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The gone away gungtongs – An issue that won’t go away

unnamed-26Abandoned: At least one house is being vacated every year in Lauri gewog

The fact that those who remain pick up the slack left by the absent is especially galling

Doongmanma:  Villagers of Doongmanma chiwog in Lauri gewog want the government to either annul and take over gungtongs, or require at least one member of each gung to return and reside in the village.

A gung is a household, while gungtongs are registered households left unoccupied for a certain period of time.

With many choosing to migrate to urban [... Read More]

Electric fencing – Saving crops and easing lives

Though initially reluctant, farmers have now come to embrace the technology

Agriculture: About 200km of electric fencing has been installed across the country in the past year and a half, indicating the popularity and success of the latest measure of protecting crops from wild animals.

According to agriculture officials, it is the only viable solution to managing the human wildlife conflict and, rightly so, the villagers have realised its benefits.

A principal horticulture research officer, Tshering [... Read More]

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the renovated Euto Goenpa lhakhang in Shaba, Paro yesterday. Known as Euto Samdrup Choling Geonpa, the lhakhang was renovated completely at the cost of Nu 13.3M after it was damaged by the earthquake on September 18, 2011. A group of prisoners from Chamgang also helped renovating the lhakhang as part of serving their remaining prison terms.


The privations of an employee in the private sector

Underpaid, overworked, exploited – a job’s no bed of roses in the business enterprise

Employment: When Karma, 25, landed a job in a private firm in Thimphu, less than a year after she graduated from a college in India, she could not ask for more.  With most of her mates still unemployed, she considered herself lucky.

Six months into the job, she does not feel the same anymore.  Although appointed as the sales and marketing [... Read More]

Leopard rescued

Wildlife: A forest rescue team yesterday freed a male leopard caught in a snare at Thongjabi in Umling gewog, Sarpang on October 18.

The snare was set by one of the villagers to guard his crop from wild animals.

Umling park ranger Dorji Wangchuk said that the range office was informed of the trapped leopard on Saturday at around 9am. “We reported the matter to the head office, which sent a rescue team the same [... Read More]


Why are our children sick?

Education is in the limelight once again. This time, however, the noble sector is generating public interest for a reason that is not altogether a happy one.

A school in remote Zhemgang is grappling with what appears to be peripheral neuropathy, a disease caused by nutritional deficiency. A team of health officials from Thimphu is in Gomphu Lower Secondary School investigating the case. There are 35 students with symptoms of nutritional deficiency.

This has left the teachers, [... Read More]

To see the truth is most important: Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche

DSC_1848Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche

The rinpoche spoke on a range of issues: from suicide to sexual orientation

Discourse: While the fast moving society and alienation is often blamed for the spate of suicides reported in the country, it was perhaps time, said Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche, to start creating awareness on the preciousness of life, and to listen more to the younger generation.

Buddhism’s take on suicides was one of the questions the rinpoche answered, after his talk on Guru [... Read More]

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Recognising the importance of private sector participation in the development of sports Drangchu Beverages (pepsi) has agreed to support the National Basketball league of Bhutan Basketball Federation and Nub-Wang mountain bike race. They will provide Nu 595,000 for the basketball league and Nu 600,000 for the mountain bike race for three years. A memorandum of understanding was signed between Drangchu Beverages’ managing [... Read More]

Two students terminated

Discipline:  The discipline committee of Taba Dramtoe lower secondary school (TDLSS) in Samtse recently terminated two students “for having an illicit relationship.”

The girl studying in class VI and the class VIII boy went missing on October 10. On October 13, the school discipline committee called the students’ parents to school and handed them their children’s termination order.

TDLSS principal Wangchuk said they went missing after a cultural programme session in the school and had [... Read More]

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The oldest and largest bank, Bank of Bhutan Limited (BOBL) upgraded their Motithang extension branch yesterday to a full fledged branch office. The Motithang branch office located below DGPC office building will now offer full banking services unlike before when banking transaction were limited to certain amount of deposits and withdrawals. In Thimphu, excluding its Motithang branch and main branch at Chubachu, BoBL [... Read More]

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