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Municipal worker killed in wall collapse

IMG_4987The accident site at Changzamtog

Accident: A 73-year-old man died yesterday after a wall collapsed and buried him near Deki School in Thimphu.  He was cleaning a drain by the roadside around 2.30pm when the incident occurred.

Emergency physician at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Dr Sona Pradhan, said he was brought dead to the emergency unit.

She said, health workers did cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and intubation but could not revive him.

Dr Sona Pradhan said he could have died of suffocation, since he was buried under stones, and had also suffered multiple rib fractures.


Odious comparisons

The ranking of the country’s “best performing schools” is out.  Ten schools have held on to the top positions for the last three years.

School management will be proud, parents who have students studying in these schools will be happy, and students themselves will be elated.  But wait!  Do we need such a ranking system to gauge our schools?  Are the methods adopted to assess schools fair?


Self-sustenance a distant dream for thromdes

All dzongkhag municipalities are empowered to levy taxes and fees

Township: An increase in urban taxes is on the cards, but will it enable thromdes to be self-sustaining?

The thromdes, in principle, should be self-sustaining, but the existing four thromdes have not been able to meet current expenditure from the revenue collected from taxes and levies.

Given their size and population, the 16 new thromdes that will soon be established are likely to take years to generate revenue enough to meet their financial requirements.


Kumchi’s thirst soon to be quenched

11117986_1024006454293879_778799553_nKumchi villagers laying water pipes

Water: The eighteen households of Kumchi village in Phangyul will no longer have to worry about shortage of water.  The drinking water scheme at long last is coming to the village.

Water will be brought from Zhochalung, 19km from Kumchi village.  The project began 10 days ago with a low-key ceremony.

Gem Dorji, Phangyul gewog’s administration officer, said equipment worth Nu 700,000 had been acquired from previous year’s budget, and the gewog has received about Nu 500,000 additional budget for the scheme.  The gewog has received only Nu 1.3M (million) for the project that is estimated to cost Nu 4.5M.


Udzorong dairy cooperative riddled in problems too many

DSC01455The cooperative has suspended milk collection for the past four months

Milk: Just like the dairy cooperatives in other parts of Trashigang that are struggling to survive, the Udzorong dairy cooperative has also soured.

Management issues and lack of cooperation within the members has forced the cooperative to temporarily suspend collection of milk.

The cooperative’s accountant, Yeshey Tenzin, said few members have neither contributed milk nor paid monetary compensation for the past one and a half years.

“Despite repeated reminders, few members are reluctant to participate in any activity of the cooperative,” he said.


Japanese ex-Olympian to train local athletes

DSC_4461Dai Tamesue testing the skills of Bhutanese athletes at the track and field centre in Thimphu

BAAF: A former Japanese Olympian, Dai Tamesue, is in the country to study the athletes and train them into professional athletes.

Dai Tamesue interacted with the athletes at the track and field centre in Thimphu yesterday. He intends to return in September and begin training as a full time coach following a memorandum of understanding signed between the Bhutan Olympic Committee and The Athlete Society, of which Dai Tamesue is the chairperson, on March 30.

The former Olympian is planning to start training with the fundamental aspects that are required in running and sprinting. “I’ll observe and return with the necessary equipment and expertise to train the athletes,” he said.


All central schools to be granted autonomy

MoE clarifies on entitlements due to day-scholars as opposed to boarders

Education: Allaying confusion over who are entitled to free amenities in central schools, education ministry officials clarified that day scholar students were not eligible for free uniforms and bedding.

Just as for boarding students, the need to also provide free uniforms and bedding to day students was recently raised by parents whose children are studying in Udzorong central school in Trashigang.


Construction of dam begins

_MG_6751Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay offers his prayers before installing the sachu-bum-ter to start the dam’s construction yesterday

The PM installed the sa-chu-bum-ter to signal the laying of the dam foundation

 PHPA II: Calling it a milestone achievement for Punatsangchu hydroelectric project authority II (PHPA II), the project will start constructing the dam with the foundation laying ceremony conducted yesterday.

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay installed the sa-chu-bum-ter signalling the foundation concreting of the dam, which when completed will rise 86m high, with a width of 213m at the top.  Excavation work at the dam site is still going on and will be done simultaneously with the construction of the dam.


Inflation in February up by 0.23 percent

Prices: If decreasing fuel prices decelerated the inflation rate, the increase in price of vehicles slightly surged it last month.

In January this year, the Indian government withdrew the excise duty concession on Indian car manufacturers.  This, coupled by increased production cost, has resulted in increased cost of cars in India and because of the tax implication it became dearer in Bhutan.


Teacher wins gold medal

gold-medalPhurba Tashi receives gold medal from union minister, Harsh Vardhan

Award: Phurba Tashi, Zhemgang central school’s vice principal was awarded a gold medal for topping the MA in public administration from SRM University in Tamil Nadu, India.

He scored 8.688 CGPA, which is around 87 percent, in the master’s course that he completed in 2014.  There were also education ministry’s 10 officials, who graduated from the same course that was funded by the government of India.

Union minister of science and technology and earth science, Harsh Vardhan, awarded the medal on March 24 at the university’s convocation.