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Project manager pleads not guilty

DSC06828Lhakhang Karpo

Lhakhang Karpo: The project manager of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project, Wangchuk Tshering, pleaded not guilty, saying the fund that he is charged with having embezzled was utilised legally. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has accused him with two embezzlement charges, involving sums of Nu 74,985 and Nu 55,380, for using ghost labourers in the muster roll. Wangchuk Tshering, however, rebutted last week that he hadn’t misused the money. “Therefore, I’m not liable for legal action for the charges framed on me as per [... Read More]

From mountains to Times Square and back

IMG_7574RTC students who returned from Wheaton

Five RTC students and a teacher return from an educational trip of a lifetime Education: Sangay Tshering, a final year B.Com. (Accountancy) student of Royal Thimphu College (RTC), his friends and a teacher, six in all, are in Delhi to process their visas to go to Wheaton College in Massachusetts, the United States of America. Just a few feet up the queue, an Indian man is crying, loud at the counter because his visa application did not get through.  It is a tense moment for [... Read More]

Samtse schools cry out for boarding facilities

unnamed-1One of the rented rooms that students share

In their absence, students have to rent rooms and live in dire conditions  Education: It’s 4pm.  Mindu Wangzom, 18, is back from school.  The class XII arts student is working hard to ensure that she gets through the board examination. She is among the 811 girls studying in one of the country’s most populated schools, the Peljorling higher secondary school (PHSS) in Sipsu, Samtse. The school has 1,622 students, but no boarding facilities. In the absence of hostels in the school, students like Mindu have [... Read More]

As rare as choeps

religiousFinding choeps to perform a ritual at home is increasingly becoming a challenge

If the Sheep year is not good, finding choeps to conduct rituals is difficult Ritual: It is seven in the morning in Jungshina, Thimphu.  Sonam Deki, 53, has duties to assign to her husband, son, and son-in-law.  They will have to go to Babesa, Taba and Changidaphu to pick up monks and gomchens (lay monks). Rituals have to be performed, whether one is able to get choeps (religious practitioners) or not, whatever the purpose of conducting rituals.  For Sonam Deki, it is the tradition of [... Read More]

200 B.Ed graduates employed at last

DSC_9623Appointed: Teacher graduates register their place of placement after being selected to teach on contract for two years

After being declared surplus by RCSC, their long wait for employment is finally over Teachers: The ministry of education will hand over appointment orders to 200 B.Ed graduates today.  The teacher graduates, who were not taken into the civil service by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), have been appointed on regular contract for two years. After months of anxiety and impatience, their faces glowed and excitement filled the Zilukha middle secondary school auditorium as they waited for education ministry officials to brief them on [... Read More]

Twelve trekking routes to be revived

trail-2The Jomolhari trail is a popular trek (file picture)

This despite (or maybe because) only 7 out of every 100 tourists opt to trek in Bhutan Tourism: Contrary to the earlier statement, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials, yesterday, said works are on to revive 12 trekking routes, mostly in the east, as announced by the prime minister last month. Lyonchoen announced 11 new trekking routes and hiring of two helicopters at the Pacific Asia Travel Association conference in Thimphu on February 6.  However, TCB officials, in an earlier interview, said they have not [... Read More]

Kadrinchela for our state of happiness

DSC_9431Expression of Happiness: Artworks of some 70 students were exhibited at the VAST gallery

Students express their gratitude to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo through the medium of art  Anniversary: Seventy students from schools in Thimphu expressed their gratitude (kadrinchela) for happiness through their artwork yesterday. Ranging from a girl contently listening to music, a woman walking in the rain, to three monks meditating with a smile, and portraits of the His Majesties the Kings, the artwork was dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, in commemoration of His Majesty’s 60th birth anniversary. An art competition was held on March 1, [... Read More]

Need to raise women’s awareness of their rights

DSC_0073Make it Happen: President of RENEW, Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck converses with girl students of Bajo Higher Secondary School in Wangdue yesterday where the country celebrated the International Women’s day.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the theme this year is ‘Make It Happen’ IWD: Several legal provisions are in place to protect women’s rights, but not many Bhutanese women are aware of it. As an organisation working towards empowerment of women and girls, especially victims and survivors of domestic violence, this was a major concern for RENEW. As Bhutan joined the global community to mark International Women’s Day, the theme this year, “Make It Happen” will gear organisations like RENEW and others to [... Read More]

Football given the feminine touch

DSC_9447An exhibition match was played between the national women’s team and volunteers to mark the Women’s Football Day

Football: Changlimithang stadium was filled with screams yesterday morning. For a change, the field was filled with school going girls and women, who, coinciding with International Women’s Day, had come together to celebrate Women’s Football Day. Girls, dressed in their favourite football team’s jerseys, cheered and started kicking the ball the moment they walked on to the field. Fabio Lopez, an Italian football coach, who had come to watch the celebration, said it was a beautiful thing to see the girls play the beautiful game. [... Read More]

The self taught electrician of Kanglung

IMG_2215Ugyen washes dishes using water warmed in his home made geyser

Profile: The chilly winter air is yet to leave Kanglung town. As the cold evening slowly engulfs the town, Ugyen Lhendup, 38, turns on an unusual looking room heater that hangs from the ceiling of his kitchen. He says he has made it all by himself using a steel bowl and few heater rods. It was somewhere in the late 1980s when electricity first reached Yongphu village in Trashigang. Ever since, Ugyen has been fascinated with electricity and electrical appliances.

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