The ambassador of Australia to Bhutan, Mr. Patrick Suckling presented his credentials to His Majesty The King yesterday
The new ambassador of Australia to Bhutan, Patrick Suckling, who was Australia’s second secretary at the Australian high commission in Delhi in the mid 1990s, and visited Bhutan several times, is in the country after almost two decades. Kuensel’s Tashi Dema talked to him.
Interview: Two decades is a long time. Has Bhutan changed?
PS: There is growth, development and modernity.
Australia was among the first development partners of Bhutan, along with India and Switzerland. How [... Read More]
Pelzang Buthrimo’s house and the temple
Heritage: Toeb Chandanang probably has one of the most sacred relics left by the 15th century Buddhist master, Drukpa Kunley, also known as the Divine Madman.
Located at the base of three hills, and hidden by pine trees in Thinleygang, Thimphu, a four-storey traditional Bhutanese house still has the ladder on which Drukpa Kunley shot an arrow from Tibet. The landing of the arrow was a harbinger of the saint’s arrival to Bhutan, then [... Read More]
By Dried chillies fetch more cash for Kangpara villagers
After losing the cash crop to blight in 2011, the gewog is back in business
Agriculture: Kangpara gewog in Trashigang saw a good chili harvest this year, a comeback after losing the cash crop to blight since 2011.
Chili is the main source of cash crop for Kangpara villages including far-flung Merdha and Zordhung.
In 2011, villages in the gewog that produced a minimum of 6-12 metric tonnes (MT) plummeted to just over 3MT.
“Before, every household [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay awards membership certificates
At its 2nd national congregation, the culture dept. advised the chairmen to be mindful of the issue
Religion: The department of culture reminded the chairmen of religious organisations, who had gathered for its second national congregation, yesterday, to be mindful while bringing in aspirant donors, lamas and devotees from outside the country.
This was because the religious organisations were allowed to bring in donors and supporters without having to pay the usual tourist tariff of [... Read More]
About to close: Tashipokto ECR in Nubi gewog, Trongsa
The proposed shutdown is primarily due to failure to meet the minimum numbers criterion
Education: While education officials are considering closing down an extended classroom (ECR) in Tashipokto, a village in Nubi gewog, Trongsa, parents of the students are against the move.
The education officials cited small number of students and risk of wildlife attacks as reasons to shut down the ECR.
Tashipokto ECR has 10 students studying from Classes PP to III with just one [... Read More]
At work: At one of the drilling sites next to Wangdue-Tsirang road, workers continue drilling steel pipes to reach the parent rock
PHPA I : Drilling at the sinking area on the right bank of Punatsangchhu I dam site continues much beyond the authority’s deadline of completing its investigation on it.
The investigation was supposed to be completed by October end, since it began on August. The slide occurred following incessant rain in July this year.
So far, it was only in one location out of the six where the drilling was done the authority was able [... Read More]
PHPA’s Arun Goyal and Schneider’s Nitin (right) exchange contract documents after the signing
PHPA I: The fifth contract package of Punatsangchhu hydropower project I, which is that of electro-mechanical, was awarded to an Indian company, Schneider Electric Infrastructure limited (SEIL).
The work, worth Nu 310M, has a contract period until June 15, 2015.
The contract agreement of the work was signed between PHPA I and Schneider officials yesterday in Thimphu.
Schneider will provide “auxiliary” power for illumination, operation and control of various equipment at the project area, which includes [... Read More]
Nabji primary school
If not resolved, it could result in a downgrade of both village schools
Education: If the two villages in Korphu gewog in Trongsa do not agree on who will keep the “merged” primary school soon, they can both end up with downgraded extended classrooms, starting next academic session.
It was decided during the dzongkhag tshogdu early this month that Khorphu primary school and Nabji primary school in the gewog would be merged to form one.
It [... Read More]
Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji calls for greater global solidarity to tackle climate change at the climate change conference
Bhutan urged the international community to demonstrate greater global solidarity in tackling the threat of climate change at the Plenary of the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, a foreign ministry press release states.
Agriculture and forests minister Yeshey Dorji in his address at the plenary, called on developed states to assume the lead in fulfilling the obligations under the Climate Change Convention and the [... Read More]
Bhutan Olympic Committee and Zimdra veterans experience the new ground in the exhibition match
Inauguration: The artificial turf at the Changjiji football ground in Thimphu was opened yesterday with an exhibition match between two veteran teams.
Work to install the artificial turf began in the first week of July and was completed in September.
Bhutan Football Federation president Ugen Tshechup Dorji said with two artificial turf grounds in Thimphu, the federation now has plans to develop another artificial turf ground in Tsirang or Sumdrupjongkhar.
The Changjiji ground will be used [... Read More]