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Combating the spread of Ebola

Epidemic: To step up surveillance against the spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the worst epidemic in recent times, public health officials in the country met with various agencies yesterday.

Public health department’s chief program officer, Dr Karma Lhazeen, said representatives from civil aviation, airlines, and immigration were briefed on the disease and the measures that had to be taken to combat the spread of EVD.

“These sectors will have to take major roles and [... Read More]

Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away

unnamed-14Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away at 86 Photo: Family album

Former secretary of the royal secretariat and cabinet, Dasho Kunzang Wangchuk, popularly known as Shingkhar Lam, passed away at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital in Thimphu on the evening  of October 16.  He was 86.

He was admitted to the hospital a week before, after suffering from a weak immune system.  He had been bedridden for almost 10 years.

Born in March 1928 in Shingkhar, Bumthang, Dasho Shingkhar Lam began his career as a tozeb [... Read More]

EU trebles financial assistance

Aid: The European Union has trebled its financial assistance to the country for the period 2014-2020 to euro 42M from the previous amount of Euro 14M (2007-2013).

The trepled assistance amount is aimed at strengthening civil society, supporting local governance and developing rural livelihood, such as enhancing food and nutrition security and generating employment opportunities.

A press release from the European Commission states the increased assistance commitment was following the EU’s appreciation of efforts the [... Read More]


Other side of happiness

A large number of our senior citizens are finding themselves pushed to the edge of society. We don’t require statistics to tell us that. We know because they are there, starkly visible, in and around our prospering neighbourhoods.

Yet the reality that is unfolding before our very eyes continues to escape us. Perhaps we are blinded by our need to serve ourselves first. And in this trail of honouring ourselves before any other, we have failed [... Read More]

Survey of lateral highway on track

unnamed-11Road widening: Yotongla, the boundary between Trongsa and Bumthang

Road widening of the Chuserbu-Nangar section is due to start early next year

Roads:  Road widening of the East-West lateral highway between Chuserbu, Trongsa, and Nangar, Bumthang, is slated to commence by early next year.

So far, 13km of the Chuserbu-Nangar highway has been surveyed.  Survey works began from mid-September and are scheduled to be completed by December.

With the government planning to shorten the current two-day journey required on the 333km East-West lateral highway to [... Read More]

Blasting training for roads engineers and others

PIC_0013Bomb squad: Trainees ready explosives for their practical tests

Given the ubiquity of the activity, a need was felt to ensure it was safe, systematic, and controlled 

Blasting: Around 31 junior engineers and assistant engineers with the Department of Roads (DoR) from its nine regional offices across the country now have hands-on experience in safe, systematic, and controlled blasting.

The training, initiated by the department, concluded yesterday.  Along with the engineers, there were 18 trainees, who were already blasters but not certified as specialists.

During [... Read More]

Closing in on cheaper broadband

Countries in the region agree to set up working group for planned information superhighway

Internet: More affordable internet is one step closer for the Asia-Pacific, especially landlocked countries like Bhutan, after countries in the region agreed to set up a working group for a planned information superhighway, at the fourth session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) ICT committee.

At the ESCAP ICT committee meet, held between [... Read More]

It’s either too little water or fear of too much

unnamed-9Drying up: Water sources in Wangdue are disappearing

While most farmers have run out of the resource, those in Punakha worry about overflowing lakes

Water: Of late, farmers of Rubesa village, in the central district of Wangduephodrang, are in search of new water sources for drinking and irrigation purposes.

Although water sources in the locality started drying up a few years ago, farmers did not  face acute water shortage like they do today.

This, according to the Rubesa gup, Gyeltshen, was because of timely [... Read More]

Judge open to out of court settlement

unnamed-7Waiting repair: Some houses in Gidawom allegedly cracked by blasting at the mines

The conflicting parties were offered a way out of an otherwise long drawn out affair

Gidawom: The legal battle between Gidawom community members and the four mines that operate above the villages has boiled down to two issues, the court stated, even though the parties continue to hurl numerous charges.

Thimphu district court’s bench II drangpon, while presiding over the evidence submission from the defendants on October 15, said the main issues of contention are [... Read More]

Company appeals against compensation verdict

Contract: Lama Industry, awarded a contract, which was later retracted, has appealed to the high court against Dagana dzongkhag administration’s tender committee.

The verdict, passed on September 12, required payment of compensation to Lama Industry.  For issuance of acceptance letter without proper verification, the dzongkhag tender committee had to pay Nu 17,143 as compensation, and Nu 7,500 (two months wage rate) for holding the performance security deposit for two months.

The company’s appeal letter to [... Read More]

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