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Two choppers fail to airlift arrow-hit victim

Medevac: People of Lunana prayed yesterday.  They prayed for pleasant weather for the helicopter to make it through thick clouds and airlift the archery-hit patient. But their prayers were not answered.  The weather condition worsened and the two helicopters deployed to airlift Gem Dorji, 30, could not get through, leaving the patient with the arrow still struck below his right shoulder. An arrow shot from a compound bow hit Gem Dorji on the evening of September 23, when he was watching an archery match in [... Read More]

Move for Health walk from Khasadrapchu on October 11

It’s also the first event to mark His Majesty the fourth King’s 60th birth anniversary BHTF: The “Move For Health” walk that the government revived from last year to raise funds through donations to be used as capital money for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF) will flag off from Khasadrapchu on October 11. The health walk is the first event to commemorate His Majesty the fourth King’s 60th birth anniversary. Health ministry officials said Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and health minister Tandin Wangchuk would [... Read More]

Missing father of abandoned baby sought

Paternity: Lhuentse police are looking for the father of a newborn baby, after a 17-year-old girl allegedly abandoned the infant. The cook of a school in Lhuentse, while herding cattle, found the baby crying under a tree on September 24.  The newborn was wrapped in a red wonju and the umbilical cord was rotten. The cook immediately took the newborn to Tangmachu basic health unit.  The baby was then referred to Lhuentse hospital. Health officials in Lhuentse said the baby was in a critical condition [... Read More]

Suspended agents look askance at operational ones

However the latter claim their own 2013 cases were settled at the time FWRA: A month after 21 foreign worker recruitment agents (FWRA) in Phuentsholing were suspended, some agents feel there are more that should be suspended. An agent said there are three FWRAs, who are still operating in the town that violated labour rules. He referred a case in 2013, in which about seven agents were involved in making work permits for foreign workers, but the workers were later found doing work other than [... Read More]

Dungsum dogged by problems galore

IMG_0129Night view of Dungsam Cement Photo: DCCL

From the issuance of the BIS certificate to an ‘instigation’ issue among truckers DCCL: Since the commercialisation of Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL), only 14 percent of the production capacity has been utilised.  That’s according to the company’s record. DCCL, the largest cement plant in the country, officially began operation from January this year.  Sale is yet to pick up in the market. Chief executive officer (CEO), Dorji Norbu, said this was because of “various problems” that has affected the sale and the production, apart [... Read More]

Picture story

Head coach Ochiai Hiroshi of Urawa Red Diamond club in Japan trains students of Rinchen Kuenphen Primary School on the basic skills and techniques of football yesterday at the school ground. Accompanied by four more coaches, the team was in the country for a three-day visit since September 23 to coach school children. The team will leave today.       

Teenagers arrested for stealing mountain bikes

DSC01380Recovered: The stolen bikes

Crime: Tsirang police arrested two teenage boys for stealing two mountain bikes, one  from Damphu high school and the other from Damphu town. Police received the complaint on August 12 and August 17, but without a suspect, the case was not registered. The mountain bike which was lost from Damphu high school belonged to a contractor from Tsirang and the other stolen from the back of a hilux belonged to a civil servant working in Gelephu. The two mountain bikes cost 35,000 and 40,000 respectively. [... Read More]

Bhutanese golfer reaches second round

Bhutanese golfer Dechen Ugyen frittered away to the second round of the Men’s Individual golf at the 17th Asian Game in  Incheon, Korea yesterday. Dechen Ugyen finished with 74 points in tied 36th place with Hong Kong. He will face Oman’s Abdullah Salim today in the second round. Meanwhile, in boxing,  Kinley Gyeltshen lost to  Sangdon Choe of Korea (3:0) in the Men’s Fly (52kg) Round of 32 yesterday.          

BHTF to finance pentavalent vaccine

The local fund takes over from GAVI, which is bowing out of Bhutan in 2015 Health: With Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) graduating from Bhutan by 2015, the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF) will finance pentavalent vaccines for the country. GAVI supports Bhutan in procurement of pentavalent vaccines, co-financing it with the BHTF.  GAVI has been supporting Bhutan since 2008. “From 2016, the trust fund will spend Nu 7.5M annually on procurement of pentavalent vaccines alone,” BHTF’s program officer, Rinzin Kinga Jamtsho, said. [... Read More]

The airlift option – Easier said than done

caveThe cave where the 41-year-old porter died en route Gasa

Update: The Indian army helicopter, deployed to airlift the man injured by archery in Lunana on September 23, had to return to India yesterday, as thick clouds hindered its journey to Lunana. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, who called a press briefing yesterday morning at the Lungtenphug helipad, said a smaller helicopter would be deployed today to airlift the man. He explained that, although weather was pleasant in Thimphu and Lunana, the helicopter could not travel to Lunana above Wangduephodrang and Punakha. “Bad weather conditions impeded [... Read More]

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