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World TB Day – Timely reminder of growing problem

Health: Sonam Wangmo didn’t know the price she had to pay for missing her medicines for a day. Her tuberculosis (TB) relapsed after the first course of treatment, and she is today undergoing the second course for extra-pulmonary TB (EPTB). Of the various forms of TB diagnosed in the country, EPTB stands at about 42 percent, followed by pulmonary or new smear positive cases at 38 percent, records with the national TB control program show. Sonam’s mother died of tuberculosis when she was seven years [... Read More]

Health help line prank called daily

Need for law to hold prank callers liable recommended Health: About 200,000 hoax calls were made to the Health Help Centre (HHC) last year. The centre receives hoax calls throughout the day. Of these only around 12,000 were genuine calls, last year. Many of the hoax calls received by the centre are disconnected calls. People call the centre and hang up when it is answered. The centre received about 5,000 actual abuse calls, last year, where callers engage the call centre’s staff and initiate conversation [... Read More]

Mandarin exports more than double in 2014

Increased production is attributed in part to the support growers received from MoA Horticulture: Citrus mandarin (orange) export to Bangladesh in 2014 earned Bhutanese exporters USD 10.42M (million), the highest earnings in about 14 years. The figures with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) show Bhutan was able to produce about 26,728.10MT (metric tonnes) of mandarin last year, which is more than double the 12,728.10MT produced in 2013.  Exporters in 2013 had made about USD 5.6M from oranges. The general secretary of the association, Tshering Yeshey, [... Read More]

Four volunteer to donate kidneys

The donors came forward during the foundation’s month-long awareness programme on kidney health Health: Bhutan Kidney Foundation is richer by four kidney donors. The foundation received the offer to donate kidneys from two adults and two youth, during their month-long awareness programme on kidney health that covered 19 dzongkhags. Foundation officials said that, among the four interested donors, two were aged 20 and 17.  The 17-year-old is a female student.  However, they will have to wait until they turn 27 years to be able to [... Read More]

Electrification incomplete two years past deadline

Shingkhar is the last gewog in Zhemgang to be left without power REW: Two years after its deadline, rural electrification works in Shingkhar, Zhemgang are not yet complete, leaving some 350 homes waiting for power supply. The yearlong contract was awarded in October 2011, and all works were to complete by November 11, 2012. Shingkhar, which is about 128km from Dagphel, is the only gewog awaiting electrification in Zhemgang after the neighbouring gewog Bardho was electrified in 2014. According to local leaders, electrification work, which [... Read More]

Dzongkha touch-typing software seeks out a market

Innovation: Dzongkha touch typing, a new software meant to enhance Dzongkha typing speed and accuracy without looking at the keyboard, is yet to find a market, just like the national language. The software has received approval from the Dzongkha Development Commission and is equipped with a speedometer, an interactive keyboard and hand gesture. There are also 39 lessons categorised for beginners, intermediate and advance users. Lessons include typing only alphabets and longer sentences among others. “I wasn’t that lost when I started the project as [... Read More]

Picture story

Reading year: As part of the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo celebrations and the reading year, students, parents and teachers from five schools in Mongar read story books and newspaper for 15 minutes on March 21.                                                                     

Picture story

HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, accompanied by Ashi Yeatso Lhamo yesterday graced the third day of the annual Tshechu at Yoesel Dho-nga Chholing community Lhakhang, at Saling, Mongar, one of the most disadvantaged villages in Saling Gewog. On behalf of His Majesty the King, HRH granted a Thongdroel of Guru Rinpoche to the Lhakhang, which was consecrated and displayed for public blessing.                                                                     

73 employees dropped out of programme

Since the programme began in July last year, the attrition rate has been 7 a month GEP: Less than a year after the guaranteed employment programme (GEP) began, at least seven employees have been leaving their jobs every month. Records with the labour ministry show that from July 1, 2014 to February this year, 73 employees, comprising 33 males and 40 females, have withdrawn from the programme to date. Of the total, 12 withdrew after the company shut down, while 18 left for better job [... Read More]

OAG reiterates charges against former dzongda

Update: Maintaining its stand on the two charges framed against the foreign minister, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which is prosecuting seven defendants at the Haa district court yesterday submitted that the tender committee had apprised the chairman of the lowest bidder’s rate being 100 percent above the market rate. The OAG was rebutting lyonpo Rinzin Dorje’s petition submitted to the court on March 17, where he said that the tender committee didn’t inform him of the rate being 100 percent above the [... Read More]

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