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Burn victim awaits second corneal transplant

IMG_4926Bed No 7: Ap Rinchen feels at home at the hospital

Ap Rinchen Dorji from Lobesa is back at JDWNRH post his first operation

Time out: The room is quiet.  All the patients at Thimphu hospital’s medical ward are fast asleep after lunch.

At the far end of the ward, a man in sunglasses is seated cross-legged on bed number seven, with a radio held close to his left ear.  He hums along to the song on the radio.  A flask, two mango-juice bottles, one filled, [... Read More]

Kholongchu clears last hurdle

deserted-KHP-tunnelA tunnel in Korlung, dug to carry out Kholongchu DPR (file picture)

The project has received dept. of culture clearance, with conditions, as religious sites are to be affected

Hydropower: The Kholongchu hydroelectric project in Trashiyangtse cleared a major hurdle in completing formalities for work to begin, with the project obtaining a clearance from the department of culture yesterday.

The 600MW hydropower project was likely to impact about half a dozen religious sites along the Kholongchu banks.

National Environment Commission officials said it could issue the final clearance [... Read More]

Brand Bhutan complemented not undermined

Tourism: The ongoing Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer for Thai nationals during the leaner months of June, July, and August complements brand Bhutan and does not undermine the country’s status as a high-end tourist destination, the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, who is also the vice-president of Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), said the seasonality issue is a major challenge for the tourism industry, with six months in a year, in spring [... Read More]

Who’s who among the unemployed

The bulletin states that the effort put in to get a job is not commensurate with the numbers on offer 

LMIB 2013: Contrary to what jobseekers say, the labour market information bulletin (LMIB), 2013, states that the effort put in to acquire a job is low, compared with the vacancies available.

This reason, it is stated in the bulletin, is more of a concern than job and skill mismatch.

The market information bulletin shows that the [... Read More]

Two separate accidents in Wangdue claim five lives

Traffic: A 62-year-old man and two students died when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road on the morning of July 13 at Khelakha in Bjena gewog, Wangduephodrang.

The Hyundai i10, driven by a 39-year-old monk, fell over 220m below the road about 31km from Wangdue town.  They were on their way back to Lhuentse from Thimphu.

There were five passengers, including the driver’s father, two nieces and two nephews, when the [... Read More]

Picture story

Outgoing Indian Ambassador to Bhutan V P Haran called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen thanked Ambassador Haran for his contributions in strengthening friendship and cooperation between Bhutan and India.
Ambassador Haran will leave Bhutan at the end of this month.

   

Learners given access to Dzongkha language institutes

From last year English had been introduced to the program

NFE: Non-formal education (NFE) learners, starting this year, can seek admission in Dzongkha language institutes.

Thirty of such learners have already enrolled with institutes.  The opportunity is provided to those, who perform well at the NFE centres, where they are taught basic Dzongkha.

Non-formal education division’s chief program officer, Nima Damdul, said the learners could enhance and upgrade their education.

The institutes, Nima Damdul said, enroll class [... Read More]

Editorial

What we eat

Bhutanese are spoilt for choice when it comes to imported food items.  Our shops, from Thimphu to Dorokha, are now laden with a range of goodies, as our importers explore new places for variety, to stay ahead of the competition.

But like we say, more does not mean better always.  We have to look at the quality of what is sold and consumed.  And at some stage, consider steps to control the quality of items being [... Read More]

Bapta-Gonpawung chiwog gets a farm road

photo2The 1.3km farm road will benefit 130 households

GDG: The gewog development grant (GDG) came as a boon for people of Bapta-Gonpawung chiwog in Decheling because it helped connecting the chiwog to the rest of Pemagatshel.

Decheling’s gewog administrative officer, Pema Tenzin, said Nu 300,000 was allocated to construct the 1.3km farm road after villagers repeatedly raised the issue in the gewog tshogdu.  He said the road was in the Plan but during its review, other chiwogs were given priority for a [... Read More]

11 new records set

DSC03680Record breakers with the officials

Meet: Three events in the boys’ category and one event in girls broke the records after more than a decade in the 11th national school athletics meet that ended in the capital on July 13.

Chencho Gyeltshen of Kelki higher secondary school completed the 100m-race within 11.29 seconds, breaking the record of 11.37 seconds, which was set in 2000. Chencho Gyeltshen also broke the record the 2012’s record of 24.49 seconds in the 200m-race [... Read More]

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