Sunday, March 29th, 2015 - 12:47 AM
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Taps run dry in Rizor, Udzorong

Water: For the last three years, almost half of the 250 water taps built in Rizor chiwog in Udzorong, Trashigang have been running dry.

The taps were built in 2008 through the rural water supply scheme.  Water supply to Udzorong was disrupted, when pipes connected to the source at Namtaladrang had to be removed in 2012 to carry out widening works for Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway.  With the work still in progress, the water pipes are yet to be restored.


Air safety, first and last

Travel by air is considered to be the safest and the fastest.  That is why it is expensive and beyond the reach of many.  It may still be the fastest but, with increasing number of disasters in the sky, there is a growing concern.

Every time news of an air crash appears, people have second thoughts on safety, even if it is momentary.  The aviation industry has been hit with several disasters in the recent past.  In 2014 alone, there were six major air crashes involving commercial airlines.  1,090 people were killed and some are still missing.

Just as we are recovering from the shocking Air Asia accident that crashed into the Java sea killing all 162 on board in December, the Germanwings plane crash that killed all 150 onboard came as a stark reminder of air travel safety.  It is the eighth commercial airline disaster since the mysterious disappearance of MH370 last March.


Changjiji open-air gym inaugurated

IMG_7052The health minister explains how the equipment works to an elderly woman

At the opening, the health minister urged the community to use and take care of the facility

NCD: With the opening of an open-air gym at Changjiji, the colony now has a complete set of facilities for all age groups.

To promote healthy lifestyle and help address the rising non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the city, the health ministry in collaboration with National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC) and financial support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), launched the first of its six open-air gyms at the Changjiji children’s park yesterday.


Stone-pelting patient treated then arrested

Crime: Following a complaint from the Health Help Centre (HHC), Changjiji police has detained a 34-year old man from Tsirang for pelting stones at an ambulance on March 25 near Hongtsho.

The incident took place around 11am after the ambulance picked the man from Dochula following an emergency call.  The man, a cook with Dochula café, was under the influence of alcohol and had fallen off a slope.  He had suffered cuts on his head.


Turning crises into opportunity

DSC_3698Project Manager Jigme Thinley explains the process involved in producing the egg trays

The lack of local egg trays and cost of a rehab program are met by a manufacturing unit 

YDF: Bhutan may not be importing eggs anymore but it continues to import egg trays from India.

To reduce the import of egg trays and hatch employment opportunities for youth, egg trays will now be produced at home with paper waste.

With HRH Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck inaugurating the egg tray-manufacturing unit in Bjemina yesterday, the plant will start producing 720 egg trays an hour from about 47kg of paper.


Picture story

Strong winds blew off the roof of a traditional house in Udzorong, Trashigang on March 24


World Cup qualifier gives fillip to local league

IMG_6948-1New face: Thimphu FC’s Dan Ito at a practise session yesterday

New international signings expected to lift quality of football on offer

Yanmer-Thimphu: If the recent World Cup qualifying match at Changlimithang has rekindled the love for the beautiful game, local clubs will ensure that it continues.

The Thimphu A league has been recently renamed Yanmer Thimphu Premier League.  Prize money has increased manifold, and clubs are bringing in new coaches and players.

Thimphu FC, which was promoted from division B last year, had signed a new Italian coach, and has now hired two international players, a Japanese mid-fielder and a defender from Gambia.


Royal visit

20150325-907A8788His Majesty the King addresses the students and faculty of Gaeddu College of Business Studies yesterday

His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, visited the Gaeddu College of Business Studies yesterday. His Majesty granted audiences to the students of the college, as well as the faculty.

On Monday, His Majesty granted audiences to the faculty and students of the College of Science and Technology in Rinchending. While in Phuentsholing, His Majesty visited Pasakha Chumigthang Middle Secondary School and granted audiences to the teachers and students of the school.

His Majesty also granted audiences to the Thromde officials, Desuups, and RBA and RBP officers in Phuentsholing.

His Majesty travelled by the Samtse-Phuentsholing highway, which awaits a bridge over Amochu for it to be used as an alternative route connecting Samtse to the rest of the country.

Their Majesties visited Gelephu, Samtse and Phuentsholing on a Royal Tour of the Southern dzongkhags.


Squeezing out space for apron expansion

IMG_20150315_112443Rush hour: An aircraft is moved onto the runway to allow another to enter the apron

With the IAF camp relocation still under process, Paro airport has to manage on its own  

 Aviation: With a seventh aircraft now operating at Paro International Airport, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is being forced to expand its apron, despite no headway being made on relocating the Indian air force (IAF) camp there.

The airport’s apron capacity or parking area for aircraft of five aircraft was exceeded when Tashi Air added a second aircraft in August last year.

However, as the IAF camp still occupies primary space required for the expansion, the department will expand the apron on available ground close to the camp. Discussions at the political level to relocate the camp to Khangku, that began in 2008, are still ongoing.

One of the areas that will be tarmacked is where the present cargo building is located near to the airport’s hangars.  This area will be used to store service vehicles.


WTO quandary expected to end soon

But first, look forward to a rehash of all the old pros and cons of joining the world body 

Trade: After sitting on it for more than a decade, the government is to soon give its decision on whether Bhutan will join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) or not.

The move is also in line with government’s pledge to explore the possibilities of joining WTO, and the economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said the ministry would be making a presentation to the cabinet next month.

Bhutan’s accession process started in 1999, when it was given observer status, and the first working party was formed the same year.  Bhutan almost acceded to WTO in 2009 but decided against it.