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For the want of a farmroad Barshong languishes

A place full of potential lingers in wait of inclusion in development plans

Connectivity: Karna Bahadur Tamang had a business plan even when he was studying.  When he couldn’t continue his education after class XII, he wanted to go home and start a piggery farm and a nursery.

He worked with some private firms and saved money for his business.  However, his business is still a plan and the 27-year-old attributes it to the lack [... Read More]


The line between practice and proselytisation

Stories of the government persecuting the Christian minority keep appearing now and then in foreign media, especially in those with vested interests.  Quite often, the reports are biased and exaggerated.

The Bhutanese representatives last week clarified to the Human Rights Council on the freedom of religion in the country.  It is straightforward – Bhutanese have the right to embrace and practise any religion of their choice.  It is their fundamental right.  The only restriction is that [... Read More]

OAG reviews ACC’s lhakhang Karpo construction case

IMG_1493Lhakhang Karpo is undergoing major renovation (file photo)

If the matter is taken to court, the then Haa dzongda, now foreign minister, may be indicted

Corruption: Officials of the Office of Attorney General (OAG) are reviewing the alleged corruption case at the initial construction of lhakhang Karpo in Haa.

AG Phuntsho Wangdi said they received the alleged corruption report from the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) last Wednesday, and they would take some time to review it.

On how long OAG would take to review [... Read More]

Planned activities left out on a limb

DSC04798Ura valley (file photo)

The govt. budget ceiling has been lowered and they failed to qualify for SDP funds

Bumthang: With the financial year already in its third month, local leaders in Chumey, Ura and Chokhor are still after funds to realise planned activities that were left out from both the government and small development project (SDP) funds.

The planned activities were left out during budget discussion because they failed to qualify for SDP, after a criteria that only [... Read More]

Picture story

Code of Ethics: Editors and senior journalists reviewed and endorsed the journalists’ code of ethics during a half-day journalists forum which was jointly organised by Journalists Association of Bhutan and Bhutan Media Foundation on September 22. The code of ethics is expected to serve as a guideline for all media houses. The existing code of ethics for journalists, which was drafted by Bhutan [... Read More]

Rinchengang farmers look forward to an irrigated new year

IMG_3562Irrigated: Rinchengang village in Wangdue

Channel: Although it is that time of year to drain water from paddy fields, Rinchengang farmers welcomed the irrigation, whose restoration and renovation was completed this month.

Farmers recall how difficult it had been during the transplantation months in June and July. “We had to keep guard throughout the night, as the water wasn’t sufficient and farmers stole from each other,” said a farmer.

They will not have to do this from next changla (transplantation [... Read More]

Villages sink as hill slides

unnamed100 feet down: Men walk over the sunken road in Taguna

Taguna and Nindukha may not survive this monsoon as places of human settlement

Disaster: Taguna and Nindukha villages in Phuentsholing are literally sinking.  Following heavy rains yesterday, around 3:30pm, parts of the feeder road between the two villages sank by about 100 feet.

Heavy rains on September 20-21 have also developed fresh cracks on the feeder road, and washed away more land from the hill on which Taguna is situated.  The villages are now completely [... Read More]

Bhutan clarifies freedom of religion situation

HRC: Bhutan clarified that freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution, at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).

“The Bhutanese people have the freedom to embrace and practise any religion of their choice, provided it’s a choice made out of free will,” said foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji.

Bhutan was at the 27th session of the HRC for the adoption of the outcome report of its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), carried [... Read More]

His Majesty in Gelephu

20140920-2C4A9209Their Majesties grace a lucky draw organised for the people of Buli gathered to welcome their Majesties on September 20

Visit: His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, arrived in Gelephu yesterday after visiting Buli in Zhemgang. His Majesty is in Gelephu to review the security situation in the wake of the recent kidnappings.

His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen are on a tour of the central and southern regions of the country. Their Majesties travelled to Buli from Zhemgang on September 18, visiting Tali shedra along the [... Read More]

A Blessed Moment For Buli

20140920-DSCF1279-(1)His Majesty with the girls of Buli School in their dormitory

Visit: Buli Middle Secondary School sits picturesquely on a hill above the village, enjoying a panoramic view of the mountains around. The gardens are impeccably tidy.

The school is covered in mist and the sound of raindrops pattering on the roofs, but the atmosphere is festive. On the school football ground, tents have been pitched where Their Majesties have been sleeping for the past two nights, after arriving from Zhemgang, where His Majesty granted [... Read More]

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