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Japan grants Nu 978M to reconstruct bridges

IMG_5442Ambassadors Takeshi Yagi and General Vestop Namgyel

The three bridges have expired their lifespan AID: To reconstruct the Chuzomsa and Nikachu bridge in Wangduephodrang and Zalam Chu bridge between Trongsa and Wangduephodrang, the Japanese government has committed Nu 978 million (1 billion and 956 million Japanese Yen). The exchange of notes for the project – “Project for Reconstruction of bridges on primary national highway 1” was signed yesterday in New Delhi between ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi and Bhutan’s ambassador to Japan, General Vestop Namgyel.

Shedra upgrade to college begins

IMG_2163Gyaltshab offers his prayers at the groundbreaking ceremony

Construction launched with groundbreaking ceremony graced by the Gyaltshab Drametse: Construction work to build a Nyingma Peling college has begun in Thegchhog Namdrol Ugyen Chholing monastery in Drametse, Mongar, with HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck gracing the Salang Tendrel (groundbreaking ceremony) on March 29. On the command of His Majesty the King, the construction is being done to upgrade the existing shedra at Thegchhog Namdrol Ugyen Chholing to a Buddhist college. With an approved budget of Nu 107M (million) from the government, the construction includes [... Read More]

His Majesty attends funeral service of Lee Kuan Yew

20150329-2C4A6709A thousand butter lamps were lit at Tashichhodzong in remembrance of the late Singaporean leader whose funeral was held yesterday

Funeral: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen joined world leaders and the people of Singapore in bidding farewell to the island nation’s founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew at the funeral service held in Singapore yesterday. The Prime Minister who ruled Singapore for 31 years died on March 23 aged 91. In an interview with Asia News Channel, Singapore’s English news channel, His Majesty said that the Bhutanese people equally felt the loss. His Majesty, who is an admirer of Prime Minister [... Read More]

Giving – the Badum way

DSC_3921HRH Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck with the Badum guardians

A charitable initiative meant to inspire children to save for a good cause YDF/BoB: To encourage children to develop a habit of saving and inculcate the practice of altruism, the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) and the Bank of Bhutan (BoB) launched the Badum Giving Day at the YDF Simply Bhutan museum on March 28. Badum is a piggy bank made out of clay that encourages children to save money and return to YDF once it’s filled, so that the money can be used for [... Read More]

Great India education fair held

DSC_3994About 700 students attended the fair

Exhibition: About 44 universities and two schools from India took part in the Great India education fair at Youth Development Fund hall that was attended by some 700 Bhutanese parents and students on March 28 and 29. Organised by AFAIRS exhibition and media private ltd., a company based in Kolkata, in collaboration with EA-Z education consultancy, this is the seventh time the fair has been held in Thimphu. EA-Z education consultancy’s director, Leela D Sharma, said the fair provided varieties of courses under one roof, [... Read More]

Dying chuba worries Sephu farmers

IMG_0300Old bamboo fencing around the houses

Resource: Chuba, a species of bamboo that grows in Sephu, Wangdue, is dying. Chuba dies every after hundred years. Its death begins with flowering that lasts for about three years. Mani, an elderly villager from Nakha in Sephu remembers village men making different bamboo products for the good part of the year. “With limited landholding, most of the people depended on bamboo products. We used to spend about eight months weaving bamboo products for sale,” said Mani. People still weave bamboo mats to dry grains, [... Read More]

Many interested in conserving Bhutan’s environment: PM


During his recent US visit, lyonchoen solicited and received funds for the Bhutan for Life initiative Conservation: Bhutan’s biggest ever project for environment conservation, worth more than USD 80M (million) will be launched in December and run for the next 15 years. Bhutan for Life, an initiative targeted at improving conservation of the country’s protected areas, seeks to create and pump in at least USD 10M annually to manage the parks and biological corridors. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said while the country was doing its [... Read More]

An 80-year-old against the elements

SAM_0937Angay Mindu and her hut

At an age when people are past retirement, Angay Mindu is busy rebuilding her quake-hit home  Profile: She is in the twilight of her life.  The neat silver crop of hair, the weather-beaten face and sagging eyelids tell it all that Angay Mindu has lived her life. At 80 years old, she should have retired to a life of prayers or to the comforts of her children and grandchildren, but Mindu, popularly known as Angay Jala to the locals of Sergithang in Tsirang, is still [... Read More]

Shingkhar road construction to be contracted out

ShingkharThe Shingkhar road just before Wamling

The latest in a series of delays is due this time to an inability to supply local labour Road: Construction work on the 11km Shingkhar gewog centre road (GCR) in Zhemgang has again hit a speed breaker, after the gewog informed the regional road office that it was facing difficulties in mobilising workers for the construction. In its March 10 letter to the department of roads (DoR) regional office in Tingtibi, the gewog office stated that it could no longer provide labour from the villages [... Read More]

Forest fire doused by divine intervention

20150326_174918The fire destroyed about 21,000 acres of forest

Disaster: The Tsirang dratshang on March 27 sought divine intervention to help combat the forest fire that has raged for the past five days. Tsirang dratshang’s Lam Neten Wangdi said that they held a daylong prayer ceremony to appease the rain gods that blessed them with heavy showers that day to put off the fire that has been destroying acres of forest resources. “We’re happy that our prayers were answered and the fire was doused within a few span of time,” Lam Wangdi said.

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