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Young students adapt well at Dechentsemo CS

making-of-resuable-sanitary-pads-by-senior-girlsSenior girls show younger ones how to make reusable sanitary pads

After overcoming an initial bout of homesickness, the little ones are adjusting nicely Education: Despite initial skepticism among parents to enroll six-year olds into a boarding school, preprimary (PP) students are adjusting well in the recently opened Dechentsemo central school at Thinleygang, Punakha. The school, however, had to send home two PP students after they kept crying and asked for their parents at night. There are today 43 boarding students in classes PP to III at Dechentsemo central school, located below Thinleygang town.  The school [... Read More]

Curtain comes down on KR-II grant scheme

distribution1Guard of honour: Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay inspects rows of power tillers received from Japan at the Agriculture Machinery Centre in Paro

Thirty years of Japanese assistance winds up with last consignment of 239 power tillers AID: Bringing an end to more than three decades of assistance provided to Bhutan under the KR-II grant scheme, a last batch of 239 power tillers worth Nu 63.5M (million) or USD 1.1M was handed over by Japan, in Paro, yesterday. Started in 1984, Bhutan has in total received 3,186 power tillers worth Nu 1.8 billion, and other various farm equipment, under the KR-II scheme, since then.  KR-II was initiated by [... Read More]

Centre for forestry studies inaugurated

IMG_4572HRH Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck inaugurates the centre

UWICE at Lamai Gonpa provides the premises for the institute UNESCO: The UNESCO Madanjeet centre for South Asia forestry studies at Lamai Gonpa in Bumthang was inaugurated yesterday, fulfilling a cherished dream of late UNESCO Ambassador Madanjeet Singh, who aspired to create a network of institutions of excellence across all SAARC countries. The late Madanjeet Singh, an Indian artist, writer, diplomat and philanthropist, was the UNESCO goodwill ambassador from the year 2000.

Bhutan to receive World Cup qualifier expenses

Bhutan-KFCBFF spent Nu 4 million on the trip to Sri Lanka for the first leg of the qualifiers

Football: Countries competing in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, starting from the preliminary round, will get USD 300,000 each to bear the expenses of competing for the World Cup. FIFA has sent a letter to the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) conveying the same.  BFF officials said they have not received the money yet. FIFA development officer, (Dr) Shaji Prabhakaran, said that if the federation (BFF) has applied for the budget, they should be getting it within seven to 10 days. “It’s your money, you’ll get [... Read More]

Bird flu in Thimphu

IMG_9102Threat curtailed: BAFRA and NCAH officials cull chickens in Motithang, Thimphu

Situation under control: remaining fowls in infected area culled H5N1: After confirming bird flu as the cause of what killed 16 birds below the lhengye dhensa (ministerial enclave) in Motithang on April 4, agriculture officials culled 16 more birds yesterday to prevent the spread of the disease. National incident command committee decided to cull the remaining birds in the area after an emergency meeting yesterday.  The meeting was called after test results of samples of the dead birds from the thromde workers’ colony tested positive [... Read More]

Indian ambassador fields questions at college talk

rtcAn exchange student asks the ambassador a question

The queries covered a wide range of issues from currency to politics Relations: The Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale will be rooting for Bhutan to win its upcoming World Cup qualifying matches with China, it was revealed at a talk on the relationship between the two countries given at the Royal Thimphu College, yesterday. Ambassador Bambawale was responding to the first question from the audience following his presentation on where he sees relations between the two countries in the next 15 years. An exchange student of [... Read More]

Four blocks on three highways (in Wangdue)

IMG_0426Trucks wait for the road to open near Rinchengang on the Wangdue -Thimphu highway.

Road-widening work has not just disrupted traffic, but affected water supplies as well DoR: With widening work stopping traffic at four places on the three highways that pass through Wangdue, commuters today either start their journey early or speed to escape a roadblock. More than two months after the Dochula-Thimphu block was lifted, the department of roads (DoR) last week started stopping traffic above Rinchengang village on the Wangdue-Thimphu highway. According to Choeda, a road safety and transport authority (RSTA) official based in Wangdue, the [... Read More]

Ban on drones hampering research

IMG_4521The research eBee is currently grounded

Banning drones not the solution, opines researcher and those in the film industry   Drones: The recent blanket ban on using drones didn’t go down well with those, who feel that the latest technology could bring down cost and save time in every field. Researchers from the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Environment and Conservation (UWICE) and park officials feel that drones must be allowed for government environmental studies, mapping land use, disasters and for anti-poaching activities. Drones were banned in the Bhutanese airspace until proper [... Read More]

New Taklai irrigation system to boost rice production

SAM_1287Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji and the counsellor of the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi, Yamakoshi Tsohihiro inaugrate the irrigation system

Agriculture: The country’s largest irrigation system in Taklai, Sarpang that would irrigate over 3,000 acres of paddy land and benefit 398 households of Chuzargang and Serzhong gewogs was inaugurated yesterday. This would make possible to harvest paddy twice a year and also foster cultivation of winter vegetables. With the completion of works in March, the irrigation channel was formally handed over to the government by the Japanese government, yesterday. The irrigation channel was inaugurated by the agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji and Counsellor of Japanese Embassy [... Read More]

The importance of Sanskrit grammar

20150412_103341Khenrab Singye

Language: After studying Sanskrit grammar for 18 years in India, monk Khenrab Singye has decided to teach the ancient grammar to help monks understand the teachings of the Buddha better. Sanskrit grammar is the basis of all Buddha teachings in the form of sutras, tantras, philosophy, literature and texts.  Khenrab Singye studied at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi to master ancient Sanskrit grammar, which is called vyakarana.

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