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His Majesty the King granted audience to the 121 volunteers who are attending the 13th DeSuung Integrated Training. Members of Parliament, senior government officials and executives are attending the two-week programme. His Majesty also visited the Wangdue dzong reconstruction site to inspect the progress.     

No more yaks in Tang

IMG_7182Wobthang village where yaks roamed aplenty in the past

The once-backbone of  Tang bowed out to exotic cattle and farm diversification  Husbandry: The last time Dorji Wangdi of Wobthang under Tang gewog, Bumthang had seen his yaks was a few weeks back, in the mountains of Rampangphu. The whereabouts and safety of the two yaks, also the last of the yaks in Tang, are the least of his concern. Because unlike before he now earns Nu 6,500 herding about 40 jersey and brown swiss in Wobthang farm, belonging to farmers. The farm once thrived [... Read More]

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Visit: Dantak’s chief engineer, brigadier KC Panchanthan briefs Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay on the progress of the Damchu-Chukha road alignment. Lyonchhoen and works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden visited the site on Saturday.    

Splendid progress vis-å-vis MDGs

Of the eight millennium development goals, many have been addressed if not achieved and more Report: Extending gains beyond gross domestic product (GDP), Bhutan has made stellar progress in achieving the millennium development goals (MDG). Of the eight MDGs, seven were found to be addressed by the national policies, while four goals have been achieved or over achieved. This was deduced while assessing the poverty reduction rate and according to the assessment report, halving the extreme poverty, reaching gender parity in education, ensuring environmental sustainability [... Read More]

Recently discovered rock Buddha face draws crowds

IMG_3221Buddha face: The rock figure as seen from across the Punatshangchu

Landmark: A rock, resembling Buddha‘s face, located on a hill below Wangduephodrang dzong, has of late attracted hundreds of visitors. It can be viewed from across the river and has been named ‘Buddha face’ by locals and social media users, where the photo has been circulated. Locals and travellers drop by the Wangdue bridge to take a tour to the rock figure and take photographs.  While some offer prayers, nyendas (money offering) and string prayer flags across the stone figure, others take a closer look [... Read More]

3G network capacity to be more than doubled

The present limit of 6,000 simultaneous users will be raised in 4-6 months to over 15,000 BT: Bhutan Telecom (BT) plans to increase its 3G (third generation) network capacity by more than double, towards the end of this year. The current set up allows for only around 6,000 simultaneous users. With the number of mobile broadband subscriptions, which includes 4G as well, increasing by almost 530 percent in 2013, the BT 3G network is overloaded.  There were almost 118,000 mobile broadband subscribers in 2013. Users [... Read More]

Omteykha beleaguered by wild boar

IMG_3433Tshering Penjor and Kinley Gyeltshen explain the extant of damage

Farmers in this Punakha village are at wit’s ends to save their paddy from depredation Wildlife: Omteykha is a quiet village in Punakha.  The rice-growing farmers are happy most of the year, even though they have to toil hard in their fields.  But the villagers become busier after they finish their farm work. At this time of the year, farmers from the 40 households almost work day and night, at least most of the family members.  They have to guard their paddy fields from wild [... Read More]

Preserving social, spiritual and agricultural landscape

‘Valley planning’ is soon to be implemented in Bumthang on a pilot basis MoWHS: To preserve agricultural, spiritual and social landscape of areas developing into towns, the works and human settlement ministry initiated ‘valley planning’, soon to be implemented in Bumthang on a pilot basis. Works and human settlement ministry officials said it was a long-term plan drawn for settlement areas that include rural features. Chief urban planner of regional rural planning division, Ugyen M Tenzin said that the idea was to “not open every [... Read More]

Mongar wins eastern regional taekwondo tournament

20140914_152729---CopyParticipants of the two-day competition

Taekwondo:  Mongar dzongkhag triumphed as the champions during the two-day eastern regional taekwondo championship held at Trashiyangtse that ended yesterday. Sixty students Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Trashigang participated in the tournament organised by the Trashiyangtse taekwondo association (TTA). Although taekwondo teams from Bumthang and Lhuentse were also invited to participate in the tournament, the teams couldn’t make it this time. “There were no participants from Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar, because there are no taekwondo clubs in these dzongkhags,” general secretary of TTA, Tshewang Namgay, said. The tournament [... Read More]

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Golden jubilee: A Nehru Wangchuck cultural centre student performs with his teacher during the Indian Technical Economic Cooperation’s 50 years commemoration. More than 200 Bhutanese alumni of the ITEC programme joined the celebration in Thimphu on September 13. Bhutan was allotted 200 slots under the programme and 60 slots under the TCS Colombo Plan in the April 2014 to March 2015. Nearly 600 Bhutanese have availed the short-term trainings courses under these programmes in the past three years.    

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