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Windstorm damages 792 homes

SAM_0980Disaster: A parked truck covered by roof of the FCB warehouse that was blown off by the Saturday storm in Tsirang

Dagana was the worst hit among the nine dzongkhags

Disaster: The windstorm that swept across nine dzongkhags on the night of April 4 injured three people and affected 792 households, mostly in the southern belt, according to a preliminary report with the department of disaster management.

All dzongkhags also reported damages to about 92 structures belonging to the culture, health and education ministries.  A cow in Goshing, Dagana and four calves in Chudzom, Sarpang were killed.  The report states that, of the three injured persons, one was in Dagana, while two were from Darla gewog in Chukha.  The one in Dagana, who was hospitalised, is recovering.

Of the nine dzongkhags, Dagana was hit hardest, followed by Chukha, Samtse, Pemagatshel, Tsirang and Samdrupjongkhar.  The least damages were reported in Sarpang, Zhemgang and Trashigang.  The southern districts also experienced heavy hailstorms.


Progress assessment complete, compensation yet to start

After the cabinet’s termination of contract work on sections of the Dalbari-Dagapela road

 MoWHS: Engineers from the ministry of works and human settlement will complete the assessment of the terminated works of the Dalbari-Dagapela road and submit a report this week.

The cabinet terminated contract works on two of the three packages, sections B and C, of the secondary national highway last December, and assessment of work done began in January.

Department of roads (DoR) officials said by the time the cabinet took the decision, construction work had begun and the progress was ‘ahead of schedule’.

Tundi Construction private company from Nepal had reached 5km of the 20km package B worth Nu 378M (million) between Odalthang and Gesarling.


Thimphu thromde to introduce online services

 G2C: In what should ease obtaining Thimphu thromde services, at least 10 of its services will become available online, shortly.

The services deal with water supply, like acquiring a new connection, building construction, and sewage, among others.

While the services were already developed there were not operationalised.


Singing Google Apps’s praises

Except for the exception that proves the rule, the software has benefitted all on board

 E-Governance: Tenzin Yuden started her civil service career on a typewriter.  There was no such thing as the internet then.

Today, the personal assistant to the information and communications minister is one of more than 4,000 civil servants who have transitioned to using the online office suite, Google Apps.

“Life is easier,” she says, explaining how it has removed many cumbersome procedures.


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The Ambassador of Denmark to Bhutan Freddy Svane called on Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay last week in Thimphu.


Digital or cultural challenge?

Google Apps is making the news in Bhutan today. The online office suite was employed to save government resource. Some 4,000 civil servants are taking advantage of it.

How much have we saved so far, that is the question. And how? If our ministers and top officials can now keep track of their day’s schedule, we have not been mindful of our duties and responsibilities so far.


A legacy of botched abortions in border towns

A spate of such cases raises the legalisation issue among medical personnel

Abortion: Against the doctor’s advice and fearing that bleeding during pregnancy would result in conceiving a deformed baby, a woman from Gomtu earlier this year aborted her foetus in the Indian border town of Jaigoan.

Before going across the border, she had visited Phuentsholing general hospital requesting an abortion.  She was about four months pregnant then and bleeding a little.  Although medical tests found the foetus developing well, she was not convinced.


Promised road fails to materialise

Roads: Villagers of Selchenmo and Hyla in Wangphu, Samdrupjongkhar heard that they would be connected by road.  So they formed vegetable cooperatives.  But the road never came.

And now the farmers of the two villages say politicians, who promised them the road, lied to them.  They grow vegetables in abundance but cannot sell it without road connectivity.

Selchenmo vegetable cooperative has 30 members, and Hyla has 19.


Principal and whistleblower punished

While the first was found guilty of a slew of charges, the latter has been indicted for dereliction of duty

Update: The principal of Ura middle secondary school (UMSS) Tshering Neema was transferred to Wangduecholing lower secondary school, after the dzongkhag administration found him guilty of illegal unauthorised expenditure, abuse of power, flagrant and wilful violation of rules and regulations on financial management and control.

The principal’s annual increment will also be withheld for three years, as per the Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations (BCSR) 2012.


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A sambar deer, that was chased into Olakha by a pack of stray dogs, was rescued on Saturday. Two persons received minor injuries during the rescue.