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Thimphu A dominates Taekwondo championship

IMG_0374Winners of the local club

Taekwondo: Thimphu team A bagged 10 gold medals in the first international taekwondo championship held from July 31 to August 2. Seven taekwondo clubs- four from India and three from Bhutan- competed in the championship divided into 10 categories at the Thimphu swimming pool complex. Thimphu A teams scored 73 points after winning 10 gold and three bronze medals. Bodoland Taekwondo Club from neighbouring Assam, India came second with  four gold, three silver and two bronze, which bagged them 39 points. Another local club, Thimphu [... Read More]

A Sunday market in Damji

IMG_2563Business: Bokhum (middle) with her goods at the Sunday market

An enterprise initiated to enhance vegetable production, and link customers to growers Agriculture: Bhakhum is 73-years-old.  The Damji villager had never sold vegetables in her life.  Yesterday, at the opening of the Sunday market in her gewog, she joined 40 other villagers. Bhakhum had brought a few pumpkins and cucumbers from her garden, but she didn’t know what price to charge.  When asked how much her cucumbers were sold for, she broke into laughter. “I don’t know,” she said. There were varieties of vegetables, like [... Read More]

Drang Gollay – A heroic saga on the silver screen


Review: The setting is magical and mysterious.  It’s like a classic novel coming alive on the silver screen.  The storyline is fresh, appealing and thrilling, keeping one on edge but glued to the seat. While Drang Gollay is the name of the villain, the film is a saga.  It’s of a heroic deed, interwoven with that of love and unselfish devotion.  It is about conquering hatred, revenge and the thirst for power, that blinds a man.  Drang Gollay (Nidup Dorji) is a general, who serves [... Read More]

Pemagatshel takes steps to curtail alcohol consumption

DSC_5422Shumar gup Lepo makes his point

National Health Survey 2012 found the dzongkhag to be one of the highest consumers DT: Starting September 1, villagers in Pemagatshel should think twice before brewing alcohol or selling it. Except for personal consumption, villagers will not be allowed to serve alcohol on “any kind of occasions or ceremony.” The dzongkhag tshogdu yesterday resolved to curtail the consumption of alcohol in the dzongkhag, and also approved an “implementing strategy,” which bars people from serving alcohol during public gatherings and funerals.  It also banned the sale of [... Read More]

FCB initiative enlivens paddy cultivation

IMG_5462-(1)Going commercial: Farmers in Samrang transplant paddy

With a ready market assured, S/J farmers are looking forward to this year’s rice harvest Agriculture: Farmers of Phuntshothang, Pemathang and Samrang gewogs under Samdrupjongkhar are excited at the prospect of selling their grains directly to the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) this harvest season. The FCB has assured the farmers a few weeks back that the rice grains will be bought by the corporation.  The farmers will be spared the trouble of seeking customers to buy their grains. Paddy cultivation has begun in the [... Read More]

Melphey town expands to include Chema

IMG_20140801_114651The five households at Chema will soon be in thromde

Five more households have thereby fallen into the thromde fold Township: Soon, five households of Chema and one at Shangsheri, under Samkhar gewog, will come under Trashigang thromde after they receive their thram numbers. Engineer with the Trashigang municipal authority (TMA), Pem Choki, said the National Land Commission is reviewing reports of the nationwide re-cadastral survey that was carried out few years back. “A few gewogs didn’t receive thram numbers after the survey and we were informed that the thram numbers will be released shortly,” [... Read More]

Drungeygaon – a byword for hospitality

IMG_2187-1Hospitality: Chitra Rekha readies tea for her unexpected guests

Retey: Retey is a hidden valley.  It is at the base of the Black Mountain, a range that separates west Bhutan from east.  The path through Gong village is treacherous.  The trail is steep and infested with leeches and snakes. The journey through the valley may be tough, but the welcoming smiles and warm hospitality that the people of Drungeygaon village accord gives one reason and energy to trudge on. Drungeygaon village sits on a slope that rises from the bank of Mao river that [... Read More]

The ecological fallout of religious observances

IMG_20140731_120846The practice of tshok is not an eco-friendly activity

The quick fix, plastic-filled tshok, whatever its spiritual import,  is also a recipe for litter Environment: Like flowers, the plastic wrappers of various processed foods and beverages seem to sprout around Changangkha lhakang following a religious event.  A pond of plastic bottles behind the lhakhang grows deeper. It is the day after Drukpa Tsezhi, marking the First Sermon of Lord Buddha. A large number of devotees visited the lhakhang the previous day.  Most of them chose to purchase the Nu 150 readymade tshok bag that [... Read More]

Postgraduate program officially launched

DSC_8458In house residency: Health minister Tandin Wangchuk with education minister Mingbo Dukpa and University of medical sciences’ interim president Dr KP Tshering at the launch of the post graduate residency program yesterday.

The first batch of nine doctors began their four-year residency program on July 1 UMSB: Health minister Tandin Wangchuk officially launched the University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan’s (UMSB) postgraduate program at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital yesterday. The first batch of nine doctors began their four-year residency program at the hospital’s postgraduate medical education centre (PGMEC) on July 1. Interim UMSB president, Dr Kinzang P Tshering, said the postgraduate training in clinical fields are practice-based, duration for which varies according to the [... Read More]

Thousands attend Shamar’s purjang in Kathmandu

Cremation-fireThe 17th Gyalwa Karmapa oversees the lighting of the late Shamars’ pyre yesterday

The cremation ceremony took place at the Shar Minub Monastery as wished by the late rinpoche Religion: Led by the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu order, performed the purjang (cremation ceremony) of the late 14th Shamar rinpoche yesterday in Kathmandu, Nepal. The cremation ceremony, which took place at the Shar Minub Monastery in the outskirts of Kathmandu, was attended by thousands of disciples of the late rinpoche from across the Buddhist world. Some royal family members and Royal [... Read More]

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