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Floodlights to be installed at Changjiji football ground

IMG_0751Workers raising a floodlight pillar

Football: With the installation of floodlights at the artificial turf at Changjiji, football aficionados now don’t have to wait for weeks to play a match. Installation work began in October last year after the materials arrived in the country and is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. The supply of the resources is funded by FIFA and the installation and ground works is sponsored by Jai Prakash (JP) constructions. The general secretary of Bhutan Football Foundation (BFF), Ugyen Wangchhuk, said that the [... Read More]

PM visits temples and meets Bhutanese students in Sri Lanka


Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka visited the Kelaniya Temple and Gangaramaya Temple on April 9. Lyonchoen also “watered” and offered “cloth” (Namza) to the Holy Bodhi Trees at Kelaniya and Gangaramaya Temples. At Gangaramaya temple , the Bhutanese delegation was delighted to find that the Fourth Druk Gyalpo had laid the foundation stone for the inauguration for the Bodhi Tree.

MoE’s reading mission

DSC00349Reading time: A senior student reads to a younger friend as part of Genekha Primary School’s reading programme Photo: Genenkha PS

Schools maintain logbook to keep tab every month on number of books students read Education: If it turns out as planned, students across the country would have read at least a few thousands books by the end of this year. This reading mission of the education ministry began soon after His Majesty The King launched the National Reading Year, 2015 in December last year. Following the launch, all schools have started maintaining a reading logbook to record the number of books each student reads in [... Read More]

Saving the Golden Mahseer

masheerA Golden Mahseer caught in Manas river

A study of the endangered fish is currently on, using remote radio telemetry Conservation: Twenty golden mahseers have been surgically implanted with radio transmitters and released into the Drangmechu in the first research on the fish of the Himalayas. Using remote radio telemetry, the research will study the biological life of the endangered fish for conservation and its development. The fish is one of the least studied and currently considered “threatened” because of the rapid decline of its population in the Himalayan region from pollution, [... Read More]

5,200 Chevrolet ultra-durable balls donated to BFF

DSC_6672---CopyKids with ultra-durable ball at the Changjiji football ground, Thimphu

Football: Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Asian Development Project (ADP) and One World Play Project (OWPP) together launched the ultra-durable soccer ball donation at the Changjiji football ground yesterday. A total of 5,200 Chevrolet balls were donated to BFF, to help encourage young football enthusiasts, and to develop football in the country. The ultra-durable ball represents a breakthrough in technology, and is designed to be used in all types of terrains and environments.  The ball does not need an air pump.  [... Read More]

His Majesty appoints Cabinet Secretary and dzongdags

20150408-907A6305His Majesty appoints Zimpon Wogmas and dzongdas: From L-R: Zimpon Wogma Kinzang Dorji, Gasa Dzongdag Dorji Dhradhul, Cabinet Secretary Kinzang Wangdi, Trongsa Dzongdag Sonam Rinchen, Zimpon Wogma Chewang Rinzin

His Majesty the King yesterday granted dhar to appoint the Cabinet Secretary and the Trongsa and Gasa dzongdags. Government secretaries and dzongdags are appointed by His Majesty upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, who receives nominations from the Royal Civil Service Commission. Cabinet Secretary Kinzang Wangdi was the General Secretary of the National Assembly. Trongsa dzongdag Sonam Rinchen was the Director of the Department of Occupational Standards. Gasa dzongdag Dorji Dhradhul was the Director of the Department of Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives. His Majesty [... Read More]

Unclaimed vehicles clog up workshop space

DSC_4769Stranded: There are about 50 unclaimed vehicles at the workshop area today

Some have been lying there from anywhere between a year to five years Olakha: Unclaimed vehicles lying for years at Olakha automobiles workshop, congesting the already crammed area, have become a major issue, automobile workshop owners say. Automobile association’s chairman, Kuenga Norbu, said there are about 50 unclaimed vehicles in the workshop area today.  The vehicles have been lying in the workshops for a year to about five years.  Some are parked in the garages, while some lie in front of the workshops.

BAFRA thumbs-up for P/ling food safety practice

DSC_0123The vegetable market in Phuentsholing

World Health Day: Despite sharing a porous border with Jaigaon, the “food safety” practice in Phuentsholing is on the right track, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) officials said, while observing World Health Day (WHD) in the town yesterday. The ministry of health (MoH) and BAFRA observed the day themed “food safety”, where more than 100 entrepreneurs in the town attended. Director general of BAFRA, Karma Dorji, said such a campaign of global reach was both relevant and timely.

Wangduecholing to be restored

IMG_4325The 159-year-old Wangduecholing palace in Bumthang

With the groundwork done, work will begin soon for the project to complete by 2018 end Heritage: In commemoration of the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Wangduecholing Palace, the birthplace of the first Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuck will be restored for adaptive reuse. The documentation phase and the preliminary adaptive reuse plans of the project were completed in August 2014, department of culture (DoC) architect, Karma Tenzin said.  The US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (India) and the Bhutan Foundation [... Read More]

Own goal results in Druk Utd win

DSC_5859MIssed: The woodwork prevented Druk United from doubling the lead

Football: Defending champions Druk United bagged all three points in their opening match against Drukstar after a Drukstar defender scored an own goal in the third match of the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League yesterday. After a lackluster display from both sides, Drukstar’s defender Dorji headed in an own goal in the 25th minute to give the defending champions Druk United a 1-0 win. A handful of suppoters who came to witness the match at the Changlimithang stadium yelled for more goals but the teams could [... Read More]

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