Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - 4:28 AM

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Every drop counts: A Rinchenzor resident in Norbugang, Pemagatshel fills up a bottle of water from a barrel of stored rain water. The monsoon season is the only time when the village doesn’t face water shortage.


Rabies outbreak in Sarpang dzongkhag

rabid-cowControl measure: A rabid cow tethered to a tree

Disease: With Gelephu experiencing a rabies outbreak, the regional referral hospital saw 120 people turn up for anti-rabies vaccination within the past three weeks.

Those receiving the vaccine, health officials said, are those who consumed diary products and meat of infected cattle.

Last month, nine cows, bitten by rabid dog in lower Pelrithang, Umling and Sershong, died.  Three more infected by rabies are tethered for fear of harming and infecting people.  Two rabid dogs in [... Read More]


The dissension side of democracy

Everybody is talking about us!

A member of the National Assembly, almost exaggeratedly said, pointing to the discussions on social media, coverage of Parliament in the media and the informal discussions on the civil service salary, vehicle taxes and entitlements for parliamentarians.

All eyes are on Parliament as they eagerly wait for the final decision on the salary revision and vehicle taxes.  But even as resolutions and recommendations fly between the two houses, there is a feeling [... Read More]

Luggage fare issue to be resolved soon

RSTA will install weighing machines at all bus terminals and streamline procedures

Transport: In the absence of weighing machines at bus terminals, commuters travelling in public transport buses complain of the high luggage fare that drivers or conductors charge.

Most commuters said they are charged unreasonably, with drivers and conductors just gauging the size of the luggage and not the weight.

A frequent commuter, Tshering Norbu, said, if they carried more than one bag, they are [... Read More]

Parched Phangyul longs for rain


Water: Even after all the villages in Wangdue have started cultivating land for rice paddy, villages in Phangyul gewog remain delayed due to shortage of water.

Phangyul’s mangmi said, people in the past depended on timely and abundant rain.  Water shortage in Phangyul is not a new story, only it has grown severe today.  Many fields are left fallow.

Phangyul gup Ugyen said that, of the seven villages, Goengkhar, Khomche and Phangyul face acute water [... Read More]

Putting wastewater to work

GMWConstruction of greywater wetland underway

A greywater management pilot project at Sarpang HSS will be replicated elsewhere if successful

Recycling; A greywater management pilot project is underway in Sarpang higher secondary school (SHSS) in Sarpang.

Greywater is wastewater from washbasins, showers and baths, dishwashers and kitchen sinks.  It is, however, not water that has come into contact with faeces.

Although grey water may contain hair, food, grease and other traces of dirt, it is safe for use in landscape irrigation.

The wastewater [... Read More]

Colour code for Thimphu buildings proposed


First it was the signboards, now the edifices, one can’t help but wonder, what next?

Thromde: If Thimphu thromde’s proposal to have a uniform painting of buildings in the city comes through, all buildings, whether residential or commercial, will have to be painted white, grey, yellow, or mud-coloured.

The proposal has been submitted to the works and human settlement ministry last month.

Thromde officials said, they are waiting for the ministry’s approval.

Thromde’s head of development control [... Read More]

Planned outlet at Zimzarong godsend for Kengkhar

Market-stall-in-Kengkhar-but-if-gets-approval-soon-such-products-will-be-selling-from-ZimzarongA stall in the current market in Kengkhar

The arts and crafts of the gewog will find a ready market at this location on the highway

HAndicraft: Talk about Kengkhar in Mongar and you immediately think of Choeshums (altar) and Jandoms (wine container).  But the place will mean much more from now on, and evoke the recall of things other than just altars and containers.  If things go as planned, that is.

In Zimzarong, 12km from Gyalpozhing, a handicraft market will be established, [... Read More]

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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay awards certificates to participants of the 10th skills competition yesterday. Organised by the labour ministry in collaboration with Tourism Council of Bhutan, 49 people from the service industry competed in different categories such as baking, food production, housekeeping, and tour guiding, among others. Winners were awarded cash prize. The competition was held from June 10-12.


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A team led by the Chief Election Commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi was in India to discuss with the Election Commission of India areas of cooperation such as Indo-Bhutan Joint training of electoral officers and possible funding of Electoral Training and Resource Centre for Bhutan. The team visited the Parliament of India to witness the election of the Speaker and the introduction of Council [... Read More]

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