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Paying the price of being a guarantor

IMG_7352Removed: The occupants of a hut in Taba, being demolished by Thimphu thromde, carry out furniture and other belongings as police personnel keep close watch

Thimphu thromde demolishes two huts in Taba Thromde: Following a high court order, Thimphu thromde demolished two attached huts in Taba, yesterday. The high court issued the order in December, last year. There were a series of arguments between the thromde officials and the occupants. About eight people who resided in the hut pleaded thromde officials to give them a few more days before they demolished the huts. The arguing and pleading went on for almost an hour. The head surveyor Samten Dhendup said that [... Read More]

More than a thousand attend Sarpang tshechu

tshechuA scene from the Raksha Mangcham

Festival: More than thousand devotees attended the three-day Sarpang tshechu held at the Tali dratshang courtyard in Gelephu. Not many people turned out On the first day of the tshechu but on the second day more than thousand people attended. While the elderly were more interested in the mask dances, the younger generations spent more time in the stalls outside the dratshang. Karma Dema, 66, said that not many people attended the tshechu during its first few years, but in past few years attendance has [... Read More]

No gomchems in goendheys

unnamed-1Chungthang goenpa in Ura which was closed after 2010 because of lack of monks

Another casualty of rural to urban migration is the decline in the number of lay monks Religion: There is no one to mend the displaced wooden shingles of Chungthang Goenpa’s roof since the day its routine offerings came to an abrupt end one fateful night five years ago. Its monks never returned from a journey to Gyalpoizhing, Mongar in 2010 after a tragic accident in Namling.  Since then Chungthang goenpa has remained closed.  The drasha, (dormitory) constructed for the monks, stands uninhabited. “The goenpa is [... Read More]

Masters programme deed renewed

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The University of Canberra and the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) renewed the Deed of Variation for Master’s programme between the University and RIM on yesterday. Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, who is in Australia,  signed the deed renewing the project until June 2017. The project is related to Master’s programme, which was signed in June 2011 by a representative from the government, represented by the Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat and Commonwealth of Australia, represented by Australian Agency for International Development Agency. Lyonpo Ngeema [... Read More]

Punatsangchhu-I mulls new dam construction methodology

damPunatsangchhu hydroelectric project I damsite (FIle photo)

Roller compacted concrete, a radical change of technology, would make up for lost time Hydropower: The hydropower sector is mulling over adopting the methodology of roller compacted concrete (RCC) for the dam construction of Punatsangchhu-I hydroelectric project. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, while discussing hydropower during his recent visit to India, brought up the issue when he met with the Indian minister of power, Piyush Goyal, in Delhi. The decision comes at a time when the project is running about two years behind schedule.  Economic affairs [... Read More]

A malady called rural-urban migration Part III

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While the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Acts may be the cause célèbre that encourage rampant predation by animals on human crops and livestock, the principal cause for Goontongs, there appears to be other causes that contribute to declining rural population and disenchantment with life in the villages. The inordinate implementation of the commitment made at the 1990 Jomtien World Conference on Education for All, seems to have played a significant role in the annual migration of rural population to urban centers – particularly [... Read More]

International tourism mart in Thimphu

DSC_4784Bhutan will offer travel opportunities to the world during an international conference next week

Bhutan’s renown as a most sought after destination is underlined by its hosting this event for a second time Tourism: Bhutan will get a good chance to show tour operators from across the world first hand travel opportunities the country has to offer when it hosts an international “adventure travel and responsible tourism conference and mart” in Thimphu next week. Organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) from February 4 to 6, the conference will offer “a tremendous platform” for tour agencies from Bhutan [... Read More]

Conditional govt. help for private sector

10947285_682448875201152_5684809481266038603_nMonday Meeting: The Prime Minister and the economic affairs minister meet the members of the wood based industries’ association in the first meeting with business entities yesterday

Only if businesses invest profit to upgrade capacity and employ Bhutanese Monday Meeting: The government’s help for the private sector came with conditions when the Prime Minister had his first meeting with business owners yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said only if the private sector is willing to invest in upgrading their capacity and employ Bhutanese, would the government give them businesses. Lyonchhoen said many business owners chose to buy land, Land Cruisers and construct houses with the profit earned, instead of re-investing it [... Read More]

Eighteenth century lhakhang being renovated

IMG_0408-copyAbout 65 Bhutanese are renovating the lhakhang

Wangditse: The over 300-year-old Wangditse Lhakhang located on a ridge above Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu is being extensively renovated for a fourth time. It has been a “tricky” and learning experience on archeology for the officials of the Department of Culture’s Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites. Except for a book,“Views of Medieval Bhutan”by Michael Aris, there is not much written history on the 18th century lhakhang. Aris’ book is based on a diary and drawings of Samuel Davis in 1783. Whatever structural history the [... Read More]

A golden scripture – the source of Zawa’s success

IMG_20150125_141641The golden scripture, Gyeltong-Selm-Sel-Dri chenma

Ever since the religious text was fortuitously found, this village has been blessed  Heritage: Despite being isolated and having no major source of income, the village of Zawa is prosperous and the people do not complain. Unlike other villages, Zawa in Athang gewog, Wangdue, suffers no water scarcity, wildlife attacks, or any natural disaster. Its residents say there has never been a day when they have had to knock on other people’s doors for food or clothing. Their only income comes from their fields.  They [... Read More]

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