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Blasting did not cause cracks: Investigation

 Mining: A recent investigation carried out using ground vibration measurement instruments concluded that blasting at the four mine and quarries in Gidaphu are within safe limits, and does not have any damaging consequences on the structures nearby. The investigation was carried out for three days during which six blasts were carried out.  Of the six, the instrument picked up only three instances of blasting, the report states. The report, however, states that the equipment used did not have the capability to measure sound.  The sound [... Read More]

Companies get a rap on the knuckles

They’ve been warned for not regularising workers with them for more than six months Labour: Labour officials from the regional office in Samdrupjongkhar have warned companies in Pemagatshel for not regularising temporary workers, who have worked more than six months with the companies. Officials have notified the companies to provide details of the number of temporary workers, and justify why they were not regularised. The regional office, during a routine awareness campaign, last week, found out that most of the workers are not aware about [... Read More]

‘Exorbitant’ electricity bills leave Phangkhar aghast

Huge lump sum amounts for months on end have been claimed from this rural gewog BPC: Gewog officials of Phangkhar in lower Kheng, Zhemgang, wrote to Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) officials to reassess and reduce electricity bills, after BPC charged lump sum amount of Nu 1,500 to Nu 9,000 for eight to 12 months. Those households fall under low voltage users, meaning they will get 100 units free electricity. Phangkhar gup, Rinchen Lungten, said BPC officials did not respond to the gewog’s complaint, but they [... Read More]

Motithang residents want cell phone tower relocated

IMG_20140831_175707Children play in front of the tower in question

They fear the close proximity of emissions may have an ill effect on their health Radiation: A group of Motithang residents are concerned that the radiation being emitted by a cell phone tower located in their neighbourhood is causing them ill health. Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel confirmed that residents living near the Druk Holding and Investments office in Motithang had submitted such a complaint. “It was also reported that the case was submitted to Bhutan Telecom (BT) for their intervention and consideration for [... Read More]

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Loud and clear: Rinchen Kuenphen students who made their own sports equipment from waste for the annual school sports meet drives home the message of managing waste    

Local leaders relent to sign agreement

They did so after a briefing on the government performance management system by Gasa dzongda Compact: Local leaders of Gasa on August 29 signed the performance compact with Gasa dzongda, after they were convinced that there were alternatives to achieve targets even without budget in the current fiscal year. Gups refused to sign the agreement earlier, saying there wasn’t budget for some of the agreed works reflected in the agreement, and insisted on a review of the compact. Khatey gup, Pema Dorji said that they [... Read More]

The Mongarpa who fought a bear

Wildlife: Sixty-two-year-old Ugyen is the talk of Robtangkhar village, Ngatsang gewog in Mongar, after he fought a bear in a surprise encounter. The farmer, who rears cattle with his daughter at a brangsa (cattle shed) near Korilla, met a bear while searching for his lost cow on August 6. Ugyen was returning to his shed as it was getting dark, when suddenly he heard some noise by the path.  On closer look, he saw a black bear attacking his cow.  He rushed to rescue the [... Read More]

Gewog struggles without BHU

DSC_5686Village doctor: Budhiman tends to a fellow villager

Unfortunately, due to its low population, it does not qualify for one, as per health policy Samrang: Falling sick in Samrang gewog is an extra burden.  The remote gewog doesn’t have a basic health unit (BHU).  The nearest health centre is an hour’s walk away, in the neighbouring gewog, Pemathang. Hot and humid, the weather makes people prone to common illnesses.  The 98 people living in the gewog depend on a village health worker, whom they call their saviour. The volunteer, Budhiman Rai, 50, was [... Read More]

KTP wins 18th Yangphel open archery tournament

IMG_2499Chief guest Ashi Sonam Wangmo Yugyal present the Rolling Trophy to team ‘KTP Construction’

Archery: Much to the surprise of spectators, KTP construction won the 18th yangphel open archery tournament on Saturdat, August 30. The team, which was in the last position till the eighth round surprised spectators who came to watch the game at Changlingmithang and live on BBS television by scoring several points from the ninth round and won two sets consecutively. KTP competed with Pelden Group and Yanki Auto. Pelden Group led till the fourth round and completed one set. From the fifth round, Yanki Auto [... Read More]

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Honours: Two Bhutanese contestants won medals at the 48th Asian Bodybuilding, Fitness and Physique Sports championship held in Macau yesterday. (From left) Yeatoeh Lhamo Penjore won bronze in the women’s model physique category. Sangay Tsheltrim won bronze in the men’s athletic physique category and Tandin Wangchen came fourth in the super heavy weight category.    

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