Pema Dorji clocked 12.14 mts to qualify for the national contest
Contest: The otherwise slow and jejune Sunday for Tsirang residents was charged with the nyagay, or strongman competition in the dzongkhag this time.
More than 100 Tsirang town residents formed the borders of the school football field and filled it with war cries as they cheered for their strongmen.
Buoyed by the support showered on them, the five contestants from four gewogs of the dzongkhag doubled up their brawn to drag a 109kg log from [... Read More]
An elephant throws a glance at the villagers
A herd of some 30 elephants invaded the area from across the border
Wildlife: It was 30 minutes past midnight Sunday, when a cracking sound woke up Darlay Dukpa.
He shone a torch from his bedroom window to see an elephant trying to enter Majathang village, Samtse gewog, in the southern border district of Samtse.
Darlay Dukpa quickly called forest officers and nearby villagers to be alert and, within minutes, a herd of elephants was seen [... Read More]
A vendor arranges her products for sale at the market shed
The facility for vendors near Dewathang encourages even those with kitchen gardens
Agriculture: On a hot Sunday morning in Samdrupgatshel, 55-year old Karma Tenzin was all smiles at the newly inaugurated vegetable market shed that stands beside the junction meeting the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway near Dewathang town.
He had earned about Nu 1,000 by selling vegetables from his kitchen garden since he had settled there since 7am.
“We’re very thankful to the thromde for supporting farmers like [... Read More]
Uygen dzong nye: Where Guru meditated
If Taktsang appears inaccessible, this nye is even more so, requiring a three-stage entry
Ugyen Dzong: En–route to Kargil district, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, is a huge sheer rock face in the midst of a dusty arid landscape.
This is the Ugyen Dzong nye (sacred place), which holds a cave where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have meditated for a month in the 8th century.
Depicting his spinal code and vertebra, the [... Read More]
Health: A quick shower, checking his pouch for his mobile phone, wallet and car keys and off rushes Kinley Tenzin, a civil servant to office around 8:30am.
The bachelor is convinced he did not miss anything.
The most important meal of the day is something he has cut out from his daily routine.
Around 10am, he grabs a cup of hot coffee, or tea to go with puri, a deep-fried small, round, flat piece of bread [... Read More]
Students board the bus to Darjeeling from Jaigaon yesterday
Darjeeling: Bhutanese students who have returned to Darjeeling are safe, the president of Bhutanese Students’ Association in Darjeeling said around 7pm yesterday.
These students from eight different colleges in Darjeeling were returning to college more than a month following the strike the GJM had called for in demand of a separate state.
Darjeeling is 227km from Phuentsholing. Students who live in apartments and as paying guest were back to their rooms while male students are [... Read More]
Austrian Vice-Minister for Foreign Economic Policy & European Integration Mrs Bernadette Marianne Gierlinger with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay
Apart from that hydropower and good governance are two other areas of interest
Visit: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday met a 16-member Austrian business delegation led by Vice-Minister for Foreign Economic Policy & European Integration Mrs Bernadette Marianne Gierlinger.
The delegation discussed with Lyonchhoen areas of cooperation in hydropower development, tourism, good governance and expansion of private sector.
Mrs Gierlinger said the next five years forecast possibilities for the two nations to bring about positive developmental [... Read More]
Look up: Can you spot the 90s CCTV?
Only four of the 21-airport CCTVs work
DCA: In another surveillance shortcoming at Paro airport, only four out of 21 close circuit television (CCTV) cameras are currently functioning.
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) uses the CCTV system to monitor areas in real time and to record footage, for use, if necessary, during post incident investigation.
However, with only four functioning cameras, one vital component of airport security at Paro is inadequate.
DCA chief executive officer, Karma [... Read More]
Devotees say their prayers before butter lamp offering ceremony
The idea is for the masters of the sect to meet and tech disciples from across the world to secure the continuity of the lineage
ADC: The candle lights planted around the 16th century Hemis Buddhist monastery remained as still as the biting chill the mountains surrounding it sent.
It was September 5, the closing of the fifth Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) held at the monastery in Ladakh and devotees came in droves bracing the [... Read More]
Both Neten Dorji and the dratshang have agreed not to spray pesticides
Six acres of sharecropped dratshang paddy fields have been destroyed within a month
Pestilence: Grasshoppers have infested and, in a month, destroyed over six acres of paddy fields of Gomkora dratshang in Trashiyangtse.
The infestation began over four months ago from Lakorlung in Tongzhang gewog. Lakorlung is located four kilometres above Gomkora on the way to Tongzhang gewog.
“They didn’t attack crops in the beginning, with plenty of grass to feed on in the forests, but [... Read More]