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Students of Nganglam High school in Pemagatshel thank the SWAN foundation, Malaysia for donating two computers and a multi-purpose printer worth Nu 160,000 to the school. Most computers in the school are defunct and instead of waiting for the government to provide new ones, the school initiated to get their own computers and printer.


A wasteland of mediocrity?

Many Bhutanese are heading abroad. Scholarships used to be the reason. Not anymore.

For a growing number of young, talented and restive Bhutanese, going abroad means opportunity of a lifetime to make some decent money.

But why go abroad to make money? The answer is: there isn’t space enough here for them to do so. Some will come back, many will not for a long time.


Gewog boundary becomes bone of contention

DSC01592The tussle over the boundary turned for worse after the community forest was formed

One’s community forest is claimed by the other as pastureland

Highland: The highlanders of Merak and people of Phongmey are at loggerheads over the boundary demarcation between the two gewogs.

The yak herders need pastures for their cattle.  The adjoining gewog, Phongmey, is turning more forests into community forests, forcing cattle out of the locally protected areas.  Villagers of Phongmey claims that the border boundary runs until a point, known to the locals as Shingboto, above the Phongmey community forest (CF); the highlanders claim their boundary extends until Monsam that falls within the premises of the CF.

Despite repeated discussions between local leaders and people of the two gewogs, and deliberations at the dzongkhag tshogdu, the dispute is yet to be resolved.  Discussions reignited recently when about 10 cattle from Merak strayed into the community forest.


Wangphu wants an electric fence

Rather than wait for govt. intervention, villagers may have to take the initiative themselves

Wildlife: Although villagers of Wangphu gewog, Samdrupjongkhar are adamant that they have been promised an electric fencing during the agriculture minister’s visit about a month ago, the minister said he did not promise but suggested that they install electric fencing to combat the human wildlife conflict.

With increasing wildlife attacks, an issue the gewog has been tackling for decades, villagers said the tshogpa informed them that the ministry would look into the issue, and assured an electric fencing, along with a one-stop shop.  It has been more than a month now.  Villagers said they have neither heard anything from the gewog office on the status of electric fencing nor the farmers shop.


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A five-day Moenlam Chhenmo in Tsirang, which was presided over by venerable Dorji Lopen concluded yesterday with a ta-cha-chung sum wang. Over 1,000 devotees attended the prayers. The Dorji Lopen also donated Nu 151,111 to the Moenlam Chenmo Tshogpa while the Lam Neten of Tsirang dratshang donated Nu 20,000. This was the ninth annual Moenlam Chhenmo conducted in Tsirang.


Early golden mahseer data shows great promise

surgeryDr David P Philipp and Julie E. Claussen perform a surgery to implant a tag in a mahseer

The team presented its month-long work progress to agriculture officials yesterday

Ecology: Biologists, who are conducting the first golden mahseer conservation and management project in the country, said initial data showed the samples are live and active.

But, the project team also discovered ‘a lot of evidence’ of fishing, such as gill netting, nets and other instruments to catch fish along the river.

The team was presenting its work progress to agriculture officials on April 10, a month after the project began.


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The Wangduephodrang dzong reconstruction project conducted a prayer for the erection of 12 kachen (pillar) and timber components of the Kuenray on April 10. His Holiness the Je Khenpo sponsored suja desi while the owner of the restaurant in Dochula sponsored lunch for the workers.


Interim centre to be ready by this June

IMG_4505The upcoming interim centre in Chokhor, Bumthang

Work in progress on Bayul Dewaling is a month ahead of schedule

GNH: With 70 percent of construction work completed, an interim space for Bayul Dewaling, Bhutan’s Centre for Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Dhingdhima, Bumthang could be in place by the end of June this year.

The centre’s procurement officer, Pema Namgyel said the work progress is ahead by over a month.

Construction of an interim space on less than 0.5 acres of land on the left bank of Chamkharchu  started on September 5 last year.  The interim space will consist of conference, dining and meditation halls.

The interim centre will serve as a space for the centre’s activities until its main centre on the right bank of Chamkharchu is built.


Druk United on the top

DSC_7258Druk United’s Kinley Dorji beats a full stretched Drukpol goalie

Football: Defending champions Druk United FC registered their second win after defeating Drukpol FC 2-0 to take the lead in the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League, yesterday.

A goal from winger Khaidem Vicky, after he dribbled pass two Drukpol defenders and putting the ball in the top right corner, gave Druk United the lead in the 37th minute.

Although a goal down, Drukpol FC had the upper hand in the game physically, dominating united in ball possession throughout the match. But they lacked finishing in the front. In the 80th minute defender Niwas Rana nearly scored an own goal while he was back-passing the ball to goalie Tshering Dhendup. The ball hit the post and went out for a corner kick.


Takin city out despite win

11125189_855286231184295_982006122014534373_nPlayers and supporters of Dechencholing MSS celebrates

K4 Cup: A win was not enough to book a place in the semi final of the ongoing K4 cricket cup for Takin City.  Youth XI, which lost to Takin City yesterday, entered the semis at the expense of the Takins for their better net run rate.

On any other day, chasing a target of 171 runs would have been a walk in the park for Takin City’s batsmen.  But they had the added pressure for having to chase the target down in 22 overs to better Youth XI’s net run rate of 0.75.

Takin City could only reach the target in the 26th over and exited the tournament in spite of the win.