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The ambulance man – Beyond the call of BHU duty

IMG_5855 Lungten Norbu carries Sangay Lhamo to Nganglam hospital

Village health workers like Lungten Norbu in Mendrelgang are the unsung heroes of the sector

Health: It is 7am, and someone is pounding on Lungten Norbu’s door.

Lungten opens the door to find an elderly man standing in front of him.

Dopa, 58, anxiously asks Lungten to come with him.  His wife has been suffering body aches since the night before.

Lungten grabs his woollen medical bag and dashes out of his home.  He begins asking questions.  [... Read More]

A man with a mission in the mountains

IMG_5363Sangay Tenzin

A hydromet engineer exhibits single-minded dedication to his task of GLOF mitigation

Lakes: Lunana in September is cold, utterly cold.  There is rain and snow all day and nothing else.  Wind bites with fangs into skins.

In a dank, claustrophobic room in Tenche, a village that a roiling river separates from Thanza, is a man in a blue Mammut jacket, looking at the weather records maintained by the person at the flood warning station.

Sangay Tenzin [... Read More]

The Himalayan university consortium program

A bid to create a network between the various universities in the region concerned

ICIMOD: In an attempt to link and enhance collaboration among the various universities of the eight member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is initiating a new regional program called the Himalayan university consortium (HUC).

HUC aims to build a dynamic mountain knowledge partnership among universities, ICIMOD and regional member country partners.  [... Read More]

Longstanding restrictions lifted on plots in E4 precincts

Landowners can now develop or, under conditions, carry out transaction of their land

Thromde: Landowners in Thimphu, who own less than 25-decimal land in the E4 areas (agro-based environment precinct), can now develop their land or carry out transaction of their plot.

For the last 10 years, construction, development or transaction of land below 25 decimals was not allowed by the thromde, as most of the E4 areas were located on steep slopes.  E4 area [... Read More]

Religious bodies’ dress codes to be formalised

Choedhay: Dress codes for lams, trulkus, monks and nuns under various religious institutes registered with choedhay lhentshog (religious organisation) will be drafted to serve as a reference henceforth.

Choedhay lhentshog’s deputy chief program officer, Phurba Dorji, said, although dress codes for various post holders the religious institutes are in place, there is no formal document on it.

“It’s just there in sutras like kanjur and tenjur,” he said. “We now want to document it for [... Read More]

Accused clerk claims he’s a scapegoat

Embezzlement: The Patsaling gewog clerk in Tsirang, who was terminated in June this year for allegedly embezzling life and house insurance revenue, claimed that it was the gup and mangmi, who misused the fund.

The clerk, Chabi Kumar Rai, was accused of misusing Nu 37,000 from life insurance revenue and Nu 15,000 from house insurance collected from people of Patsaling in 2013.

He, however, claimed that the gewog mangmi misused Nu 55,000 to recover the [... Read More]

Teams start returning, without medals

unnamed-3In Action: Tashi Norbu (blue) fights Eshan Rouzbahani of Iran yesterday

ASIAD: Some members of the national team competing at the XVII Asian Games at Incheon, Korea will start returning home starting tomorrow, without medals.

After their competitions, the tennis and archery teams are the first to return. Tennis player Tandin Wangchuk lost to a Turkmenistan player in the first round of the men’s single match on September 24.

The men’s archery team that played on September 23, Jigme Norbu and Kinley Tshering ranked 54 and [... Read More]

Bhutan looks to cash in on Make in India initiative

DSC_4865Ambassador Gautam Bambawale and economy affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk during the live telecast of the launch of “Make in India” movement at Hotel Taj, Thimphu yesterday

The Indian embassy organised a viewing of the live telecast of PM Modi’s economic movement at Hotel Taj

Economy: Bhutan is poised to benefit from the Indian government’s fast track economy development initiative, “Make in India”, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched yesterday in India, to make India a global manufacturing hub.

Bhutan, being a close friend of India, with which 85 percent of the country’s trade takes place, the benefits of prosperity and strength [... Read More]

Preliminary hearing on libel case

DPT: Thimphu district court’s bench five will first decide whether it is procedurally correct to preside over the libel case, which Druk Phuensum Tshogpa filed against former deputy minister, Dasho Paljor J Dorji.

In the preliminary hearing conducted yesterday, the court stated that libel is an offence defined under the penal code of Bhutan, and it is not procedurally right for private parties to file and prosecute the case.

The court explained that, in a [... Read More]

Two choppers fail to airlift arrow-hit victim

Medevac: People of Lunana prayed yesterday.  They prayed for pleasant weather for the helicopter to make it through thick clouds and airlift the archery-hit patient.

But their prayers were not answered.  The weather condition worsened and the two helicopters deployed to airlift Gem Dorji, 30, could not get through, leaving the patient with the arrow still struck below his right shoulder.

An arrow shot from a compound bow hit Gem Dorji on the evening of [... Read More]

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