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Eighteenth century lhakhang being renovated

IMG_0408-copyAbout 65 Bhutanese are renovating the lhakhang

Wangditse: The over 300-year-old Wangditse Lhakhang located on a ridge above Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu is being extensively renovated for a fourth time. It has been a “tricky” and learning experience on archeology for the officials of the Department of Culture’s Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites. Except for a book,“Views of Medieval Bhutan”by Michael Aris, there is not much written history on the 18th century lhakhang. Aris’ book is based on a diary and drawings of Samuel Davis in 1783. Whatever structural history the [... Read More]

A golden scripture – the source of Zawa’s success

IMG_20150125_141641The golden scripture, Gyeltong-Selm-Sel-Dri chenma

Ever since the religious text was fortuitously found, this village has been blessed  Heritage: Despite being isolated and having no major source of income, the village of Zawa is prosperous and the people do not complain. Unlike other villages, Zawa in Athang gewog, Wangdue, suffers no water scarcity, wildlife attacks, or any natural disaster. Its residents say there has never been a day when they have had to knock on other people’s doors for food or clothing. Their only income comes from their fields.  They [... Read More]

Indian community celebrates Republic Day

IMG_8025Ambassador Gautam Bambawale unfurls the Indian flag

Occasion: His Majesty’s representative, the gyalpoi zimpon wogma, Tashi Penjore, senior Bhutanese officials and the Indian community in Thimphu celebrated the 66th Republic Day at the Indian embassy in Hejo yesterday. The celebration started with the unfurling of the India flag, followed by singing the national anthem. The Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, conveyed his greetings to member of armed forces, paramilitary forces and other security forces present at the gathering.  He said that January 26 held an everlasting place in Indian history. The [... Read More]

Crying need for detox centre

DSC_3483Teamwork: YDF President, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck meets key officials in Thimphu to bring agencies together in addressing the chronic problem of substance abuse in the country

A rehab unit without one lacks the necessary first step to a complete cure  Abuse: With the health ministry diverting the budget for the planned detoxification centre to build the mother and child hospital, Bhutan could already be losing its fight against drug and alcohol abuse. This development has come at a time when the country has just renewed its efforts to address this growing problem of substance abuse that has, since 2001, sent almost 5,000 people behind bars. Calling it the biggest issue confronting [... Read More]

Fuelwood consumption shoots through the roof

unnamed-11Thimphu residents queue with jerrycans for kerosene at the fuel depot in Thimphu

Kerosene, on the other hand, has shown a steady decline over the years Resource: Over the last three years, fuelwood consumption in the country has increased almost tenfold. From just 474 truckloads of fuelwood in 2011, the consumption has sharply increased to 4,478 truckloads in 2012, and 4,108 truckloads in 2013.  Last year, 390 additional truckloads of fuelwood from the Natural Resource Development corporation (NRDCL) were supplied for commercial purpose in urban areas. NRDCL officials said industrial wood demand has also increased over the years. [... Read More]

Mandarin exports exceed last year’s figures

unnamedAn overview of mandarin export depots on the bank of the Amochhu in Phuentsholing

Trade: Despite frequent strikes in the bordering Indian states and Bangladesh, mandarin exports have already exceeded last year’s figures. As of last week, around 15,000 MT of mandarin has been exported to Bangladesh since November, last year. About 12,791 MT of mandarin was exported to Bangladesh between the end of 2013 and early 2014. Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) officials said mandarin exports have been going smoothly these days with the situation improving in the border towns. The market in Bangladesh, according to BEA, is not [... Read More]

FCB quarterly supply to schools to ensure quality

DSC07203The warehouse in Phuentsholing has started receiving the schools’ stock for the first quarter

This reverting to an earlier system is the result of a demand from school authorities at the AEC CPS: All schools should check the quality of Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) supplied  consignments on a quarterly basis. The decision is a follow up on issues school authorities raised at the annual education conference (AEC) in Punakha last month.  The issues were raised, while deliberating on the school-feeding programme under the centralised procurement system (CPS). FCB took over the centralised procurement of nine food items last [... Read More]

Five dzongs nominated for World Heritage list

5.-View-of-dukhang-and-adjoining-structures-of-Wangduephodrang-Dzong-from-first-courtyard-taken-by-JC-White-in-1905View of the Wangduephodrang Dzong courtyard taken by JC White in 1905 Photo: Assessment Report, Department of Culture

Culture: The Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Paro, Trongsa and Dagana dzongs have been nominated for the first ever World Heritage tentative list of Bhutan, The culture department’s conservation of heritage sites division head, Nagtsho Dorji, said the UNESCO has encouraged the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritages around the world. “The five dzongs witnessed significant political events and cultural development throughout the history after the unification of the country,” Nagtsho Dorji said. She explained that these dzongs have witnessed important historical events and continue [... Read More]

Athang connected by farm road

unnamed-1The village of Zawa

Connectivity: More than 17 households of Zawa chiwog have been connected to the Athang gewog center in Wangduephodrang with a farm road inaugurated, yesterday. The cost of constructing the road was Nu 830,000 and was funded through the gewog development grant (GDG). The 2.7 km road was constructed by the Zawa community contract group that is comprised  of village members, and took one month and eight days to complete. The road will connect two villages of Zawa chiwog, Zawa and Yultama and about 17 households. [... Read More]

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