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High tech to thwart low thievery

IMG_7933One of the hundreds of vandalised choetens in Trashigang (File photo)

Law and Order: To deter and reduce vandalism of choetens and robberies of lhakhangs, the police are planning to install CCTV (close circuit television) and shock sensor technology. The plan will see two CCTVs installed in each identified lhakhang.  The move is estimated to cost Nu 330 million. Some 476 lhakhangs, from about 1800 registered ones, were identified as more important. Shock sensor systems will be installed in choetens.  Such a system would either trigger an alarm or alert authorities if a certain level of [... Read More]

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A delegation from the Republic of Korea led by the Member of National Assembly Park Byeong-Seug called on Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchoen said Bhutan has enjoyed close cooperation and partnership spanning over 28 years with South Korea and requested the delegation to consider Bhutan to be on its list of Employment Permit System, so that Bhutan can send Bhutanese youth to work in Korea. Byeong Seug agreed to take it up with his government in South Korea. Lyonchoen and Byeong Seug also [... Read More]

19 officials yet to declare assets

ACC: More than two weeks after the month long grace period for 2014 ended on April 30, a total of 19 officials out of the 45 under Schedule I are yet to declare their assets with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Schedule I comprise ministers, MPs, heads of political parties, heads of civil society organisations, members and commissioners of constitutional offices, among others.  The remaining public servants fall under schedule II.

Royal visit to Haa concludes

20150515-907A0491Royal Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen at Chundu Central School in Haa

Visit: His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen are scheduled to arrive in Thimphu today evening after a 6-day Royal Visit to Haa Dzongkhag. During the visit, His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen visited schools, lhakhangs and villages across Haa dzongkhag, and were welcomed by thousands of students, teachers, government officials, farmers, entrepreneurs, armed force personnel and the people of Haa. Their Majesties visited Haa town, and Ingo, Champa, Gechukha and Yangthang villages during Their Majesties’ 6-day visit. His Majesty [... Read More]

For affordable and reliable connectivity

The telecom policy replaces the Bhutan ICT policy, 2004 IT: The government will have to ensure affordable connectivity for all through the creation of a conducive environment for private investments and competition. This is one of the many objectives of the Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband policy 2014, which will guide the development of the telecommunications and Internet broadband sectors. The policy was launched yesterday.

PAC recommends a debt management Act

With external debt projected to reach Nu 258B by the end of 11th Plan RAA Report: The country’s total debt reached Nu 118.5B (billion), constituting more than 95 percent of the gross domestic product, as of March this year, the Public Accounts committee’s (PAC) report to the Parliament stated. The PAC presented the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) report on debt management to the joint sitting of the Parliament on May 15.

Dialysis patients instructed on fistula care

DSC_0063Nurses explain fistula care to kidney patients

JDWNRH: After being on dialysis twice a week for the last 11 years, Tashi Norbu, 32, recently learnt that it was not advisable to prick his wrist in the same place every time he got a dialysis. A Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer, Satoko Tanikawa, said doing that would cause the skin to wear out and become weak.  She said there was a risk of germs entering the body. The JICA volunteer nurse, along with three other nurses from the dialysis unit with the [... Read More]

Shooting boulders kill one

Accident: A 45-year-old woman died on the way to hospital after she was hit by shooting stones in Yangmalashing chiwog in Decheling gewog on May 16. The woman and her father were walking to Nganglam, about three hours walk away, when the incident occurred. The village tshogpa said they started from home around 6:30am and the incident occurred around 8am near Bongbongla village. The father, a lay monk, was on his way to his sister in law’s home for a ritual, and his daughter had [... Read More]

Armyworm infests paddy in Trongsa

IMG_5450The armyworm outbreak has threatened paddy in Trongsa

Outbreak also reported in Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Lhuentse and Gasa  Pest: After the first infestation of armyworm in 2013, villagers and agriculture extension agents (AEA) in Trongsa are again battling another outbreak, as it crawls from Nubi and Tangsibi in the north to Langthel and Drakteng in the south. The dzongkhag agriculture officer (DAO), Karma Tshewang, said that, save for Korphu gewog, the rest of the gewogs have all reported an outbreak of armyworm in paddy and maize fields. The DAO, however, said that the [... Read More]

Layaps feel let down by farm road quality

Connectivity: The people of Laya are not happy with the farm road that connects Laya with Gasa. Laya gup, Kinley Dorji, said that Layaps were particularly dissatisfied with the quality of the 26km road. The gewog raised the issue of poor road quality at the fifth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), when the first 10km of the farm road was completed. The dzongkhag said it would improve the road, especially the 800m stretch between Sapchasipchu and Etotshang, which has the major problem.

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