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The Edisons in our midst

IMG_5978The winners explains their innovation to the labour minister after they were awarded with the prizes and certificates

Smart wild animal repellent wins first prize in first innovation competition MoLHR: Buddhiman Mongar, 50, had a knack for inventing contraptions since he were a child.  He dropped out of school after the third standard, but it did not snuff out his zest for innovation.  To this day, he has preserved his interest. Yesterday, at the first technical innovation competition held in the capital, Buddhiman Mongar, who is a businessman, won second and seventh prizes for two of his entries, a cement brick-making machine and [... Read More]

Japan donates patrol cars for community police centres

IMG_1531The new Honda City cars were handed over to RBP yesterday

GGP: Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Project (GGP) donated six patrol cars for the six community police centres in Thimphu. The Japanese embassy in New Delhi’s minister and deputy chief of mission, Yasuhisa Kawamura, handed over the vehicles to the additional chief of police, colonel Chimi Dorji at the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) headquarters yesterday. Inspired by the Japanese system of community policing, the RBP had also adopted the system and established six community police centres in Changjiji, Motithang, Taba, Dechenchholing, Babesa and Khasadrapchu last [... Read More]

Poacher slapped with heavy penalty

unnamed-65Illegal: He was arrested with seven musk pods, bear bile and bear meat

Wildlife: Gelephu police apprehended a man for poaching and handed him over to forest officials on October 17. He was arrested with seven musk pods, a bear bile and 1.5kg of bear meat. The  47-year-old poacher is a resident of Chuzagang in Sarpang. Police said that they found the man behaving suspiciously when they went on a routine patrol and halted at a makeshift house below the vegetable market in Gelephu. “When we approached him, he smelled of meat and upon checking we found the [... Read More]

Seventh SAARC meteorological meet in Thimphu

Panoram_4One of the automatic weather stations that was installed in Haa in May this year Photo: Tayba Buddha Tamang

One consensus was that AWSs would help counter the threat from that bane of S. Asia – thunderstorms Seminar: Thunderstorm is one of the major disasters in the south Asian region, and it’s important to minimise its impact through forecast. Thunderstorm or nor’wester, experts from the South Asian association for regional cooperation (SAARC) region, during a two-day seminar in the capital arrived at this conclusion.  They will also discuss field experiments of SAARC’s storm pilot projects located in each country.  The seminar started yesterday in [... Read More]

Contretemps over compensation land

unnamedThe land in question

Villagers contend that community holdings were given away wrongfully as substitute Taktse: Villagers of Taktse in Drakteng, Trongsa are considering whether to take the dzongkhag and the gewog offices to court, or inform the anti-corruption commission (ACC), for giving away about 40 decimals of community land in Tangchipang to two households as land substitute. The land was given to two households in Taktse as substitute, when the dratshang acquired the land near Taktse Sanga Choling lhakhang. Now the villagers of Taktse, Tashidhingkha and Yuesa are [... Read More]

Japanese project for senior citizens in Bhutan

Photo-0106Helping hand: A Japanese doctor examines an elderly patient at her house in Wangduephodrang

The ‘community based medical care for elderly people’ started in Khaling in 2009 Health: When 78-year-old Lham Tshering first met Dr Michiko Fujisawa, a medical doctor from Japan, she was suffering from paralysis in her leg. Dr Michiko Fujisawa instructed her to move around and how to exercise. A year later, when the doctor visited again, the otherwise depressed elderly from Phadeykha, Samtengang in Wangdue, was smiling and, despite being paralysed, was able to move around. Lham Tshering is one of the 200 senior citizens [... Read More]

Study and work in the UK

IMG_5952The Minister counsellor of British High Commission,Delhi, Andrew Soper

Education: Bhutanese studying in the United Kingdom can now work for a certain number of hours on weekdays, and for the full day on holidays. This announcement was made by the newly appointed minister counsellor of the British High Commission, New Delhi, Andrew Soper, during an event held to mark his first official visit to the country, yesterday. The event was a session titled “Britain and Bhutan – Links through Education – Past, Present and Future”. Andrew Soper said that education in the UK is [... Read More]

4-km farm road held up 20m in the making

unnamed-55Dochukha village: The road construction has been stalled here

A controversy over compensation has left the project up in the air Guma: A farm road construction in  Dochurisa chiwog under Guma gewog, Punakha has been discontinued due to a disagreement between villagers arising over the construction of the road through their plots. Around 11 households of Thongshona village under Guma gewog are waiting for Punakha dzongkhag’s response to continue work on the farm road construction. The road construction was discontinued on reaching Dochukha village. According to Thongshona villagers, the four km farm road, proposed [... Read More]

Penden Tashi Choeling Tsulakhang consecrated

shedra-2The newly consecrated Penden Tashi Choeling Tsulakhang

His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Penden Tashi Choeling Tshulakhang in Phuentsholing, yesterday. The proprietor of Dophu Transport, Dophu, and his wife, sponsored the construction of the lhakhang with an aspiration to foster peace and prosperity of all sentient beings, avert national disasters, and propagate the welfare of all Bhutanese. The couple has contributed about Nu 60M to construct the lhakhang including the Nangtens (sacred relics). According to Dophu, they have long felt the need of such a lhakhang to promote the teachings of [... Read More]

Big bore shooting championship in Dechencholing

DSC_3840Eyes on the target at RBG firing range

Sports: Two Indian teams are leading over the Bhutanese in the first ever Indo-Bhutan Big Bore shooting championship that started yesterday at the Royal Body Guard firing range at Dechencholing, Thimphu. In the men’s prone position, Indian team B secured 1,744 points rating gold, followed by team A with 1,695.  The Bhutanese team B managed 1,525 points, while team A could score only 1,371 points. As the sighting started, Bhutanese shooters desperately looked for telescopes, as the targets stood too far to see where the [... Read More]

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