The horse, on which Ap Chundu is imagined to have mounted, arrives at the ceremony ground
A grand occasion that marks the holiest day in the Haap calendar
Ritual: Having to follow a traditional procession of about four hours, covering around nine kilometres, from Lhakhang Karpo to Jankakham, could be perhaps the longest chipdrel ceremony held in the country.
It takes place every year, while celebrating local deity Ap Chundu’s appeasing festival, which is the most important day for Haaps.
The festival begins at Lhakhang Karpo, the residence of the local deity. [... Read More]
The van they are travelling in, to see the relics from Bodh Gaya, fell some 70 metres down the road
Accident: Three men, aged 70, 60 and 54 years, died when a Maruti Van they were travelling in fell some 70 metre down the Sarpang-Tsirang highway around 7am on November 16.
Of the three who died, two perished on the spot, while the 54-year-old driver of the van died on the way to Gelephu hospital.
There [... Read More]
The first conference of multigrade teachers in Paro over the weekend discussed some pertinent issues.
Like in many conferences, problems and difficulties dominated much of the conference, but they were genuine concerns. There is a shortage of trained teachers and infrastructures poor, according to teachers.
As teachers of pre-primary and primary students, multigrade teachers are instrumental in laying the academic foundation of thousands of children across the country, especially in the rural communities.
If these teachers are not [... Read More]
The hospital’s OPD block that will undergo major renovation soon
Since the facility was set up in the late ‘70s, there has been no major repair work done
Health: For those visiting Samdrupjongkhar district hospital, it’s almost normal to be greeted by loose ceilings with leakages, broken window glass, uneven flooring and cracks on the walls.
However, the state of the hospital’s out-patient department (OPD), sustained during its existence for more than three decades, will undergo major renovation very soon.
The health ministry has committed a [... Read More]
Education: To determine if earthquake damaged schools need relocation or renovation, a team of engineers from the education ministry will leave, November end, to assess the earthquake vulnerability of schools in five dzongkhags.
The two earthquakes in 2009 and 2011 damaged 153 schools across the country, with eastern Bhutan worst affected, as the September 21 earthquake had its epicentre in Narang, Mongar.
The team of three engineers from the school planning and building division (SPBD) [... Read More]
Finance minister Namgay Dorji
Q&A: What is the state of the Bhutanese economy today according to you?
Bhutanese economic growth has always been guided by the principle of sustainable and equitable development. This economic development principle has enabled the government to create the conditions for broad based development ensuring that development benefits the majority.
Recently, there is an economic uneasiness in the world, which started with the financial crisis in the US in 2008, sovereign debt crisis in the [... Read More]
193 trainees of police training centre in Jigmeling, Sarpang, 10 non commissioned officers and local residents of Gelephu volunteered to clean the Gelephu tshachu on November 16. PTC organized the cleaning campaign. Bottles collected from the area was brought for recycling.
Local style: A tourist family attends Trashigang tsechu in gho and kira
Their numbers have more than doubled when compared to last year
Occasion: Tourist arrivals at Trashigang tshechu that began on November 11 doubled this year, going by hotel occupancy in the district.
Hotel operators said, from around 300 tourists during the tsechu period last year, it increased to over 830 this year.
Over 824 tourists stayed in about 10 hotels in Trashigang like Druk Doethjung hotel, Lingkhar resort, Hotel KC, Keyling guesthouse and Tenzin Gombo hotel [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay passes through a guard of honour at the Suvarnabhumi international airport in Thailand yesterday before boarding the flight home.
Thailand’s minister of Culture,Sontaya Kunplome, who was the minister-in-attendance during the PM’s visit sees him off at the airport yesterday