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The road hogs of the Dewathang-S/J highway

DSC_5741Reckless drivers: The stretch between SJ to Dewathang has become dangerous

Heavy vehicle drivers take advantage of limited checks by authorities to terrorise others on the road

Road: Reckless drivers on the Dewathang-Samdrupjongkhar highway are a major concern, according to residents of the towns.

The 18km stretch is double-lane and heavy vehicles drivers, residents said, drive recklessly, and that officials, from authorities like the Road Transport and Safety Authority (RSTA) and traffic police, are not monitoring these drivers.  Heavy vehicle drivers were also said to be [... Read More]

Sixty-seven people benefited by Smile surgery

Camp: Sixty-seven people have undergone surgery at a camp organised by Smile Asia Singapore, in collaboration with Thimphu referral and Paro hospitals.

The four-day camp which began from September 14, saw 200 registrations, of which 143 turned up for the surgery.  Thirty-tree underwent surgery for cleft lips and 34 were cases of burn and extra growth. “The others didn’t undergo surgery because they were suffering from cough and cold, fever or high blood pressure,” [... Read More]

Plagiarism of epic proportions


A recent study examines the prevalence and roots of the practice and suggests remedial measures

Lifestyle: Tasked with preparing parts of a speech for his minister, a civil servant was found to have “copy and pasted” material from Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, last month.

It had to be pointed out to the civil servant by a senior official that plagiarism, especially for a minister’s speech, was not only unethical but embarrassing.

Plagiarism in Bhutan is a [... Read More]

JDWNRH cashier makes off with over Nu 5M

Crime: A cashier with Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital (JDWNRH), who allegedly embezzled over Nu 5M, has gone missing since September 3.

The 34-year-old cashier has been working with the hospital for the past four to five years.

Medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Dhrupthob Sonam, said the cashier had misused the money over a period of six to seven months.

He said the cashier was responsible for collecting the money from hospital services, such [... Read More]

Driver and vehicle missing after accident

A 35-year-old man from Trashigang is missing, after the Mahindra Bolero he was driving fell 75 feet off the Thimphu-Paro highway into the Pachu.

The incident occurred  two km away from Chunzom towards Paro, yesterday morning.

The driver, working for Punatsangchu Hydropower Project I, was returning from Paro airport after dropping off a project official.

Police officials said they could not search because of the bad weather and a swollen Pachu.

They said that they would be able to [... Read More]


The closeted Cabinet

Cabinet decisions are vital, and what’s more important is the need to communicate these decisions to the public, for transparency, accountability and democracy.

The fourth estate is the expected agency to disseminate such information to the public.  But its task is not without challenges.

Access to information has become problematic.

Media houses have employed different tactics – from contacting the media officials to sending emails and calling the cabinet members on their mobiles phones. Usually there are no [... Read More]

No citrus blight but no farm road either

unnamed-7The road less travelled: Yangmalashing is a two-day walk from the gewog centre

The good fortune of the former is unfortunately matched by the ill luck of the latter

Yangmalashing:  Yangmalashing is the only chiwog in Decheling gewog, Nganglam, to have had a good mandarin harvest every year, despite citrus blight affecting orchards in the other four chiwogs.

But residents of the 28 households in Yangmalashing do not generate good income from the sale of mandarin.

That is because, unlike the other four chiwogs, Yangmalashing is not connected with [... Read More]

Picture story

Simulation exercise: Participants of a six-day training program on how to fight bird flu learnt how to use personal protective equipment in Phuentsholing yesterday. Participants also learnt how to depopulate, decontaminate and dispose infected birds. About 250 people have been trained so far.


Downpour disrupts normal life in Tsirang

DSC_1699-1Timber: A tree blocks the road to Kilkhorthang gewog centre

Rain: The continuous two-day downpour has blocked three farm roads in Tsirang.

The roads connect Kilkhorthang, Barshong and Tsholingkhar gewogs.  The gewog gups and the road department’s engineer could not be contacted.  But residents of these gewogs who were in Damphu said there were roadblocks caused by landslides and fallen trees.

The road block in Kilkhorthang and Barshong happened  in the morning yesterday.  Villagers, who came to Damphu town for weekend shopping, could not return [... Read More]

DoR takes over work from tardy contractor

Copy-of-DSC00685The construction of the highway is expected to be completed by mid 2015

The Gongrizomsa stretch is considered a tough job because of its rocky terrain

Road: A stretch of road on the Nganglam-Gyalpoizhing highway will be taken over by the department of roads (DoR), after the contractor failed to complete the work on time.

The contractor, Rinsons Constructions, failed to complete the road stretch within the contract period of six months.

DoR engineer Ugyen Norbu said the contractor’s deadline was even extended by a hundred days, considering challenges [... Read More]

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