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Polluted air respects no borders

Air quality observatory to be set up in Gedu to study the phenomenon in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

ICIMOD/NEC: Having measures in place to control air pollution doesn’t mean that Bhutan’s air is clean, because polluted air from the plains moves toward the mountains and mixes with clean air, according to experts at the International Centere for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal.

To determine the quality of air and get data to understand better [... Read More]

Amaravati, a sacred Buddhist site in Andra Pradesh

20140914_104251Ruins of Amaravati stupa

If Buddhist sacred sites like Lumbini, Buddhgaya and Banaras play an important role in the history of Buddhism, thelesser explored Amaravati (known as Pelden Drepung) in Andhra Pradesh state is no exception.

Besides Indian Buddhism, the place too has lots of importance in Tibetan Buddhism. It is believed to hold a special significance as it is believed to be the place where Buddha gave the First Kalachakra (duekhor ) initiation sermon to his disciples.

“Lord Buddha in [... Read More]

Team Bhutan comes home

ASIAD: All hopes of bringing home a medal from the 17th Asian Games, Incheon were crushed when Doten Dorji and Kinley Penjor lost their bouts in Taekwondo yesterday.

They were the final team left to contest in the games.

Doten lost 10-13 to Ulukbek from Kyrgyzstan in the under 54kg, while his team mate, Kinley Penjor lost to Indonesia’s Ong Stevanus 7-2 in the under 58kg category.

The Bhutanese delegation at the Games comprised of 16 [... Read More]

High turnover of teachers

The noble profession is becoming notable for the frequency and number of departures

Education:  When a teacher in Dagana was denied extraordinary leave a couple of months ago, she tendered her resignation.  The teacher had applied for leave to be with her children, but the school, which was facing an acute shortage of science teachers, couldn’t grant her the leave.

The teacher resigned and the school is still without a chemistry teacher.

As of March this [... Read More]

Bhutan all for Asia-Pacific information superhighway

IMG_20141002_125225Green line indicates the superhighway

It will reduce reliance on Indian telcos for internet connectivity and thereby costs

ESCAP: Bhutan will support the development of an Asia-Pacific information superhighway, it was pointed out at a regional expert consultation held in Paro, yesterday.

The idea of establishing an Asian information superhighway is being proposed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The overall goal of the Asian information superhighway is to bridge the digital divide [... Read More]

Picture story

Fire ceremony: Hundreds of people attend the Tamshing lhakhang mewang (fire blessing) last night in Bumthang, which is believed to cleanse sins if devotees can pass through the blazing gate.


Con man earns five-year jail term

He was convicted for fraudulent cheque writing on amounts more than Nu 107M

Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench II convicted a man and sentenced him to five years in jail yesterday for fraudulent cheque writing worth more than Nu 107M without money in his account to six people.

The man, Ugyen from Lamgong, Paro was brokering for a Thimphu resident, and sold three acres of land at Ngabiphu, Thimphu.

He then sold an acre using the [... Read More]

Police charge Tango-Chari drivers with butter lamp theft

The 135-tola item, taken from Tango’s Jowo lhakhang, though has not yet been recovered

Crime: Thimphu police have forwarded to the Office of Attorney General the case of the two Tango and Chari monasteries’ drivers, who were detained since July for their alleged involvement in stealing the 135-tola gold butter lamp from Tango monastery.

In the incident that occurred on the night of March 4, the 30-year old driver of Chari monastery was accused of [... Read More]

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