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Medical relief team returns from Nepal

dessupLanded: The last batch of the medical relief team arrives at Paro airport yesterday

The team’s ability to speak Nepali proved to be a huge advantage Quake: After treating almost 2,000 victims of the April 25 earthquake, the last batch of Bhutan’s 78-member medical relief team to Nepal returned to Bhutan, yesterday. This brings to an end Bhutan’s first ever major disaster relief operation outside its borders. The medical team was deployed to Nepal upon the command of His Majesty The King on April 27, two days after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

Major events for 6oth Birth Anniversary celebrations

Assembly: As part of the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 100 people will plant 50,000 tree saplings in an hour, below Kuenselphodrang on June 2 to beat the current world record of 40,885 trees planted in Assam, India. “The initiative is to keep up with His Majesty’s vision towards conservation of the environment and to maintain the forest coverage of 60 percent,” Nyisho-Sephu’s representative, Kuenga said.

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Blessed: Students queue to receive blessings as the central monk body moved to Thimphu yesterday. The Dratshang Lhentshog received an audience with His Majesty The King at the Lingkana Palace, on their way to their summer residence in Tashichhodzong.     

Samtse court dismisses PCAL’s petition against Kuensel

Defamation: The Samtse district court yesterday dismissed the petition that Penden Cement Authority limited (PCAL) had filed for defamation against Kuensel on two grounds. A court official, over the telephone last evening, said that a case was already registered at the competent court in Kolkata, India on the issue related to quality of cement.  “Since it’s the same subject matter, the court could not admit the case, which is ongoing in another competent court,” the court official said.

Bodies of two accident victims yet to be recovered

Update: The search for two missing bodies of a five-year-old girl and a 35 year-old man, who died in the bolero accident, was called off two days after the accident. The 35-year-old is the Trashigang nyagoe, Kezang Wangchuk.  Although police had planned to carry out another search from Riju to Chazam yesterday, Kezang Wangchuk’s family members asked them to discontinue the search after they consulted an astrologer. Some villagers from Samkhar still continued to search for the bodies until Sherichu in Mongar yesterday.

Dungsam to raise another Nu 1.5B in bond

IMG_8111Dungsam Cement Plant

This is the third series of bond the company issued Bond: The Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) has floated its third series of bond worth Nu 1.5B (billion) at eight percent coupon rate to prepay the company’s high interest bearing loans. However, Nu 1.2B of the total issue size has been privately placed to commercial banks. Bank of Bhutan was allotted Nu 935M (million), Druk PNB was allotted Nu 250M and Bhutan Insurance Limited was allotted Nu 15M. This leaves behind Nu 300 for public [... Read More]

Community forest handed back

communityyDzongkhag forest officials take over the CF

Dado goempa becomes the first to hand back the CF to the department of forest Punakha: Almost seven years after taking over a community forest (CF), the Dado goempa community forest group in Shengana gewog, Punakha officially handed back the CF to the department of forest on May 18. Punakha’s dzongkhag forest officer, Naphel said the group was the first community to do so. The 21-member Dado-goempa community forest group was formed in 2007, and officially took over 120 acres of government-reserved forest for management [... Read More]

Trongsa farmers unable to meet MHPA vegetable demand

IMG_1575A truck carrying imported vegetables reach Langthel, Trongsa

As a result almost all of its needs are met through imports from India Agriculture: With vegetable production in Trongsa unable to meet the demand, Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA) meets almost 97 percent of its vegetable requirement through imports. The project requires 1,567MT (metric tonnes) of vegetables every year, and about 130MT a month, while the dzongkhag was able to supply only 57MT of vegetables in 2014.  It is estimated that on an average, the project’s mess requires 250kg of vegetable for each meal. [... Read More]

A veteran called for World Cup first match

footballPassang Tshering

Final squad will be announced on Friday Football: Veteran player Passang Tshering was asked to join the 23-man final squad that will play against Hong Kong in the first game of the second round of the World Cup qualification on June 11. With over 15 years of experience playing for the country, the 32-year-old striker turned mid-fielder will be an asset for the national team once the list is confirmed on May 22. Passang Tshering who played for the Bhutanese national squad from 1998-2013 has [... Read More]

Safety measures delays Coronation Cup

Basketball: The most prestigious basketball tournament in the country, the Coronation Cup, has been deferred considering the vulnerability of the venue, the swimming pool complex in Thimphu. After the earthquake of April 25, Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF) officials were cautious of using the old structure that was built in the early 1970s although no damages were reported. BBF has requested Advance Geo-Tech Engineering and Testing, a private company to inspect the safety of the old structure.

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