Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Where has the water vanished?

bajoAn overview of Bajo town

A sudden shortage in the township has the municipality in a fever to find the cause Bajo: Four days of drinking water shortage in Bajo town has kept municipal officials on their toes, as they are not able to find the cause of the abrupt shortage. Officials are checking the water line for leakages along the pipeline that connects the town, as residents kept complaining on a daily basis. Municipal engineer, Lobzang, said, the shortage was sudden and occurred despite keeping the water on. He [... Read More]

A celebration of friendship

20140616-2C4A4017His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Trashichhodzong yesterday. (Photo: Royal Office of Media)

PM Modi’s symbolic visit ends Diplomacy: While Bhutan is important to India because of the friendship between the two countries, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, Bhutan’s future is closely linked with that of India, particularly when it comes to the economy. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes Bhutan and the region seriously, was the message lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay took from the Indian prime minister’s address to the joint session of Parliament yesterday in Thimphu. “He wants to make sure that there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind [... Read More]

10,000MW yes … by 2020 perhaps not

IMG_1817PM Narendra Modi unveils the Kholongchhu hydropower project foundation stone plaque yesterday

However hydropower remains high on the Indo-Bhutan agenda Hydropower: Achieving the 10,000MW (megawatt) target is ambitious and challenging but doable, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.  However, it may not be within the 2020 target. Lyonchhoen said, after discussing the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both sides reiterated their commitment to achieving the target. “I’m not really sure whether the projects can be completed within 2020,  but both governments are committed to giving it everything,” he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the [... Read More]

How to write or illustrate a children’s book

IMG_8128Get inspired: Writers and illustrators reading popular children’s books from around the world

Publishing: By December this year, at least 10 new children’s books by local writers and illustrators are expected to be out in the market. A thousand copies each will be purchased and distributed to 54 schools of Zhemgang and Thimphu by Save the Children (SC), which is currently training about 20 illustrators and writers, aspiring and established, in the capital.  Among the schools are 19 Save Children supported early childhood care and development (ECCD) centres. The three-day workshop, Bhutan children’s book initative: Developing for young [... Read More]

Larjab – The sacred quest of the mirror-faced cliff

how-students-are-trying-to-cross-the-rockStudents crossing the rock face to get to the neys

Where blessings are to be earned at risk to life and limb Nye: Fifteen-year-old Kumar is shaking.  There is no place where he can rest his foot.  And the strain on his hands is too much.  A fall could be fatal and a decision has to be made. Kumar decides not to proceed any further from the steep cliff where he is.  This cliff in Larjab in Mongar is a nye that locals and students visit on holy days.  It is Saga Dawai Duechen today. [... Read More]

Indelible symbol of Indo-Bhutan friendship

DSC_3875 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the inaugural plaque

The visiting Indian PM yesterday unveiled the inaugural plaque of the Supreme Court Judiciary: The seat of the judiciary, which is one of the most important institutions of democracy, was formally inaugurated in the form of the Supreme Court (SC) in Hejo, with the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, yesterday, unveiling the inaugural plaque, a gesture that will be forever engraved in Bhutanese hearts. Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an important moment in Bhutan’s history, in the presence of Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, cabinet ministers, [... Read More]

So near but yet so far

photo1Monsoon woes: Farmers assist a vehicle to cross a road block along Chokhorling farm road

Chokhorling still has hope that the farm road promised will reach their community Connectivity: The community of Chokhorling Chiwog under Pemagatshel is disappointed that the farm road, promised by their parliament representative, and for which a survey was carried out, has not been delivered. A 25km farm road was constructed from Nganglam but only till the gewog office. What was thought to be a thing of the past, Chokhorling chiwog villagers said, was still a reality, with the community having to walk, with ration, a [... Read More]

Blood donation drive collects 337 units

IMG_9303At the bank: Donors deposited 337 units to the blood bank

BoB: Coinciding with the World Blood Donors Day, 337 units of blood from donors in Thimphu, Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Mongar were collected on June 14. Organised by the Bank of Bhutan ltd, in collaboration with the Thimphu referral hospital’s blood bank unit, the day this year was themed, ‘Save blood for saving mothers.” Thimphu referral hospital conducts one or two blood donation campaigns every month, and about three to four campaigns a year in other regions.  The campaigns are usually organised in schools, colleges, institutions, [... Read More]

Doing without the divider

DSC_2585Last week: Workers remove the wire mesh fencing

Removed ostensibly for the Indian PM’s visit, the iron fence may be gone for good Expressway: With the green wire mesh fencing along Babesa-Thimphu expressway removed, the thromde will not replace it but see how people and vehicles adjust to the expressway without the fencing, thromde officials said. The wire mesh fencing along the 6.2km expressway was removed last week after the announcement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bhutan came. “We’ll see if it’s not inconvenient for people crossing the highway or [... Read More]