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Crying need for detox centre

DSC_3483Teamwork: YDF President, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck meets key officials in Thimphu to bring agencies together in addressing the chronic problem of substance abuse in the country

A rehab unit without one lacks the necessary first step to a complete cure  Abuse: With the health ministry diverting the budget for the planned detoxification centre to build the mother and child hospital, Bhutan could already be losing its fight against drug and alcohol abuse. This development has come at a time when the country has just renewed its efforts to address this growing problem of substance abuse that has, since 2001, sent almost 5,000 people behind bars. Calling it the biggest issue confronting [... Read More]

Fuelwood consumption shoots through the roof

unnamed-11Thimphu residents queue with jerrycans for kerosene at the fuel depot in Thimphu

Kerosene, on the other hand, has shown a steady decline over the years Resource: Over the last three years, fuelwood consumption in the country has increased almost tenfold. From just 474 truckloads of fuelwood in 2011, the consumption has sharply increased to 4,478 truckloads in 2012, and 4,108 truckloads in 2013.  Last year, 390 additional truckloads of fuelwood from the Natural Resource Development corporation (NRDCL) were supplied for commercial purpose in urban areas. NRDCL officials said industrial wood demand has also increased over the years. [... Read More]

Swiss software company to upscale operations at IT park

IT Park: In another welcome move for the IT park, a Swiss company piloting there plans to upscale operations and form a highly skilled Bhutanese team of software engineers. The company, Selise, is a software company that develops web applications for start up companies but its major source of income is from developing applications for multinational companies in the insurance, telecom and government sectors. It also has operations in Bangladesh, Europe and the USA. This development comes on the heels of another software company from [... Read More]

Mandarin exports exceed last year’s figures

unnamedAn overview of mandarin export depots on the bank of the Amochhu in Phuentsholing

Trade: Despite frequent strikes in the bordering Indian states and Bangladesh, mandarin exports have already exceeded last year’s figures. As of last week, around 15,000 MT of mandarin has been exported to Bangladesh since November, last year. About 12,791 MT of mandarin was exported to Bangladesh between the end of 2013 and early 2014. Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) officials said mandarin exports have been going smoothly these days with the situation improving in the border towns. The market in Bangladesh, according to BEA, is not [... Read More]

FCB quarterly supply to schools to ensure quality

DSC07203The warehouse in Phuentsholing has started receiving the schools’ stock for the first quarter

This reverting to an earlier system is the result of a demand from school authorities at the AEC CPS: All schools should check the quality of Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) supplied  consignments on a quarterly basis. The decision is a follow up on issues school authorities raised at the annual education conference (AEC) in Punakha last month.  The issues were raised, while deliberating on the school-feeding programme under the centralised procurement system (CPS). FCB took over the centralised procurement of nine food items last [... Read More]

Four sentenced for armed robbery

Crime: Two minors and two students were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three and half years to five years for armed robbery by the Tsirang district court on January 23. The sentenced are between the ages of 17 and 20. They were found guilt of having robbed a group of labourers in Reserbroo on January 1. The main culprit, a repeat offender and also a school drop out and his accomplice, also a school drop out, were given a prison term of three and [... Read More]

Five dzongs nominated for World Heritage list

5.-View-of-dukhang-and-adjoining-structures-of-Wangduephodrang-Dzong-from-first-courtyard-taken-by-JC-White-in-1905View of the Wangduephodrang Dzong courtyard taken by JC White in 1905 Photo: Assessment Report, Department of Culture

Culture: The Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Paro, Trongsa and Dagana dzongs have been nominated for the first ever World Heritage tentative list of Bhutan, The culture department’s conservation of heritage sites division head, Nagtsho Dorji, said the UNESCO has encouraged the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritages around the world. “The five dzongs witnessed significant political events and cultural development throughout the history after the unification of the country,” Nagtsho Dorji said. She explained that these dzongs have witnessed important historical events and continue [... Read More]

Athang connected by farm road

unnamed-1The village of Zawa

Connectivity: More than 17 households of Zawa chiwog have been connected to the Athang gewog center in Wangduephodrang with a farm road inaugurated, yesterday. The cost of constructing the road was Nu 830,000 and was funded through the gewog development grant (GDG). The 2.7 km road was constructed by the Zawa community contract group that is comprised  of village members, and took one month and eight days to complete. The road will connect two villages of Zawa chiwog, Zawa and Yultama and about 17 households. [... Read More]

Thromde to increase community participation to keep Thimphu clean

Waste: The thromde along with the city’s tshogpas will require Thimphu residents to conduct a cleaning campaign of different zones of the city every weekend, starting with Taba residents today. According to a thromde official, Yeshi Wangdi, the objective is to have the community participate in keeping the environment clean because there is minimal community participation when it comes to waste management. At least one person from each household will have to volunteer to clean the surrounding areas of their residence. The volunteers will be [... Read More]

Five students detained for Dharina burglary

They had sold the copper from the stolen wires to two scrap dealers in Dechencholing Crime: Thimphu police have arrested five students of Dechencholing middle secondary school for malicious mischief and larceny, in connection with the theft of electrical wires in Dharina, above Dechencholing, Thimphu. According to the building owner, Karma Jimba, electrical wires and miniature circuit breakers (MCB) worth over Nu 500,000 were stolen from a building that was under construction. Police found that the first break-in happened on January 15, followed by another [... Read More]

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