous for fermented or smelly cheese, have ventured into a new product.  They are making Gouda cheese from yak milk. Gouda cheese made from cow’s milk, named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands, is one of the most popular cheeses worldwide. Started about two years ago, the highlanders have found Gouda cheese as a good source of cash income.  [... Read More]

Think globally and act regionally to stand up to climate change: PM

DSC_4259Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Global warming clock is ticking faster than mitigating measures are being implemented Environment: If at all climate change is to be fought, the entire Himalayan region needs to come together and work together for a common goal.  Only then can the rising temperature and melting or retreating glaciers be controlled. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said this at the Himalayan Third Pole Circle Meeting in Thimphu yesterday. In his keynote address, the lyonchhoen said, regardless of what various studies predict, the fact was that, in Bhutan, [... Read More]

Local rice production picking up

IMG_2624FCB has so far collected 185MT Chuzargang rice

Grains: Chuzagang rice will soon become available in the market. A rice mill at Chuzagang in Sarpang was officially started on April 20 last year. Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) regional manager Ugyen Choidup said that they managed to collect only 26 metric tones (MT) of rice from farmers, last year, whereas they have already collected 185MT of rice so far, this year. “Few weeks back we collected around 185MT of rice and we are still collecting it from the farmers,” he said. He added [... Read More]

Inconsistent roadblock timings frustrate travellers

DSC_4175Public buses are delayed by hours because of the blocks

Travellers also say that the timings are risky as they have to rush to the next block Traffic: Commuters plying along the Thimphu-Wangdue highway are complaining about the roadblocks caused by the widening works being carried out by the Department of Roads (DoR). The problem has been compounded by lack of proper public information on the roadblocks. Commuters say the timings of the road blocks have been changing frequently and that they have to wait at the blocks for hours. Businessman Kinley was heading to [... Read More]

GoI commits funds to build fire fighting capabilities

DSC_4108The ground breaking ceremony for the construction was held yesterday

AID: The Indian government has funded the construction of family and officer quarters for police personnel at a cost of Nu 76.4M. Under the Project Tied Assistance project for infrastructure development, the Indian government’s support will see the construction of 24 units of family quarters and two units of officer quarters at the Changzamtog fire station. This will cost Nu 33.6M. A four-unit family quarter at the Mothithang fire out post and the construction of fire stations in Paro, Punakha, and Trongsa are also covered [... Read More]

Bhutan and the Big C

IMG_7400Health Check: Elderlies who spend their time circumambulating the Memorial Chorten in Thimphu get their blood and sugar levels tested during an awareness event on preventing cancer yesterday.

Among the cancers prevalent in the country, stomach comes first followed by cervical WCD: She still has a few more sessions to go, though Karma, 47, in the last decade has undergone six chemotherapy sessions. Karma was 35 when she was first diagnosed with cervical cancer.  Since then, her life has been put on constant medical check ups and medications.  She was also referred several times to Calcutta, India for further treatment. She is one of the lucky survivors of cervical cancer. Yesterday, as Bhutan [... Read More]

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