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Dolamche forest fire still on

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Forest officials, police, PHPA staff, army personnel and people of Athang, Daga gewog are still trying to contain the fire that started around 8.30pm on March 15 in Athang gewog, Wangdue. The fire is suspected to have started from an electricity pole above the gewog centre road to Athangat a place called Dolamche. Athang gup Khandu Dorji said a villager Aum Phuchu spotted the fire and informed the villagers. The gewog is verifying if the electricity pole belongs to the project authority or the Bhutan Power [... Read More]

His Majesty graces RBP Gagsars’ Attestation Parade

20150315-907A4288-EditHis Majesty The King, accompanied by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, graced the Royal Bhutan Police’s 47th Batch Gagsars’ Attestation Parade.

POP: His Majesty the King accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced Royal Bhutan Police’s 47th Batch Gagsars’ Attestation Parade. 150 men and 50 women recruits who completed their training at Jigmeling and four men and two women cadet officers who trained at Tashigatshel Police Training Centre, presented the Guard of Honour to His Majesty the King. Addressing the Gagsars, His Majesty said that as they carried out their duties, they must always honour the sacred oath they took today to serve and protect the [... Read More]

New wings for Drukair

IMG_20150315_093039The Airbus A319 was received with a chipdrel ceremony yesterday

Aviation: Drukair’s newest aircraft, an Airbus A319 costing at least USD 40 million, arrived at Paro International airport, yesterday. The aircraft, registered as A5-JSW after the initials of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, will expand Drukair’s fleet to five aircraft, four of which are A319s and one twin propeller ATR-42. The aircraft is dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on the occasion of His 60th Birth Anniversary by the national airline. The arrival of the new A319 comes a little more than 10 years [... Read More]

Dorokha MSS all set for central school status

DSC_0019Education minister Mingbo Dukpa speaks to students and teachers of Dorokha Middle Secondary School on the central school scheme

Once land acquisition is confirmed, construction will begin immediately Education: With the lion’s share of the budget allotted and the master plan in place, Dorokha middle secondary school (DMSS) in Samtse is all set to expand into a central school. Among the 24 schools identified as central schools for the pilot phase this year, DMSS has been allotted Nu 254M (million), the highest of the Nu 3,487.196M that has been approved under India’s project-tied assistance. Education minister Mingbo Dukpa shared this with the teachers and [... Read More]

Bajo primary schools buckle under admission pressure

IMG_0099Admission pressure has increased after the two projects commenced

Besides an abundance of legit candidates, they have to deal with a host of underage kids too Education: While schools in rural Bhutan are increasingly facing reduced pre-primary (PP) admission, opposite is the case in places like Bajo in Wangdue. Even after closing of admission in December last year, schools continue to receive admission requests.  Some parents, whose children didn’t even meet age requirement, have bought school uniforms and reach their wards till the school gate every day.

More tshok means more waste

IMG_4837Monks collect at least 30 sack loads of tshok everyday

Devotees overwhelm Pangrizampa with ready-made offerings despite a notice saying not to Religion: Pangrizampa lhakhang in the capital receives more than 30 sacks of packaged tshok (offering) everyday. A notification at the entrance of the lhakhang that requests people not to bring packaged tshok during the nine-day Jana Chidey ritual does not stop devotees from bringing packet foods. Long lines of hawkers are seen along the road outside the lhakhang, selling ready-made tshok bags. There are many plastic wrapped items such as chips, biscuits, noodles [... Read More]

Changjiji housewives trained to make traditional dyes

20150311_160847Rinzin Pem soaks yarn in onion juice

APIC: Rinzin Pem, 40, has spent more than half her life on the loom, but she soaked her hands in dye for the first time last  week. A light-red juice was extracted from onion waste and put under extreme heat for hours.  Rinzin then rinsed the yarn in cold water and hung up to dry. Rinzin Pem was among 23 housewives from Changjiji housing colony who attended a weeklong training on dyeing at the office of National Housing Development corporation in Thimphu.

Jaguars knock Pazaps out, reach finals

DSC_0001Head and shoulder above: A Jaguars player goes for a jump shot

A-League: The sixth place Jaguars knocked out the number one seeded Pazaps, 71 to 54 in the semis pulling off the biggest upset in the ongoing Pepsi “A” league basketball tournament at the swimming pool complex, yesterday. The Jaguars entered the semi-finals with a decisive win against a third placed team, Phojas in a 3 game series. In their first game of the semis, Jaguars defeated Pazaps by a lone basket last Saturday. Yesterday, in a seesaw battle, Jaguars held on to their 10 points [... Read More]

Sipsu gewogs chip in for outpatient department

DSC_0555Sipsu hospital

GDG: Five gewogs of Sipsu dungkhag in Samtse contributed a total of Nu 1.5M (million) from their gewog development grant (GDG) for the construction of an outpatient department in the dungkhag. The building that will have seven rooms is expected to ease the shortage of patient beds at the hospital in Sipsu, which has a history of recording a huge inflow of patients in summer. The hospital has accommodated 10 beds in the corridors of its ground and top floors. In 2014, the hospital had [... Read More]

Home ministry could ban sale of knives to youth

IMG_20150212_142525Police display weapons seized from youth in a press conference last month

But it will depend on a strong link being found between possession and use in violent crime Law and Order: The home ministry is leaning towards banning sale of knives for youth under 18, as proposed by the police. But on imposing a time curfew that would restrict youth from being on the streets after a certain hour, the ministry says the law already addresses the issue. Both measures were proposed by the police, given rising incidents of youth crime involving weapons. However, the home [... Read More]

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