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Another female Asiatic elephant was darted and collared in Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary early this month taking the total number of collared elephants to four.
Forestry officials and Wildlife Conservation Division officials have been collaring Asiatic elephants to study the seasonal movements of the animal in Bhutan. Two more elephants are due to be collared in Lhamoizingkha and Samtse before the year ends. Of the three collared earlier, two were collared in Samrang, Samdrupjongkhar and one in Sarpang. (Courtesy: MoAF)


Not many takers for vocational graduates

A labour ministry advisory comes up with short and long term proposals to improve situation

Survey: More than 700 industries have not recruited a single Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduate in the last three years, a labour ministry survey found.

About 208 industries of the total 1,029 have recruited up to 10 vocational graduates each in the last three years.

The labour ministry’s human resource advisory series released last month highlights several loose ends in the TVET, a critical area that has been identified in the 11th Plan to tackle youth unemployment, and points out that the sector is not up to the mark yet.

The prime minister recently asked the employment creation task force members to explore ways to create employment opportunities.


Garage sale to raise funds for hospital

DSC_8079Student volunteers ask for donation

JDWNRH: A garage sale of secondhand items at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) yesterday earned Nu 31,201 and Nu 3,550 from the sale of baby clothes that was held to help raise money to buy hand-wash detergents for the hospital.

Two volunteers with the Japan International Cooperation Agency coordinated a garage sale, along with 13 volunteers, including hospital staff and three students of Motithang HSS.

A midwife at JDWNRH, Emi Tsukamoto, said she noticed that the referral hospital does not have hand-washing detergents, which are a necessity for a hospital. “Hand-washing detergent is important for infection control,” she said.


Tremor interrupts league game

unnamedShot block: Effects’ player blocks a Jajin jump shot

Basketball: Day four of the Thimphu B League basketball tournament was nearly called-off, when a light tremor shook the swimming complex in Thimphu yesterday.

The tremor occurred in the final seconds of the second quarter of the game between Effects and Jajins.

Screaming, audience and players rushed out of the hall.  However, the officials and the players decided to continue the game minutes after the shock.

Effects defeated Jajins 55-34, their third consecutive win in the tournament.  Phuntsho Tshering of Effects, a class 12 student of Yangchenphug higher secondary school, with 24 points, was the highest scorer of the match.


Bhutan to send medical assistance team to Nepal

11195507_362553400602129_1338766755_n-1Help: The Bhutanese medical assistance team prepares to leave for Kathmandu, Nepal today to assist in the earthquake relief operations (Photo: Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk)

This is the first such disaster unit to be deployed outside the country

Earthquake: Bhutan will dispatch a medical assistance team, comprising of at least 54 members, to Nepal,  today, following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25.

The team is being deployed on the Royal Command of His Majesty the King.

A medical unit of 11 doctors, including both surgeons and medical specialists, and 19 nurses and technicians of the health ministry and the Royal Bhutan Army form the core of the team.

The medical team will be assissted by eight supporting staff, including an electrician.


P/ling may leak Nu 20M daily in tax defaults

The ballpark figure is based on an inspection of three truckloads of commodities imported from third countries

ACC: Bhutan could be losing more than Nu 20 million (M) every day in tax evasion at the country’s largest commercial hub, Phuentsholing.

This estimate was based on the physical verification of three truckloads of commodities imported from third countries that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) recently carried out at the regional revenue and customs office (RRCO) complex in Phuentsholing.


Two firsts in upcoming parliament

Annual budget to be scrutinised and opposition to move motion for discussion

NA: Unlike in the past, the upcoming parliament session on May 8 will see the annual budget being scrutinised by a finance committee, and the opposition moving a motion for discussion in the National Assembly (NA).

The nine-member finance committee, which is yet to be constituted, will review the budget and come up with recommendations after it is introduced in the assembly.  The committee will attempt to create a regional balance in budget distribution.


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For the well-being of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty the King and the royal family, and His Holiness the Je Khenpo, the Laggar Choetshog (religious association) is performing a three-day kurim (rituals) at Changidaphu, Thimphu.

Initiated by followers and patrons of His Eminence Gyeltshen Trulku, around 20 tsampas (religious practitioners) yesterday performed Drolma Yuedo, an invocation of Tara.

Today, the group will make a feast offering to three main deities of Zhabdrung, Yeshe Gonpo, Pelden Lhamo and Jarog Dongchen. Coinciding with Zhabdrung Kuchoed, the kurim will conclude with an offering to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Kagyu masters.


How prepared are we for the big shake

The Saturday earthquake in Nepal was a tragic event. It caused massive damage to property. Death toll is rising by the day.

It is an urgent reminder to the Himalayan communities that sit on the major seismic zone.

The reports we get are shifting. We are yet to figure what magnitude of shock hit Nepal two days ago.


People put off by highway project put on hold

Local community feels left out of the loop in govt.’s unilateral decision to defer

Highway: The government’s decision to defer the Nganglam-Dewathang highway for an indefinite period has left people of Choekhorling and Dewathang disgruntled, with people complaining that they were not informed of the decision, although they were equally involved in the project’s preparatory processes.

Villagers said they were left wondering if the project had been cancelled or deferred, as even the gewog offices couldn’t provide a clear explanation.  Villagers said the government should have at least informed the local leaders.