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Assam Electricity lose again

DSC_1325Dipak Rai scores the equaliser for Assam Electricity Ltd.

King’s Cup: Defending champions, Manang Marshyangdi Football Club (MMC) of Nepal bagged their first win of the King’s cup beating Assam Electricity Limited, 2-1, yesterday at the Changlimethang stadium. In one of the few closely contested matches in the football tournament so far, the Assamese maintained a strong line of defense and intercepted most of the shots made by the Nepalese. They held MMC until the 35th minute to a goalless draw. But the deadlock was broken when MMC’s Leonce Zikhai Dozo scored after the [... Read More]

Equal benefits for LG tshogpas: NC

DSC_9407Eminent council member Tashi Wangmo

With this decision, the council contradicts NA’s earlier stand against the allowance Council: The National Council on Monday decided that tshogpas, elected members of local government, should be entitled to paid leave, in contrast to the decision the Assembly took in the last session Good governance committee chairperson, eminent council member Tashi Wangmo, said the committee proposed equal entitlement, as all elected members of the local government are equal under the Constitution.  Local leaders, including tshogpas, should be entitled to casual, earned, maternity, paternity and [... Read More]

Not many takers for kushu thara

unnamed-20A young weaver with her kushu thara during the recent textile exhibition in Lhuentse

Weavers in Lhuentse say they have a hard time finding buyers for their hard work Handicraft: Thukten Lotay, 26, gets busy as March approaches, weaving the kushu thara, a prestigious brocaded kira for women valued for its beautiful kushu patterns. The only man, who can weave in Lhuentse, is from Minji gewog.  He takes time off from his usual farming routine to weave the renowned textile of Bhutan. “Unlike in the past, not many men weave today. Unusually, I had an eye for patterns from [... Read More]

8-km farm road incomplete after three years

IMG_20141112_150807A long way to go: The incomplete Ula farmroad

Connectivity: It has been more than three years since Ula’s eight-kilometre farm road in Wangdue was cleared with its first cutting till the village Lhakhang from the Jala bridge. However, as of now, the farm road has not been of any help to the people of Ula.  People still have to walk for hours up the hill.  The farm road remains heavily blocked at several points. Villagers said, “Since the farm road is a key factor to help us earn by selling our agriculture produce [... Read More]

Ugyen Academy shocks Abahani Limited

DSC_0756Heap of joy: Ugyen Academy players celebrate the goal that won them the match at the King’s cup yesterday

The underdogs pulled off a surprise 1-0 win against the run of play King’s cup: Ugyen Academy, which considers itself an underdog in the ongoing King’s Cup football tournament, pulled off a surprise win over Abahani Limited yesterday, beating them 1-0. Striker Tshering Wangdi took advantage of a defensive error in the 87th minute, and neatly slid the ball through the legs of the Abahani Limited’s goalie, giving the crowd a reason to celebrate. The Bangladeshi team dominated most of the game, but failed to [... Read More]

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]

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