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Gomphu-Pangbang could miss deadline

Road: Following delayed release of funds, the Gomphu-Panbang highway could miss its 2016 deadline according to the Department of Roads (DoR) regional office in Tingtibi

“Gomphu-Panbang could probably miss its 2016 deadline by one financial year, which was proposed earlier in June 2013 work plan,” DoR chief engineer, Pravat Rai said.

The chief engineer said that the road will now be completed only by 2017 after work slowed down following the delayed release of budget.


An 80-year-old against the elements

SAM_0937Angay Mindu and her hut

At an age when people are past retirement, Angay Mindu is busy rebuilding her quake-hit home 

Profile: She is in the twilight of her life.  The neat silver crop of hair, the weather-beaten face and sagging eyelids tell it all that Angay Mindu has lived her life.

At 80 years old, she should have retired to a life of prayers or to the comforts of her children and grandchildren, but Mindu, popularly known as Angay Jala to the locals of Sergithang in Tsirang, is still trying to make her old and lonely life comfortable.


Local haven for domestic violence victims

Rabilal Acharja from Chuzagang, Gelephu is the go-to guy to help out in these affairs

Gelephu: It was almost midnight when Rabilal Acharja received a phone call from his friend, last week.

Soon after the phone call, he was at the neighbour’s house to settle a fight between his friend’s daughter and her husband.  He brought the wife to his home to prevent the husband from hitting her.


Let the people decide

Resolving the issue of meat/alcohol during rituals and last rites will warrant popular support

Culture: Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu on March 26 decided to consult the people first on whether the use of meat and alcohol during rituals and funerals should be discontinued.

Drepong gup Sangay Tenzin raised the issue, saying that, irrespective of their economic status, everyone spent a lot on performing elaborate rituals for the dead, which have today become an expensive affair. “If the members agree, the decision would help the poor from spending on meat and alcohol,” he said.


Shingkhar road construction to be contracted out

ShingkharThe Shingkhar road just before Wamling

The latest in a series of delays is due this time to an inability to supply local labour

Road: Construction work on the 11km Shingkhar gewog centre road (GCR) in Zhemgang has again hit a speed breaker, after the gewog informed the regional road office that it was facing difficulties in mobilising workers for the construction.

In its March 10 letter to the department of roads (DoR) regional office in Tingtibi, the gewog office stated that it could no longer provide labour from the villages as it had promised earlier at the 6th dzongkhag tshogdu (DT).


Forest fire doused by divine intervention

20150326_174918The fire destroyed about 21,000 acres of forest

Disaster: The Tsirang dratshang on March 27 sought divine intervention to help combat the forest fire that has raged for the past five days.

Tsirang dratshang’s Lam Neten Wangdi said that they held a daylong prayer ceremony to appease the rain gods that blessed them with heavy showers that day to put off the fire that has been destroying acres of forest resources.

“We’re happy that our prayers were answered and the fire was doused within a few span of time,” Lam Wangdi said.


Archers’ wings clipped to protect Monal pheasants

Use of the bird’s feathers as fletches on arrows banned to save the endangered species

Wildlife: Archery may be the national sport of the country but when it comes to the strict conservation policy of the government, the national game has to compromise.

The Bhutan indigenous games and sports association (BIGSA) banned the use of feathers Monal pheasants as fletches  of traditional arrows.


Digital Privacy: Issues and Challenges in Bhutan

UntitledThe official website of Royal Bhutan Police was hacked in April 2011 (Source: ThimphuTech)


Web based technology is increasing growing. Internet and social media is a great place to share news, connect with friends and do online shopping. The speed of the Internet has led us to be flexible and changing in life style and how we communicate with each other. Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking website.  It makes easy for us to connect, share and maintain contacts with family, friends and colleagues. According to the Social Media Hat (2015), there are 1.39 billion monthly active users on Facebook, 1 billion  on YouTube, 540 million on Google plus, 300 million on instagram, 284 Million on twitter and 187 million monthly active users on linkedIn.


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 III

The three ‘C’ steps of a civilising process

JUST as enlightened beings have thirty-two ‘excellent’ signs, so do civilised mortals, their less grand peers, own a more modest three.  Unlike the Buddha’s, though, these latter emblems are not bodily marks, but symbols of a subtler sort.

To cut to the chase, the three c-for-criteria to attain civilised status, in order of increasing import, are courtesy, civic sense and compassion.

What unfolds next is both road map to, and yardstick of, that lofty state to which every right thinking man, woman and child should aspire.


In remembrance of Nyikems’ past


The Royal Textile Museum hosts a display entitled “In the Service of our Kings”

Exhibition: With his bura marp kabney or red scarf swaying slightly with each step, Dasho Botokarp, aided by an attendant and a walking stick slowly shuffled along the stone slab courtyard of the Royal Textile Academy (RTA).

At 97, he is the second oldest surviving member of the Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa (retired red scarf recipients) after Dasho Penden Wangchuk born three years earlier than him in 1915.