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BAFRA thumbs-up for P/ling food safety practice

DSC_0123The vegetable market in Phuentsholing

World Health Day: Despite sharing a porous border with Jaigaon, the “food safety” practice in Phuentsholing is on the right track, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) officials said, while observing World Health Day (WHD) in the town yesterday.

The ministry of health (MoH) and BAFRA observed the day themed “food safety”, where more than 100 entrepreneurs in the town attended.

Director general of BAFRA, Karma Dorji, said such a campaign of global reach was both relevant and timely.

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Food safety first

On World Health Day yesterday, Bhutan, or at least some Bhutanese, joined the international community is in observing the day.  The theme, ‘Food Safety’ was most relevant at home too.

In Phuentsholing, where the event to mark the day was held, food safety was mostly focused on what is cooked and served.  This is important.  As the gateway to the country and a commercial hub, people from all walks of life throng Phuentsholing.  Not many have relatives or friends to pile on to.  Many are left to depend on the food served by the countless eateries.  Neighbouring Jaigaon even serves cheaper food.  It’s important for those involved in the food business to be mindful of food safety.

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Phobjikha plagued by erratic power supply

People still fall back on solar energy despite being on the grid since 2011

Electricity: Power supply in Phobjikha and Gangtey gewogs of Wangdue has been cut off for the last four days.

Erratic power supply has remained a persistent problem for the two gewogs but, unlike in the past, solar panels that were used as backup couldn’t work because of weather conditions.

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Wangduecholing to be restored

IMG_4325The 159-year-old Wangduecholing palace in Bumthang

With the groundwork done, work will begin soon for the project to complete by 2018 end

Heritage: In commemoration of the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Wangduecholing Palace, the birthplace of the first Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuck will be restored for adaptive reuse.

The documentation phase and the preliminary adaptive reuse plans of the project were completed in August 2014, department of culture (DoC) architect, Karma Tenzin said.  The US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (India) and the Bhutan Foundation supported the documentation.

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Own goal results in Druk Utd win

DSC_5859MIssed: The woodwork prevented Druk United from doubling the lead

Football: Defending champions Druk United bagged all three points in their opening match against Drukstar after a Drukstar defender scored an own goal in the third match of the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League yesterday.

After a lackluster display from both sides, Drukstar’s defender Dorji headed in an own goal in the 25th minute to give the defending champions Druk United a 1-0 win. A handful of suppoters who came to witness the match at the Changlimithang stadium yelled for more goals but the teams could not deliver any except for a few shots off the target.

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PM leaves for Sri Lanka tomorrow

On the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay will be on an official visit to Sri Lanka from tomorrow until April 11.

A Memorandum of Understanding on Foreign Office Consultation will be signed between Bhutan and Sri Lanka during the visit. Sri Lanka will also gift the government a Holy Bodhi tree Sapling as a gift on the occasion of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

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Picking up the pieces

DSC_0084Risky: A blown off roof hangs precariously near the truck parking in Phuentsholing’s lower market

Relief teams reach all affected areas

Disaster: The dzongkhag relief teams have reached all the affected areas, where the April 4 windstorm in about 10 minutes damaged 815 homes, 89 government structures, and 15 public infrastructures across 52 gewogs in nine dzongkhags.

In all, 919 structures reported damages, as of last evening, according to preliminary reports with the department of disaster management.

Of the 89 government structures, 62 were schools, followed by seven health facilities and 20 lhakhangs and choetens.  Damage to cash crops like potatoes, wheat, and cardamom was also reported in Bongo, Chukha.  Three persons, one in Dagana and two in Chukha’s Darla gewogs, were injured, while a cow and four calves were killed.

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Traffic jam at Paro airport

IMG_20150405_105516Passengers that have just disembarked a Tashi Air aircraft, parked on the taxiway, walk to the airport

The airport saw a record 15 flights on April 5

Aviation: Paro international airport handled a record 15 flights on the morning of April 5, and had all seven Bhutanese operated aircraft on the ground at one point.

This meant that the airport’s capacity of five aircraft was exceeded that particular day.

In a non-standard aviation practice, one aircraft had to be disembarked on the taxiway between the runway and the apron, and the other disembarked in front of the hangar.

Additionally, a private aircraft seeking to land in Paro had to be told to hold in Kathmandu, Nepal, until space became available.

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High Court accepts appellant’s petition

Red sander wood smuggler granted compoundable sentence of one year

Smuggling: The high court’s (HC) bench II partially reversed the lower court’s ruling, and turned a non-compoundable sentence into compoundable prison terms of three years to one year in connection to the smuggling of red sander wood (Pterocarpus santalinus) across the northern border last year.

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First of its kind gate in Nganglam

Gate: Construction of international border gate in Nganglam Dungkhag began yesterday with salang tentrel  (groundbreaking ceremony).

The integrated border gate, which is the first of its kind in the country, stands between Nganglam and Assam State of India. The border gate is scheduled to be complete within 30 months.

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