Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 3:38 AM

Larjab – The sacred quest of the mirror-faced cliff

how-students-are-trying-to-cross-the-rockStudents crossing the rock face to get to the neys

Where blessings are to be earned at risk to life and limb Nye: Fifteen-year-old Kumar is shaking.  There is no place where he can rest his foot.  And the strain on his hands is too much.  A fall could be fatal and a decision has to be made. Kumar decides not to proceed any further from the steep cliff where he is.  This cliff in Larjab in Mongar is a nye that locals and students visit on holy days.  It is Saga Dawai Duechen today. [... Read More]

Indelible symbol of Indo-Bhutan friendship

DSC_3875 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the inaugural plaque

The visiting Indian PM yesterday unveiled the inaugural plaque of the Supreme Court Judiciary: The seat of the judiciary, which is one of the most important institutions of democracy, was formally inaugurated in the form of the Supreme Court (SC) in Hejo, with the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, yesterday, unveiling the inaugural plaque, a gesture that will be forever engraved in Bhutanese hearts. Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an important moment in Bhutan’s history, in the presence of Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, cabinet ministers, [... Read More]

PM Modi’s visit historic: Lyonchhoen

Diplomacy: Already a unique example of bilateral relation, Bhutan-India friendship has gained even more depth, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said after meeting the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a historic event for Bhutan,” lyonchhoen said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received with a guard of honour at the Paro International Airport where lyonchhoen and the Cabinet ministers, along with senior government officials, had gathered to receive him and the Indian delegation. Students waving Bhutan and India flags had lined [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King with Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi at the Tashichhodzong yesterday (Photo: Royal Office of Media)   

Cracked windshield causes emergency landing

243752-bhutan-airlinesRoyal Bhutan Airlines (Photo: ANI)

The flight, en route to Mumbai, had to be set down at Kolkata for repairs Drukair: A windshield cracked mid-air on a Drukair aircraft causing it to divert to Kolkata, yesterday. The Mumbai-bound flight, with 68 passengers aboard, landed safely at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport in Kolkata. The incident was widely covered by Indian media. It was reported that the aircraft was flying over Varanasi when its left windshield cracked. The captain of the aircraft then requested Kolkata international airport air traffic control [... Read More]

So near but yet so far

photo1Monsoon woes: Farmers assist a vehicle to cross a road block along Chokhorling farm road

Chokhorling still has hope that the farm road promised will reach their community Connectivity: The community of Chokhorling Chiwog under Pemagatshel is disappointed that the farm road, promised by their parliament representative, and for which a survey was carried out, has not been delivered. A 25km farm road was constructed from Nganglam but only till the gewog office. What was thought to be a thing of the past, Chokhorling chiwog villagers said, was still a reality, with the community having to walk, with ration, a [... Read More]

Gelephu dungpa detained by ACC

Crime: Officials of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have detained Gelephu dungpa since June 13 to investigate alleged corruption and embezzlement complaints lodged against him. Dungpa Pema Wangdi is under custody of Gelephu police. ACC officials refused to comment, saying they cannot divulge information while the case is under investigation. Kuensel learnt that there were numerous allegations filed against the dungpa with ACC and home ministry.  The dungpa was also under attack in social media, where users, under pseudonyms, alleged administrative corruption and embezzlement. Of the [... Read More]

Blood donation drive collects 337 units

IMG_9303At the bank: Donors deposited 337 units to the blood bank

BoB: Coinciding with the World Blood Donors Day, 337 units of blood from donors in Thimphu, Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Mongar were collected on June 14. Organised by the Bank of Bhutan ltd, in collaboration with the Thimphu referral hospital’s blood bank unit, the day this year was themed, ‘Save blood for saving mothers.” Thimphu referral hospital conducts one or two blood donation campaigns every month, and about three to four campaigns a year in other regions.  The campaigns are usually organised in schools, colleges, institutions, [... Read More]

Cordyceps collection plummets

IMG_2735Back home: Collectors from Goling returning from the mountains yesterday

The low yield in Bumthang, this year, is being attributed to the high number of collectors in the field  Fungus: Cordyceps sinensis collectors in Bumthang have returned home early and empty handed, or with a handful of the prized medicinal fungus, which, this season, has been scarce and hard to come by. In Tang, most of the 72 collectors from different villages returned early and empty handed. The collectors left for the mountains on May 16 and, while some returned shortly, others spent weeks combing [... Read More]