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Not the best prep for the big game

basketThe national team visits Dechenphu lhakhang before the tournament (Photo courtesy: BFF facebook page)

Basketball: The national basketball team left today for the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) championships in Bangalore, but not in their best mood.

The players were asked to manage with their own money for now, as the Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF) couldn’t deliver the DSAs for the 12 players as they leave for the tournament today. The players are unhappy for not getting the 80 percent advance daily subsistence allowance (DSA).

Although officials from the federation deny the existence of such issues within the team, players told Kuensel that there is a lack of initiative from the federation.


Travel warning

Bhutanese travelling to Kalimpong and Darjeeling should check with police in Jaigaon as traffic movement along the roads connecting Sikkim- Siliguri have come to a complete halt  following several roadblocks.

Indian media reported that at least 23 people were killed  today in Darjelling district of West Bengal following fresh landslide.


Flood damages property


Update: The Amochu, which swelled because of heavy rainfall last night flooded the Bangay Bazar area and washed away seven huts while leaving two excavators completely submerged.

A brick factory on the banks of Amochu was also flooded. Rescuers are trying to pull out the three school buses that were partially submerged in floodwater.


Images from Phuentsholing flood




Latest: Amochu flood submerges three school buses, an automobile workshop and a dozer near Bangay, Phuentsholing.


Gov’t selects Airbus H130 helicopter

h130The Airbus H130 was found to be the most suitable for Bhutan Photo: Airbus Helicopters

Aviation: The government has selected the H130 chopper manufactured by Airbus to begin helicopter services in Bhutan.

The government will purchase two H130 helicopters at a total cost of around Nu 459.9M (million) or USD 7.3M. Each helicopter will cost around Nu 226.8M or USD 3.65M.

The H130 will be capable of fire fighting and medical evacuation besides transportation of passengers and cargo.

The decision to select the H130 was made by the cabinet, yesterday, following which a letter of intent or a commitment to purchase was also made to Airbus officials in Thimphu.


Thromde elections in January, 2016

LG: The Election Commission is all set to hold elections for all dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes except for Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel in January next year with the recent Parliament session declaring the new thromdes.

A total of 15 dzongkhag thromdes and 18 yenlag thromdes were declared in the recent session.

Chief election commissioner (CEC) Dasho Kunzang Wangdi said the process for thromde elections could begin by December. He said the commission is hopeful that the Pemagatshel dzongkhag thromde issue would be resolved in the forthcoming winter parliament session.


Phuentsholing – a corruption hub?

Seven customs officials were detained and 15 business licences suspended since April 20

Update: With investigation entering its third month in Phuentsholing, the Anti Corruption Commission’s probe into the alleged customs mal-administration is likely to continue, as officials find evidences that could rebrand the commercial hub as the country’s corruption hub.

“The more you investigate, the more you uncover fraudulent and corrupt practices,” an ACC officials from Phuentsholing said. “It is going to take time to complete investigation.”


Assessment finds multiple slides

IMG_6499-(1)MHPA lorries transport the steel rods below the DoR office where half of the road was washed away by the landslides

Loss still being assessed 

Disaster: Trongsa dzongkhag officials are still assessing the scale of damage the torrential rain on June 26 caused in the dzongkhag.

So far damages on four houses including damage on a two-storied traditional house in Denshing, Nubi gewog were reported. Residents of a three-storied building below the fuel depot, on the Zhemgang highway, have also been evacuated after sliding land damaged the house.

The under-construction truck parking below the fuel depot suffered the worse damage as it was covered with tonnes of debris the flash flood brought along with it. The parking has sunk and one of the breast walls has collapsed. Floodwater also washed away the retaining wall at the entrance of the parking. Below it, land is sliding away causing more risk.


Expired LPG cylinders yet to be re-qualified

But dealers assure this won’t cause shortage in the market

LPG: Although the expired Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders sent for statutory testing have not arrived, dealers in Phuentsholing assured that there would not be any shortage of LPG cylinders in the country.

The cylinders were sent to North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant at Fatakupur, Siliguri, India.

Last month, the department of trade had informed the Indian Oil Corporation Limited to not entertain refilling of expired gas cylinders from today.