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Spending holidays fruitfully

IMG_6692Down to business: Girls as young as 13 pack oranges at a depot in Samdrupjongkhar to meet their school expenses next academic session

About 30 students are packing oranges at a depot in S/jongkhar to pay their school expenses Vacation: Although it’s difficult to stay away from their parents and miss out the winter vacation fun, some 30 students from Wangphu gewog have chosen to take up part time jobs in Samdrupjongkhar and earn a little before returning to school. The group of girls decided to come with one of the adults from the village who supplies oranges to a contractor after he informed them that he could [... Read More]

821 girls attend youth enrichment programme

PIc1Participants and guests offer Zhabten at the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Empower Programme in Gyalpoizhing

Youth: The second Winter Youth Enrichment Programme for girls is underway in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar. A total of 821 girls from 85 different schools, from classes 6 to 12 are participating in the camp. The girls are from all six eastern dzongkhags. Minster for Works and Human Settlement Dorji Choden inaugurated the month long camp on December 29. The Winter Youth Enrichment Programme was initiated on His Majesty the King’s command. The first camp for 411 girls was held at Mongar High School from December 29-January [... Read More]

Missing the nyilo greetings

IMG_6923People of Wang Sinmo celebrates Nyilo with a khuru match

While nyilo is celebrated the old way, it’is slowly fading with urbanisation Festival: The evening is cold in Wang Danglo.  But Kencho Dorji, 12, is all prepared for the long evening ahead. Drowned in a thick jumper with hood, Kencho will be doing rounds in the village singing loh-leh or New Year greetings. It is Nyilo, a day Kencho and his friends eagerly waited. With plastics, sacks and baskets in their hand, his friends join him. The first house is not far away and the [... Read More]

Jachungs wins the winter championship

DSC_2532Winners: Team Jachungs (left) and Phojas with their trophies

Basketball: Jachungs defeated Phojas 74-65 in the finals of the winter basketball championship at swimming pool complex yesterday. Jachungs took the lead by five baskets in the first quarter. Phojas defensive play in the second quarter brought the deficit to two baskets. In the third quarter, Phojas nearly closed the gap but Jachungs’ persistent play towards the end of the quarter extended the lead by three baskets. In the last quarter, Jachungs further extended the lead by nine points. His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen [... Read More]

RAMIS to ease tax payment and collection

IMG_7218Finance minister, Namgay Dorji launches RAMIS yesterday

The system will cut down paperwork and make collection efficient Tax: With the launch of the revenue and administration management information system (RAMIS) yesterday, the department of revenue and customs (DRC) can now with a click of a button detect who has not paid tax. This, however, is just one of the features of the system. With the tax collection season on, taxpayers can now use RAMIS to file their tax online and instantly view the amount of tax payable or refundable. They can also [... Read More]

ADC concludes by lighting 100,000 candles

OGD_6136Devotees offer marme meonlam in Druk Gawa Khilwa nunnery in Kathmandu

Religion: On the hill top of Druk Amitabha in Kathmandu, Nepal sits a giant nunnery spread across more than 50 acres of land. The Druk Gawa Khilwa nunnery that overlooks the Kathmandu valley is decorated with flags, scarf and banners bearing dragon images, symbolising the Drukpa Kagyu school of Buddhism founded by Tsangpa Garey (1161-1211) in Tibet. His school came to be known as druk and the followers drukpa after he encountered nine roaring dragons that flew at Nam Phu where he had gone to [... Read More]

First YES program receives positive feedback

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A total of 197 have been trained for employment in the last four months Employment: A total of 68 participants completed their four months training on Wednesday under the youth employment skills (YES) programme, which is a part of guaranteed employment programme. Early childhood care and development (ECCD) and pedagogy, teaching skills and strategies were the two types of training provided to the participants comprising of class X, XII and university graduates. Under the ECCD, a total of 37 candidates were trained to help children [... Read More]

More Black Necked Cranes in Bumthang

IMG_8876Not safe: The birds at Gyetsa are being disturbed by stray dogs (File photo)

With migration time over, the 34 cranes are likely to remain in the district Conservation: With 34 black-necked cranes flying into Bumthang, 2014 recorded the highest number of cranes the dzongkhag saw in over two decades. Besides the flock of 22 that arrived in Gyetsa, Chumey last month, Tang saw four cranes while eight cranes are spotted in Dramphel, Chokhortoe. According to the division forest office (DFO), the number of cranes visiting Bumthang doubled last year. Earlier only around 10-15 cranes flew in and at [... Read More]

The noisy bridge of Thungdi

bridgeNoisy: The Thungdi bridge between Rangjung and Trashigang

DoR: Villagers located around the Thungdi bailey bridge on the way to Ranjung can count the number of vehicles crossing the bridge without being near it. The rattling sound from the loose steel deck of the bridge is so loud that villagers say when they cannot sleep at night; they count vehicles crossing the bridge. The bridge divides the two gewogs of Shongphu and Samkhar.  Department of roads (DOR) had assembled it using the parts of another bridge in 2004, after the former culvert bridge [... Read More]

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