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A SAARC news network to enhance information sharing

sarrc-news-networkDr Minendra Prasad Rijal with participants from SAARC countries

SAARC: Setting up a SAARC news network to share and promote information flow in the region is one of the issues the 18th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit is expected to consider, Nepal’s Information and Communications minister Dr Minendra Prasad Rijal said.

“The upcoming Summit slated for November 22-27 in Kathmandu would be a watershed to give momentum to the SAARC process, including endeavours towards creating a SAARC news network in [... Read More]

The mystical Shri Santoshi Maa mandir of Pasakha

The story of how the site was discovered and the place got its name lies in the supernatural realm

Temple: It’s been thirteen years since a devastating flood hit Pasakha in Phuentsholing.  The scars of that disaster are still visible, but people’s lives have returned to normal.

This major industrial town today is growing with many large industries.  Population of the town too has grown visibly in the last few years.  What is apparent is [... Read More]

Picture story

Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Kunzang C Namgyel led the Bhutanese delegation to the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries, which ended on November 5 in Vienna, Austria.
In her statement, Ambassador Kunzang C Namgyel highlighted the challenges faced by Bhutan as a landlocked developing country and called for the conference to seize the [... Read More]


India & Bhutan: All-weather friends, Ancient Bonds – New horizons

It’s set to be a unique year in the annals of the all-weather friendship between India and Bhutan.

As President Pranab Mukherjee heads on his maiden trip to the strategically located Himalayan state on 7th November, the timeless and exemplary relationship between the two fraternal neighbours will once again be in the spotlight. The presidential visit underlines a confluence of civilisational, economic and geostrategic imperatives that grounds special ties between the world’s largest and youngest democracies. [... Read More]

“If only they were alive”

IMG_2985Langdurbi village: Nine men from the village lost their lives in the boat accident

Surviving kin of the Mangdechu boat mishap in May are not just bereft but in many cases destitute

Langdurbi:  It is not yet dawn in Langdurbi but the village is awake and full of life.  A few men are readying their mules.  Another group is already leaving for Rendibi, the nearest road head, to fetch materials for the construction of a monastery.

In one of the houses, Dorji Dema, 29, prepares breakfast on [... Read More]

Fruitful season for potato farmers in the east

potato-auctionFarmers wait at the auction yard

The tuber has been fetching record prices that show no signs of falling at the auction yard

Agriculture: Farmers from the six eastern dzongkhags are certain that potatoes will fetch the same high rate until the season ends in December.

This season has been a fruitful one for potato farmers, with prices shooting to an average of Nu 32.80 a kilogram, which, according to farmers, is the best price it has fetched to date.

Rates usually [... Read More]

A solution to water problems?

The commission expects disputes to be resolved and equitable distribution to be effected

Resource: Various water disputes in the country, especially those over traditional rights, are likely to be settled, with the water regulation now in place.

The water regulation 2014 was launched on November 4, almost three years after the endorsement of the water Act.

The regulation, according to National Environment Commission (NEC) officials, would solve various issues and help the commission enforce the water [... Read More]


Compulsory contributions

Bhutanese are fairly generous when it comes to contributing to a good cause.  That’s why we have many coming forward, some even donating their entire month’s salary, to renovating monuments, or when disasters strike.

Contributions are also made, big and small, during fund raising campaigns, like the now yearly Move for Health walk campaign.  When the walk was first initiated, there was widespread support for it.  The smallest local community got involved in one way or [... Read More]

Mukherjee to inaugurate three major projects

DSC_4126High level visit: Four months later Thimphu is once again gearing up for an important visitor

The President on a state visit will arrive tomorrow

Visit: The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who will be on a state visit to Bhutan on November 7 and 8 will inaugurate three major projects funded by the government of India.

During a press conference yesterday, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said the president will inaugurate the Jigme Wangchuck Power Training Institute at Dekiling in Sarpang, which is constructed to give training to graduates on the hydro [... Read More]

Moelamchenmo for His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo


Prayer: The National Memorial choeten in Thimphu is flooded with maroon-clad monks and devotees.  From dawn to dusk, there is ceaseless sound of drums, cymbals and bells.

More than 600 monks, nuns and Buddhist practitioners from 186 monasteries and religious institutions are conducting Ngajur Dorji Thagpai moelamchenmo for long life of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Ngajur Dorji Thagpai moelamchenmo is a collection of commentaries written by five tertons (treasure revealers) – Pema Lingpa, [... Read More]

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