Wednesday , August 24 2016
  • Indo-Bhutan energy cooperation agreement questioned

    Lack of access to basic information relating to the agreements deprive the public from knowing the potential impacts Energy: Bhutan’s diplomatic relations with India and the consequent implementation of hydropower projects are considered “politically sensitive” and could potentially prevent critical information from reaching the people, a study of the Bhutan-India energy cooperation and implementation says.

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Heavy rains likely to continue

monsoon

Weather: Heavy rains are likely to continue at least until the end of August according to the weather report that the Department of Hyro-Met Services submitted to the Prime Minister.

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Large number of epileptic patients in Bhutan

However, accurate data to deduce the degree of the problem and required medical equipment to treat the disorder are lacking

Medical: Some 67 new cases of epilepsy were registered with the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s psychiatry department in Thimphu last year.

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PHPA-II dam construction site flooded

The flooded PHPA-II dam site

However, the project’s managing director says there will be no delay or extra expenses incurred
Flood: A swollen Punatsangchhu spilled over the Punatsangchhu Hydropower Project Authority (PHPA)-II coffer dam and flooded the main dam construction site yesterday.

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Flood waters recede in Phuentsholing

Mitigation works were carried out to prevent the Omchhu from flowing into Phuentsholing town

Gomtu A 11-year-old boy was washed away by the Sukti river in Gomtu yesterday. The incident occurred at around 2:30pm. The class IV student had gone swimming with his friends in the river. The boy was not found as of yesterday.

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DoR exploring measures to restore Dzongkhalum bridge

The damaged bridge at Dzongkhalum

The partially damaged bridge collapsed on July 24 following continuous landslides
Connectivity: A temporary bridge could be constructed over the Dzongkhalum stream in about three months to restore road connectivity, as construction of the same bridge that collapsed on July 24 would take about a year.

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Embracing the digital tsunami

Innovation and aspiration to develop smart nations to better citizen’s lives are key discussion topics
ConnectGov: Information technology is likely to grow at an exponential rate necessitating that  humanity and governments across the globe adapt to the change.

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Bumthang and Trongsa running out of fuel

Sale is being limited to a few litres in Bumthang to ensure the depots do not run out fuel

The fuel stations have put in place preventive measures for even distribution
Fuel: Fuel stations in Bumthang and Trongsa could run out of fuel with the existing stock expected to last only for a few more days.

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Scouts leadership training ends

Training: Scouts, the culture education division and the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon organised the 6th batch Leadership Training for 125 Scouts (62 Boys and 63 Girls) from 19 dzongkhags and four thromdes.

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Gelephu flooded

Of the 22 houses affected by the flood, 18 were located near the Gelephu border gate

Disaster: Following the swelling of the seasonal stream, the Setikharay, the occupants of 22 houses were evacuated to higher ground in Gelephu yesterday.

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My Country, My Town

  • Road read: The question is whether it’s advice (while good, no doubt) for self or others or both? Photo Bidur Rai
  • Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
    Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
  • Dancing goat: Sometimes one just gets the urge to get up and shake a leg Photo by Kelzang Wangchuk, Kuensel, Thimphu