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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]

Buddhism is life, not religion

IMG_4556.JPG- Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche

Said Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche in his talk on Buddhism yesterday at RTC Discourse: Buddhism, which is life, is today practised as a tradition and superstition, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche, Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup, the incarnation of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse rinpoche, said, in his talk on the introduction of Buddhism yesterday at the Royal Thimphu College. Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche told some 500 people in the audience that Buddhism was a dying subject in Bhutan, especially among the younger generation. “Buddhism is like a mother [... Read More]

Encroachment issue dominates proceedings

IMG_2744Local leaders and district officials during the DT tea break

‘Outsiders’ collecting cordyceps in their areas is an intrusion Gasa’s gups want stopped DT: Issues concerning cordyceps collection were one of the main problems all four gups from Gasa’s far-flung gewogs raised when they met district officials for the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) yesterday in Gasa. Unlike other districts, it takes about 12 days on foot to reach some gewogs of Gasa from the dzongkhag centre, and with bad weather conditions, the DT was already deferred thrice. The gups brought with them issues ranging from landslide [... Read More]

Chulalongkorn U wins cultural landscape competition

DSC_0229Participants at the International competition on cultural landscape

The department of culture organised the 10-day contest that was held in Thimphu Heritage: Chulalongkorn University in Thailand won the international competition on cultural landscape, which Bhutan had hosted for the last 10 days in Thimphu. University of Tokyo, Japan was the runners up in the competition, where four teams, comprising three students and a professor each, were selected from reputed universities of architecture and town planning. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay awarded the certificates. A booklet shared during the forum stated that, since the competition [... Read More]

No takers for transport service

20140819_131452Despite being open, the Jomotsangkha dungkhag’s main gate doesn’t see any buses plying through

No buses have plied the Jomotsangkha-Samdrupjongkhar route since last year RSTA: The Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office in Samdrupjongkhar has not received any proposal to operate a transport service between Jomotsangkha and Samdrupjongkhar ever since the last service discontinued a year ago. People of Lauri, Langchenphug and Serthi gewogs in the dungkhag have been living with this problem after the only bus service that plied between the dungkhag and dzongkhag discontinued following an accident.  It later refused to operate, for lack of passengers. [... Read More]

Semifinals from August 24

IMG_1602A Selwai Melong supporter cheers for the team

Archery: Team Happy, Palden Group of Companies, Zombala and Nim Archery yesterday qualified for the semi finals of the ongoing Yangphel open archery tournament. The last quarterfinals match will be played today amongst Khadel Zorig of Paro, United Sikkim and Laya Tours and Treks from Bumthang. Team Happy beat Selwai Melong in a penalty shootout. Palden Group defeated Bhutan Majestic Travel and Druk Lhayul and hit the highest team kareys in the process. They hit 56 kareys in 15 rounds. Zombala with 48 kareys and [... Read More]

Narcotic crackdown nets 680 to date

DSC_0015Say no to drugs: Education minister Mingbo Dukpa and Chief of police, Kipchu Namgyel launch the appeal from the capital yesterday

This is the number of arrests since its launch by the police in December last year  Crime: Almost 680 people have been arrested by the police for illegal transaction and possession of narcotic drugs and controlled substances since a crackdown was launched in December, last year. This was revealed at an event where the police appealed to the public and youth to refrain from abusing and trafficking drugs yesterday. Statistics available with the police show that, as of May, this year, more than 560 people [... Read More]

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