A group of trekking tourists from Bangalore on the Laya-Gasa trek last month
… with travellers from closer to home, the so-called regional tourists
Tourism: A growing number of regional tourists are venturing into trekking activities, with many high-end regional tourists wanting to visit Bhutan for trekking only, say tour operators.
Visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives are referred to as regional tourists. They are exempt from the minimum daily tariff and do not require visas. Regional tourists, who come in by air, are considered high-end, owing to [... Read More]
Yeatoeh Lhamo Penjore poses with the medal of appreciation she received for participating in the World Bodybuilding and Physique sports championship held in Hungary on November 17. Yeatoeh was the first woman to represent Bhutan. She participated in the model physique category.
Football: The artificial turf laid at the Changlimithang stadium has become a real cash cow for the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF).
The federation earns about Nu 300,000 a month from tournaments it organises, and another Nu 70,000 a month as ground fee from local football enthusiasts, who pay Nu 3,000 to Nu 4,000 during weekdays. On weekends, BFF charges Nu 4,000 for games played in the day, and Nu 5,000 for games in the [... Read More]
Education minister Mingbo Dukpa addresses to about more than a 100 final year (fourth year) students of Paro College of Education in Paro during the National Seminar on Multi-grade Teaching and Learning on November 17.
It was lack of infrastructure, incentives and facilities that made teachers less eager to work and students less eager to study
Education: Lack of trainings, inadequate facilities and poor incentives were among the issues multi-grade teachers pointed out at a two-day national seminar on multi-grade teaching and learning held at Paro yesterday.
About 19 multi-grade teachers from across the country, some with previous experience and others that still taught in multi-grade schools attended the [... Read More]
Currency: Exchange rate for Indian Rupee against Ngultrum increased to five and 5.5 percent from about three in the recent months.
The recent hike triggered by the Hindu festival of Diwali has since sustained.
Today, Bhutanese shopping at the bordering Indian town of Jaigaon have to dish out Nu 105 for goods that cost around Rs 100.
An Indian merchant said such increases in exchange rates were subject to occasions as they were to circumstances.
“So when [... Read More]
The horse, on which Ap Chundu is imagined to have mounted, arrives at the ceremony ground
A grand occasion that marks the holiest day in the Haap calendar
Ritual: Having to follow a traditional procession of about four hours, covering around nine kilometres, from Lhakhang Karpo to Jankakham, could be perhaps the longest chipdrel ceremony held in the country.
It takes place every year, while celebrating local deity Ap Chundu’s appeasing festival, which is the most important day for Haaps.
The festival begins at Lhakhang Karpo, the residence of the local deity. [... Read More]
The van they are travelling in, to see the relics from Bodh Gaya, fell some 70 metres down the road
Accident: Three men, aged 70, 60 and 54 years, died when a Maruti Van they were travelling in fell some 70 metre down the Sarpang-Tsirang highway around 7am on November 16.
Of the three who died, two perished on the spot, while the 54-year-old driver of the van died on the way to Gelephu hospital.
There [... Read More]
The first conference of multigrade teachers in Paro over the weekend discussed some pertinent issues.
Like in many conferences, problems and difficulties dominated much of the conference, but they were genuine concerns. There is a shortage of trained teachers and infrastructures poor, according to teachers.
As teachers of pre-primary and primary students, multigrade teachers are instrumental in laying the academic foundation of thousands of children across the country, especially in the rural communities.
If these teachers are not [... Read More]
The hospital’s OPD block that will undergo major renovation soon
Since the facility was set up in the late ‘70s, there has been no major repair work done
Health: For those visiting Samdrupjongkhar district hospital, it’s almost normal to be greeted by loose ceilings with leakages, broken window glass, uneven flooring and cracks on the walls.
However, the state of the hospital’s out-patient department (OPD), sustained during its existence for more than three decades, will undergo major renovation very soon.
The health ministry has committed a [... Read More]
Education: To determine if earthquake damaged schools need relocation or renovation, a team of engineers from the education ministry will leave, November end, to assess the earthquake vulnerability of schools in five dzongkhags.
The two earthquakes in 2009 and 2011 damaged 153 schools across the country, with eastern Bhutan worst affected, as the September 21 earthquake had its epicentre in Narang, Mongar.
The team of three engineers from the school planning and building division (SPBD) [... Read More]