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We are what we eat

Thimphu city will have six open-air gymnasiums in the near future, with a ‘for those who cannot afford gym membership” tag.  This is a welcome initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The facts on non-communicable diseases (NCD) revealed are a worry and an irony.  Not long ago, we were dealing with malnutrition; not having enough to eat was a cause of our unhealthy lives.  The trend seems to have reversed, at least in some parts of [... Read More]

SAARC beyond Indo-Pak differences

DSC_0376Suhasini Haidar at RIGSS

And the blame for this languishing lies squarely with the big boys of SAARC

SELP/RIGSS: The SAARC inter-regional trade figure has not climbed over the years, and has remained among the lowest in the world.  Bilateral differences between India and Pakistan are hampering integration.

This is what Suhasini Haidar said to the participants of third senior executive leadership programme (SELP) held at the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) on November 14.

Suhasini Haidar [... Read More]

Nationwide 3G within birth anniversary period

The four remaining dzongkhags to be covered by the service are Dagana, Gasa, Pemagatshel, and Zhemgang

Connectivity: Efforts are underway to expand 3G connectivity to all 20 dzongkhags within the next year, to commemorate the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

A second IT target will be to connect fifty more schools to the internet as well.

Department of information technology and telecom (DITT) director Phuntsho Tobgay said that dialogue had been held [... Read More]

Media – The agency for gender equality

Training workshop preps young journos to take up the struggle against sexual discrimination

Beijing + 20:Media is central to the achievement of gender equality, with a reach that other organisations can only aspire to, according to the regional director of UN Women regional office for Asia and Pacific, Roberta Clarke.

Speaking at the opening of the regional training for reporting for the Beijing +20, youth engagement and gender responsive advocacy for media in Asia and [... Read More]

Return of the yak

IMG_7197Over 60 acres of Tsamdro has been prepared for the yaks

After completely vanishing from Tang last year, yaks will be brought back to the valley as part of an attempt to revive cultures and traditions associated with a semi-nomadic lifestyle.

It is hoped that the lifestyle, which has existed for centuries, will be rekindled with the return of yaks to the mountains of Namgong, Tebithang, Phokpai, and Dungmithang.

The plan to revive yak rearing in Tang was initiated by current opposition leader, Dr. Pema Jamtsho in 2011, [... Read More]

Moves afoot to mass-produce maize

Phuentsholing gewog is being encouraged to commercialise cultivation of the crop

Agriculture: In a bid to commercialise maize production, Phuentsholing gewog officials organised a meeting between 50 villagers and animal feeds manufacturer Karma Feeds, yesterday.

The purpose of the meeting was to inform the villagers that, if they are willing to mass-produce maize, Karma Feeds would be ready to buy their harvest.

At the gathering, gewog agriculture officer Gem Tshering told attendees that the government would [... Read More]

Pune FC beats defending champs MMC

DSC_8711Helpless: The Assam goalie looks on as Abahaini takes the lead

Second Bangladeshi team register win

King’s Cup: Defending champion MMC FC lost their opening game to Pune FC in the second match of the King’s Cup yesterday.

Pune FC took the lead in the 17th minute and doubled the lead in the second half. MMC pulled one back,but was too late to find an equaliser. The game finished 2-1.

In the first match yesterday, 10-men Abahaini Limited, the second team from Bangladesh, held onto their one-goal [... Read More]

World’s largest masonry dam engulfs ancient Buddhist site


Nagarjunakonda, aka lhocho pelgi ri, once a Buddhist town on a hill is now an island

Heritage: For a devout Buddhist, there is plenty to see besides the museums and the boat journey while in Nagarjunakonda, known as lhocho pelgi ri among Buddhists.  At the sacred Buddhist site, devotees may pay homage to Nagarjuna or Goenpo Ludrup.

Nagarjunakonda or Nagarjuna Hill, now transformed into an island on the right bank of the river Krishna, was [... Read More]

Textile exhibition in Lhuentse

unnamed-15HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck inaugurates the exhibition

The first of 11 events organised by the Peoples’ Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary

Celebration: To promote indigenous arts in Bhutan, a two-day textile exhibition started at Lhuentse, a dzongkhag from where Bhutan’s most famous textile, Kushuthara originated.

This is the first of the 11 events organised across the nation by the Peoples’ Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA). HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, graced the occasion as the chief guest and inaugurated [... Read More]

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