Residue: A boulder left from road widening activity at Phomshing, Trashigang, two years ago poses inconvenience to drivers
Locals complain of tardiness of agency concerned to repair a 5km approach stretch
DANTAK: Trashigang, which received a large number of tourists this season, had all its guests leaving happy with what they saw, with the exception of the road that led to the district.
The five-kilometre stretch between Trashigang town and Pam, on which widening work had been carried out but left midway for almost two years, has left a bitter taste on [... Read More]
This is among several other plans slated for private sector development
Business: The government has kept aside Nu 1.9B of the economic stimulus plan’s total budget of Nu 5B to invest in restarting the Business Opportunity and Information centre (BOIC), the prime minister Tshering Tobgay announced yesterday at the opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Thimphu.
Lyonchhoen also informed some 200 entrepreneurs, who had gathered at the City cinema hall that Bhutan will be [... Read More]
Enclosure: The newly constructed pound where suspected rabid dogs are kept
Dog bites: Dewathang military hospital received five dog bite cases within three hours on a single day last week.
Except for one, it was found that all others were bitten by a rabid dog inside the military campus.
On the following day, two more were admitted, after they were also bitten by another dog that tested positive for rabies.
Calling it “alarming”, doctors said such incidents were surfacing after two years, although they had dog-bite cases [... Read More]
Indian ambassador VP Haran visits GoI funded Sheripam bridge with Mongar’s Parliament representatives and dzongda
VP Haran is on a tour of GoI-funded activities under SDP in the east
Visit: The Indian ambassador to Bhutan, VP Haran, during his stopover in Mongar, assured the sector heads of the district on continuing assistance to Bhutan.
However, he said, to ensure effective use of funds provided, the sector heads, who are directly involved in the developmental activities, must provide a “basic project detail” before the project kicks off.
The ambassador, who is visiting [... Read More]
Clicked: Tandin Wangchuk (in mathra gho) and his family with the Singaporean guests
The RSPN initiated, and JICA funded, home stay program in the valley of the BNC is picking up nicely
Tourism: Except for the distant whooping of black-necked cranes, it was a cold, silent morning in Phobjikha valley, which is covered under neat layer of frost.
In one of the two-storied traditional houses, where strings of sunrays enter through the apertures of a traditional window, Tandin Wangchuk and his wife are already halfway through their kitchen [... Read More]
Bidding: Exporters quote their price for potatoes at the auction yard in Samdrupjongkhar
Inclement weather (too much rain and heat) has been blamed for the poor yield this year
Agriculture: With only a couple of weeks left for the season of potatoes and pulses to end, officials with food corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Samdrupjongkhar predict a drop in the overall sale, as compared to last year.
Records maintained by the auction yard reveal, as of November 15 this year, about Nu 73.8M (million) was generated [... Read More]
The skeleton of the wang shed
Religion: One bank of the Toorsa river has become a beehive of activity, with more than 100 workers trying to finish constructing the sheds, quarters and wang khang for the upcoming ‘Mipham Kabum wang’ that will begin on December 5.
A 90m by 80m temporary hall is being constructed to accommodate more than 40,000 devotees expected to come for a two-month long ceremony, including the wang, by Namkhai Nyingpo rinpoche.
One of the organisers, Ugyen [... Read More]
A group of trekking tourists from Bangalore on the Laya-Gasa trek last month
… with travellers from closer to home, the so-called regional tourists
Tourism: A growing number of regional tourists are venturing into trekking activities, with many high-end regional tourists wanting to visit Bhutan for trekking only, say tour operators.
Visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives are referred to as regional tourists. They are exempt from the minimum daily tariff and do not require visas. Regional tourists, who come in by air, are considered high-end, owing to [... Read More]
Education minister Mingbo Dukpa addresses to about more than a 100 final year (fourth year) students of Paro College of Education in Paro during the National Seminar on Multi-grade Teaching and Learning on November 17.
It was lack of infrastructure, incentives and facilities that made teachers less eager to work and students less eager to study
Education: Lack of trainings, inadequate facilities and poor incentives were among the issues multi-grade teachers pointed out at a two-day national seminar on multi-grade teaching and learning held at Paro yesterday.
About 19 multi-grade teachers from across the country, some with previous experience and others that still taught in multi-grade schools attended the [... Read More]
The horse, on which Ap Chundu is imagined to have mounted, arrives at the ceremony ground
A grand occasion that marks the holiest day in the Haap calendar
Ritual: Having to follow a traditional procession of about four hours, covering around nine kilometres, from Lhakhang Karpo to Jankakham, could be perhaps the longest chipdrel ceremony held in the country.
It takes place every year, while celebrating local deity Ap Chundu’s appeasing festival, which is the most important day for Haaps.
The festival begins at Lhakhang Karpo, the residence of the local deity. [... Read More]