Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - 11:20 AM

Tashi gets its “Dorji”

IMG_20140730_090934The 122-seater Airbus A319 is welcomed with lhabsabg thruesoel ceremony

The private airline now has a second arrow, as it were, to its quiver 

 Aviation: Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) received its second aircraft at Paro airport, yesterday.

The aircraft named “Dorji” was received with a small ceremony at the airport.  The first aircraft is named “Rimp”.

The addition of a second 122-seater Airbus A319 means that the airline can now expand its route network and also increase its dependability.

The second aircraft will initially operate the Paro-Kathmandu [... Read More]

Shamar Rinpoche’s mortal remains cremated today

s2Homage: Thousands of devotees came to pay respect as the kudung of late Shamar Rinpoche was being escorted to Shar Minub monastery in Kathmandu yesterday (Photo: sharmapa.org

Purjang: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje will preside over the purjang (cremation ceremonies) of the late 14th Shamar Rinpoche today in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The cremation rites will begin at 6 am and go on until 2 pm at the Shar Minub monastery in Kathmandu. Thousands of followers are expected, many from Australia, Europe and the Americas, a press release stated.

Shamar Rinpoche was the second-highest Karma Kagyu leader and one of the [... Read More]


Drukpol thrashed Bhutan Clearing 6-1

Football: Drukpol FC striker Jigme Drakpa scored four goals as they thrashed Bhutan Clearing 6-1 in the ongoing Coca Cola national league at Changlimithang yesterday.

With only 21 minutes gone, striker Jigme Drakpa applied a neat finished to a cross from his strike partner to take the lead. The speed and combination of the strikers left Bhutan Clearing goalie puzzled and helpless.

Jigme Drakpa doubled the lead in the 31st minute after a solo effort. [... Read More]

DT decides to shift two classes from WLSS to Bajo

IMG_2528Wangdue Lower Secondary School

Education:  Wangdue dzongkhag’s tshogdu approved the District Education Office’s proposal to shift class VII and VIII of Wangdue Lower Secondary School (WLSS) to Bajo Higher Secondary School (BHSS) come next academic session.

The local leaders unanimously approved the proposal on July 29.

Tshewang Penjore, the District Education Officer of Wangdue, said the decision was made due to increasing number of students in WLSC.

The school’s buildings are in sad state of repair.

BHSS, said Tshewang Penjore, can [... Read More]

Official correspondence only in Dzongkha

Mongar DT: Mongar dzongkhag’s tshogdu on July 24 decided to use only national language for official correspondence.

This, local government leaders said, was done to relay real and correct message without any corruption in meaning.

Balam mangmi Thinley said that currently most official letters from the dzongkhag administration are written in English, which many gups and mangmis in the gewogs could not read.

“If the local leaders do not understand the content of the massage, it [... Read More]

Wangdhar drinks from irrigation channel

IMG_4980A portion of the irrigation channel in Wangdhar

Though contaminated upstream, villagers have no choice but to take their chances

Water: The villagers of Wangdhar have 24-hours running water.  If only it was in their homes instead of in an irrigation channel running through the village, life would be bit easier.

Without safe drinking water, the nine households and those from nearby Goling owning wetland at Wangdhar staying for months tilling the fields, drink from the irrigation channel, which villagers say, is contaminated [... Read More]

Principal’s friends build hostel for remote school

IMG_2080-1Gift of OZ: Retey CPS students in front of their new hostel

A Thimphu-based educational consultancy heeds a cry for help

Retey: With her village located two hours away on foot, Namgay Dema, 13, lives in a wooden hut near her school in remote Retey village.

As the eldest in a group of three students staying in the hut, she takes care of the younger mates.  Last year, Namgay moved to another shack, but this time inside her school compound.  She has six friends and feels safer.

In [... Read More]

Farmers can breathe easy now

A technical glitch, now corrected, had made it appear they’d have to pay much higher taxes on utility vehicles

Levy: A technical mistake from the finance ministry was what had resulted in the levying of revised sales tax for utility vehicles for farmers, finance minister Namgay Dorji clarified yesterday.

Lyonpo Namgay Dorji explained the error had occurred, when various types of pick up trucks were clubbed together in the notification that the ministry had issued [... Read More]

Gidaphu community decides to appeal

Mining: Twenty-seven households of Gidaphu in Bjemina under Mewang gewog, Thimphu are preparing documents to file a petition with the district court this Friday, requesting suspension of mining activities in their locality.

The move comes after the incident on July 12, where several house owners alleged that blasting in the nearby mining site had cracked the walls of their houses.

In the past, villagers have filed complaints to various offices, including the Mewang gewog administration, [... Read More]

Pictures story

Audience: His Majesty the King with recipients of His Majesty’s Scholarships at the Lingkana palace yesterday. Including the 64 students who received His Majesty’s Scholarship Kidu this year, 327 students have to date received scholarships in IT, medicine, engineering, media and communication.


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