The pool vehicle predicament is now in the hands of the pay commission to solve
Vehicle: Although the pay commission is reviewing the government’s cost cutting measures to discontinue with pool vehicles, the government’s main concern was the cost that would be incurred in maintaining the vehicles.
The home minister, Damcho Dorji, said, many of the pool vehicles were bought long before and need to be replaced, if the system continues. Sustainability of many vehicles, [... Read More]
Getting to Zero: Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck with ministers and representatives from organsitions that are working together to achieve the HIV/AIDS goals
HIV/AIDS: Twenty years ago, when a 35-year old man visited the hospital in Tsirang, Bhutan detected its first HIV positive case.
Yesterday, 346 HIV positive cases later, as Bhutan observed World AIDS day in Thimphu to show solidarity with people living with the virus, the country had recently completed taking HIV testing and counselling services nationwide.
With these services now available in all 184 basic health units (BHUs), Bhutan has achieved one of the Millennium [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen with civil servants and LG officials at Samtse
During the weeklong tour, he asked people to discuss what they want to do with the fund
Tour: Given the country’s economy situation, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, during his weeklong tour from Haa to Samtse, asked local government (LG) leaders and the people to brainstorm on how to use the Nu 2M grant, which the government has given to each gewog to be used at their discretion for development activities.
“Discuss and find out what [... Read More]
High and dry: The town is worn down to its last legs
Once a highway hub, the Gomdhar farm road sounded its death knell
Orong: Sitting by a burning bukhari in his kitchen, Tashi Wangdi, 65, from Tokarong, about 55km from Samdrupjongkhar, reminisces on busy times he lived in this small town back in the eighties and nineties.
“Life was so busy that shopkeepers barely slept or woke up as early as 2am,” he said.
The small town in Orong gewog today comprises a handful of wooden houses [... Read More]
Cost of electricity: Villagers of Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar carry 80-120kg electrical cables and poles, walking for five to nine hours from the road head at Debtshang to various villages under the gewog. Installation of cables is expected to complete by December end. (Photo: Leki Dendup, ACC)
An exercise to comprehend the relationship between climate and health
CSD: To monitor climate sensitive diseases (CSDs) and understand the relationship between climate and health, a three-year pilot surveillance in four districts is currently underway.
The pilot integrated surveillance, which began early this year, will help manage and monitor CSDs, health ministry officials said.
Public health department officials said acute respiratory infections (ARIs), vector and water-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, diarrhoea and kala-azar, are CSDs.
Data [... Read More]
Post monsoon: Toenpari-yoe, a small stream in Barshong, is filled with debris from increased water level in summer
A new culvert feeds a stream that passes through the village, threatening to flood it
Highway: Road widening activities on the Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway have affected a settlement in Barshong under Khaling gewog, Trashigang.
About two years ago, a culvert, an open drain under the road, was constructed at the widening stretch above the settlement in Barshong that channeled all the drainage water through it.
This has caused the water level of Tonpari-yoe, a small stream that [... Read More]
Q&A: More than 100 days since you assumed office as the foreign minister, what has been your most memorable experience?
These past few months have been a very interesting, hectic and tremendous learning experience. Apart from getting to know and appreciate the role and operation of the ministry I would have to say the most striking experience so far has been accompanying the prime minister during his official visit to India. The fact that [... Read More]
Land used to store construction materials by project DANTAK in Phuentsholing
City officials fear the GoI fund committed may have to be utilized elsewhere
Thromde: While Phuentsholing thromde and DANTAK project (GREF) are yet to come to an agreement with regard to land acquisition, thromde education officials worry that the fund Indian government committed for the new high school would be deferred.
Officials said the Nu 85M fund that was committed for construction of new high school under the plan could be re-allocated for other activities.
Thromde [... Read More]
The project is expected to reduce annual maintenance costs
With grant assistance from Japan, Dai Nippon Construction is taking up the project
Agriculture: The rehabilitation of irrigation system at Taklai, which officially kicked off yesterday, is expected to benefit more than 500 households of the two gewogs of Chuzagang and Sershong in Sarpang.
Once complete, it will ensure reliable irrigation water supply to the local farmers.
During the ground-breaking ceremony, director general of department of agriculture, Tenzin Dendup, said this was one of the biggest [... Read More]