Some 15 truckloads of mandarin have been auctioned off since the auction started 10 days ago
Oranges: Despite a drop in production of mandarin (citrus mandarin), farmers have fetched a good price so far this year, as compared to the previous year.
The price of mandarin for one pon is Nu 160 at the auction yard, while it was Nu 100 a pon last year around the same time. A pon has 80 pieces of oranges.
Since the auction started about 10 days ago, 15 truckloads of mandarin have been auctioned, [... Read More]
Reflection: Participants, who served as election officials this year, discuss issues they faced during the process
… lay in the monitoring, election officials aver at their workshop
LEP: While some candidates contesting this year’s parliamentary elections highlighted their preference for door-to-door campaign, as compared to the election commission arranged “common forum”, the same is not the view of election officials.
Those candidates had felt that common forum did not serve as much purpose as did the door to door visits. A few even chose to skip addressing voters through common forums.
However, [... Read More]
Health: Among diseases that have emerged in the past 30 years, about 70 percent of them were zoonoses, diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans and about 61 percent of communicable diseases were zoonotic.
One Health, a collaborated effort of sectors to prevent risks and mitigation of effects of crises originating at the interface between humans, animals and their various environments recognises effective communication and sharing of information between human and animal health [... Read More]
The pool vehicle predicament is now in the hands of the pay commission to solve
Vehicle: Although the pay commission is reviewing the government’s cost cutting measures to discontinue with pool vehicles, the government’s main concern was the cost that would be incurred in maintaining the vehicles.
The home minister, Damcho Dorji, said, many of the pool vehicles were bought long before and need to be replaced, if the system continues. Sustainability of many vehicles, [... Read More]
Getting to Zero: Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck with ministers and representatives from organsitions that are working together to achieve the HIV/AIDS goals
HIV/AIDS: Twenty years ago, when a 35-year old man visited the hospital in Tsirang, Bhutan detected its first HIV positive case.
Yesterday, 346 HIV positive cases later, as Bhutan observed World AIDS day in Thimphu to show solidarity with people living with the virus, the country had recently completed taking HIV testing and counselling services nationwide.
With these services now available in all 184 basic health units (BHUs), Bhutan has achieved one of the Millennium [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen with civil servants and LG officials at Samtse
During the weeklong tour, he asked people to discuss what they want to do with the fund
Tour: Given the country’s economy situation, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, during his weeklong tour from Haa to Samtse, asked local government (LG) leaders and the people to brainstorm on how to use the Nu 2M grant, which the government has given to each gewog to be used at their discretion for development activities.
“Discuss and find out what [... Read More]
High and dry: The town is worn down to its last legs
Once a highway hub, the Gomdhar farm road sounded its death knell
Orong: Sitting by a burning bukhari in his kitchen, Tashi Wangdi, 65, from Tokarong, about 55km from Samdrupjongkhar, reminisces on busy times he lived in this small town back in the eighties and nineties.
“Life was so busy that shopkeepers barely slept or woke up as early as 2am,” he said.
The small town in Orong gewog today comprises a handful of wooden houses [... Read More]
Cost of electricity: Villagers of Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar carry 80-120kg electrical cables and poles, walking for five to nine hours from the road head at Debtshang to various villages under the gewog. Installation of cables is expected to complete by December end. (Photo: Leki Dendup, ACC)
An exercise to comprehend the relationship between climate and health
CSD: To monitor climate sensitive diseases (CSDs) and understand the relationship between climate and health, a three-year pilot surveillance in four districts is currently underway.
The pilot integrated surveillance, which began early this year, will help manage and monitor CSDs, health ministry officials said.
Public health department officials said acute respiratory infections (ARIs), vector and water-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, diarrhoea and kala-azar, are CSDs.
Data [... Read More]
Post monsoon: Toenpari-yoe, a small stream in Barshong, is filled with debris from increased water level in summer
A new culvert feeds a stream that passes through the village, threatening to flood it
Highway: Road widening activities on the Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway have affected a settlement in Barshong under Khaling gewog, Trashigang.
About two years ago, a culvert, an open drain under the road, was constructed at the widening stretch above the settlement in Barshong that channeled all the drainage water through it.
This has caused the water level of Tonpari-yoe, a small stream that [... Read More]