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New multi sports hall for Trashigang

DSC_1143HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck inaugurates the multi sports hall

Sports: From an almost non-existent sports facility except for the school football ground and a basketball court, Trashigang town now can boast of a multi sports hall for the public. The President of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC), HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck yesterday inaugurated the newly built hall near the housing colony at Melphey. The spacious sports hall, which was designed to maximise the usage of space, given its scarcity, will cater to indoor basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and taekwondo. It was handed over [... Read More]

Electronics and Communication Engineering graduates struggle to get employed

RUB and CST suggest they should look beyond the country for job opportunities  Graduate: Being a technical graduate is not enough to get employed, not in the civil service at least, if the situation of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) graduates from the College of Science and Technology is anything to go by. Of the 39 graduates who graduated from the college in two batches, less than half, 15, of them are employed today.  Except for one, the remaining 14, who are employed today are [... Read More]

Opposition wants secretaries reinstated

Cabinet states the decision was reached after considering all the facts CoS: Stating that it was done without following due process, the Opposition yesterday called the government to reinstate the three government secretaries who the Cabinet surrendered to Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) last week. In a press release they issued yesterday, the Opposition expressed concerns that the government did not follow due process of law before surrendering the three senior-most and highly respected government secretaries to the commission. “They were surrendered in the most [... Read More]

HM confers the first reinstituted Lungmar to PM

20141217-907A0739His Majesty with Lungmar recipient Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay

Award: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay became the first recipient of the reinstituted Lungmar when His Majesty the King conferred him the scarf at the National Day celebrations in Kanglung on December 17. The scarf existed during the time of His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo. Lyonchhoen was awarded Lungmar  in recognition of his contributions to the democratic process during his tenure as the opposition leader between 2008-2012, and with the expectation that he would serve equally well as the Prime Minister, a press release from the [... Read More]

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  His Majesty the King awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) to Dr Margrit Elliot on December 17 in Kanglung, Trashigang. The award is in recognition of her contribution to healthcare in Bhutan since 2001, through treatment and reconstructive surgery for burn victims and cleft lip and palate patients, unremittingly since 2001. Dr Elliot is the President of Global Burn Care & Reconstructive Unit, Seattle.

Electric flourmill eases farmers’ workload

DSC_6398Easy work: Wangmo grinding maize at the mill

Technology: These days when Wangmo, 64, returns home from her fields, she is greeted by a group of villagers waiting for her in front of the house in Nanong, Pemagatshel. Holding sacks of maize, the farmers wait for Wangmo to use the flourmill that the RNR extension office helped set up nearby. The Nu 35,000 worth electric flourmill has not only eased their work but also given them more time to spend in their fields, villagers said. Compared to a traditional flourmill, which takes more [... Read More]

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Coinciding with the National Day, the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan launched three models of hybrid and another three models of Etios cars on the eve of December 17. Finance minister Namgay Dorji attended the launch along with executives from Japan, India and Bangladesh. During the event, STCBL and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, donated a ‘Prius’ hybrid to the finance ministry.                                                   [... Read More]

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Cultural show: To celebrate the 107th National Day, a 13-member Kashmiri folk dance group performed at the Clock Tower square on December 17 and the Harmony Village yesterday. The events were organised by the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre.                                                                                                 [... Read More]

Sumthrang revives its mask dances

DSC_0082Gomchens perform the tsencham on the first day of Kangsoel

Culture: Seventeen years after it was last performed, the mask dances native to Sumthrang lhakhang in Ura, Bumthang was revived yesterday to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The mask dances are performed during the lhakhang’s annual Kangsoel (Vajra Kyilaya redemption and invocation ritual) by its community of over 15 households. However, the dances were discontinued from 1996 when renovation of the lhakhang began. “Although Kangsoel continued, the mask dances were not performed from lack of space because the renovation work [... Read More]

His Majesty’s Address to the Nation on the 107th National Day

After the 9th year since I was enthroned, it is my profound pleasure to celebrate the National Day here in Kanglung, in a Dzongkhag that is traditionally known as the Sharchog Khorlo Tsipgyed (the eight spokes of the eastern wheel). It is a momentous occasion for the people to be blessed with the gracious presence of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo. People of all ages from remote corners of the east have come to attend the celebrations. As we celebrate the 107th National Day, [... Read More]

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