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150-bed mother and child hospital to be built

DSC_9646Tiny socks, Big dreams: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay launches the Tshegho initiative project, which knitted more than a thousand woollen caps and pairs of socks for preterm babies

The PM made this announcement on the occasion of World Prematurity Day Health: At the only event to which he invited himself, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday announced that the government has decided to establish a 150-bed mother and child hospital at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital complex. The Prime Minister, although about two hours late, made it to the venue to join the health fraternity and parents in observing the World Prematurity Day, a day that’s held to draw attention to the growing [... Read More]

Ula under line of fire

unnamed-17A crack on a lhakhang which villagers claim was caused by blasting

Village claims blasting at dam site has caused water sources to dry up PHPA II: Despite a successful paddy harvest, Phub Dendup, 59 of Ula village, is worried about the quantity of this year’s yield. In previous years, Phub Dendup and his wife usually got 1,200 drés (one dré is more than a kg)  from their three-acre land.  However, this year, they are worried that the yield won’t be even 400 drés. The couple is amongst 22 households of Ula village, located on a hill [... Read More]

Nat Geo plans major coverage on wildlife in the country

Round-Towers-600x454Castle in the air: A rare photo of Drugyal dzong taken by John Claude White in 1905 (Courtesy: The National Geographic Magazine, April 1914 issue)

100 years after its first article on Bhutan, an NGS team has chosen to hold its annual research meeting here UWIC: The National Geographic magazine, together with the Ugyen Wangchuck institute of conservation and environment in Bumthang, is planning a major coverage on Bhutan’s wildlife and its conservation efforts. This will be the first article on wildlife and conservation.  Reporting will start next year.  A team of national geographic society (NGS), which has been holding its annual committee for research and exploration meetings in various [... Read More]

Bhutan defeats Laos in 3×3 basketball

bballKezang Wangchuk attempts a lay up against the Laotian team

Basketball: Team Bhutan achieved its second international win in 3×3 basketball at the Asian Beach Games being held in Phuket, Thailand. Bhutan defeated Laos 21-9. However, the team also lost its first four matches. Bhutan lost to India (09-21), Mongolia (11-17), China (11-15), and Thailand (05-12). Despite the losses, national coach of the 3×3 team, Tenxin Jamtsho said the team performed at a higher level than previous competitions. “Our team performed very well in the heat of Phuket although we didn’t have any altitude training [... Read More]

Preservation of heritage calls for strengthening Archeology

DSC_9152Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Secretary General of SLSA in Switzerland, Dr Eberhard Fischer launch the third heritage sites journal “Archaeology in Bhutan” yesterday.

Culture: Over the past few years, demand for documenting archaeological sites has increased with developmental activities increasing across the country that is disturbing these cultural heritage sites. Department of culture director, Rinzin Penjor, said archaeology as a field of study is new to Bhutan and is at a nascent stage. “Creating awareness on the importance of archaeology in the field of conservation and promotion of cultural heritage site is our main purpose,” he said. With the objective to institutionalise archaeology in the country, the department [... Read More]

Judiciary bids farewell to chief justice

unnamed-16At the farewell ceremony of Chief justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, HRH princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck launched three books – Building the Supreme Court and two Dzongkha books on the origin of law and architect of Supreme court

Judiciary: In an official farewell ceremony attended by justices of Supreme Court and High Court, 20 dzongkhag and 15 dungkhag courts on November 15, Her Royal Highness princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck expressed her appreciation to Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye for serving with unwavering loyalty and dedication to fulfil the vision of three successive monarchs. Having attained the age of 65 years on November 15, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, first chief justice of Supreme Court, demitted office as per the Constitution. Her Royal Highness said the chief justice, [... Read More]

SAARC beyond Indo-Pak differences

DSC_0376Suhasini Haidar at RIGSS

And the blame for this languishing lies squarely with the big boys of SAARC SELP/RIGSS: The SAARC inter-regional trade figure has not climbed over the years, and has remained among the lowest in the world.  Bilateral differences between India and Pakistan are hampering integration. This is what Suhasini Haidar said to the participants of third senior executive leadership programme (SELP) held at the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) on November 14. Suhasini Haidar is a journalist based in New Delhi.  With 18 [... Read More]

Return of the yak

IMG_7197Over 60 acres of Tsamdro has been prepared for the yaks

After completely vanishing from Tang last year, yaks will be brought back to the valley as part of an attempt to revive cultures and traditions associated with a semi-nomadic lifestyle. It is hoped that the lifestyle, which has existed for centuries, will be rekindled with the return of yaks to the mountains of Namgong, Tebithang, Phokpai, and Dungmithang. The plan to revive yak rearing in Tang was initiated by current opposition leader, Dr. Pema Jamtsho in 2011, when he was the agriculture minister. “The center [... Read More]

Pune FC beats defending champs MMC

DSC_8711Helpless: The Assam goalie looks on as Abahaini takes the lead

Second Bangladeshi team register win King’s Cup: Defending champion MMC FC lost their opening game to Pune FC in the second match of the King’s Cup yesterday. Pune FC took the lead in the 17th minute and doubled the lead in the second half. MMC pulled one back,but was too late to find an equaliser. The game finished 2-1. In the first match yesterday, 10-men Abahaini Limited, the second team from Bangladesh, held onto their one-goal lead to beat Assam Electricity. Abahaini Limited got their [... Read More]

World’s largest masonry dam engulfs ancient Buddhist site


Nagarjunakonda, aka lhocho pelgi ri, once a Buddhist town on a hill is now an island Heritage: For a devout Buddhist, there is plenty to see besides the museums and the boat journey while in Nagarjunakonda, known as lhocho pelgi ri among Buddhists.  At the sacred Buddhist site, devotees may pay homage to Nagarjuna or Goenpo Ludrup. Nagarjunakonda or Nagarjuna Hill, now transformed into an island on the right bank of the river Krishna, was a historical Buddhist town, located near Nagarjuna Sagar in Guntur district, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is [... Read More]

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