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Drones (quadcopters, actually) for health

DSC_8735Test flight: Lyonchhoen, health minister, WHO representative and Matternet team watch a drone take off from referral hospital to Chamgang BHU (II) in Thimphu

Two unmanned aerial vehicles were test launched from JDWNRH yesterday

UAV: Matternet, a company based in California, the USA, test launched two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or quadcopters from Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu yesterday.

Considering the country’s difficult terrain, quadcopters are seen as an option for delivering medicines from hospitals and they can take telemedicine in Bhutan to the next level.

What this drone can [... Read More]

Officiating and scarcity allowances done away with

Notification: Starting last month, the finance ministry has withdrawn officiating allowance for civil servants in general, and scarcity allowance for mathematics and physics teachers.

A notification, which the ministry issued on July 18 on revision of allowances and benefits, states that those civil servants officiating higher positions would be issued, instead of officiating allowance, meritorious or outstanding certificates in recognition of the contributions.

The change would also be incorporated in the Bhutan Civil Service Rules [... Read More]

Local and central govt. must work together: PM

Apropos apparent conflict of interest on the issue of unlocking no mine zones

Mines: The government will ensure to abide by all laws that are in place before the state mining corporation, the function of which is still under discussion, starts unlocking no-mining zones in the country, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said.

Lyonchhoen said this at the meet the press session on August 1 on how the government would go about unlocking mining zones, especially [... Read More]

Paro airport stretched beyond capacity

IMG_20140730_093727Crowded: The Paro airport’s capacity has exceeded with six aircraft now operating from the international airport

Aviation: With Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) having received its second aircraft last week, capacity at Paro international airport has been exceeded.

A total of six aircraft now operate scheduled services to and fro Paro airport.

The total capacity of the apron, or parking area, of the airport is five aircraft.

“It’s a concern,” said Tashi Air CEO Phala Dorji.  He added that, despite one of Tashi Air’s aircraft being based in Bangkok, more space at Paro [... Read More]

Cut off wall is foolproof

IMG_5264Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk inspects the work at MHPA

MHPA: Economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said that the royal audit authority (RAA) is convinced by the technical superiority of the cut off wall to permeation grouting for Mangdechu hydropower project authority’s (MHPA) cofferdam during a visit to the project site on July 31.

“RAA has no issue with the change in the technology because it’s convinced that the cut off wall is a better technology, given the risk factor associated with permeation grouting,” [... Read More]

PM takes ‘brand ambassador’ slur in his stride

DSC_7945Thirty two Leafs have been sold to date

Lyonchhoen said he was happy to be associated with the introduction of electric cars in the country

Transport: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay takes the criticism – that he is acting as the brand ambassador of Tesla electric cars – as a compliment.

“Electric car is the future of transport and I take it as a compliment if people call me the brand ambassador,” he said, during the meet the press meeting on Friday.  The prime [... Read More]

Next budget to await previous one’s analysis

Finance: The Gewog Development Grant (GDG) will be continued, once the first year budget revision is completed.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji said the budget for 2014-15 has been put on hold to study for pros and cons from the previous fiscal year.

The minister said the pause was to examine the previous year’s budget use, and to come up with new procedures, if needed.

“The budget will be resumed a few months after the revision is [... Read More]

Thimphu A dominates Taekwondo championship

IMG_0374Winners of the local club

Taekwondo: Thimphu team A bagged 10 gold medals in the first international taekwondo championship held from July 31 to August 2.

Seven taekwondo clubs- four from India and three from Bhutan- competed in the championship divided into 10 categories at the Thimphu swimming pool complex.

Thimphu A teams scored 73 points after winning 10 gold and three bronze medals.

Bodoland Taekwondo Club from neighbouring Assam, India came second with  four gold, three silver and two bronze, [... Read More]


Possibly public enemy no. 1

Junk food, it has been established, is not good for health.  What’s also established, and gaining increasing criticism, is the impact junk food, packaged ones especially, has on the environment.

This is in relation with the large amount of packaged and processed food offered at the altar in temples and monasteries as tshok.

Most schools in the capital disallow students from bringing packaged food, like chips, biscuits and juices.  It’s called junk because it isn’t the sustenance [... Read More]

A Sunday market in Damji

IMG_2563Business: Bokhum (middle) with her goods at the Sunday market

An enterprise initiated to enhance vegetable production, and link customers to growers

Agriculture: Bhakhum is 73-years-old.  The Damji villager had never sold vegetables in her life.  Yesterday, at the opening of the Sunday market in her gewog, she joined 40 other villagers.

Bhakhum had brought a few pumpkins and cucumbers from her garden, but she didn’t know what price to charge.  When asked how much her cucumbers were sold for, she broke into laughter. “I [... Read More]

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