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Assessment on lake outburst begins

Image1After the outburst: The Memarie river at the base of Gangchen Tag (Tiger mountain) in Laya yesterday. The river is one of the tributaries of Mochu. Photo: Leki Wangdi, Laya Range, JDNP

An expedition from department of hydro-met services will be fielded soon to study the outburst and ascertain the lake’s name Flood: The Lemthang tsho (lake) outburst on June 28 evening in Laya washed away six wooden bridges  (bazams) including the only bridge that connects Laya to the rest of Gasa dzongkhag. Gasa dzongdag Dorji Dhradhul said a team of three groups were sent to various locations to find out if there were any signs of formation of artificial lakes. “Locals confirmed yesterday morning that the [... Read More]

BICMA finds publisher liable in placing scam ad

Media: In relation to a scam placed in Tashi Delek, the inflight magazine for the national airline Drukair, the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has found publisher Bhutan Observer liable for the losses suffered by three people who responded to the advertisement. A couple and a relative of theirs spent around Nu 122,850 or USD 1,950 on four smart phones they never received. They had responded to a scam ad placed by an establishment called the Phone Shop, a business registered in Australia, in [... Read More]

June -Trongsa’s wettest month

Monsoon contributes about 72 percent of the total annual rainfall in Bhutan Monsoon: Measuring 66.7mm, Trongsa received the highest rainfall in the country this month, breaking its record of 47.4mm in 2010 in the same month, records with meteorology division show. Last year, the dzongkhag received 41.9mm of rain in the same month.

Student’s body found

Update: A week after he was washed away, Thimphu police yesterday found the body of a 14-year-old Dechenchholing HSS student in the Wangchu below the school for language and cultural  studies, Babesa. He was washed away on June 22 in Dechencholing while trying to retrieve a football that had fallen into the river near Pangrizampa Bridge. The body was handed over to the family.     

Air Service Agreement with Myanmar revised

DSC_0397The directors of the two civil aviation authorities signing the memorandum of understanding as airline representatives look on

Aviation: An air route connecting Bhutan to Singapore via Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, can now be established following a memorandum of understanding reached, last week. With Drukair currently operating two flights to Singapore via Kolkata, per week, a total of four flights to the island state can now be operated under the new deal. Following a bilateral air services consultation in Yangon, the Myanmar government has also agreed that fifth freedom rights will be provided to Bhutan from any five freely selected intermediate points [... Read More]

Nganglam’s road problem could soon be over

IMG_9113The condition of the road has worsened after holes dug by the contractor to be filled with bitumen, went unfilled

Construction: The people of Nganglam are now blaming the Department of Roads (DoR). They say that DoR has made road condition only worse. The residents are troubled by the condition of road from Nganglam check post to Dungsam Cement plant in Chengkari. “It is worse than a farm road,” said one resident. Huge potholes have developed along the entire road. In the middle of the town, there is a stretch that looks as if the road could come off anytime. This road that passes from [... Read More]

Top teams prepare to have it out

10438371Ugyen Academy Vs Nepal’s MMC during King’s Cup 2014 (Photo courtesy: Namzay K)

A total of at least Nu 1.3 million is up for grabs  Football: Football enthusiasts will see some of the top clubs from Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Phuentsholing clash when the national football league tournament kicks off on July 5. FC Terton, Thimphu City FC and Thimphu FC from Thimphu, Bhutan Clearing FC from Phuntsholing, Ugyen Academy FC from Punakha and Paro United FC from Paro will compete in this year’s tournament. FC Terton, Thimphu FC and Paro United FC will be taking part in [... Read More]

FWRAs get two months to renew their licences

Labour: Foreign Workers Recruitment Agents (FWRA) in the country could now have new version of rules and regulations. The labour ministry is currently in the process of finalising and endorsing it. Recruiting agents in Phuentsholing, operational at present, will also have to renew their certificate of registration (COR). The regional office has currently approved the recruitment agents two months of renewal time until August.

Lake burst forces evacuation in Punakha-Wangdue valley

punakhaMoved: Families of police personnel in Bajothang, Wangdue who were evacuated to safety yesterday wait at the police station

Mochu swells but no major flood reported as of midnight Flood: Residents of Punakha and Wangdue valley, who were evacuated to safety were asked to remain at higher grounds as of late night yesterday with impeding dangers from a possible flood after the Lemthang Tsho in Laya burst around 6.30pm yesterday. Around 11pm, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay cautioned the residents to not return home before dawn, or unless the disaster management department declares it safe given the chances of multiple flash floods, caused by debris blocking [... Read More]

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