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Seventh SAARC meteorological meet in Thimphu

Panoram_4One of the automatic weather stations that was installed in Haa in May this year Photo: Tayba Buddha Tamang

One consensus was that AWSs would help counter the threat from that bane of S. Asia – thunderstorms

Seminar: Thunderstorm is one of the major disasters in the south Asian region, and it’s important to minimise its impact through forecast.

Thunderstorm or nor’wester, experts from the South Asian association for regional cooperation (SAARC) region, during a two-day seminar in the capital arrived at this conclusion.  They will also discuss field experiments of SAARC’s storm pilot [... Read More]

Contretemps over compensation land

unnamedThe land in question

Villagers contend that community holdings were given away wrongfully as substitute

Taktse: Villagers of Taktse in Drakteng, Trongsa are considering whether to take the dzongkhag and the gewog offices to court, or inform the anti-corruption commission (ACC), for giving away about 40 decimals of community land in Tangchipang to two households as land substitute.

The land was given to two households in Taktse as substitute, when the dratshang acquired the land near Taktse Sanga Choling [... Read More]

Japanese project for senior citizens in Bhutan

Photo-0106Helping hand: A Japanese doctor examines an elderly patient at her house in Wangduephodrang

The ‘community based medical care for elderly people’ started in Khaling in 2009

Health: When 78-year-old Lham Tshering first met Dr Michiko Fujisawa, a medical doctor from Japan, she was suffering from paralysis in her leg.

Dr Michiko Fujisawa instructed her to move around and how to exercise.

A year later, when the doctor visited again, the otherwise depressed elderly from Phadeykha, Samtengang in Wangdue, was smiling and, despite being paralysed, was able to move around.

Lham [... Read More]

Two evade daylight robbery on Indian highway

This particular stretch of road seems to be a favourite haunt of a gang in a brown van

Crime: Two men narrowly escaped a daylight robbery on the Indian highway between Alipur Duar Junction and Hasimara Air force station yesterday.  The incident occurred around 2:45pm.

The two civil servants were on their way from Samdrupjongkhar and headed towards Thimphu.  Five Indian men stopped their private car and demanded cash and properties, with one pointing a [... Read More]

On a war footing against the Ebola virus


A health ministry task force for the epidemic is chalking out a strategic plan

Health: The health ministry’s task force for Ebola is working on developing a strategic plan to respond to the Ebola virus disease (EVD), the epidemic, which was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO) two months ago.

On October 24, the health ministry issued an office order to 26 health officials to intensify and carry out the [... Read More]

Australia extends support

Update: The Australian government has provided 52 additional scholarships, excluding the famous Endeavour scholarship, for Bhutanese wanting to pursue Masters degree in Australia in 2015.

The Australian ambassador, Patrick Suckling, who is in the country said that scholarships would continue as the backbone of the relation between the two countries continues to be strong education cooperation.

Ambassador Patrick Suckling said, “We’ve also come up with new areas of cooperation in education in terms of public [... Read More]

Trash talking … again

The same old problems are pointed out but a lasting solution remains elusive

Conference: It is high time that thromdes and municipalities reexamine current waste collection methods and timings, it was pointed out during the sustainable waste management conference that ended yesterday.

The current collection is not as effective in managing the increasing amount of waste being produced in the country, it was also pointed out.

This was one of the main issues discussed, yesterday.

Participants at [... Read More]

Rehab village for indigent inaugurated

44 households from five villages are now rehabilitated on royal command at the Khenadang project site

Zobel: His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, yesterday, inaugurated the Khenadang rehabilitation project vin Pemagatshel, which would serve as a new home to 44 households.

The project implemented, under the national rehabilitation program (NRP), initiated on the command of His Majesty the King, was the first to improve the livelihood of landless and socio economically disadvantaged households in [... Read More]


Thrashing out the trash issue

Thimphu hosted the most relevant conference in the recent times.  The two-day sustainable solid waste management conference, where stakeholders participated and thrashed out ideas with authorities and implementers for a better waste management, was a good idea with the problem of solid waste mounting.

It has been long overdue.

It was a fruitful conference in the sense that participants were vocal and candid about a problem that seems to be getting out of hand.  Planners, implementers and [... Read More]

Study and work in the UK

IMG_5952The Minister counsellor of British High Commission,Delhi, Andrew Soper

Education: Bhutanese studying in the United Kingdom can now work for a certain number of hours on weekdays, and for the full day on holidays.

This announcement was made by the newly appointed minister counsellor of the British High Commission, New Delhi, Andrew Soper, during an event held to mark his first official visit to the country, yesterday.

The event was a session titled “Britain and Bhutan – Links through Education – Past, Present and [... Read More]

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