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Upping taxes and tariff upturns monthly inflation

The NSB recorded one of the highest monthly inflations on record in July this year

Inflation: The tax revision on vehicles, fuel and communication services, coupled with increase in electricity tariff, is likely to upturn the inflation rate.

The national statistical bureau (NSB) has recorded one of the highest monthly inflation in July this year, meaning that price of goods and services has increased by 2.07 percent between June and July.

This was mainly attributed to [... Read More]

Transparency in governance via social media policy

A platform for greater participation by the people in govt. policy making and services

Draft: Citizens will be able to co-create or participate in government policy making using social media, if the current draft version of the social media policy is implemented.

The government is currently working on a social media policy to harness the potential of the medium.  It intends to improve accessibility to government information using social media.  It is looking to use [... Read More]

Panbang-Nganglam highway deadline deferred again

IMG_5077The usual suspects: Monsoon, terrain, labour and equipment are to blame for the delay

DoR: The deadline for the Panbang-Nganglam highway has been furthered delayed by eight months, according to site officials.

Construction of the 55.6km highway from Panbang in Zhemgang to Nganglam in Pemagatshel, which began in June 2012, will now be completed by August 19, next year instead of December this year.

Only about 300m of final formation cutting has been left.   The highway that starts from Panbang bazaar will pass through Norbugang gewog under Nganglam [... Read More]

Prayers of longevity

IMG_0914Yonphula rinpoche performing Tse-Drup Chime- Sogthig drupchen Photo by Ugyen Wangdi, Kuensel

Religion: The Ugyen Donga Chokholing monastery in Yonphula, Trashigang is performing a week long grand longevity ceremony (Tse-Drup Chime- Sogthig) since October 1 dedicated to His Majesty the Fourth King.

Led by Yonphula rinpoche, Jigme Tenzin, more than hundred tsampas (meditation practitioners) and gomchens are performing Tse-Drup Chime- Sogthig, which is believed to have discovered by the treasure discoverer, Zilnon Namkha Dorji from Singye dzong in Lhuntse in 1904.

The Tse-Drup-Chimi-Sogthig, which contains religious scripture [... Read More]

There is such a thing as a free lunch

FP-1Healthy and free: Khaling LSS student queue for lunch

Khaling LSS’s once-a-week feeding program has huge impact

Education: It is Wednesday and 15-year old Tenzin Dorji of Khaling lower secondary school (KLSS) eagerly waits for the lunch break.  Today, his school provides free and healthy lunch to students like him, who come from underprivileged families.

On Wednesdays, Tenzin need not worry about friends picking on him for his chili curry.  Neither has he to wake up early to pack lunch.

“I stay with my sister, [... Read More]

Picture story

Blessings: More than 50 people from Tsholingkha village in Tsirang visited the oldest person in the village, Bishnu Maya, 94, to receive blessings for long life as they celebrated Dasssain.


Korean film festival offers quality viewing

DSC_7632-copyLaunch: Dasho Kinley Dorji addressing the opening of the Korean film festival

Not too many eyeballs at the screening was no reflection of the artistic output on offer

Event: Despite the Korean wave that has hit Bhutanese youth like a tsunami in recent years, the 4th Korean film festival did not catch much of their attention.

The 4th film festival began yesterday with a free screening of two Korean feature films at the city cinema hall in the capital.

Screened were the popular Korean movies, The Face Reader [... Read More]

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]

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