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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 the flood occurred, all chidren were at school.  [... 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 into a heritage house after the present descendants [... 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 a decent house in my lifetime,” said Leki, standing [... 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 also said the government valued its cooperative relation with [... Read More]

Unique sculptures commissioned for Damphu moenlam thang

DSC_1687The venue: Moenlam thang (ground) in Damphu

Religion: The sculptures of Yuem Juma Lhazey (Lord Buddha’s mother, Mahamaya) and Sey Duenkuen Drukpa (Lord Buddha) will be built on the moenlam thang in Damphu, Tsirang. The project that has been awarded to a Thimphu-based artist in June is expected to be complete by June next year.  The project cost has been estimated at Nu 2.6M. The dzongkhag culture officer, Chimi Yuden, said that the sculptures are the first of their kind to be built in Tsirang. “During the eighth moenlam chhenmo last year, [... Read More]

Residents disgruntled over defunct streetlights

IMG_20140918_135000Most streetlights along this road are defunct

Two years after installation (2009) they broke down and haven’t been fixed since Melphey: Melphey residents are disgruntled that most of the streetlights on the road to their extended town in Trashigang are defunct. More than half of the 75 streetlights, installed in 2009 at a cost of Nu 3M, are currently not functioning.  The streetlights starting breaking down two years after their installation. Questions are being raised why the municipal office is taking so long to fix the streetlights. Melphey resident Tashi Wangyal said [... Read More]

When Bhutan was welcomed into the comity of nations

UntitledPhoto: Michael Rutland

On September 21, 1971, Bhutan became the 128th member of the United Nations.  The UN is an organisation based on the principle of sovereign equality of its members To mark the occasion, the government declared three days of national holiday.  In the capital, the government organised a grand celebration at the Lungtenphu archery ground.  The highlight of which was an archery match. The best archers from Wangduephodrang and Paro dzongkhags travelled to Thimphu to contest and entertain.  The game, played in traditional style with bamboo [... Read More]

Bhutanese athletes in Korea for Asian games

unnamedTeam Bhutan: Bhutanese athletes and officials in Incheon

Athletics: About 16 Bhutanese Athletes are in Incheon, South Korea to take part in the 17th Asian games, officially known as the XVII Asia. Bhutanese athletes are taking part in archery, boxing, golf, shooting and Taekwondo.  The Asian games has 439 events in 36 sports disciplines, including the 28 Olympic sports and eight non-Olympic sports. The welcome ceremony for the athletes was held yesterday at the ceremony plaza of the athlete’s village in Incheon. The ceremony began with raising of nations flags and singing of [... Read More]

Timber exploitation too high

IMG_5673Piles of timber at the Ramtokto depot, Thimphu

Foresters fear, at current rates, the green cover mandated by the Constitution could be irreparably depleted Forestry: If the country harvested timber like it did in the last five years, the country would go barren, forestry officials warn. In the past five years, almost 40m cubic feet (cft) of timber, equivalent to about 80,000 truckloads, have been used in the country for various construction works.  Data available with the forestry officials indicate that current estimates show a total of 3.8mcft of standing timber available for [... Read More]

New office building lies unused for months

DSC_1025The construction of the new office building for the area office of geology and mines in Samtse was completed about seven months ago

No furniture budget until now has stymied a move from the current adjacent premises DGM: Seven months after a Nu10M three-storey building for the department of geology and mines (DGM) area office in Samtse was completed and handed over, it remains vacant. Some parts of the building have even started to crumble. The building, located at Gurung Basti in Samtse, was constructed at a cost of more than Nu 10M, according to DGM officials. The DGM office is currently located in the department’s guesthouse, adjacent [... Read More]

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