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Lake burst forces evacuation in Punakha-Wangdue valley

punakhaMoved: Families of police personnel in Bajothang, Wangdue who were evacuated to safety yesterday wait at the police station

Mochu swells but no major flood reported as of midnight

Flood: Residents of Punakha and Wangdue valley, who were evacuated to safety were asked to remain at higher grounds as of late night yesterday with impeding dangers from a possible flood after the Lemthang Tsho in Laya burst around 6.30pm yesterday.

Around 11pm, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay cautioned the residents to not return home before dawn, or unless the disaster management department declares it safe given the chances of multiple flash floods, caused by debris blocking the river and in forming artificial lakes.

Khuruthang residents were moved to Woolakha and Bajo residents to Gangtey Thangkha, the old Wangdue town.  All patients of Bajo hospital were also moved to Tencholing military hospital. After more than an hour, the sirens, which created panic among residents, were also turned off.


Trongsa town put on flood alert

photo-1Many places reported sliding in Trongsa

A damaged drainage has raised landslide threat levels in parts of the township

Monsoon: Residents of Trongsa town have been put on alert after the areas below Chokhorling and those above Oyster hotel started cracking and sliding as rainwater gushed downstream from a damaged drainage.

The drainage had been built to drain overflow from municipal water tank and Ebthso (lake) near Chokhorling.

Over six residents from Thruepang town have also moved to safety to Sherubling by last evening fearing severe floods and landslides from the torrential rain that’s been pelting Trongsa for almost a week.


Mass tree plantation volunteers awarded certificates

IMG_2041Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck awards a certificate of appreciation to a volunteer

Records: Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck on June 27 awarded certificates to 100 volunteers who planted an average of eight trees a minute to beat the Guinness world record and officials involved in the mass tree plantation at Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu.

Coinciding with the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 100 volunteers accomplished the task of setting the Guinness World record of planting 49,672 trees in an hour over 25 acres of land on June 2.

The volunteers, comprising desuups, civil servants, students, and corporate and private employees, planted five indigenous species of trees at Kuenselphodrang.  PICSA was formed under Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck as the royal patron to supplement the government’s initiatives for the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.


Embassy confirms Bhutanese detained in Delhi jail

Crime: Officials of the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi confirmed that a Bhutanese man is detained at Delhi’s district jail in Rohini in connection with smuggling of 17 kilogrammes of gold worth Nu 44.2 million.

A Bhutanese embassy official, who is looking after the counselor service, said that he went to see the suspect on Thursday evening and confirmed that Kinley Dorje, 48, is from Sha Kazhi, Wangduephodrang.


Getting set for the monsoon

If the week that just went by was wet, we had better be prepared for worse.  Monsoon has just begun and we will see more rain in the coming days, going by the weather forecast.

The first continuous rain for days has caused some damage, though not severe, in some pockets of the country.  Trongsa was the worst affected, with roads blocked and a few huts washed away by a flash flood.  By late afternoon yesterday, the town was put on alert, with a few residents evacuated, as rainwater threatened to cause slides and homes were flooded.


Not a pretty picture

DSC_9166AdrukA was launched in May

Inflow of FDI brings capital and expertise into the country

FDI: One of the latest foreign direct investment (FDI) company in the country, AdrukA Pvt Ltd, provides import quality furniture and has employed 50 Bhutanese.

The company has already provided home made furniture to a few high-end hotels in the country.  AdrukA’s CEO Ugyen Dhendup said Bhutan was expecting a sharp increase in tourism over the next 10 years and AdrukA hopes to bring value to the country’s manufacturing sector, by creating more jobs and supplying high quality sustainable products to the newly developed properties.  AdrukA is a FDI joint venture with AA Corporation from Vietnam.


Picture story

Khenpo Namgay was appointed as the principal of Seula shedra in Punakha by the Dorji Lopen of the Zhung dratshang, yesterday. The khenpo was previously a lecturer at Tango monastery


Facilitating land-related issues

Towards this end, the commission has sent a land inspector each to all 20 dzongkhags

NLC: Local leaders are overwhelmed with land related issues in the gewogs, especially with cases of individuals encroaching on to state land and constructing houses on wetland, knowingly or unknowingly.

To facilitate people facing such issues, the National Land Commission (NLC) last week sent a land inspector each to all 20 dzongkhags.  Their main role is to monitor encroachment into state land, use of state land leased, and construction of houses in the road right of ways.   The land inspectors are expected to curb violation of land act right from the start.


The Brahmis of Trashigang

20150617_160940The age-old culture of the Brahmis is slowly fading

A curtain is drawn on a crossbreed of cultures with the dawn of modernisation

Lifestyle: Pushed to the hinterland of one of the remote pockets in Trashigang, the residents of Thongrong village in Phongmey gewog are referred as Brahmis or outsiders.

They dress like the highlanders of Merak and Sakteng, but are not one of them.  Most are fluent in Dakpakha, the language of the Tawangpas (Dakpas) or the Brahmilo.

Although a chiwog of Phongmey, their home is separated from the gewog by Gamrichu, and lies on the other side of the river en route to Sakteng gewog.


Bhutanese robbed by fake Australian visa agent

fake-visa-2Fake: A copy of the work visa one of the clients received

About 20 aspirants lost more than Nu 9M

SCAM: A government job, a decent salary and happily married, Jamtsho (name changed on request) was a happy man.  But that was only until recently.

With stories of life changing income Bhutanese make while in Australia, he wanted to go Down Under to work and “make his two children’s life more comfortable.”  He met a few Bhutanese, who agreed to help him.  They claimed to be partners of an Australian visa agent in Kolkata, India.

Jamtsho quit his job, sold his car and started processing his visa more than a year ago.  All together, he spent Nu 1.5 million (M).  The 35-year-old is still in the country “homeless and jobless” and deep in debt.