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Thimphu thromde considers outsourcing waste collection and management

DSC_4450Overwhelmed: The capital city produces 25 tonnes of waste every day

Garbage: Thimphu thromde is considering privatising the city’s waste collection and management starting January 2015. Lack of resources and management problem are some of the reasons why the thromde is planning to outsource the management and collection of the city’s mounting waste. The thromde will divide Thimphu city into three blocks – south, center and north. Private contractors will collect waste from these blocks once every day. Because of the mounting waste problem in the city, a pilot public-private partnership project on integrated waste management [... Read More]

Bhutanese learn Choekey from … a Japanese

IMG_20141128_182208Interest to learn Choekey is mostly driven by a desire to understand religious texts and improve Dzongkha skills

Dr Yoshiro Imaeda is conducting a three-month course on his own initiative Linguistics: In an indication that there is growing interest to learn Choekey, a group of Bhutanese students are currently learning the classical language from a Japanese academic in Thimphu. Choekey is commonly found in religious scriptures and was also used for official correspondence and for teaching in schools in Bhutan until the written form of Dzongkha was developed, starting from the 1960s. Dr Yoshiro Imaeda, a well-known researcher and historian, has been teaching [... Read More]

Sheikh Jamal are new King’s Cup champions

DSC_8403Champions: Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh are the 2014 Kings’s Cup winner

King’s Cup: Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club snatched the King’s Cup trophy, their second title abroad, yesterday after beating Pune FC. MD Yeasin Khan headed Wedson Anselme’s corner in the 25th minute, what turned out to be the winner of the final match at the packed Changlimithang stadium to take home Nu 0.5M in cash prize. After taking the lead, except for occasional counter attacks, the team defended with all energy in the remaining part of the match. With blue caps and red flags, the [... Read More]

Three go public with HIV status on World AIDS Day

2Courageous: Khotsha (from left), Tashi Dema and Namgay declared their HIV status yesterday in Gelephu

Health: Namgay, 30, was seriously ill with high fever.  Suspecting it to be H1N1 flu or swine flu, his family insisted he visited Thimphu referral hospital. Nothing could be confirmed until he got his blood tested for the third time.  On the third report, he was told to visit the information service centre (HISC). There they told him that he was HIV positive.  It was April 2010 and Namgay knew little about the disease then. His immunity level, medically called the CD4 count, had dropped [... Read More]

Clean up or shut down

IMG_0014The Pasakha industrial estate in Phuentsholing

Pasakha and Bhalujhora industries have this ultimatum to a March 31, 2015 deadline NECS:  Industries in Pasakha and Bhalujhora will have to cut down emission and put control measures in place by March 31 next year or face shutting down until the problem is corrected. This is one of the many conditions industrialists agreed with the National Environment Commission secretariat (NECS) on November 26 to mitigate pollution, improve housekeeping and self-monitoring systems. NECS officials, after monitoring the air quality in the industrial estate on September [... Read More]

Thailand-Bhutan turnaround

IMG_20141201_130358Bangkok hospital representative Penjor presents a free ticket to Thailand to one of the winners

Now it’s the Thai’s turn to entice Bhutanese to visit their kingdom Tourism: As part of an effort to increase Bhutanese tourism to Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) held a promotional event in Thimphu, yesterday. Local tour company and media representatives were provided with a presentation on what else Thailand offers, besides the usual shopping venues. TAT director for this region, Runjuan Tongrut, listed a number of areas outside Bangkok or Pattaya that could be visited, like the beach town of Krabi, for [... Read More]

Choeji Drukpa Kuenley throngdrel consecrated

unnamed-13The throngdrel’s first display at Chimi lhakang

Religion: Thousands of devotees from Punakha and Wangdue gathered to receive blessings from the first Choeji Drukpa Kuenley throngdrel, which His Holiness the Je Khenpo trulku Jigme Choeda consecrated at the Chimi lhakhang ground, yesterday. Lam Samdrup Norbu of Chimi lhakhang, who is also a coordinator of the throngdrel, said it has 23 lhatshogs, with Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the ‘Divine Madman’) in the centre, surrounded by his devotees, consorts and siblings. He said Lama Drukpa Kuenley’s four consorts – Barbi Chenzom, Chungsay Ashi Gangzom, Pelzom [... Read More]

Tshogdu and trade at cross-purposes

unnamed-12Tradition: Villagers in Buli, Zhemgang offer tshogchang to receive a guest. Local leaders discourage such practices to control alcohol consumption in the dzongkhag.

While one clamps down on local, the other issue licenses to flog the factory-made  Alcohol: Two months ago, the Zhemgang dzongkhag tshogdu, the highest legislative body at the local level, suspended issuing alcohol retail licenses in the dzongkhag. Having discussed alcohol almost every year in the tshogdu, members agreed that alcohol was one of the main reasons for socio-economic problems in the remote dzongkhag.  A few gewogs even banned brewing alcohol and limited its serving to occasions. Today, local leaders are fighting an uphill battle, [... Read More]

Long life prayer at Zangdopelri lhakhang

DSC_6528His eminence Kathok Situ rinpoche

Religion: More than 50 monks of Kathok Yoesel Samtenling retreat centre at Baylangdra in Wangdue are performing a long life prayer under the spiritual guidance of Kathok Situ rinpoche at the Zangdopelri lhakhang in Thimphu. Dhendup, 73, who is a regular at the prayer, said old people like him should rely more on prayers than medicine. Many devotees, who have come to make offerings and circumambulate the Zangdopelri are mostly in their 70s and 80s. “Prayers such as this nurture our mind,” Phub Lham, 68 [... Read More]

Sampheling soured by citrus crop failure

PIC_0092Citrus greening or pollution : citrus trees in Pasakha no longer bear fruits

Though officials blame a bacterium, farmers look askance at Pasakha’s pollution Mandarin: While farmers in many parts of Chukha are reaping the harvest of their cash crop with the peak mandarin season on, the situation for most of the citrus growers near the Pasakha industrial area has remained otherwise. It’s been more than three years now since villagers in Sampheling gewog, Phuentsholing have not seen their citrus plants bearing fruit. Although local leaders and gewog officials attribute it to citrus greening that is caused by [... Read More]

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