Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 7:35 AM

Indian ambassador visits Chukha hydropower project

DSC_0105Ambassador Bambawale leaves a testimonial on the CHP guest sign in book

Visit: India will assist and help Bhutan in whatever ways it can in its capacity, and priorities for assistance have to be laid by the people of Bhutan, the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, said, after his first visit to the Chukha Hydropower Project Corporation (CHPC) yesterday. “Both India and Bhutan are in the process of economic development and social progress,” the ambassador said, adding that, in this process, the two countries could help each other. “This is a full partnership and I can [... Read More]

Outbreak of infectious Bursal disease

DSC_0005An infected chicken feeder is suspected to have spread the disease in the community

More than 380 birds have perished as of yesterday in the Punakha epidemic  Poultry: An infectious Bursal disease (IBD) outbreak has killed about 380 birds in pullet rearing farms of Toeb and Barp gewogs in Punakha since August 4.  Eleven birds died in Barp gewog yesterday. This is the first poultry disease outbreak in Punakha.  The birds died in Gyemkha village in Toeb gewog and Gamakha village in Barp gewog.  As of yesterday, 342 birds from Toeb and more than 30 birds from Barp gewog [... Read More]

The mental health of youth today

IMG_2791International youth day: Students perform the chicken dance, an energiser at the Harmony Youth Village yesterday Photo: DYS, MoE

On the occasion of IYD, young volunteers carried out a small survey to assess the same Harmony: To understand mental health and mental health issues relating to youth, some youth volunteers of Harmony youth village conducted a survey around the Thimphu thromde area. The survey was also done in line with this year’s theme, “Youth and Mental Health” for International Youth Day, which was observed yesterday at the Harmony youth village. Psychiatrist Dr Damber K Nirola had prepared the questionnaire, mentored the students on how [... Read More]

The five jewels of economy – The dzongda’s role

DSC_9467Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and cabinet ministers with the 20 dzongdas at the convention centre, Thimphu yesterday

Conference: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay asked the dzongdas to focus on how they can improve and develop the dzongkhag economy by framing economic developmental plans and policies yesterday at the 21st annual dzongda conference. This, lyonchhoen said, was important to develop the economy and it could be done by exploring the potentials of each dzongkhag under the five jewels of economy. Repeating what he stated in the state of the nation report, he talked about the government’s economic development plans of five jewels of economy, [... Read More]

Southeast region struggles without gynaecologist

DSC_5527No use:The operation theatre has been locked for over a year

Patients with delivery complications are referred to Mongar, emergencies to Guwahati   Health: While all equipment and an operation theatre for c-section cases are in place, Dewathang hospital in Samdrupjongkhar has been without a gynaecologist for over a year. Without other doctors or surgeons at the hospital, the operation theatre has been locked since last year. Yesterday, farmer Yeshi Dorji, from Samdrupcholing under Samdrupjongkhar, was worried because it was due date and his wife did not deliver. The 37-year old drove his wife to Dewathang [... Read More]

Judo enthusiasts and coaches need more trainings

IMG_1012Coaching: Densign White inspects a bout

Sports: Bhutan’s Judo enthusiasts and coaches underwent a week-long training being conducted by former President of the British Judo Association, Densign White. The training concluded in Thimphu yesterday. Densign White, former British Champion, European Champion and a Triple Olympian, conducted clinics at three levels, regular judo players, referees and the coaches in Thimphu. Densign White  was in the country to inspect the Judo program, see how long Bhutan will take to gain International Judo Federation membership. “We don’t have teams or clubs to compete in [... Read More]

Education links Bhutan and Australia

IMG_2313Ambassador Patrick Suckling

Australian ambassador speaks of changing profile of Bhutanese seeking to study Down Under Visit: The principal link between Australia and Bhutan is education, Australia’s ambassador to Bhutan, Patrick Suckling, who has been in the country since August 9 to attend the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) convocation ceremony, said. “The number of people aspiring to go and study in Australia increased by 245 percent last year,” the ambassador said, adding that there has been an enormous increase in number of people, who wanted to study [... Read More]

Phowa teaching at Tsechenling lhakhang

phowaPractitioners with kusha in their head

Gyeltshen trulku imparted a method to attain Buddhahood without meditation practice Religion: A teaching that brings Buddhahood without having to undergo meditation practice was taught by Gyeltshen Trulku at the Tsechenling lhakhang in Thimphu. Considered the most profound teaching of all that Buddha taught – phowa or transference of consciousness – is a method that can liberate a person’s mind to Buddhahood after death. Gyeltshen Trulku said phowa literally is understood as transference of awareness from one place to another, but spiritually, it is sending [... Read More]

Gong – A village that’s been left in the dark

IMG_2214Electrification materials used as fence at Maogaon

A contractor with too much on his plate is partly the reason for the long delay to electrification Power: The Gong river that runs at the base of Black Mountain divides the remote villages of Gong and Daragaon in Sarpang. The villages that face each other share the same vegetation and culture. But as dusk envelopes the valley, the villages stand apart, as electricity lights up the homes in Daragaon, while homes in Gong on the other side of the river remain in darkness. Nandalal [... Read More]

The waste bins that were laid to waste

DSC_8385The broken bins

Civic amenities are all too often the victims of mindless vandalism in our capital city Thromde: There once was a happy and prosperous town.  Not a speck of dust could be found in that little town, not a scrap of paper.  Wastewater from homes did not run freely through thoroughfares, but into conduits that did not burst and create foul-smelling fountains in the middle of high street.  And a river called Wangchu ran through the edge of this town, singing a sonorous song.  All that [... Read More]

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