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Redaza flashflood blocks Mongar-Bumthang highway

unnamed-6Flash Flood: Students of Sherub Reldri HHS in Mongar help Redaza PS students to cross the flooded stretch yesterday

By 5pm the block was cleared with machinery deployed by DoR 

Disaster: A flashflood at Redaza in Mongar on September 18, triggered by heavy rainfall, disrupted traffic and other activities by flooding a stretch along the Mongar to Bumthang highway.

Redaza is about two kilometres from Mongar town.

The flood happened around 8am, shortly after primary school students from Trailing, crossed over the stretch and reached their school at Redaza.

Redaza primary school’s principal, Tobzang, said when [... Read More]

20th on the CPI by 2020 – An uphill task

With devolution of power to local governance, susceptibility to corruption is more likely

Ranking: One of the key result areas for the country in the 11th Plan is to hold 20th or better rank on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), but this target is not without challenges.

Bhutan’s rank took a significant jump from 49th position in the world in 2009 to 31st last year. “Yet, Bhutan has challenges in achieving its target and the [... Read More]

Plaintiffs up the ante

The aggrieved communities now have 12 charges (up from the first four) backed by evidence, they say

Mining: The 27 households of Gidawom and Jamdo communities in Thimphu increased their charges to 12 from the initial four, while presenting evidence on charges against four mining companies that operate above their villages.

Community members, under Thimphu’s Mewang gewog, whose homes were allegedly cracked by blasting carried out by mines, have submitted evidence to the bench II [... Read More]

Sixth meeting of home ministers held in Nepal

SAARC: The sixth meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministers of home or interior was held in Nepal on September 19.

The session was preceded by the meeting of the SAARC immigration authorities on September 17, followed by the meeting of SAARC secretaries of interior or home on September 18.

Home Minister Damcho Dorji, accompanied by home secretary Tshering Dorji, and senior officials, led the Bhutanese delegation.

Home ministry officials said a wide [... Read More]


Newspapers – A riches to rags story

Editors of some 22 newspapers in Asia met in Hanoi, Vietnam, in the hope of finding a common voice.  The most common voice was that almost all the papers, albeit a few influential ones, are fighting against all odds to keep afloat.

The challenges are many.  Journalists, including editors, are leaving for greener pastures, and newspapers are going under in the wake of the financial crisis.  One paper expressed that there are no professionals left to [... Read More]

Babzur Chukpo’s mansion

IMG_7553Treasure trove: The 8th Century mansion

A traditional and historical edifice in Bumthang that has acquired heritage status

Heritage: Not many may consider visiting Babzur Chukpo’s (rich man’s) mansion in Tang, Bumthang.

But for those who do, they will marvel at the magnificence of the four-storied traditional house built, it is believed, around the eight century.

With 32 rooms, each containing historical items, it takes over two hours to complete browsing through the heritage house and observing its contents.

The mansion was converted [... Read More]

The foundation that puts a roof over indigent heads

house-built-through-tarayana's-supportHouse built through Tarayana’s support

There are many beneficiaries in Kengkhar gewog whose lives have been thus transformed 

Tarayana: Leki Dendup and Chezom never imagined they would one day own a new home.

Especially with six children to bring up, Leki, 39, and Chenzom, 28, had ruled out any chances of ever moving out of their small hut that they had spent the past three decades living in

“Having a large family to look after, there was no hope of building [... Read More]

Bhutan becomes 96th contracting party to Revised Kyoto Convention

Photo​The ambassador to Brussels Sonam Tshong with W​CO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriy​a ​​

Customs: Bhutan became the 96th contracting party to the Revised  Kyoto Convention, with the country completing the procedures to join the international convention on the simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures on September 15.

The international convention took place at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Bhutan’s ambassador to Brussels, Sonam Tshong, during the international convention, thanked WCO for its support for the development of the customs sector in the country.

The ambassador [... Read More]

Picture story

Desuups: The 13th batch trainees of integrated Desuung training program prepare for rafting session yesterday. Chief justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay will attend the passing parade today at Tencholing, Wangduephodrang.


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