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Bavarian centenarian’s bond to Bhutan

10937280_10204253179824139_19927549_nEleonora Kastner wears kira on her 105th birthday in Catania Sicily

Eleonora Kastner was our oldest visitor at 101 when she came here in 2011 Tourism: It took just a visit to make her fall in love with Bhutan.  Four years ago in 2011, Eleonora Kastner from Bavaria, a state of Germany, became the eldest tourist to visit Bhutan at 101 years. If it were not for her age, she would visit Bhutan again.  Her love for Bhutan and Bhutanese culture is so strong that she invited some Bhutanese popular artists, including Lhamo Dukpa to perform [... Read More]

Gov’t a step closer to legalising DTH TV

Television: Legalised direct-to-home (DTH) television may shortly become available with the government finding out that it is possible to beam the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) channel in a DTH package without the need for an Indian licensed operator. The inability to legalise DTH TV in Bhutan is primarily because the government required that BBS be included in the DTH package for Bhutan. The government has found that suppliers of DTH TV based in the border town of Jaigaon are already including BBS in the channel [... Read More]

Man injured by arrow trap

Accident: A man has been charged with reckless endangerment after a sangdha (arrow trap) he planted injured another man. Shamdu Tamang, a 49-year-old  man from Phunsumgang village, Goserling gewog in Tsirang was injured on his right thigh by the arrow trap on Janurary 9. The trap had been planted by Ugyen Dorji, a 55-year old farmer of the same village. An investigation by the Tsirang Police found that the victim, who is also deaf-mute, was heading to attend a puja at neighbour’s house via a [... Read More]

Lack of bridge frustrates Dangchhu

unnamed-4A bridge too far: Locals claim NRDCL agreed to build them a bridge over the Dangchhu river two years ago

NRDCL: For the past two years, residents of Dangchhu have waited for the Natural Resources Development Corporation Ltd (NRDCL) to construct a bridge over the Dangchhu river. The hope is now turning to frustration for the people of Dangchhu. Following the Wangduephodrang dzong fire in 2011, the gewog decided to give timber from a place called Chendeyna, which is about an hour and half walk away from the gewog centre. Dangchhu gup Sonam Dorji said the people then issued a public clearance to NRDCL, which [... Read More]

Boom time for ‘pilgrimage business’

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As Bhutanese make their annual visit to Bodh Gaya in numbers, travel agents cash in on the rush Tourism: Bhutanese from all parts of the country have gathered in Phuentsholing to leave for pilgrimage in Bodhgaya, India.  This is a good time for ticketing and travel agents in the border town of Phuentsholing.  Business runs high. More than 100 Bhutanese leave for pilgrimage to India through the agents a day.  Agents make their package alluring, with offers to take pilgrim to other sacred sites in [... Read More]

Keeping Tsirang cooperative members in check

Poultry: Tsirang Poultry Cooperative (TPC) has decided to increase the price of egg to Nu 1,750 per carton to encourage poultry owners to bring eggs to the cooperative. “We get orders everyday from the youth cooperative in Thimphu, but due to the shortages here, we aren’t able to supply,” Juma Kanta, the cooperative’s accountant, said. TPC’s chairman Pema Wangchuk said that, because of middlemen, the cooperative was not able to collect the eggs from farms in Tsirang. “Members of the cooperative are selling their products [... Read More]

Kengkhar to switch to biomass cooking stoves

unnamed-10Pema Tenzin and his family will not have to collect firewood for cooking purposes

SRBEP: The people of Kengkhar in Mongar will soon stop using traditional stoves for cooking.  Construction of biomass cooking stoves (BCS) has begun in the village. Of the 66 planned, construction of four BCS has been completed. Pema Tenzin, 34, no longer uses a tradition stove to cook meals at home.  Choden, Pema Tenzin’s wife, says that she no longer has to go collect firewood from forest. “I can now keep the house clean and free of soot and smoke.” Kengkhar gup Karma Dorji says [... Read More]

New water bird species discovered

unnamed-8Bird watchers have spotted 12 water bird species, including the ruddy shellduck (pictured), this year

Wildlife: At least one new water bird species known as the Common Moorhen (gallinula chloropus) was discovered in Bhutan’s nationwide annual water bird survey, yesterday. “Common Moorhen was spotted in Gyalpozhing around Kurichu dam site in Mongar yesterday while scouring the river bank,” Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) chief researcher, Sherub said. Sherub is also a popular “birder” in Bhutan. Common Moorhen is the third water bird species discovered in Bhutan after the maiden water-bird census was conducted in February 2014 to [... Read More]

FM to go on “authorised absence”

Breaking News: Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorji will be on “authorised absence” to prevent controversy and conflict of interest when the Office of the Attorney General prosecutes him on behalf of the government. He will be on authorised absence until the case is resolved. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will take over the portfolio of Foreign Minister.       

Freeze on new religious structure constructions

The idea is to focus on existing edifices, given limited manpower and other resources Circular: Construction of new religious structures, including lhakhangs, temples, choekhangs, tshokhangs, chortens, tshamkhangs and drashas, is frozen for the next two years. The home ministry issued a circular last month, notifying all ministries, dzongkhags, religious organisations, corporations, private agencies and individuals not to accept applications for new constructions. The decision was made after the department of culture (DoC) faced difficulties in managing and maintaining the existing religious structures, which are more [... Read More]

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