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Beri beri outbreak confirmed in Gomphu LSS

Suspected to be due to low thiamine content in the diet fed to the school’s students Nutrition: Low thiamine content in the meals that Gomphu lower secondary school (LSS) fed to its students was confirmed to be the cause of peripheral neuropathy in 35 students last week in Zhemgang. The health team from Thimphu, who were in Gomphu LSS for five days to investigate the suspected outbreak of peripheral neuropathy, confirmed that all 35 students lacked thiamine, vitamin B1. The preliminary investigation report was presented [... Read More]

Nine years for rape of minor

Crime: A 34-year-old man in Punakha was convicted to nine years imprisonment yesterday morning for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year old girl. The Punakha district court verdict stated that the man was charged for rape of a minor, in contravention of section 184 of the penal code, which is a second-degree felony. The girl said that it was consensual, as stated by the man.  However, she said she agreed to the relationship as he had assured of marrying her.  The man had told [... Read More]

Street View service for Bhutan launched

Screen-shot-2014-10-23-at-11.16.21-PMVirtual street: Over 3,000 kilometres of 360 degree panorama imagery of Bhutan is available for viewing on Google Maps Street View

The online facility is expected to provide a fillip to tourism promotion, among others Google: You can now stroll through Paro or Trongsa town without leaving your seat in Thimphu.  That is, a virtual stroll using Google Maps Street View. Google inc launched its street view service for Bhutan in Thimphu, yesterday. The service allows anyone with an internet connection to view 360 degree panoramas of over 3,000km of scenery along Bhutan’s roads.  This includes streets within Thimphu, Paro, and Trongsa. The viewer can navigate [... Read More]

Renovating Trashigang dzong

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The structure is being rebuilt with a Nu 190M fund from the government of India Heritage: Straddling a ridge overlooking the Drangmechu in Trashigang is the massive 355-year old Trashigang dzong.  This fortress of the auspicious mountain was built in 1659 by the third desi Chogyal Minjur Tempa, after uniting the whole of eastern Bhutan under Sharcho Khorlo Tsibgay. The fourth desi Tenzin Rabgye expanded the dzong significantly between 1680 and 1694.  Centuries later, in the 1950s, Trashigang dzongpon, Sey Dopola, commissioned the restoration of [... Read More]

Six sentenced to life for chorten vandalism

Crime: Punakha district court sentenced six men to life imprisonment in connection with chorten vandalism yesterday afternoon. The men were aged between 21 and 31 years.  Except  for a taxi-driver, the rest were unemployed and lived in their villages. They were involved in vandalising four chortens in Barp and Tewang gewogs on different occasions earlier this year. Of the six, one was involved in the vandalising four chortens, two on one account, and another two for vandalising three chortens.  The chortens vandalised were Shang-nga Dartong-goenpa [... Read More]

Bhutan to bridge digital divide by 2020

This is in line with ITU’s Connect 2020 vision, which the country has endorsed Conference: By 2020, Bhutan will bridge its digital divide, at least in terms of internet broadband connectivity. This was revealed by the information and communications minister, who attended the 19th International Telecommunications Union (ITU) plenipotentiary conference, being held in Busan, South Korea. The plenipotentiary conference is an event, held every four years, where ITU member states decide on the future role of the organisation. “We’re confident that by 2020, more than [... Read More]

Concerns of school principals

Education: Zhemgang higher secondary school and Sonamthang middle secondary school in Panbang will function as central schools from the 2015 academic session. This was announced at the 21st dzongkhag principal coordination meeting, which ended yesterday in Zhemgang dzongkhag headquarter for 30 principals and four education officers. Zhemgang’s deputy chief for education (DEO), Sangay Chophel, explained that, although an autonomous school, Zhemgang HSS was selected to be the central school as it is located in the town. “If the central school is in town, many students [... Read More]

PM inaugurates Dungsam Cement

unnamed-36Inauguration: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurated the Dungsam cement Plant in Nganglam yesterday

More than three decades after its initial planning, the plant is finally up and running DCCL: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay inaugurated Dungsam Cement corporation ltd (DCCL) in Nganglam yesterday. The country’s largest cement plant started commercial operations since January this year under the brand name of Dragon cement.  DCCL currently produces ordinary portland cement (OPC) and portland pozolona cement (PPC). Located in Chenkari, about 5km from existing Nganglam town, DCCL was incorporated in 2009 under the companies Act as a wholly owned subsidiary of Druk [... Read More]

Mongar squatters wonder where to go

unnamed-37Encroachment : About 100 families reside on government land

Now that they’ve been evicted from govt. land, 100 families have no place to stay Eviction: The 100 families, who have been living on government land in Mongar, are worried about finding a place to move to, after the dzongkhag ordered them to dismantle their homes by December end this year. As resolved by the dzongkhag tshogdu, following a circular from the National Land Commission (NLC), the dzongkhag issued the order to the residents to vacate the land.  NLC’s circular stated that, as per the [... Read More]

Proposed private school fee hike has parents up in arms

Operators defend their move as a price that must be paid for a quality education Education: Quality comes at a cost.  This is how private school operators are responding to criticisms from parents after the schools’ proposal to revise tuition fees was approved by the education ministry. Private school operators said if parents want their children to get quality education and care in a comfortable environment with good facilities, then they should be willing to pay for it. The education ministry early this week approved [... Read More]

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