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Yongla gonpa lhakhang reconstruction on schedule

IMG_5577The reconstruction began this year

Despite adverse weather and delayed supplies, work is expected to complete on time Project: Reconstruction of Yongla gonpa lhakhang in Pemagatshel is in full swing, with most of the major work almost completed, officials at the site said. The reconstruction project began this year after the earthquake of September 11 in 2011 damaged the main lhakhang completely. Yongla gonpa is about an hour’s drive from the dzongkhag, and located on a hilltop opposite the Tselingkhor gate, the entrance to dzongkhag.  It’s about 22km from the dzongkhag headquarters.  The project is scheduled [... Read More]

Where are the spectators?

DSC_0319A common scene: Only a handful watch football games played at the national stadium

Football: Except for those who have plenty of time to idle away, not many Thimphu residents come to watch the many football games played at the national stadium in Changlimethang. On an average, not more than 50 people are seen watching even the Coca Cola national league where top teams compete. Not long ago, Changlimethang was a busy stadium with residents coming and cheering their favourite team even if it is an inter-high school tournament. According to the Bhutan Football Federation General Secretary Ugyen Wangchhuk [... Read More]

Lack of support structure renders online services idle

Less than a third of the facilities are used by less than half the agencies they were developed for G2C: While 159 G2C (government to citizen) services were developed at a cost of around USD 1M, only 54 are being used by government agencies. The G2C project (2010-13) developed online services for 21 government agencies. However, only nine agencies use at least half or all of the services developed for them.  Twelve of them do not use a single of the services developed. The reasons [... Read More]

Alleged corporal punishment victim in Thimphu

School: A 17-year-old class VII student of Drujegang HS in Dagana will be consulting an ENT specialist at Thimphu referral hospital today to check for any internal injuries he might have suffered when the school principal allegedly beat him on August 22 evening. Health assistant (HA) at Drujegang BHU had asked the boy’s relative to take him to Damphu hospital to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. “I saw a clot of blood on his right ear and suspected some internal injuries,” the [... Read More]

Small fish can stake the larger interest of the country

Moral responsibility must be placed on persons sitting on the top Corruption: In what could be a mass suspension in recent times, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last week suspended 12 immigration officials from service, and 21 commercial licenses of foreign workers recruitment agencies after a prima facie case of corruption. Another 14, including police personnel, immigration inspectors and taxi drivers, are yet to be suspended for their involvement in bribery.  They allegedly received bribes in illegal exit of absconding foreign workers at Tanalum check post [... Read More]

Local leaders urge government for a bus service

IMG_2538Gasa: Connected with a road but not with a public transport

Gasa is the only district in the country with no public transportation service  Transport: Voicing the concerns of some 3,000 people, local leaders of Gasa again asked district officials why the government was taking long to provide a bus service from Punakha to Gasa. Gasa is the only district that does not have a public transportation service, and perhaps the only dzongkhag that’s still connected with a feeder highway road. Khamoed gup Karma Tshering said they have not seen any progress, although the issue was [... Read More]

Picture story

Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee inaugurates Volkswagen’s car showroom in Olakha yesterday. The dealer has to date received orders for about 20 cars, the cost of which ranges between Nu 800,000 – Nu 1.2M. The inaugural event was organised by Project Bhutan.    

Rindhibi still in the dark

IMG_5614Rindhibi settlement in Trong on the Gomphu-Panbang highway

The makeshift settlement has not been electrified on account of its doubtful standing Trong: Some nine shopkeepers in Rindhibi, Trong, along the stretch of Gomphu-Panbang highway in Zhemgang, have not received electricity despite repeated requests to the dzongkhag and the construction distribution division (CDD), which was earlier known as rural electrification division since 2010 December. The bamboo makeshift camps by the banks of Mangdechu mushroomed in 2010 after the Gomphu-Panbang road widening and Chamkharchu hydropower project works began in upper villages of Digala and Langdharbi [... Read More]

Tiger dolls stave off monkey raids

WeChatImage635443337303561-copyNot a monkey business: A Shumar farmer positions his tiger (a stuff toy) in his maize field to scare monkeys. Shumar became the latest gewog to resort to the idea of using stuff toys to guard their fields

Shumar has resorted to this ruse to protect their crops but the wild boar aren’t fooled Wildlife: The arrival of what looks like a ferocious royal Bengal tiger, baring its menacing fangs, grabs the attention of Kezang, who is in the midst of farm work in his maize fields.  He drops his tools and runs — not away but towards the tiger. As he approaches the tiger, his 60-year-old wrinkled and weary face breaks into a grin. His granddaughter has her right hand around the [... Read More]

Tashi Tagay’s Tshering wins Bhutan’s best archer title

DSC_1954Winner Tshering celebrates his victory

 Archery: After scoring 16 kareys in 15 rounds and defeating 14 archers in the on-going 18th Yangphel open archery tournament at the Changlimithang range yesterday, Tshering won the best of Bhutan archer title along with a cash prize of Nu 200,000. Tshering plays for team Tashi Tagay from Babesa, Thimphu. Team Meri Construction’s Tashi Dhendup hit 15 kareys to secure the second position and won Nu 70,000 while Chungdu Dorji of Choglay Namgyel (Punakha) came third to win Nu 15,000. The 15 archers were selected [... Read More]