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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]

Pending budget paralyses work on new Pemagatshel dzong

DSC_5436What’s done: Foundation and groundwork for two administrative blocks have been completed

The GoI-funded project is slated to be complete by the end of the 11th Plan Construction: With budget on hold, the construction of Pemagatshel dzong, which began in November 2012, has come to a halt. About 20 percent of the work has been completed.  This constitutes foundation laying and groundwork.  The project is waiting for the Nu 30M fund to be released so work can continue.  Funded by the government of India, the total budget for the financial year 2014 to 2015 is Nu 100M. [... Read More]

Thimphu road network to get some much needed attention

IMG_4281Resurfaced: The stretch at Changzamtog alone the expressway is one of the areas that would get a major facelift

That is, if and when the Cabinet approves budget submitted for the longstanding task  Thromde: Thimphu thromde has identified several road networks in the city that will soon get a major facelift. With the budget approval submitted to the Cabinet, thromde officials said major resurfacing works would begin soon after they receive the approval. The areas identified range from Samtenling towards Kuengacholing to Motithang and Changzamtog, including Changbangdu and Lungtenzampa. Poor drainage system, damage by construction work, and heavy vehicles are to blame for the [... Read More]

Two archers warned with yellow card

IMG_0850Side draw? Drawing the bow from the side is not allowed

Archery: Two archers competing in the elimination round of the Yangphel open archery tournament yesterday were shown yellow cards, as a first warning. The archers, while drawing the bow, slipped and shot beyond the target range. One arrow landed around 20 metres behind the target and among the pine trees toward the Lungtenzampa bridge. The other landed on top of the protection wall behind the target towards the football ground. Another slip would lead to their termination from the tournament. The two incidents happened on [... Read More]

Phajo, SL Lubricants and Nim Archery in Q finals

IMG_0881United Sikkim is the only team from outside Bhutan

Archery: Phajo, SL Lubricants and Nim Archery qualified to the quarter finals eliminating Old Friends, Tenzin HSS, Kuzuzangpo, Ata Boning, Chang Boyz and SRPF in the first elimination round played yesterday at Changlimithang. The second match in the lower bacho (range) of the Yangphel open archery among Lhachen Industries, United Sikkim and Tashi Tagay could not be decided yesterday and will be continued today. The first match in the lower range, among Phajo, Old Friends and Tenzin HSS was decided in a penalty shoot out [... Read More]

Two primary schools to become ECRs, one ECR to be closed

Kherigongpa-Pry-SchoolKheri primary school has 42 students studying from Classes PP to VI

Education: Following shortage of students, two primary schools in Pemagatshel will be downgraded to extended classrooms (ECR), and an ECR in Nanong gewog will be closed. This was decided during the seventh dzongkhag tshogdu on August 1. Informing dzongkhag tshogdu members, district education officer Pema Dorji said Kheri PS in Zobel gewog has only 42 students, while Rizimo PS in Decheling gewog has 43 students. Located near Khenrigonpa, about five kilometres from the dzongkhag, Kheri  PS has about 10 students in each class from PP [... Read More]

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