Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 7:39 PM

Clash between progress and tradition

IMG_3444The choeten built by Phajo

The sacred site (nye) below Lungtenzampa is a telling example of this inverse nexus Time out: What indeed is the link between development and loss of culture?  Even though a few changes could show the relation between the two, some things can be as stark as a shot in the heart to remind one of what comes at the cost of change. Bhutan is a country of myth and mystery, sages and sagas, lamas and lopens, thadamtshi and ley jumdre.  It is the kingdom of [... Read More]

No budget, no activity

NDFinance minister Namgay Dorji

Only projects with funding in hand will be implemented, says govt. Budget: Only those development activities, the funds for which are secured, will be included in the budget proposal, the government has decided. “We’re planning to include other activities in the supplementary budget and appropriation bill, as and when the fund is received,” finance minister Namgay Dorji said, yesterday, during deliberations on the budget report in the National Assembly. This was done, because the capital expenditure for the current and the next financial years (2014-15) [... Read More]

Two act better as one

20140609_095832Health minister Tandin Wangchuk interacts with participants during the tea break

A three-day partnership meeting is on between a pair of agencies that deal with the issue of gender violence RENEW: To avoid duplication of work, the multi-sectoral task force (MSTF) and the community-based support system (CBSS), both of which are engaged in social issues, will work together. To further strengthen the cooperation, a partnership meeting, which began yesterday, is underway in Thimphu.  Organised by the health ministry, in collaboration with Respect Educate Nurture and Empower Women (RENEW), an integrated action plan will be developed during [... Read More]

A curtain comes down on a 39-year-old stint

Dr-I.K-MahantaDr IK Mahanta

Chief pathologist Dr IK Mahanta, who joined service in 1975, is to leave by yearend JDWNRH: It was an unusually slow day for Dr IK Mahanta, chief pathologist with Thimphu referral hospital.  But what was more surprising came in the form of a person, who peeked into his chamber and greeted him. “Do you remember me?” the man said. “I’m amazed and surprised that you’re still here.” Caught in disbelief, Dr Mahanta rose to greet his friend from the United Kingdom, Dr Slegg, who was [... Read More]

Facilitating official spending

DSC_2629DHI chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu launching the corporate credit card

The bank launched two corporate credit cards towards addressing this need BoBL: Office expenses can now be managed and met via credit cards, with Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL) launching two corporate credit cards yesterday. The domestic credit card can be used within the country and outside, like in India and Nepal, while the VISA international credit card can be used in all countries. The bank’s chairman, Karma W Penjor, said the corporate credit card could help ease management of official tours and travel-related expenditures [... Read More]

Big hole in the ‘Hole in the Wall’ project

IMG_3354Vandalised? The learning station at Chanjiji

The absence of the computers, which may gone missing a year or so ago, was only noticed last week Crime: The four computers in the “Hole in the Wall” playground learning station have disappeared, and nobody is sure when and how it happened. The computers were commissioned on December 25, 2009 as a pilot project, to allow children to teach themselves with free and unsupervised computers in a public space.  The department of information and technology, partnered with Hole in the Wall Education limited (HiWEL), [... Read More]

Tara Lhaden Zhingkham lhakhang sanctified

20140608-GJ1_9364His Majesty The King and His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo graced the consecration ceremony of the Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang at Pangrizampa, Thimphu yesterday. His Holiness the Je Khenpo presided over the consecration rites

Pangrizampa: With the inauguration of the Tara Lhaden Zhingkham lhakhang at Pangrizampa, Thimphu yesterday, the kingdom has gained another sacred and important national monument. The lhakhang and its 21 Drolma or Tara images, plated with gold, were sanctified, and its pure spirituality immortalised with the sacred consecration ceremony on the 8th, 9th and 10th day of the fourth Bhutanese month (June 6-8, 2014). His Holiness the 70th Je Khenpo, Trulku Jigme Choedra, and Gyalse Trulku Jigme Tenzin Wangpo performed the Tshepamey Sungchog, dedicated to the [... Read More]

Where failing Bhutanese hearts are fixed

IMG_0179The heart centre

Mission Hospital, Durgapur is the new centre to which our cardiac patients are now referred Health: One of the major industrial estates of India, Durgapur, near Kolkata, is fast becoming the cynosure of many a frail Bhutanese heart, young (including infants) and old. Many Bhutanese families from as far as Laya in the north, Tendu along the southern foothills, Chali in the east and Ura in central Bhutan, meld in with the locals of several hundred thousands under blistering temperatures of more than 38 degrees. [... Read More]

Japanese midwives brief expectant mothers (in Dzongkha)

IMG_9225Role play: Midwives demonstrates signs of onset of delivery

As part of ‘mothers’ class’ program that prepares pregnant women for delivery by the seventh month JICA: For a change, it was not the Bhutanese midwives but three Japanese midwives, who briefed pregnant women on safe delivery outside the antenatal clinic in Thimphu referral hospital yesterday. Speaking in dzongkha, Aya, Tomomi, and Emi, who are Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) volunteers, could easily grasp the attention of about 20 pregnant women present there. Organised by JICA, in collaboration with health ministry, the program called mothers’ [... Read More]