Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 9:42 AM

First-timers on artificial turf

IMG_7822For many it was a different experience playing on the artificial turf

160 girls from six remote schools and two Thimphu schools took part in the tournament

Festival: The artificial turf in Changjiji looked like a green pasture for cattle to many girls of remote schools, who are in Thimphu to participate in a girl’s football tournament.

Sangay Layzom, 13, of Merak middle secondary school (MSS) in Trashigang, said looking out of the Changjiji school hostel, she thought it would be a good feast to her cattle.

“I [... Read More]

The takin and the white man

takinThe Baby takin thatwas captured in 1974 and being brought down to Thimphu. (Photo: Malcolm Lyell)

The national animal figures in Bhutan history as an object of fascination to various English visitors

Wildlife: In 1905, a British political officer photographed a baby takin in Bhutan, in its natural habitat.  In doing so, John Claude White (1853-1918) became the first European to obtain documentary evidence of the ungulate animal.  Until then, the West considered the takin as a mythological animal and believed it was the 8th century Greek mythological animal, the [... Read More]


Yangphel open archery tournament begins

Archery: The Yangphel Open Archery tournament began with the league round in Thimphu and nine dzongkhags yesterday.

The 18th tournament has 250 teams with 1,500 archers participating this time, a drop from 267 teams or 1,602 archers last year. The national average karey has also decreased from 4.4 kareys in 2012 to 4.2 last year.

Of the 250 teams, only 72 teams will progress to elimination or knockout stages that start on August 8.

A total [... Read More]

Sachu bumter for Wangdue dzong laid

907A8094His Majesty the King installs sachu bumter at the site of the Wangduephodrang dzong where the Utse of the dzong will be built

His Majesty the King placed the first vessel for land stability at the site of the utse

Rebuilding: His Majesty the King yesterday placed the first sachu bumter (religious vessel for land stability) into the ground of the Wangduephodrang dzong utse (central tower), re-sanctifying the site that once housed the fortress.

As tendrel, His Majesty placed the first sachu bumpa at the utse side, where Zhabdrung was believed to have meditated before constructing the Wangdue [... Read More]

Vehicle ban to be ‘formally’ lifted next week

Resolution: The ban on vehicle import, which has been in place for over two years, will be lifted next week.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji said the ministry would write to the economic affairs ministry to formally lift the ban.

Legislation rules state that tax bills were to take effect from the date it was tabled.  

The vehicle and fuel taxes were to come into force retroactively from June 6.

But Parliament resolved to lift the ban [... Read More]

Jungshina landowners object to proposed workshop

NEC conducts assessment to determine extent of chemical waste and other threats

Thromde: Thimphu thromde’s plan to establish a second automobile workshop in Jungshina might take a few more years to materialise.

The hiccup to the plan was the National Environment Commission’s (NEC) intervention to conduct a thorough assessment.

This comes after the demarcation of the proposed workshop area was complete.  The workshops were to be built on 3.12 acres of land belonging to 14 private [... Read More]

‘Parkades’ to precede pedestrianisation of Norzin lam

To turn Thimphu’s main thoroughfare into an open space, two four-storied structures have to be built first

Thromde: The occasional closure of traffic along Norzin lam, the city’s main thoroughfare is not just done to mark occasions.

It’s the municipality testing the waters to gauge public reaction before it completely pedestrianises Norzin lam, as planned in the city’s master plan.

Norzin lam will not be open to vehicular traffic after the two car parks, each four-storied [... Read More]

Picture story

His Majesty the King granted an audience to the participants of the 2nd Scout Leadership Training program yesterday in Wangduephodrang



On cars again

To the relief of aspiring car owners, the government will finally lift the ban on import of vehicles from next week.  The finance minister will notify relevant agencies to do the needful.

It has been more than two years since import of vehicles was banned, which initially started as a temporary measure to curb the outflow of Indian rupees.  The government was under pressure to lift the ban and, to be fair, it was never a [... Read More]

Chicks die by the thousands on Tsirang and Sarpang poultry farms

IBD Outbreak: Over the last few weeks, thousands of diseased chicks have died in poultry farms in Tsirang and Sarpang leaving farmers aggrieved and prompting a rise in the price of eggs.

Most recently, two poultry farmers of Patshaling gewog lost 52 and eight chicks resp. to the disease, suspected to be infectious bursla disease (IBD).

About three weeks back, nine farmers of Goserling gewog lost over 4,000 chicks to the same disease.  The chicks [... Read More]

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