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Monks return with diploma course in Japan

unnamed-3Thinley Norbu(left) and Thukten Wangchuk

Arts and Crafts: Two monks, Thinley Norbu and Thukten Wangchuk,  are eager to share their skills in traditional Japanese arts and crafts, which they learnt from the Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto in Japan.

Previously apprenticing at the Institute of Zorig Chusum of the zhung dratshang in Trongsa, the monks were selected from 40 to attend the two years, three months diploma course.  The men had never travelled outside the country before.

Thinley and [... Read More]


Compact and efficient

It’s official.  The size of the civil service will not get bigger.

The organisational development (OD) exercise has been initiated, and all decentralised recruitment frozen.

The latest development is the announcement of vacancies in the civil service, which has been reduced by 68 slots compared with last year.  Only 436 of the 3,254 graduates, who have registered for the preliminary examinations, will be taken in.

These are bold actions and geared towards a compact and efficient civil service.  [... Read More]

Civil servants couples will both be eligible for allowance

House rent: Civil servant couples occupying government quarters will both be eligible for the 20 percent house rent allowance of the revised salary, finance minister Namgay Dorji said.

The house rent would be paid directly to the national housing development corporation (NHDC), only after debiting the rent allowance from the employee on whose name the rental unit is registered. With that done, his or her spouse would also be eligible for the rent allowance [... Read More]

Halved budget rankles local leaders

unnamedCommon problem: Budget cuts have been one of the common issues discussed in all dzongkhag tshogdus across the country

Promised 18 percent of 11th FYP share for the dzongkhag, Zhemgang got just 9 percent 

2014-15: With the budget slashed for the 2014-15 financial year, Zhemgang’s local leaders at the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) on August 5 raised concerns on whether the plans and activities of the 11th Plan (FYP) would materialise.

Local leaders said the government released only nine percent against the department of budget’s (DoB) word to release 18 percent of the dzongkhag’s total [... Read More]

Tshokona’s utility blues

The people of this chiwog have grievances against both power and telecom

Barp: Although Tshokona chiwog of Barp gewog falls under Punakha, the village has been electrified and given telephone connectivity from Wangduephodrang.

This, according to villagers, was an issue, especially while paying their electricity bills, as they have to travel to Wangdue.  Besides, issues with telephone numbers and line disruptions were also pointed out.

Raising the issue at the dzongkhag tshogdu, Barp gup Wangchuk sought [... Read More]

Community forest sows discord, say local leaders

unnamed-4Resources: Without a community forest, farmers from other gewogs use the forest resources from Kalapang village in Saling, Mongar

A schism has been created between those who are members and those who are not 

DT: Local leaders of Mongar have proposed to do away with the community forest because it creates disharmony among people.

The idea of establishing community forest was good, say the local leaders, but problems have ensued due to it in the gewogs and villages.

Balam mangmi Thinley said people in his gewog have become enemies due to community forest.  Before the [... Read More]

Monpas in need of monks

IMG_2050-(1)Monpa villagers of Ritey

Bon practitioners of Ritey are in dire need of Buddhist ritual conductors in times of death

Community: The huge mountains surrounding remote Ritey village in Sarpang, residents claim, are filled with treasures.  Some, they say, were revealed.  Many more remain hidden.

The Monpas, living in the Black Mountain range, boast that their village was the first place Guru Rinpoche visited in the eighth century.  Guru Rinpoche stopped in Ritey on his way to Bumthang.

Tandi, 70, [... Read More]

Newborn found abandoned in forest

The baby boy is now in a stable condition at hospital and a hunt is on for the mother

Birth: Search is still on for the mother who had abandoned her newborn baby boy near Trashigang town towards Rangjung.

The infant, who is still under observation at Trashigang hospital, is in a stable condition, hospital officials said.

Trashigang police said a shopkeeper informed them around 11am yesterday, after he found the baby crying at a sparsely [... Read More]

Bhutan at the chess Olympiad in Norway

Bhutan-TeamTeam Bhutan got its first international win in chess against Swaziland yesterday ( Photo: www.chess24.com)

Competition: Bhutan defeated Swaziland in its first ever appearance at the ongoing Chess Olympiad being held in Norway.

Five players are representing Bhutan at the chess tournament.  The team members are the top five ranked players of the recently held premier national chess championship in Thimphu.

Cheda, 38, who won the national championship, leads the team, followed by the Rai siblings, Anand, 23, and Binod, 22. Karma Sonam, 19, and Tandin Wangchuk, 18, also comprise [... Read More]

Report exonerates quarry over cracked walls

IMG_5547Damages? Karma Dorji points to the cracks on his house, which he claims the recent blasting in Gedaphu has widened

A notification has been issued stating blasting was not responsible for said damage

DGM: The department of geology and mines (DGM) yesterday issued a notification informing Gedaphu community that the cracks that had developed on the walls of their house were not caused from blasting nearby.

According to the notification, relevant teams, consisting of mining engineers, were sent on July 21 to the mining site in Gedaphu to verify the allegations, which five households had [... Read More]

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