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Dzongkhag officials, local leaders and the business community came together on March 26 to make Bumthang an exemplary town by setting a record in cleanliness. Themed “A Tribute to K4, Let Us Adopt R4”, the mass cleaning campaign which will be an annual event was held for the upcoming three day Peling Tshechu at Lingka, Wangdicholing Palace. The people of Bumthang have come up with a R4 strategy -reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse to achieve their target of making the tourist hotspot as exemplary town. [... Read More]

Gomphu-Pangbang could miss deadline

Road: Following delayed release of funds, the Gomphu-Panbang highway could miss its 2016 deadline according to the Department of Roads (DoR) regional office in Tingtibi “Gomphu-Panbang could probably miss its 2016 deadline by one financial year, which was proposed earlier in June 2013 work plan,” DoR chief engineer, Pravat Rai said. The chief engineer said that the road will now be completed only by 2017 after work slowed down following the delayed release of budget.

An 80-year-old against the elements

SAM_0937Angay Mindu and her hut

At an age when people are past retirement, Angay Mindu is busy rebuilding her quake-hit home  Profile: She is in the twilight of her life.  The neat silver crop of hair, the weather-beaten face and sagging eyelids tell it all that Angay Mindu has lived her life. At 80 years old, she should have retired to a life of prayers or to the comforts of her children and grandchildren, but Mindu, popularly known as Angay Jala to the locals of Sergithang in Tsirang, is still [... Read More]

Local haven for domestic violence victims

Rabilal Acharja from Chuzagang, Gelephu is the go-to guy to help out in these affairs Gelephu: It was almost midnight when Rabilal Acharja received a phone call from his friend, last week. Soon after the phone call, he was at the neighbour’s house to settle a fight between his friend’s daughter and her husband.  He brought the wife to his home to prevent the husband from hitting her.

Let the people decide

Resolving the issue of meat/alcohol during rituals and last rites will warrant popular support Culture: Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu on March 26 decided to consult the people first on whether the use of meat and alcohol during rituals and funerals should be discontinued. Drepong gup Sangay Tenzin raised the issue, saying that, irrespective of their economic status, everyone spent a lot on performing elaborate rituals for the dead, which have today become an expensive affair. “If the members agree, the decision would help the poor from [... Read More]

Shingkhar road construction to be contracted out

ShingkharThe Shingkhar road just before Wamling

The latest in a series of delays is due this time to an inability to supply local labour Road: Construction work on the 11km Shingkhar gewog centre road (GCR) in Zhemgang has again hit a speed breaker, after the gewog informed the regional road office that it was facing difficulties in mobilising workers for the construction. In its March 10 letter to the department of roads (DoR) regional office in Tingtibi, the gewog office stated that it could no longer provide labour from the villages [... Read More]

Forest fire doused by divine intervention

20150326_174918The fire destroyed about 21,000 acres of forest

Disaster: The Tsirang dratshang on March 27 sought divine intervention to help combat the forest fire that has raged for the past five days. Tsirang dratshang’s Lam Neten Wangdi said that they held a daylong prayer ceremony to appease the rain gods that blessed them with heavy showers that day to put off the fire that has been destroying acres of forest resources. “We’re happy that our prayers were answered and the fire was doused within a few span of time,” Lam Wangdi said.

Archers’ wings clipped to protect Monal pheasants

Use of the bird’s feathers as fletches on arrows banned to save the endangered species Wildlife: Archery may be the national sport of the country but when it comes to the strict conservation policy of the government, the national game has to compromise. The Bhutan indigenous games and sports association (BIGSA) banned the use of feathers Monal pheasants as fletches  of traditional arrows.

In remembrance of Nyikems’ past


The Royal Textile Museum hosts a display entitled “In the Service of our Kings” Exhibition: With his bura marp kabney or red scarf swaying slightly with each step, Dasho Botokarp, aided by an attendant and a walking stick slowly shuffled along the stone slab courtyard of the Royal Textile Academy (RTA). At 97, he is the second oldest surviving member of the Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa (retired red scarf recipients) after Dasho Penden Wangchuk born three years earlier than him in 1915.

Less than a week to reduce pollution

Some factories might not meet deadline and face possible shutdown NEC: Pasakha and Bhalujhora industries in Phuentsholing have less than a week to reduce emissions and put control measures in place, according to the agreement they signed with the National Environment Commission secretariat (NECS) last November. If the problem is not corrected, they will face being shut down.  Some companies will miss the deadline, given the progress of corrective works.

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