• Mass awareness campaign on dengue fever underway in schools in Sarpang (Photo: Tshering Penjor, CRRH)

    Poor reporting of dengue hampered interventions

    Lack of accountability in reporting notifiable diseases or syndromes and outbreaks to the national early warning alert and response surveillance (NEWARS) system challenged preventing, controlling and containing the recent dengue outbreak.According to the district-wise NEWARS reporting status for 2019, about 10 percent of the cases were not reported to the system by the dzongkhags while 20 percent of the reports were delayed.

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Wandering through cycle of life

Review: For indeed, what goes around, comes around. What you sow, you bloody reap entire. Sonam Phuntsho’s Samsara – A Bhutanese Tale – is something of a novelty really, in ways more than one, to put it unshrivellingly straight and necessarily unclothed. When good things happen, which is vastly not very often, laying them bare as they appear is perhaps the only honourable thing to do. And it is done.

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NFE vital to achieving adult literacy rate target in S/J

Education: Samdrupjongkhar may not achieve its target of achieving an adult literacy rate of 80 percent in the 11th Plan unless local government officials encourage people to enrol in non-formal education (NFE). Adult literacy covers the ages between 15-65.

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Tsa-Tsa: A symbol of the Bhutan- Japan relationship

A historical perspective of how the Japan- Bhutan friendship started

“In the year 2 of Taisho Era, I passed through Bhutan and reached Tibet.” Tokan Tada (1890-1967) writes in his book Tibet, published in 1942. The year 2 of Taisho corresponds to 1913 and makes Tada the first Japanese to ever step foot in Bhutan and describe the country to the Japanese.

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Job fair attracts hundreds of jobseekers

Employment: More than 600 jobseekers from across the country attended the one-day job fair yesterday in Phuentsholing conducted by the regional labour office. The jobseekers will be competing for more than 250 jobs in Phuentsholing.

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Pemagatshel gets its own radio station

Media: The advent of mobile phones in the country has eased the life of tshogpa Bopo Drukpa. The local government leader of Khotakpa, a rural village in Pemagatshel has a better and cheaper option now.

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Bhutanese man in Dubai found dead

The deceased, who was working there, is said to have committed suicide

Labour: A 26-year-old Bhutanese man working in Dubai was found dead on March 14.

The deceased who was from Beldara, Samdrupjongkhar was recruited by the M.H Alshaya company, a multinational retail franchise operator that is headquartered in Kuwait.

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MoU to promote micro, small and medium enterprises

SAARC Development Fund (SDF) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at SIDBI office in Mumbai on March 21 to collaborate for the growth and strengthening of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector in SAARC member states.

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Outgoing JICA chief representative hopes the Bhutanese remain a friendly and warm people

3×4JICA Chief Representative Yumiko Asakuma who returns to Japan at the end of this month after completing her three-year tenure in Bhutan spoke with Kuensel's Gyalsten K Dorji on her time here. Excerpts of the interview

  What are some fond memories you will be taking away?

During my tenure, the President of JICA visited Bhutan twice, and during the first visit by Mr Tanaka, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our cooperation which started in 1964.

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Watershed management plan developed for Baychhu

It is hoped that the plan will ensure sustainable utilisation of water

Resource: Increasing developmental activities has led to poor water management and land degradation of the Baychhu watershed, which is the source for drinking and irrigation water of the largest urban settlement of the Punatsangchhu basin.

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