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Trongsa up to its neck in waste

IMG_0303Filled: The Chunjupang landfill is already full

A population explosion due to the hydropower project necessitates two new landfill sites

Garbage: The Trongsa dzongkhag administration is working on opening two new landfills in Drakteng and Langthel to address the growing waste problem in the dzongkhag.

Following a sudden surge in population after the opening of the Mangdechu hydropower project (MHPA), the dzongkhag’s only landfill, which was constructed in 2003 at Chunjupang, filled up five years in advance.

Despite reaching its full capacity, the landfill is still in use.  Once the new landfills are open for use, the existing one, with all the non-biodegradable waste, will be buried.

However, poor waste management at project areas, and its mounting pressure is exasperating the villagers.


A book with something for everyone


Review: Here is a book that is neither here nor there.  It is difficult to give it a place where it should belong.  Not for the want of any worth, though.  The book talks about many subjects and many things all too lavishly.  It doesn’t belong to any particular genre.

Discover the Eleven Profit Centres of Life by Langa Tshering is a book that in itself is strange, and that which celebrates eccentricity outside its pages and chapters.  And perhaps because the writer is an engineer by profession, some confusing diagrams arrest the reader’s eyes frequently.  But explanations are there that do the demystification part quite successfully.


Yanmar Thimphu league kicks off today

IMG_7794Friendly between Zongrig FC and Drukstar FC on Thursday

Rookie Thimphu FC will take on stalwart Thimphu City FC in opening game

Football: Seven football clubs, most of them laden with international and national players, will fight for a spot in the national league with the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League kicking off this evening at the Changlimithang stadium.

The first game of the tournament will see debutant Thimphu FC play against Thimphu City FC.  With eight national players in the squad, Thimphu City FC looks to be the strongest team in the league.  The owner of the team, Hishey Tshering, said that having national players in the team was always an advantage. “We’re strong in the midfield and defense but weak in the front,” he said. “But that’s not going to stop us from delivering our best.”


Picture story

Bhutanese Judo team bagged a gold and silver medal each and two bronze medals at the first Child Watabaran Centre Nepal (CWCN) International Judo Championship in Katmandu yesterday. A total of 11 Bhutanese participated in eight different weight categories. Tandin Wangchuk received the best player award in men’s division. The two-day competition saw 126 participants from Bhutan, Nepal and Japan.


Dhapar quartzite mines operational for two years with interim lease awards

dhaparThe Dhapar quartzite mines in Chengmari, Samtse

Kopchey people’s unwillingness to give ‘public clearance’ had no effect on operations

Mining: The people of Kopchey’s refusal to give their “public clearance” have not stopped the Dhapar quartzite mine (DQM) in Chengmari, Samtse from operating.

Kuensel found that the mining has been in operation for the last two years because of an “interim lease award,” that the department of geology and mines (DGM) has continued to issue to the company.

The mining company has been waiting for public clearance for the last two years after its five years lease term expired in December 2012.  The mines had to shut down for about six months between 2012 and 2014.


What will it take to civilise us?


A four-part tongue-in-cheek attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person

Part IV

A civic being has not an anti social bone in his/her body 

PARDON the French but, if you’re at all au fait with my oeuvre, you’ll twig on double quick that what comes next is nothing but an old bête noir of mine.

To whom it may concern, among you buildings dwellers, here’s my two-bit advice: stop both breaking bones and/or firewood on the premises.

(The rhythmic one-two thud of a back loom is better but only just.)

Such goings-on may be fine back in the boondocks, but in an urban setting, not to mince words, they’re a damned nuisance, and fall under a class of misconduct once known as ‘disturbing the peace’; now it’s called noise pollution.


Focus point

Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya: An experience

I returned from a 10-day pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, the holiest pilgrimage site for Buddhists. I have been fortunate to be able to visit this holy place a number of times in the past. I would like to share my experiences and observations from then and now. The juxtapositions have been quite enriching as well as revealing.

The number of Bhutanese pilgrims going to Bodhgaya has gone up exponentially. Some days almost half of the people circumambulating the sacred choeten were Bhutanese. Many were proudly in our national dress, some young men, apparently college students, even with kabneys.


Retiring judge ceremoniously surrenders kabney and patang

DSC_4526Ugyen Tenzin hands over his kabney and patang to the chairman of the Royal Privy Council

Zhidu: Ugyen Tenzin, 60, former drangpon (judge), surrendered his kabney (scarf) and patang (sword) to the Royal Privy Council yesterday as he formally retired from service to the nation.

Zhidu is a traditional system, whereby individuals, who received positional paraphernalia, should hand over the symbols of power and position to the one who bestowed the same upon them.

Ugyen Tenzin walked away from the office of the Royal Privy Council with white kabney with fringes without patang.  He is the second person from the judiciary to follow the old tradition of Zhidu.

Dasho Sangay Wangchug, a member of the Royal Privy Council, said that only individuals, who received decorations from His Majesty for outstanding contributions to the nation, can keep and make use of them.


Bringing attention to autism

20150402-907A1659The Autism Advantage: Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day yesterday in Thimphu and launched the Ability Bhutan Society Strategic Plan Document, and an animated video on autism awareness.

As part of the event, the memorial chorten and the clock tower square among others were  lit in blue, the colour for autism. 

Occasion: The family rejoiced when Ugyen was born.  He was the family’s first grandson, first son and the only brother to his sister.

Today, he is 11 years old and attends The Early Learning Centre thrice a week.

As he turned four, his family started noticing that Ugyen would not have eye contact and became sensitive to light and sound.  He was in his own world and remained fixed at a single activity for hours.

Ugyen was diagnosed with autism, a complex disorder of brain development characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviour.