Accident: A Bolero pick up that crashed into a bridge railing on June 6 on the Assam highway has resulted in all its passengers, 15 monks, being admitted in hospitals.
Five monks, who suffered head injuries and are critical, were referred to Guwahati hospital in Assam.
Ten others are still admitted in Samdrupjongkhar hospital. One of them fractured his left hand, and the rest had minor injuries.
The incident occurred around 1:30pm at Barama, about 60km from Samdrupjongkhar.
The monks, most below 20 years, were travelling with the khenpo from Gelephu to Pemagatshel via the Assam highway. The monks were from a shedra (monastic school) in Zhemgang. The khenpo was driving the pick-up.
BAFRA has temporarily banned the instant noodle for safety reasons
Food: A small boy with Nu 10 in his hand asked for a packet of Maggi from one of the shops in the vegetable market in Thimphu yesterday. But the boy had to buy another noodle.
In another shop, the owner has started removing the packets from the shelves, while a shop in Changangkha sealed a bag containing the noodles.
Almost all shops in the capital do not have Maggi’s instant noodles or don’t sell them following Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority’s (BAFRA) June 6 notification on temporarily banning its display and sale in the country with immediate effect since the source of the implicated product is imported from India.
Following an inspection, it was found that six of nine companies have so far done the needful
Industry: Three companies in Pasakha, Bhutan Carbide and Chemicals, Bhutan Concast, and KK Steel have failed to implement measures to mitigate pollution, improve housekeeping, and self-monitoring, as required by the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS).
This was announced at the review meeting held on June 6 in Pasakha between NECS officials and the industries’ representatives.
Nine companies were supposed to build additional Gas Cleaning Plants (GCP) in order to tap and control hazardous fugitive emissions by correcting the tapping process.
Last week some Indian media and online sites picked up a story from a two-day workshop on cross border cooperation to prevent human trafficking. The story labelled Bhutan as a fast emerging centre for human trafficking.
Such stories can leave a negative impression on the image of the country. With most foreign media focused on the gross national happiness and the last Shangri-La tag when covering Bhutan, anything that suggests against such idealism sells. Quite often, the media is tempted to write the other side of the “happy country,” and most times it can be a little exaggerated.
DHI and Natel Energy USA have entered into an agreement to explore its development
MoU: If building hydropower plants is considered less environment friendly and capital intensive, there seems to be a technology to overcome these issues.
Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) and Natel Energy, USA have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build an EcoSmartHydro pilot project under a grant scheme sourced from third parties and to gradually upscale it.
Work was not given to the lowest evaluated bidder
Tender: A private company in Guwahati, M/s North East Silliminate, is crying foul at the way Dungsam Cement corporation ltd (DCCL) awarded a tender for supplying “refractory materials”.
DCCL in March had invited a tender for supply of refractory materials, wherein M/s North East Silliminate was declared the lowest bidder. However, DCCL awarded the work to a Mumbai-based company, M/s Caderlys India Refractories limited, prompting M/s North East Silliminate to call the tender process ‘flawed and poor management system’.
Road: People of Thimtama of Drujaygang gewog, Dagana are not happy that construction work on the 5.8km Menchuna-Thimtama farm road was stopped a month after it began in February this year.
Passang Dorji, 51, who was appointed the farm road’s tshogpa, said people have been asking him why the work was halted, and what would happen to the road, which was already listed in the plan.
That’s how most people view life in the remote villages of Trongsa
Lifestyle: Sagay, 40, is one of the few men left in Phumzur.
Many have left the village, dissatisfied with the remoteness. Remaining behind means a life of hardship and, sometimes, despair.
For instance, today, he is at his sister’s home in Langthel, in Trongsa. He had stopped by for the night in the midst of an arduous task just to obtain some oil.
Sagay has a long and weary journey ahead. As soon as he eats his breakfast, he strips down his mathra gho to the waist and straps on a bamboo basket that weighs around 40kg. In the basket there are jerry cans of freshly squeezed mustard oil, and a few kilograms of flour.
Rescue: Forest officials rescued a juvenile bear from Baylangdra in Kashi gewog, Wangdue on June 5.
Wangude forest division’s deputy chief forest officer Tashi Dhendup said the bear was two months old. “We suspect that poachers might have killed the mother bear and left the juvenile alone in the forest,” he said.
He added that a few days ago, when a forest official from Wangdue visited the Baylandgdra site, he saw the bear being rescued and kept with a tsampa (hermit). The forester had then called the wildlife conservation division in Thimphu, who instructed them to rescue the bear.
Bodybuilding: The 8th National Bodybuilding Championship in Thimphu Saturday saw a new champion.
Friends and family members of participants looked more nervous than the participants themselves. Behind the stage, participant are getting ready, oiling their body to the perfect shine.
Lobzang Tshering is working with some routine poses. He doesn’t know that he will beg the title. Summer is working its evil ways. Spectators are sweating and heaving. Lobzang needs water, immediately. He is worried about the shape that he must present. He takes a gulp and spits out.