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The amazing manifestations on Thedchen Ugyen Drag

unnamed-9Local people visits Dhana goempa

Religion: The images of Lord Buddha and Guru Rinpoche on a cliff above Dhana goempa in Wangduephodrang confuse visitors at first and then amaze them. The two images, a bit blurred, appear as if it was painted, but the goempa lam claims that they appeared naturally. Lam Drayang Jamtsho said the Guru’s image appeared first on the cliff before he was born. “The Buddha’s figure appeared later on the right side of the cliff,” he said. There is also an image of stupa resembling the [... Read More]

Partnership that blossomed from King’s hospitality

IMG_5579Authors Gopilal Acharya and Henrik A Nielsen signing the books after the launch

Review: Danish Foreign Minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen is perhaps the only foreign dignitary to have slept in His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s bed. When the foreign minister and his wife visited Bhutan in January 1988, His Majesty was out of Thimphu, but he had kept open for the Danish couple his private residence at the royal guesthouse in Motithang. ‘My home is your home,’ His Majesty said.  The family photos were on the shelves and toothbrushes in the bathrooms.  That royal gesture provided a huge [... Read More]

Tshogpas push egg price up

IMG_3680Shut: Without supplies, the outlet at CFM remained closed for days

Hike: The price of eggs has been increasing and the shortage is forcing the vendors and outlet in Thimphu to close down. This has left consumers and businesses such as bakery worried. The rise in egg price, according to vendors, is because of the establishment of egg tshogpas that act as middlemen between the farmers in Tsirang and the vendors at the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) in Thimphu. A tray of egg costs Nu 360 at CFM today. However, retail prices differ from shop to [... Read More]

School to use two exam centres to make room for tshechu

DSC01180Dzongkhag engineering sector staffs readies TMSS ground for tshechu

Education: With Trashigang dzong undergoing major renovation, the five-day Trashigang tshechu that began today will be conducted for the first two days at the dzong, and the remaining three days at the football ground of Trashigang middle secondary school (TMSS). However, the tshechu also coincides with the board examinations this year.  TMSS has 44 students in class X appearing their boards, and 60 class VI students appearing their finals. To avoid disturbances to these students during their examinations, the school will be conducting class X [... Read More]

BNB women claims a lone basket victory

DSC_6468Sonam Choden takes a three pointer in the dying minutes

Basketball: Bhutan National Bank (BNB) defeated Bank of Bhutan (BoB) by a lone basket, 23-25 in the women’s category of the ongoing Departmental Basketball Tournament. In a very closely contested match between the two financial institutions, the last quarter of the game turned out to be the playoff. Until the last quarter, BNB women were trailing 11-19. Two three-pointers from Sonam Choden got BNB back in the game and led them to victory. The tournament with the theme ‘The ties we bind’ is an initiative [... Read More]

Energy cooperation agreement, saving grace of summit

Signing-Ceremony-AT-SAARC-SUMMITSAARC foreign ministers sign the energy cooperation agreement before the summit ended yesterday in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Department Of Information, Nepal

Only one of three expected concords made it to the signing stage at Kathmandu SAARC: If the agreement for energy cooperation that SAARC countries signed yesterday was any indication of deeper integration, Bhutan stands to the gain. “The signing of the agreement is good for regional cooperation in energy,” foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji said. “What’s good for the region is good for the country.” However, the other two agreements on motor vehicle and railway connectivity, which were also long overdue, did not materialise. According to [... Read More]

Govt. dangles court option before opposition

This was in response to the passage of a bill DPT members deemed unconstitutional Assembly: In a showdown over an amendment, finance minister Namgay Dorji challenged the opposition to take the government to court, had it done anything unconstitutional at the National Assembly yesterday. The minister criticised the opposition members, when they called the solo amendment to Entitlement and Service Conditions Act for the holders, members and commissioners of the constitutional office of Bhutan (amendment) bill 2014 unconstitutional. With a majority of 24 ‘yes’ votes, [... Read More]

Picture story

The heads of SAARC member countries were flown to Dhulikhel yesterday on a retreat. Dhulikhel is the oldest town in Nepal and has for many centuries been an important trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Photo: Department Of Information, Nepal       

New Supreme Court Chief Justice

Kuensel sources confirmed that Justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk is appointed as the new chief justice of Supreme Court of Bhutan. He will officially assume office from today in Hejo where preparations were in full swing as of yesterday. Dasho Tshering Wangchuk, 51, is one of the youngest chief justices in the region. According to the Constitution, the chief justice is appointed from among the drangpons of the Supreme Court or from among eminent jurists by the Druk Gyalpo, in consultation with the National Judicial Commission. [... Read More]

Lost in translation

Dzongkha version of enterprise registration bill, 2014 raises misgivings on its accuracy NA: Although most members of the National Assembly, who were dissatisfied with the Dzongkha version of the enterprise registration bill, 2014, suggested that it be deferred to the next session, the deputy speaker decided to continue deliberations today. Members from both opposition and ruling party expressed concerns over the accuracy of the Dzongkha text, and said it could lead to different interpretation should it be endorsed. The deliberation of the bill yesterday was [... Read More]

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