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Day 5 for Bhutan medical team in Trishuli

10941520_690517891071406_1400531446057711975_nRelief: A member of the Bhutanese medical team, Dr Sonam Tobgay, attends to a wounded woman (Photo: DeSuung)

Quake: Bhutan’s medical team in Nepal has treated almost 400 earthquake victims, as of yesterday afternoon. The team treated 107 victims on April 30 and 66 as of 6:30pm, yesterday.  The team treated 217 victims in its first two days. The 63-member team, deployed to Nepal upon command of His Majesty the King, has been treating victims round the clock. Kuensel has learned that team members are working shifts of 12-14 hours each. It is also a huge advantage for both the team and patients [... Read More]

Village looks forward to new irrigation channel

athang...wooden-irrigation-water-channelThe traditional channel will be replaced by a new one

Irrigation: A rehabilitated irrigation channel that will cover the Lawa-Thaphu village in Athang is expected to be completed within the next two months. The rehabilitated channel will benefit 18 households. Lawa tshogpa, Tshering Dorji, said the new irrigation channel would not only save time and hard work as the wooden irrigation water channel had to be repaired and replaced every year but would also provide people with longer lasting system that will provide adequate water. He explained that traditionally drains were dug into the dirt [... Read More]

Road network in south Thimphu in dire need of maintenance

DSC08027In poor state: A patch along the Babesa road network

The poor road condition will see no improvement unless the division concerned takes charge Thromde: Lack of consensus between the urban road and drainage section and Asian Development Bank (ADB) project officials of Thimphu thromde has left the road network in south Thimphu crying for maintenance. The development of the internal road network in the extended municipal area in south Thimphu began since 2009, with financial support from ADB.  The extended municipal area in the south extends from Changjalu to Babesa near the Thimphu gate. [... Read More]

ILCS4Nepal – Students show solidarity with quake victims

unnamedILCS students wash cars to raise money

RUB: It was an unusually busy Zhabdrung kuchoe day for the first year students of the Institute of Language and Culture Studies in Taktse, Trongsa. If the day was auspicious, the students spent the day meaningfully and raised Nu 125,000 for the Nepal earthquake victims. But the students didn’t just go around asking for money.  Calling themselves ILCS4Nepal, the students stopped and washed cars, cooked and sold food.  They also screened a disaster horror film, Aftershock, directed by Nichlos Lopez. The institute’s home science group [... Read More]

Doctor Claus Brun- The man behind the Bhutan Denmark relationship

hmHer Majesty Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck with Dr Claus Brun in Denmark, 1969. Photo: Xenia Brun

When the world-renowned nephrologist Dr Claus Brun died last year, he left a patang and a dozum for Bhutan. According to his wife, Xenia Brun, her late husband bought the Bhutanese sword and the knife in Copenhagen from a person who had found it in London. Few weeks after his death, Mrs Brun sent the sword back to Bhutan. The sword came with a letter addressed to our Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck. In the letter dated November  13, 2014, she writes, “We always [... Read More]

Return of stranded Bhutanese being arranged

IMG_20150430_171257Bhutan4Nepal: Agencies and individuals have donated around 500 cases of bottled water to Nepal as of yesterday

Quake: There are around 70 Bhutanese still stranded in Nepal as a result of the April 25 earthquake, according to the Bhutan4Nepal control room chair, cabinet secretary Kinzang Wangdi. A list of 55 people was posted on the Bhutan4Nepal Facebook page, some with their mobile numbers in Nepal, so that contact with relatives or friends could be established. But it was also pointed out by the Bhutan4Nepal media focal person, Tshering Wangmo, that the number could change. The stranded Bhutanese will be evacuated by road [... Read More]

His Majesty grants audience to Desuung trainees

20150429-907A4267Audience: His Majesty the King with the 15th batch of Dessung trainees in Tencholing yesterday

Dessung: His Majesty the King granted an audience to the 15th Batch DeSuung trainees at the Military Training Center in Tencholing, Wangduephodrang. Addressing the 80 men and 41 women volunteers participating in the 15th DeSuung training programme, His Majesty spoke to the volunteers about the numerous concerns facing the country in the 21st century and of their own roles as DeSuups. “You are the guardians of peace, stability and happiness of our country, and the custodians of our National Identity,” His Majesty said. “Your character [... Read More]

Gomdar continues to depend on mandarin orange

IMG_0775Gomdar is the highest producer of orange in Samdrupjongkhar

Citrus greening may be a problem in many of the mandarin-growing areas in the country, but not in Gomdar   Agriculture: Villagers of Gomdar in Samdrupjongkhar are not worried about citrus greening disease that has affected the neighbouring gewog of Martshala. The villagers are being encouraged to grow other crops as some of the orange trees have started showing the symptoms of the disease. Agriculture extension officer Tsheten Dukpa said the vector that carries the disease has entered the village.  However, the disease has not tested [... Read More]

Coaching using stats

DSC_1117Coach Mike (centre) inspects a training session

The American coach sees potential in Bhutanese players Basketball: Team Spirits’ Karma Phuntsho scored 21 points, won six defensive rebounds, three offensive rebounds, seven assists and four steals in two games at the ongoing basketball B League. Unlike in the past, players will not have to surround the scorekeeper to check, for instance, how much he scored in a game, with basketball coach, Michael Andrew Behnke introducing the game statistics in Bhutanese basketball. The coach, commonly known as coach Mike, coaches the women’s national team and [... Read More]

24 central schools given official send-off

IMG_0129Wangbama Central School

PM and Indian ambassador present for formal launch at Wangbama CS, Genekha Education: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and India’s ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, formally launched the 24 central schools yesterday at Wangbama Central School in Genekha, Thimphu. Principals of all the 24 central schools across the country attended the launch. Although the central schools were formally launched only yesterday, academic session began in the schools since March this year.

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