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Tashi Tagay’s Tshering wins Bhutan’s best archer title

DSC_1954Winner Tshering celebrates his victory

 Archery: After scoring 16 kareys in 15 rounds and defeating 14 archers in the on-going 18th Yangphel open archery tournament at the Changlimithang range yesterday, Tshering won the best of Bhutan archer title along with a cash prize of Nu 200,000. Tshering plays for team Tashi Tagay from Babesa, Thimphu. Team Meri Construction’s Tashi Dhendup hit 15 kareys to secure the second position and won Nu 70,000 while Chungdu Dorji of Choglay Namgyel (Punakha) came third to win Nu 15,000. The 15 archers were selected [... Read More]

His Majesty grants audience to graduates

20140822-2C4A3766His Majesty the King with university graduates at the orientation’s closing ceremony yesterday

NGOP: His Majesty the King granted an audience to the 2,315 graduates before the closing ceremony of the national graduate orientation programme (NGOP) yesterday. His Majesty began the address by sharing two stories: a senior red-scarf official laboured for many years with the objective to achieve success, and refused to be deterred even when faced with the prospect of going to school with 12-year-olds when he was 25; a teenage boy in conflict with the law admitted to His Majesty that he had ‘given up’ [... Read More]

Roadblocks cleared until Pantang

IMG_5611Opened: Vehicles started plying the Tingtibi - Panbang road yesterday, eight days after landslides had closed the traffic

Zhemgang: The roadblocks between Tingtibi and Panbang under Zhemgang have been cleared till Pantang after eight days of roadblocks following heavy rain. The road has been opened for vehicles including heavy vehicles like trucks and buses from 11 am yesterday after the major blockades at Tatalabi and other stretches were also cleared. “Public transport bus from Gelephu started plying to Rindhibi from yesterday,” Tingtibi department of roads (DoR) junior engineer, Ashoka Rai said. The movement of vehicles between Zhemgang and Panbang was closed since August [... Read More]

Solar fencing keep elephants away

DSC_5670-1Extra security: A farmer install a box for bees along the solar fence

Samrang’s farmers have been spared the annual depredation by marauding elephants Wildlife: The installation of solar fencing has worked in protecting crops of Samrang gewog farmers and, this year, unlike in the past, they have been able to harvest maize. Elephants have otherwise damaged crops and farmers of three chiwogs of Ngangtshohangtoe, Ngangtshohangmey and Dhamsagangmey under Samrang have lost their livelihood to the tuskers for decades. Farmer Talak Bahadhur Bista, 68, said, since solar fencing was installed, villagers live with peace of mind. “It has [... Read More]

Fingers crossed for a vegetable market spin-off

bDSC00078Isolated: The present market sheds

A longstanding need, it is hoped, will be met with the advent of the KHP DT: Abandoned by vendors and wearing a desolate look, the Trashiyangtse town’s vegetable market shed stands at the edge of the town.  Budget constraint is keeping the dzongkhag from coming up with a new two-storied vegetable market. However, with the coming of Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP), Trashiyangtse dzongkhag is also looking forward to the prospect of constructing the vegetable market. It was decided during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) that [... Read More]

Bhutan ranks 136 out of 187 countries in human development

DSC_1694UNDP Resident Representative Christina Carlson and labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo releases the human development report yesterday

Its HDI value of 0.584 puts the country in the “medium” category Report: Bhutan ranks 136 in human development out of 187 countries and shares the rank with Cambodia, the human development report, 2014, which was released yesterday in Thimphu, stated. The human development index (HDI) value for Bhutan is 0.584, which is close to the South Asian average of 0.588, but below the world average of 0.702.  The HDI value ranks Bhutan in the “medium human development” category along with 42 countries, which include [... Read More]

Home minister apprised of problems kidney patients face

IMG_0542A patient with kidney problem shares concerns with the home minister

Following the ban on fund solicitation, a bad situation may have turned worse Health: Almost two months after the home ministry stopped issuing letters to collect donations, kidney patients, recipients, donors, attendants and their relatives met the home minister yesterday to share their problems of getting treated. No concrete alternative has been found yet on how people can go about getting kidney donors. At the meeting yesterday, kidney patients and relatives said they are faced with problems of shortage of money, difficulty in getting donors, [... Read More]

Feasibility study of ground-couple heating/cooling presented

imageTea ceremony: Professor Yorikazu Shimotsuma serves tea

Conference: If the College of Science and Technology‘s (CST) preliminary feasibility study on ground-coupled heating and cooling comes through, the country could save about 20-30 percent of electricity that’s consumed today for heating and cooling buildings. The status of the feasibility assessment of ground-coupled heating and cooling in Bhutan was presented yesterday at the first two-day international conference on engineering, science, technology, education and history. The conference is an outcome of a memorandum of understanding that Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic and Japan Society of Education for [... Read More]

Nine teams make it to Yangphel’s semifinals

IMG_1674A Khadel player celebrates a karey at the quarterfinals

Archery: Team Khadel Zorig thrashed United Sikkim and Laya Tours and Treks in the last quarterfinals match on August 20 at the ongoing Yangphel archery tournament in Changlimithang, Thimphu. With the win, Khadel Zorig finished the third set to book a place in the semifinal on August 24. In the sixth round, it completed the first set, while United Sikkim scored four and Laya Tours and Treks five. However, in the eighth round, United Sikkim equalised Khadel Zorig ,and led with five points, leaving Khadel [... Read More]

Tingtibi-Panbang stretch closed to traffic since August 15

unnamedMonsoon woes: A road worker carries fuel for the excavator stranded at Tatalabi to clear the road blocks between Zhemgang and Panbang

Highway: It will take at least two more days to clear the numerous roadblocks between Tingtibi and Panbang in Zhemgang after the highway was blocked since August 15 following continuous rainfall. There has been no movement of vehicles from Zhemgang to Panbang via Tingtibi since August 15 after Gelephu public transport to Gomphu returned from Tsembaigang when the highway was blocked at several places. “No vehicles could pass beyond Tshembaigang until yesterday, because there were too many blocks,” a worker Nar Bahadur said, adding that [... Read More]

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