Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - 8:25 PM
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More tshok means more waste

IMG_4837Monks collect at least 30 sack loads of tshok everyday

Devotees overwhelm Pangrizampa with ready-made offerings despite a notice saying not to Religion: Pangrizampa lhakhang in the capital receives more than 30 sacks of packaged tshok (offering) everyday. A notification at the entrance of the lhakhang that requests people not to bring packaged tshok during the nine-day Jana Chidey ritual does not stop devotees from bringing packet foods. Long lines of hawkers are seen along the road outside the lhakhang, selling ready-made tshok bags. There are many plastic wrapped items such as chips, biscuits, noodles [... Read More]

Changjiji housewives trained to make traditional dyes

20150311_160847Rinzin Pem soaks yarn in onion juice

APIC: Rinzin Pem, 40, has spent more than half her life on the loom, but she soaked her hands in dye for the first time last  week. A light-red juice was extracted from onion waste and put under extreme heat for hours.  Rinzin then rinsed the yarn in cold water and hung up to dry. Rinzin Pem was among 23 housewives from Changjiji housing colony who attended a weeklong training on dyeing at the office of National Housing Development corporation in Thimphu.

Jaguars knock Pazaps out, reach finals

DSC_0001Head and shoulder above: A Jaguars player goes for a jump shot

A-League: The sixth place Jaguars knocked out the number one seeded Pazaps, 71 to 54 in the semis pulling off the biggest upset in the ongoing Pepsi “A” league basketball tournament at the swimming pool complex, yesterday. The Jaguars entered the semi-finals with a decisive win against a third placed team, Phojas in a 3 game series. In their first game of the semis, Jaguars defeated Pazaps by a lone basket last Saturday. Yesterday, in a seesaw battle, Jaguars held on to their 10 points [... Read More]

Sipsu gewogs chip in for outpatient department

DSC_0555Sipsu hospital

GDG: Five gewogs of Sipsu dungkhag in Samtse contributed a total of Nu 1.5M (million) from their gewog development grant (GDG) for the construction of an outpatient department in the dungkhag. The building that will have seven rooms is expected to ease the shortage of patient beds at the hospital in Sipsu, which has a history of recording a huge inflow of patients in summer. The hospital has accommodated 10 beds in the corridors of its ground and top floors. In 2014, the hospital had [... Read More]

Home ministry could ban sale of knives to youth

IMG_20150212_142525Police display weapons seized from youth in a press conference last month

But it will depend on a strong link being found between possession and use in violent crime Law and Order: The home ministry is leaning towards banning sale of knives for youth under 18, as proposed by the police. But on imposing a time curfew that would restrict youth from being on the streets after a certain hour, the ministry says the law already addresses the issue. Both measures were proposed by the police, given rising incidents of youth crime involving weapons. However, the home [... Read More]

The labyrinth of copyright litigation

ap-boktoAp Bokto Picture courtesy: Athang Animation Studio

All too often, the burden of evidence falls on the victim of the intellectual property theft Crime: Producer of animation film Ap Bokto, Karma Dhendup, is hunting for evidence to register a case with the police after the film, popular with children, was leaked about a month ago. It is getting late for the producer. “The damage is already done, as the movie was made available on USB drive four months after its release,” he said.  But without concrete evidence of infringing copyright, he couldn’t [... Read More]

Pilgrims are the biggest litterbugs

DSC07503An eyesore: Who is responsible for Taktshang’s growing garbage problem

Despite numerous cleanup campaigns, the trail to Taktshang remains strewn with trash Tourism: From its base in Ramthangka until the monastery, the garbage strewn along the trail is evidence that the Taktshang monastery in Paro is one of the most visited destinations in the country. Polythene bags, pet bottles and empty packets of packaged food litter the trail.  Three huge dustbins placed at different locations are overflowing. Despite the recent cleanup by Clean Bhutan, a project initiated last year to advocate behavioural changes, the place [... Read More]

What will it take to civilise us?


A four-part tongue-in-cheek attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person Part I NB AT the onset that I treat the two terms ‘educated’ and ‘civilised’ as one and the same.  Still, it must be said, as a PS of sorts to that intro, that neither is civilised contingent on wealth, nor educated gauged by degrees.  IE: one need not be rich to be refined, or a graduate to be genteel. And now that the mist over the semantics has been [... Read More]

Linking annual plans to national objectives

2pm-1.picLyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and dzongdas continues to discuss during a break

11-hour session between ministries and dzongkhags on annual performace agreements Governance: For the economy to thrive, every dzongkhag must ensure its own economic growth and the National Statistical Bureau (NSB) would be assessing the economy of each dzongkhag soon. In an 11-hour marathon coordination meeting between the ministries and dzongkhags to discuss the Annual Performance Agreements (APA) for the fiscal year 2015-16 yesterday, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay asked the dzongdas and planning officers to identify, study and facilitate cottage and small industries in the locality.

Bhutan wins!

DSC_6376The small Bhutanese community in Sri Lanka cheer for team Bhutan (Photo courtesy: Deepak Rai)

Football: Team Bhutan made football history when it beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in its first ever appearance in a World Cup qualifier, yesterday. Bhutan adopted a defensive formation of 4-1-4-1 from the very start, disrupting several Sri Lankan attacks, on their home turf at Sugathadasa stadium in Colombo. Bhutan’s defensive approach eventually paid off when central mid-fielder, Tshering Dorji, scored the winning and only goal of the match in the 86th minute. The goal was scored following a deep run into the box by striker [... Read More]