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Tingtibi-Panbang stretch closed to traffic since August 15

unnamedMonsoon woes: A road worker carries fuel for the excavator stranded at Tatalabi to clear the road blocks between Zhemgang and Panbang

Highway: It will take at least two more days to clear the numerous roadblocks between Tingtibi and Panbang in Zhemgang after the highway was blocked since August 15 following continuous rainfall. There has been no movement of vehicles from Zhemgang to Panbang via Tingtibi since August 15 after Gelephu public transport to Gomphu returned from Tsembaigang when the highway was blocked at several places. “No vehicles could pass beyond Tshembaigang until yesterday, because there were too many blocks,” a worker Nar Bahadur said, adding that [... Read More]

Buddhism is life, not religion

IMG_4556.JPG- Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche

Said Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche in his talk on Buddhism yesterday at RTC Discourse: Buddhism, which is life, is today practised as a tradition and superstition, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche, Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup, the incarnation of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse rinpoche, said, in his talk on the introduction of Buddhism yesterday at the Royal Thimphu College. Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche told some 500 people in the audience that Buddhism was a dying subject in Bhutan, especially among the younger generation. “Buddhism is like a mother [... Read More]

Encroachment issue dominates proceedings

IMG_2744Local leaders and district officials during the DT tea break

‘Outsiders’ collecting cordyceps in their areas is an intrusion Gasa’s gups want stopped DT: Issues concerning cordyceps collection were one of the main problems all four gups from Gasa’s far-flung gewogs raised when they met district officials for the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) yesterday in Gasa. Unlike other districts, it takes about 12 days on foot to reach some gewogs of Gasa from the dzongkhag centre, and with bad weather conditions, the DT was already deferred thrice. The gups brought with them issues ranging from landslide [... Read More]

Chulalongkorn U wins cultural landscape competition

DSC_0229Participants at the International competition on cultural landscape

The department of culture organised the 10-day contest that was held in Thimphu Heritage: Chulalongkorn University in Thailand won the international competition on cultural landscape, which Bhutan had hosted for the last 10 days in Thimphu. University of Tokyo, Japan was the runners up in the competition, where four teams, comprising three students and a professor each, were selected from reputed universities of architecture and town planning. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay awarded the certificates. A booklet shared during the forum stated that, since the competition [... Read More]

No takers for transport service

20140819_131452Despite being open, the Jomotsangkha dungkhag’s main gate doesn’t see any buses plying through

No buses have plied the Jomotsangkha-Samdrupjongkhar route since last year RSTA: The Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office in Samdrupjongkhar has not received any proposal to operate a transport service between Jomotsangkha and Samdrupjongkhar ever since the last service discontinued a year ago. People of Lauri, Langchenphug and Serthi gewogs in the dungkhag have been living with this problem after the only bus service that plied between the dungkhag and dzongkhag discontinued following an accident.  It later refused to operate, for lack of passengers. [... Read More]

Semifinals from August 24

IMG_1602A Selwai Melong supporter cheers for the team

Archery: Team Happy, Palden Group of Companies, Zombala and Nim Archery yesterday qualified for the semi finals of the ongoing Yangphel open archery tournament. The last quarterfinals match will be played today amongst Khadel Zorig of Paro, United Sikkim and Laya Tours and Treks from Bumthang. Team Happy beat Selwai Melong in a penalty shootout. Palden Group defeated Bhutan Majestic Travel and Druk Lhayul and hit the highest team kareys in the process. They hit 56 kareys in 15 rounds. Zombala with 48 kareys and [... Read More]

Narcotic crackdown nets 680 to date

DSC_0015Say no to drugs: Education minister Mingbo Dukpa and Chief of police, Kipchu Namgyel launch the appeal from the capital yesterday

This is the number of arrests since its launch by the police in December last year  Crime: Almost 680 people have been arrested by the police for illegal transaction and possession of narcotic drugs and controlled substances since a crackdown was launched in December, last year. This was revealed at an event where the police appealed to the public and youth to refrain from abusing and trafficking drugs yesterday. Statistics available with the police show that, as of May, this year, more than 560 people [... Read More]

Graduates hear some plain speaking on employment prospects

_DSC3762Labour and RCSC officials interacts with graduates

The message was that jobs were there aplenty but not to be cherry picked Orientation: The drop in civil service vacancies for technical graduates this year is based on demand from ministries in which the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has no say. This was said in response to a question from a bachelor’s of science (nursing) graduate at the orientation programme, yesterday, where RCSC chairman Karma Tshiteem also said that job projection entirely depended on demand. The nursing graduate had asked why only 15 [... Read More]

A marriage of convenience?

DSC_0153Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk meets the people of Doksum

The economic affairs minister moots the idea of merging the Kholongchhu housing colony with the Khetsang town plan KHP: In Doksum, Trashiyangtse, the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said that there was a possibility of integrating the Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP) housing colony within the Khetsang town plan. KHP could fund the construction of required houses inside Khetsang town, said lyonpo, and the project would not have to lease land.  Project staff would pay rent directly credited to the loan accounts of plot owners. “When [... Read More]

Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway landslide hit

IMG-20140815-WA0107An excavator clears the Chasilakha roadblock on August 16. (Photo: Dantak)

Roads: Dantak workers were working late into the night to clear the roadblock between Wangkha and Chukha bridge (80.2km from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu). The highway got blocked on Sunday, when a huge portion of the hill, measuring about 90m, slid down on to the road around 12:45pm when workers were clearing boulders and slush on the road that had blocked traffic for hours. However, Dantak officials said they would be able to clear the road by today. “There are three excavators deployed,” the commander, taskforce [... Read More]

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