Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - 3:14 AM

Man run over near Paro airport junction

IMG_2100Curious: residents of the locality and passer by stopped by to see police recover the body

Accident: A 58-year-old man was killed when a Mahindra bolero hit him and dragged the body about 29 feet near the airport junction in Paro on the night of July 4. The incident took place between 12.45 to 1am, when the man, who owns a restaurant in Bondey, was walking near the airport junction.  The victim was from Bjokha, Zhemgang, but had re-settled in Gelephu. The bolero was returning from Paro town when it hit the man.  The driver, an engineer from Jabana, was reportedly [... Read More]

Most Tang collectors return empty-handed

IMG_3536Cordycep collectors in Tang, Bumthang attribute the unavailability of cordyceps to change in weather patterns

Opinion is divided as to whether the fungi has gone extinct or merely relocated Cordyceps:  Cordyceps collectors in Tang, Bumthang most of who returned empty handed from the mountains last month, suggest royalty for cordyceps be collected only after their return, given the fungi’s dwindling quantity. Every collector pays Nu 510 as royalty fees.  Tang would collect a royalty of Nu 36,720 as revenue, if all 72 villagers availed the permit in 2014. A collector from Kizom, Tshering Dhendup, said, he was unable to trace [... Read More]

The centenarians of Chokhorling

photo2Meme Karpo and Abi Norbu Lhamo

A couple of venerable years recall the distant past Aging: In a small hut in Chokhorling, Pemagatshel live two centenarians.  Meme Karpo is 101 this day, and Abi Norbu Lhamo, 100.  This oldest pair in the village bask in the sun all day saying the rosary. Spades on their shoulders, a group of villagers are heading for work.  It’s a clear sunny day, a good day to work in the field.  Abi looks on.  Her deeply wrinkled face in this sad poise seems to throw [... Read More]

Capital lacks comprehensive drainage network

DSC_6381A residential unit in lower Motithang filled with water that overflowed from a nearby drain on Wednesday

Thromde’s master plan for the purpose failed to come through due to budget constraints   Thromde: The brief but heavy downpour on Wednesday that flooded and damaged properties in some parts of Thimphu came as a reminder that the capital city needs a relook at its drainage system. But the thromde and residents can only pray for lighter rains, as the city lacks a proper drainage network, and there is no data on the existing drainage network either. During the 10th Plan, the thromde’s engineering [... Read More]

Rice bank for indebted Punakha sharecroppers

IMG_2044VAST volunteers distributes rice in Kabisa gewog

VAST: Farmer Tshering, 50, of Zarbisa village in Kabisa, Punakha, need not worry about buying rice until the next paddy harvest season. The father of three is among 13 beneficiaries, who received seven bags of 25kg white rice each from the Voluntary Artists’ Studio Thimphu (VAST), yesterday. Initiated by the VAST as the first step towards their fourth rice bank project, volunteers were there to distribute rice crucially required to relieve shortages that occur at this time of the year before the harvest. As Tshering’s [... Read More]

Mebartsho – As perilous a pilgrimage site as ever


The dzongkhag however has plans to develop the place with emphasis on safety Nye: History books and travel agents might hail Mebartsho (burning lake) in Tang, Bumthang as a sacred site with historical significance, but the safety aspect still remains as elusive as the lake itself. That is after numerous accidents at the lake site, with the most recent one in October 2013 claiming the lives of an Indian couple, who visited the lake without guides. Although every year, many high profile officials, including ministers [... Read More]

Villagers want menchu to be made off limits to public

DSC_0704Visitors soak in heated menchu, that’s believed to have healing properties

They believe soiling the sacred brook’s surroundings has caused recent disasters endured Dogar: A ten-minute treacherous walk down a craggy cliff leads to a sacred brook that people of Dogar believe to be a menchu (medicinal water) near Dobji dzong in Dawakha, between Haa and Thimphu. The holy water, which flows out from beneath a mammoth rock, is believed to have sprung in 1539, when Dobji dzong housed prisoners in its open compound.  Since then, the menchu is believed to have cured people of diseases [... Read More]

Job not done: Dremetse villagers

renovation-work-not-completedNot a done deal: Renovation works are left incomplete in Dremetse

RWSS: With handing and taking over done, the Rural Water Supply Scheme (RWSS) work for Bikhar and Wungkhar under Dremetse, Mongar is a done deal.  Villagers, however, say  it is far from over. The communities on questioning about it were informed that works were completed and no budget was left. Gewog officials had done handing and taking over of the RWSS work. “Without any notice to the villagers gewog officials considered all works done,” a villager said. Villager said water taps were missing, and shutter [... Read More]

Japanese assistance in rural electrification and power service delivery

Photo2_Fault-Locating-by-T2LUPINLinesmen tries to locate fault (Photo: Kuri Orui, JICA expert)

JICA: Dagana residents were frustrated when the usual erratic power supply caused a total blackout on the night of June 30, depriving the residents of their opportunity to watch a World Cup match. While many called Bhutan Power corporation officials, complaining of the blackout, some even chose to pour out their frustrations on social websites, calling the BPC officials and their services useless. The problem, BPC officials in Thimphu said, was caused, as the 33KV line that transmits electricity from Dajay in Tsirang to Dagana [... Read More]

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