Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - 7:35 AM
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A wake up call

The small Bhutanese community in Perth is a bit shaken; with most of them receiving numerous calls from home inquiring if the Australian immigration authority has cancelled visas of two Bhutanese dependents.

Last night, members of the Association of Bhutanese in Perth confirmed that authorities questioned four Bhutanese and no visas were cancelled.  This comes as a relief to parents, relatives and especially to hundreds of Bhutanese waiting to go to Australia to study.

It would have [... Read More]

Tackling the mounting garbage problem

unnamed-53Field visit: Participants at the Serbithang compost plant Photo: Jamyang Dukjey, MoWHS

It was agreed at the national conference on solid waste management that commercialising the system is the way forward

Waste: Laws, rules, and regulations are not enough to tackle the growing problem of garbage in Bhutan it was pointed out by stakeholders during the national conference on sustainable solid waste management, yesterday.

More than organising cleaning campaigns and framing laws to penalise defaulters, which rarely happened, it is important that people are educated and made [... Read More]

Three projects in pipeline to ease P/ling’s housing crunch

unnamed-57One of the three new NHDCL buildings

NHDCL: National Housing and Development corporation (NHDCL) has three projects in the pipeline to ease the housing problem in Phuentsholing.

Construction of three buildings with eight units each will be completed by the end of this month.  In total, there will be 24 units.  Each unit will have two bedrooms, one sitting room, two toilets, a kitchen, and a small storeroom.

About Nu 46m has been invested in constructing these three buildings.

Chador Y Jamtsho, NHDCL’s [... Read More]

Bhutan-Australia annual bilateral consultations

Diplomacy: The third annual bilateral consultations between Bhutan and the government of the Commonwealth of Australia will be held today in Thimphu.

The Bhutanese delegation is led by the foreign ministry’s  bilateral affairs director, Kinga Singye, while the ambassador of Australia to Bhutan, Patrick Suckling, will lead the Australian delegation.

According to the foreign ministry, the bilateral consultation provides a forum for the two countries to exchange views on a wide range of issues of [... Read More]

72 affected by airport no building zone

unnamed-51Empty land: International rules disallow the construction of even single storey buildings around the airport

Land: Gelephu thromde has appealed to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to allow the construction of single storied buildings in the no construction zone around Gelephu domestic airport.

A total of 72 land owners are affected by the no construction zone that has been demarcated around the domestic airport.

The no construction zone covers 115 acres around the domestic airport, of which almost 73 acres is government owned while almost 42 is private land.

“We [... Read More]

Elephants play spoilsport at festival

unnamed-52A millet field destroyed by elephants

Villagers had to cut Deepavali festivities short to guard their crops against marauding tuskers

Wildlife: The festive season is now over and the people of Gangtokha village in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana are back in the fields, guarding their crops against marauding elephants.

As the sun goes down, villagers get ready for a full-scale battle with the invading tuskers.  If the villagers let the animals have their way, they will be robbed of everything and have little [... Read More]

Taktse college needs BHU

unnamed-2Risky: ILCS is concerned for the safety of its students who have to travel to Trongsa for health services

ILCS students have to travel 10km to the nearest BHU and 23km to the nearest hospital 

Infrastructure: With the nearest health facility located 10km away, students and faculty of institute of language and cultural studies (ILCS) in Taktse face difficulty accessing and receiving health services during illness.

The basic health unit (BHU) in Kingarabten is closer to the campus, while Trongsa hospital is 23km away.

Recently, Passang Tshering, a second year student from the institute, returned [... Read More]

Man held for alleged rape of minor

Crime: Mongar police detained a 40-year-old man from Samrang in Samdrupjongkhar for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl in Chaskhar on October 21.

Neighbours, who witnessed the incident at around noon that day, reported the case to the police.

On October 23, the case was reported to the police by the parents.  The child is at the Mongar regional hospital for investigation.  The alleged rapist is a retired national workforce labourer and lives with his wife.  [... Read More]

Man dies after fall

A 43-year-old man has died after he fell from the roof a single-storey house in Yangbari village in Mongar on October 26.

The deceased was collecting straw on the roof of his house that was used to dry maize.

The Balam mangmi said that the man had fallen not less than 30 feet. The man had been alone at the time.

A neighbour found the deceased and the police were contacted.

According to the police, the man had suffered [... Read More]

Acceptable oversight by 2018

DCA commits to raising its compliance with ICAO to 50 percent from 38 in the next four years

Aviation: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has committed, in its performance agreement with the government, to bring Bhutan’s air safety oversight rating to an internationally acceptable standard by 2018.

The commitment is ambitious, as it will require several major changes in the next four years, including being able to recruit critical safety professionals that can cost [... Read More]

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