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The 5th SAARC Energy Ministers’ meeting was held in New Delhi, India from October 16-17. The progress of various activities in energy sector taken up since the last meeting in 2011 was reviewed and recommendations adopted. The SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy (Electricity) Cooperation, if endorsed by all member states would enable intra regional electricity trade. The framework could be endorsed during the upcoming SAARC summit next month in Nepal. Economic affairs secretary Dasho Sonam Tshering led the Bhutanese delegation.     

Artificial turf for Phuentsholing

PIC_0049Phuentsholing football ground today

A budget of Nu 26M has been committed from the SDP fund towards this  Sports: The wait for artificial turf on the Phuentsholing football ground is finally over, with the budget commitment made through the government of India’s (GoI) small development project (SDP) funding. Although the budget has not been released yet, Phuentsholing sports association (PSA) officials confirmed the budget approval, with the support of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC).  In addition, a budget for construction of a multi-purpose hall for the public has also been [... Read More]

And then there were three …

Four of the seven held for the assault of a farmer have been cleared and released Battery: Four of the seven men arrested by Sarpang police in connection with the battery of a 53-year old farmer from Lhayul village in Chudzom gewog were released on October 10. Sarpang police said, the four, who are students, were released from custody, as they were found innocent during the investigation. In his statement to police, the victim said that he was just aware of the cook and his [... Read More]

Choejay Drimed Kuenden – A feast for the eyes

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Review: An old dog can learn new tricks.  Gyem Dorji shows just how in his latest directorial offering, Choejay Drimed Kuenden.  Like a feast of traditional Bhutanese food, served in expensive, new china, and eaten with silver cutlery, the film is a mind-numbing extravaganza of the familiar melding with the strange but attractive new. Drawing on the ancient semi-religious namthar (epic biography) of Drimed Kuenden, the story unfolds before computer-generated backdrops of multi-hued luminosity typical of period films.  It does, however, get to a point [... Read More]

The gone away gungtongs – An issue that won’t go away

unnamed-26Abandoned: At least one house is being vacated every year in Lauri gewog

The fact that those who remain pick up the slack left by the absent is especially galling Doongmanma:  Villagers of Doongmanma chiwog in Lauri gewog want the government to either annul and take over gungtongs, or require at least one member of each gung to return and reside in the village. A gung is a household, while gungtongs are registered households left unoccupied for a certain period of time. With many choosing to migrate to urban areas to either find employment or stay with their [... Read More]

Electric fencing – Saving crops and easing lives

Though initially reluctant, farmers have now come to embrace the technology Agriculture: About 200km of electric fencing has been installed across the country in the past year and a half, indicating the popularity and success of the latest measure of protecting crops from wild animals. According to agriculture officials, it is the only viable solution to managing the human wildlife conflict and, rightly so, the villagers have realised its benefits. A principal horticulture research officer, Tshering Penjore, in Wengkhar research development centre, Mongar developed the [... Read More]

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the renovated Euto Goenpa lhakhang in Shaba, Paro yesterday. Known as Euto Samdrup Choling Geonpa, the lhakhang was renovated completely at the cost of Nu 13.3M after it was damaged by the earthquake on September 18, 2011. A group of prisoners from Chamgang also helped renovating the lhakhang as part of serving their remaining prison terms.    

The privations of an employee in the private sector

Underpaid, overworked, exploited – a job’s no bed of roses in the business enterprise Employment: When Karma, 25, landed a job in a private firm in Thimphu, less than a year after she graduated from a college in India, she could not ask for more.  With most of her mates still unemployed, she considered herself lucky. Six months into the job, she does not feel the same anymore.  Although appointed as the sales and marketing officer, Karma’s job entails far more than just that. From [... Read More]

Leopard rescued

Wildlife: A forest rescue team yesterday freed a male leopard caught in a snare at Thongjabi in Umling gewog, Sarpang on October 18. The snare was set by one of the villagers to guard his crop from wild animals. Umling park ranger Dorji Wangchuk said that the range office was informed of the trapped leopard on Saturday at around 9am. “We reported the matter to the head office, which sent a rescue team the same day,” he said. The rescue team from Thimphu and other [... Read More]

To see the truth is most important: Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche

DSC_1848Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche

The rinpoche spoke on a range of issues: from suicide to sexual orientation Discourse: While the fast moving society and alienation is often blamed for the spate of suicides reported in the country, it was perhaps time, said Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche, to start creating awareness on the preciousness of life, and to listen more to the younger generation. Buddhism’s take on suicides was one of the questions the rinpoche answered, after his talk on Guru Rinpoche’s principles on October 18 in Thimphu.  This trend or [... Read More]

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