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Druk Utd. takes on Sheikh Jamal in King’s Cup opener today

IMG_1578Abahani FC warms up at a training session in Changjiji yesterday

Football: At the opening match of King’s Cup at Changlimithang in Thimphu today, Druk United hopes to begin their campaign with a win against the champion Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh. Teams from outside Bhutan are also expecting a very interesting tournament. Manager of Abahani Limited of Bangladesh, Satyajit Das Rupu, said that his team would make the best out of every “small chances”. “We’re here to win the tournament. We know all about our opponents and we think that we have a good chance to [... Read More]

Villagers not convinced with involuntary manslaughter verdict

IMG_2900Shingkhar village where the incident occurred

The incident is still much-talked in the village Judiciary: Three months ago, Zhemgang district court sentenced three men to three years in prison each for involuntary manslaughter.  A woman connected to the same case was given a one-year compoundable prison term. The alleged murder and the verdict meted out by the court are still talked about in remote Shingkhar, where the incident occurred.  They become vocal, when sharing it with visitors from outside the village. Some villagers say the incident affected them all, claiming it [... Read More]

New Letshog Lopen Lhengye appointed


Monastic: His Holiness the Je Khenpo appointed lopen Sangay Dorji as the new Letshog Lopen Lhengye of the zhung dratshang yesterday. Lopen Lhengye Sangay Dorji served as the principal of Dodeydra shedra for 11 years, and as the principal of Tango thorim shedra for the last four years. Lopen Lhengye Sangay Dorji was born in Babesa, Thimphu in 1967.  He studied in Lungtenphug primary school until the age of 11, after which he entered the central monastic body.  He spent eight years in liturgical studies [... Read More]

More tourists arrived this year

The lean season offer for Thais contributed substantially to the rise in numbers Tourism: With 88,138 tourists visiting the country until September this year, Bhutan recorded an increase in both regional and international tourists compared to the previous year. Records with Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) show a total of 44,424 regional and 43,714 international tourists until September this year.  Last year, during the same time, 42,073 regional tourists and 33,698 international tourists visited the country. The lean season offer for Thai tourists this year [... Read More]

Musk deer in mortal peril …

unnamedPoachers destroying the snares after WCNP team accompanied the offenders to the mountains to remove the snares which was laid earlier by the poachers

… if rampant poaching goes on unchecked, warn park officials  Wildlife: Musk deer could go extinct if poaching continues at the current rate, according to officials from Wangchuck centennial national park (WCNP) and Thrumshingla national park (TNP). WCNP officials on October 28 nabbed poachers from Garpang in Bumthang.  The offenders were released after coughing up a fine of Nu 0.9M.  Each offender was fined Nu 0.25M for four musk pods. “They were released because of lack of history of previous offence,” said Tshering Dhendup, chief forest officer [... Read More]

After words, deeds to be done

15578899857_579cc53f85_zMore than 300 participants attented the conference

The four-day conference came up with a checklist for climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas ICIMOD: Pushing for greater involvement of rural mountain communities, and the need to better integrate scientific and traditional knowledge for effective adaptation action, were at the core of the international conference discussions in Kathmandu, Nepal. More than 300 experts, scientists, policy makers, government representatives, high-level dignitaries, journalists, and practitioners from 22 countries, including Bhutan, participated in the conference to find climate change adaptions solutions beyond boundaries in the [... Read More]

Compensation paid for land lost to upcoming township

DSC_5446The existing Pemagatshel town

Although five years since the plots exchanged hands, for owners, all’s well that ends well Denchi: After a five-year wait, 30 landowners, save for four households, received monetary compensation for the land they lost to the dzongkhag in 2010 for the new Denchi township. The existing town will be shifted to Denchi, about 18km from the gewog office under Shumar gewog in Pemagatshel. A total of Nu 63.301M was paid to the landowners, who together lost about 80 acres of land.  The compensation was paid [... Read More]

Bhutan face Sri Lanka in must win game

ASupport: Afghan fans take a moment for some selfies

SAFF: Bhutan will try to recover from the 8-0 defeated from Nepal when they face Sri Lanka today in a must win game to stay alive in the SAF tournament. But the Bhutanese are against the tough Lankans sitting second in group B. On November 12, Nepal thrashed Bhutan 8-0. Nepal’s Sajana Rana, Anu Lama and Dipa Adhikari scored a brace each, while Menuka Giri and debutant Sabitra Bhandari netted one each. Nepal started attacking from the whistle and could have gone three up in [... Read More]

Human footprint stamps out species

DSC_7112Tarja Halonen and Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji launch the report

The Living Planet Report, 2014 confirms our worst suspicions of the (eco) state of earth WWF: Human demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing so much that, to fulfill the demands of the current generation, the world would need another earth and half. Species populations worldwide have declined by more than 50 percent since 1970, the Living Planet Report, 2014, which was launched yesterday at the Royal Thimphu College, states. According to the living planet index, the state of the world’s bio-diversity appears worse than [... Read More]

A celebration to cement community bonds

IMG_6197The NA speaker graced the occasion

The Changjiji tribute to the fourth Druk Gyalpo may be a first step to a changed colony November 11: On a cold November 11 night, tenants, both old and young, of Changiji housing colony in Thimphu, came out of their homes and gathered at the colony’s park to pay their tribute to His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo. Despite living nearby, a gathering like this is rare in Changiji, because most tenants, being office-goers, don’t get to come together often. However, the event at the [... Read More]

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