Friday, July 3rd, 2015 - 4:40 PM
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More than Nu 3 million collected for Nepal

Assistance: A little more than ngultrum three million was handed over to the Kidu Foundation yesterday by Dawa Penjor, the executive director for the Bhutan Media Foundation, who organised the citizen’s Bhutan4Nepal fundraising initiative.

The citizen’s campaign collected Nu 3.05 million or a little more than USD 48,000 in a span of 45 days following the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. The campaign ended on June 15.


Public transport get designated pick and drop zones

Taxi: To decongest traffic and avoid random parking along the road, a total of 31 taxi pick and drop zones have been designated in the capital. Twenty one of these zones are along the expressway.

Following a request from taxi drivers during a meeting on May 9, Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) and Thimphu thromde introduced 21 pick and drop zones along the expressway between  Lungtenzampa and Babesa.


Cleaning the mine and its image

As a nation that fervently considers the conservation of the environment as a national policy, the mining industry is always projected as a bad industry.

The mere mention of mining or quarries, sand or stone, conjures up an image of huge machineries scarring the green hillsides or polluting the air or damaging crops.  There is already a conclusion that mining is bad and that only a handful are benefitting or becoming rich at the cost of the environment.


SIT arrests for offences against Ku-Sung-Thukten

_DSC0009The vandalised Namgay Khangzang choeten at Jangchimo in Tsaluna

42 held for vandalism and burglary of choetens/lhakhangs and sale of religious artefacts 

Crime: Some 42 people involved in offences against the Ku-Sung-Thukten (statues, scriptures, and lhakhangs) have been arrested since the police formed a special investigation team (SIT) for the western region last April.

The location of choetens in remote places and lhakhangs without caretakers contributed to the increasing number of such offences, police officials said at a press conference, yesterday.

SIT team leader, Lt Col Phub Dorji said people, involved in such crimes, were after precious artefacts, like the cat’s eye gemstone that fetches a good price in the market.


SLMP begins from Thongrong in Trashigang

20150617Trashigang Dzongrab joins Thongrong farmers to plant napiers

WDCDLD: Over 70 acres of farmland belonging to 47 households of Thongrong in Phongmey, Trashigang were brought under the sustainable land management practices (SLMP) yesterday to observe the World Day to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation.

Besides establishing napier hedgerows, land management activities like construction of check dams, plantation of bamboo rhizomes, fruits and stabilisation of gullies were carried out.

Led by Thongrong Sazhing Tshogpa, the programme is supported by the National Soil Service Centre (NSSC) and the dzongkhag administration.


Where people learn to see the world through fingers

20150604_104415Jamtsho and his friends listen to a song performed by other visually impaired students

Education: Muenselling Institute (MI) for the visually impaired in Khaling, Trashigang, is quiet, very quiet.

Founded in 1973 by a Norwegian couple upon invitation and advice of Prince Namgyel Wangchuck, Muenselling Institute is the only institute for the visually impaired in the country.

Jamtsho, a 12-year-old boy, comes feeling the walls and measuring his steps carefully. He is wearing a pair of fancy yellow sunglasses. He has a white cane to guide his steps.

Jamtsho, who has been living and studying in the institute for the past five years, could not see from birth. He has a rare medical condition called anopthalmia.


Radap Phendey Tshogpa comes to people’s aid

Service: People of Athang and 14 other gewogs of Wangdue, will now no longer have to worry about availability of vehicles when faced with obstacles like death in a family.

Radap Phendey Tshogpa, a small voluntary group, has a bolero to help people transport bodies from home to the cremation ground.

Formed in November 2013, the group has transported more than 130 bodies from across Wangdue district to the cremation ground in Wangdue and Punakha.


Archers on the road to Rio

IMG_0072Karma takes the winning aim

Competition: The Bhutan Archery Federation (BAF), during the third recurve bow national ranking competition in Thimphu yesterday, selected the top three archers each in men and women categories to represent the country in the world championships in July.

Kinley Tshering bagged gold, Nima Wangdi silver and Karma Tshering bronze in the men’s category.  In the women’s group, Karma took the gold, Choki Wangmo silver and Sonam Dema got the bronze to qualify for the championship that will be held in Denmark.

Annually, BAF organises four such competitions to keep the national archers’ performance in check, and also to rate them on their abilities.  The general secretary of BAF, Tshewang Rinchen, said that, unlike in past competitions, the third national ranking competition this year was special, since it was a preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. “This will be our first step towards the road to Rio 2016,” he said.


Picture story

The Shejun Agency and Helvetas Bhutan yesterday launched a book Twilight Cultures – Tradition and Change in Four Rural Communities in Bhutan at Royal Thimphu College. The Book is edited by (Dr) Karma Phuntsho, director of Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation. The book documents traditional cultures of four remote communities – Ngangla Trong in Zhemgang, Lotokuchu and Lumbey in Samtse, and Kengkhar in Mongar.


For the record

Following discussions on twitter regarding Kuensel’s story on electric vehicles, home minister Damcho Dorji had said, “I am sorry that Kuensel has totally misquoted me and they are good at doing that.”
Kuensel would like to set the record straight. Here is the audio recording of Lyonpo Damcho Dorji’s statement at the Parliament.