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The Alumni Association of Government Law College, Mumbai University, India awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award to eight Bhutanese Alumni at a function on March 1 in Mumbai.



Bringing the bone-setter on board

By profession, Ap Jagey is a cattle herder.  In his twilight years, the 69-year-old spends his days running after the 12 heads of cattle at Namseling, on the outskirts of the capital city.

But quite often he gets visitors, who come looking for him in the empty fields, in the forest above his village, and on the banks of the Thimpchu, where he normally takes his cattle to graze.

Ap Jagey can fix fractures and dislocated joints [... Read More]

Landslides – The downside of an irrigation channel

DSC01327Slide prone -The stretch where landslide occurs frequently due to a construction of an irrigation channel above the road

Tendu: Rain makes villagers of Tendu in Samtse fretful.  Slides send boulders rolling down, making travel difficult.

Some way above the Sipsu-Tendu highway, the construction of an irrigation channel is underway that will take water to the two gewogs of Pemaling and Sipsu.  That, the villagers say, causes landslides.

And monsoon is not far away.

Villagers have taken the issue to the gewog office, but nothing seems to have come of it.  Slides continue to tear [... Read More]

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REC receives 344 books worth USD 20,000
The Mindful Development Consultants Ltd, in Canada has gifted 334 books of 130 different titles worth more than USD 20,000 to the Royal Education Council. MDC was REC’s project partner in establishing the Centenary Institute of Education, in Yonphula, Trashigang. The books are on theories of education and leadership, educational assessment and research, curriculum design [... Read More]

195 Community Centres by year end

IT: Of the planned 205 community centres (CC), 195 will be in place by the end of the year.

CCs are places where information communications technology is made available to communities. Through the CCs, people can access public services online.

So far, 185 CCs have been completed. Another 10, paid for by the SAARC development fund (SDF), will be added by December. The SDF has so far provided around USD 2.5m to construct 50 CCs.

The [... Read More]

Search still on for drowning victim

Gongrichu: More than a hundred people are still searching for the body of a contractor in Gongri river, after he was washed away when the boat he was on capsized between Pemagatshel and Mongar.

The incident occurred around 3:30pm on March 6. The contractor and four others, including two boatmen, was on the boat carrying construction materials to the new bridge construction site, which is about two and half kilometres upstream from Yangbari in [... Read More]

18 year old drowned

Punakha police yesterday recovered a body of 18-year old man from the Mochhu River. According to police, the man drowned while swimming with his friends. The friends informed police around 1pm.

He was from Thinleygang and was a student of Thinleygang higher secondary school. The body has been handed over to parents.



Implications of international trade on health

What does joining World Trade Organisation mean for Bhutan’s health sector?

The implication of international trade on health has been recognised for centuries.  The Black Death (plague) followed international trading routes in the 14th century.

International health organisations like the Pan American sanitary bureau (1902), office international d’hygiène publique (OIHP 1907) in Paris, health organisation of the league of nations (1919) and WHO (1948) were created mainly to control the spread of infectious diseases through international trade/travel [... Read More]

Rising drug resistant TB cases

TB1At Gidakom: MDR TB patients see off a friend who had completed his treatment at the hospital

In most cases, this is due to patients discontinuing their treatment midway

Health: Although the increase in multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) cases could partly be due to good diagnostic services, public health officials find the surge from two cases in January to 27 in December 2013 at Gidakom hospital alarming.

Gidakom hospital’s TB ward has 28 beds and, except for one, MDR TB patients, who were diagnosed as resistant to the two main [... Read More]

Rs 1.8B for 59 SDPs under 11th Plan

SDP: The Government of India agreed to release Rs 1.8B for construction of 59 small development projects (SDP) under the 11th Plan.

The agreement was reached following a meeting held last week in Thimphu between Bhutanese foreign ministry officials with those of the Indian embassy.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji said work on the projects would begin as soon as they received the money.

“Unlike in the previous years, the government does not intend to pre-finance these [... Read More]