Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - 12:48 AM

Written permission awaited

Update: The kudung (mortal remains) of the late14th Kunzig Shamar rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro, which was supposed to be flown to Kathmandu, Nepal from Paro this morning, could not be taken because no written confirmation was received from the Nepalese government.

“But we are optimistic that the Nepalese government would grant us the approval today to bring the kudung to Kathmandu for final rites and cremation,” the late rinpoche’s brother, Jigme Rinpoche said over the telephone from Kathmandu. “We [... Read More]

Shamar rinpoche’s purjang on July 31

20140728-2C4A9747His Majesty the King offered prayers to the kudung of the Late Kunzig Shamar rinpoche yesterday in Paro. The kudung was brought to Paro on July 27 for Bhutanese devotees to receive blessings and pay their respects.

Religion: The kudung (mortal remains) of the late 14th Kunzig Shamar (pronounced Zhamar) rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro, is expected to arrive at the Thribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal between 9 and 10am today, according to the late rinpoche’s brother, Jigme rinpoche.

In a telephone interview last evening, Jigme rinpoche from Kathmandu said rinpoche’s kudung will be flown to Kathmandu from Paro this morning, and then taken to Shar Minub monastery to conduct his [... Read More]

Grey areas in housing allowance for civil servants

NHDC: For about 2,000 civil servants living in National Housing Development Corporation’s (NHDC) colonies, the rent will be credited directly to the corporation, and not into their personal bank accounts.

NHDC’s managing director, Ugyen Chewang, said tenants from the civil service include those in the executive levels to those in the elementary and general support personnel levels.

The rents of NHDC houses vary from about Nu 2,200 to around Nu 17,000.

“The housing rent allowance (HRA) [... Read More]

3 men arrested for chorten vandalism

Crime: The Wangdue police in a joint operation with Trongsa police arrested three men for vandalising four chortens in Sephu and Tangsibji, Trongsa on July 25.

The three men were arrested from different places following tip-off from informers.

A 30-year-old man was arrested from a village in Sephu, 25-year-old from Sha Rabuna, and 23-year-old from Gaywnag in Tangsibji.

Police said they recovered three dzees (cat’s eye) and 20 red corals from the 23-year-old man, who was [... Read More]

OD exercise leaves CNR graduates at a loose end

Forestry, agriculture and animal husbandry diploma holders are out on a limb due to freeze on decentralised employment

RCSC: Ten diploma graduates of the college of natural resources (CNR), Lobesa, on behalf of 74 graduates, appealed to the minister for agriculture and forests yesterday to consider employing them soon.

Unlike in the past, the applicants, unlike past graduates, were not employed on completion of the two-year diploma courses in fields of agriculture, forestry and animal [... Read More]

DT wants MoIC to expedite Yonphula airport work

ImageYongphula airport runway

Tshogdu: Concerned over the prolonged suspension of Yonphula domestic airport, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to write to the ministry of information and communications to begin runway-restoration activities at the earliest.

Local leaders said the department of civil aviation (DCA) was taking too long a time to carry out the work.

Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji, said the flight services have not resumed, nor has any maintenance work started.  This, he said, was affecting the growth [... Read More]


The housing loan

The central bank is being cautious in lifting the restriction on the housing loan.  A draft guideline is posted on its website for public feedback, although the feedback itself is not made public.

The board of directors met yesterday.  It is not known what had transpired at the board meeting but, going by how the governor berated a reporter of this paper, calling him for information, there could have been some fierce exchange of words at [... Read More]

Wholesome Gakidling Primary School

DSC01282Students doing their bit in the field on a sunny day

Truly an institute with a difference given its wide-ranging, community based curriculum

Education: It is Sunday, July 27.  For some 30 students of Gakidling Primary School (GPS) in Gong, Sarpang, however, this day is no day for respite.

Knee-deep in slushy mud of the one-and-half acre field below the school, the students, with 20 people from the locality and eight teachers, are busy planting paddy saplings.

For about nine years or more, this now wet and [... Read More]

Tashi Air’s second airbus arrives tomorrow

Aviation: Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) will bring in its second aircraft, tomorrow.

The private airline has leased one more Airbus A319 for a period of two years from SMBC Aviation Capital.  It will now be operating two aircraft internationally.  Its first aircraft has also been leased from the same company.

The aircraft will allow it to operate scheduled operations between Paro and New Delhi, from October.

The airline recently flew an inaugural flight from New Delhi [... Read More]

One dies of mushroom poisoning, three survive

Phobjikha: A 50-year-old woman died from mushroom poisoning at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital yesterday.

Three others, her husband, the caretaker of Phobjikha BHU, and his 15-year-old son, who were also admitted at Bajo hospital for mushroom poisoning, survived and were discharged from the hospital yesterday.

The deceased was referred to Thimphu on July 27 from Bajo hospital.  The incident happened at Phobjikha BHU on July 26, where the deceased’s husband works as [... Read More]

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