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Dog population management programme wins award

DSC_6218Since 2009 the dog population has been controlled

Over 56,000 strays have been sterilised and vaccinated so far

Canines: Over 56,000 stray dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies in the past six years in the country.  Another 2,100 cats were also sterilised and vaccinated.

This was done through the catch, neuter, vaccinate and release protocol, as part of the National Dog Population Management programme.  It was the last resort attempt to control dog population in Bhutan after several other initiatives failed in the past.

For this, the department of livestock’s (DoL) National Centre for Animal Health was awarded an “outstanding animal protection award” during the Animal Care Expo 2015 at New Orleans, USA.  It is the second award the department has received.


National squad not yet finalised

IMG_2080Head coach Tsukitate Norio instructs the players during a practice session yesterday

Tickets for Bhutan vs China game available for advance booking

Football: With only a month left for the second round of the FIFA World Cup qualification match against Hong Kong on June 11, three new players are expected to join the national football squad.

Bhutan Football Federation’s (BBF) media spokesperson, Phuntsho Wangdi, said they were changing the squad, because a few players in the national team are injured and would not make it for the first away game on June 11. “The change is not because of their bad performance,” he clarified.  However, they are yet to finalise the list of the 23-man national squad.


Medical team to begin returning tomorrow

11119188_10206098438277438_289451207_nA field unit distributes relief material to residents of Samundar tar in Nuwakot district, Nepal (Photo: Desuung)

Quake: The Bhutanese medical team in Nepal will begin the return process to Bhutan with a first batch of 26 arriving tomorrow.

A second batch is expected on Thursday.

The medical team was dispatched to Nepal on the command of His Majesty the King on April 27, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25.

In a meeting with the Bhutanese Earthquake Medical Relief Unit and other foreign medical teams in Trishuli and neighbouring areas on May 9, Nepalese health ministry officials briefed the teams on their plans to return the country to normalcy and take over health services.


Quake fallout on tourist traffic

Operators fear a drop in arrivals, particular among the dollar-paying set

Tourism: The April 25 earthquake in Nepal could lead to a drop in international tourist arrivals in the country, with several trips already being cancelled, according to tour operators.

Following the earthquake, tour operators said they had to accept the cancellations, or reschedule flights from Bangkok to Paro.  Tour operators said most preferred cancellations.

Hoteliers also said that there were several cancellations that were mostly last minute. “In such a scenario, we don’t have a choice but to apply cancellation charges,” a hotelier said. “Those, who come, call the hotels and ask if it was safe to travel to Bhutan.”


ACC shuts more business in Phuentsholing

Corruption: In continuation to the ongoing investigations, the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has suspended one more business, Chotey Lal Shah grocery in Phuentsholing after finding a prima facie case of corruption.

The commission has now suspended nine business establishments in the town.

A non-national owned the license of Chotey Lal Shah grocery shop. However, Kuensel learnt that another Indian operated the business.


FCB asked to surrender its retail licenses

MoEA has notified the agency to focus on wholesale business instead

Trade: The Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) has been asked to surrender all its retails licenses by July this year.

The recent notification from the economic affairs ministry comes at a time when FCB has set up a retail shop in Pemagatshel but was refused a trade license to operate earlier this year. Instead the ministry has asked FCB to concentrate only on the wholesale business. The notification doesn’t state any reasons for such decision.


For the convenience of us all

In what will be a welcome change on the Thimhu-Babesa expressway, the Thimphu thromde will start designating pick up and drop off stands to ease traffic congestion.

This is one facility conspicuously missing on our roads, whether it is in small towns or the capital. Without such a facility, taxis abruptly stop on seeing a passenger, causing panic to the driver behind. Often, this leads to accidents. During rush hours especially, we can see drivers eye-balling at each other as they manoeuvre the little space on the double-lane expressway.


Milk groups turn sour in Trashigang

DSC01443Milk containers, coolers and other equipment left idle for months until collections resumed last month at Kanglung dairy group

Members demand better management and transparency

Dairy: The formation of dairy groups in Trashigang started off well with farmers earning good cash income, but all is not going well today.

Instances of the group funds being misused, mismanagement, members starting to leave, disharmony within the groups, lack of transportation and suspension of milk collections are some issues dairy groups are grappling with.

Recently, the chairman of Khaptoe Bikhar dairy group and five members were dragged to the court for defaulting several monthly installments for a group loan availed from Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL).


Dzongkhags to get at least one yenlag thromde

LG: Every dzongkhag will get a yenlag thromde (satellite town) each along with the dzongkhag thromde once the Parliament passes the motion for the same.

The motion will be presented in the National Assembly and will be forwarded to the National Council. Minister for Works and human settlement, Dorji Choden, said that yenlag thromde will be the biggest after dzongkhag thromde.

“Establishing yenlag thromdes is a big step,” she said, adding however that going for too many yenlag thromdes at a time would be too big a decision.


Picture story

Dorji Wangchuk, a chemistry teacher at Dechentsemo Central School in Thinleygang, Punakha has received University Academic Excellence Award gold during the fourth convocation of Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India on April 21.