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Druk United on the top

DSC_7258Druk United’s Kinley Dorji beats a full stretched Drukpol goalie

Football: Defending champions Druk United FC registered their second win after defeating Drukpol FC 2-0 to take the lead in the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League, yesterday. A goal from winger Khaidem Vicky, after he dribbled pass two Drukpol defenders and putting the ball in the top right corner, gave Druk United the lead in the 37th minute. Although a goal down, Drukpol FC had the upper hand in the game physically, dominating united in ball possession throughout the match. But they lacked finishing in the [... Read More]

Takin city out despite win

11125189_855286231184295_982006122014534373_nPlayers and supporters of Dechencholing MSS celebrates

K4 Cup: A win was not enough to book a place in the semi final of the ongoing K4 cricket cup for Takin City.  Youth XI, which lost to Takin City yesterday, entered the semis at the expense of the Takins for their better net run rate. On any other day, chasing a target of 171 runs would have been a walk in the park for Takin City’s batsmen.  But they had the added pressure for having to chase the target down in 22 overs [... Read More]

Betting against the ban


Weak enforcement of laws has left the country gripped with a gambling addiction Lifestyle: A mother was unable to answer her daughter’s call, the last phone call she made just before she ended her life.  A husband doesn’t know where his wife has absconded to, while a father moves out to keep his children safe from their mother. All these families have been dealt with the same card. They staked their luck on a deck of cards, in a game called ‘marriage.’ Gambling in Bhutan is [... Read More]

Bird flu scare in capital

IMG_8245Surveillance: A veterinary official collects samples from a hen in Motithang yesterday for bird flu tests

 Poultry: A suspected avian influenza, also known as bird flu, in Motithang, Thimphu, killed 16 chickens last week. However, there has not been any death since April 4.   Of the six households in the colony that reared chicken, birds from only three died.  Officials from the health and agriculture ministries and police had an emergency meeting at the agriculture minister’s office yesterday to discuss the necessary measures to be taken ahead. Sporadic deaths of birds were reported on April 3 from the colony below [... Read More]

Toedkor chiwog in Laya elects new tshogpa

gasa-tshogpaDorji Lathro

Bye-election: Three months after the death of their last tshogpa, Toedkor chiwog in Laya, Gasa, elected 35-year old Dorji Lathro as their new tshogpa (representative.) Dorji Lathro, who contested against Lekey Tshewang, 27, won the bye-election on April 6 in Laya by 29 votes,. Gasa dzongkhag’s electoral officer, S Narayan said the bye-election saw 43 voters  out of the 88 registered voters turned up to vote. Dorji Lathro was a former monk at the Layap lhakhang. He had also served as Gyaldrung for two years [... Read More]

Pasa Kutshab- Bhutan Agent at Buxa Duar

ugyentseringPasa Kutshab Ugyen Tshering

In 1865, Buxa Duars was one of the 18 Duars that Bhutan ceded to the British government for an annual fee. Better known as Pasakha, the Duar was situated in the extreme southern borders on the Duar plains. It skirted the lower Himalayan ranges of West Bengal and played an important role in the political and economic history of our country. The British appointed a Bhutan Agent. In Bhutan, this agent was known as the Pasa Kutshab. We first hear of him in 1910 from [... Read More]

Brokpa’s origin depicted in a painting

DSC_6076Painter Tshering Tenzin and researcher Robert Dompnier explains the painting to visitors

Art: As Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, India, in Tibet’s Yarlung village, Drag Singmo (a deity residing on cliff) and Triwu Jangchubsempa (Bodhisattva in the form of monkey) had six children. It is believed that the people of Merak and Sakteng in Trashigang descended from one of the children.  Known as brokpas, the nomadic community before migrating to Merak and Sakteng were living at Yamarong village in Tibet. A King Dreba-yabu, who was known for his evil deeds, ruled their village. King Dreba-yabu’s palace never [... Read More]

Cine Bhutan – Unifying an industry

DSC_6733Finance minister Namgay Dorji launches the association

The new association was launched to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Film: The Bhutanese film industry marked yet another milestone yesterday with the launch of a new film association, Cine Bhutan. Cine Bhutan was launched to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and consists of five founding members from the film industry. Cine Bhutan is a registered civil society organisation (CSO).  During the launch, the finance minister, Namgay Dorji, also launched a memorandum of association and [... Read More]

Floodlights to be installed at Changjiji football ground

IMG_0751Workers raising a floodlight pillar

Football: With the installation of floodlights at the artificial turf at Changjiji, football aficionados now don’t have to wait for weeks to play a match. Installation work began in October last year after the materials arrived in the country and is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. The supply of the resources is funded by FIFA and the installation and ground works is sponsored by Jai Prakash (JP) constructions. The general secretary of Bhutan Football Foundation (BFF), Ugyen Wangchhuk, said that the [... Read More]

PM visits temples and meets Bhutanese students in Sri Lanka


Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka visited the Kelaniya Temple and Gangaramaya Temple on April 9. Lyonchoen also “watered” and offered “cloth” (Namza) to the Holy Bodhi Trees at Kelaniya and Gangaramaya Temples. At Gangaramaya temple , the Bhutanese delegation was delighted to find that the Fourth Druk Gyalpo had laid the foundation stone for the inauguration for the Bodhi Tree.

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