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Ambassadors present credentials to HM, call on PM

Diplomacy: The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Bhutan, Tomasz Łukaszuk and the Ambassador of Egypt to Bhutan, Hatem Elsayed Mohamed Tageldin presented credentials to His Majesty the King yesterday at the Tashichhodzong.
His Majesty the King also granted an audience to the Ambassadors after the credentials ceremony.
Later, the Ambassadors called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. Ambassador Łukaszuk said he is fortunate to be the first ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Bhutan. Lyonchoen and the ambassador discussed education and sustainable energy.

Animated film producer files piracy police report

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Ap Bokto, a full-length animation, has leaked through unauthorised sources

Copyright: The producer and director of the first Bhutanese 3D animation film, Ap Bokto, filed a police complaint yesterday afternoon, after the animation film leaked more than a month ago.

Athang Animation Studio produced the film, which took over two years and cost about Nu 4.5 million. About 30-team members were involved in the production.

The popular animation film that features the voice of comedian Phurba Thinley was an instant hit among children when it was released last September.  It was screened until December.


Picture story

Food Matters: Students of Gyalpoizhing Higher Secondary School in Mongar catch up over a meal of rice and chickpeas during their lunch break. Schools have however already complained that the centralsied procurement system has not helped them feed better meals to students.


Airlines, passengers affected by Kathmandu airport closure

Aviation: Almost 250 Drukair and Bhutan Air (Tashi Air) passengers were affected as a result of the closure of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan international airport on Wednesday.

The airport was closed after a Turkish Airlines aircraft, carrying 224 passengers, skidded off the runway on landing and ended up on the adjacent grass surface with a collapsed nose gear. There were no fatalities or major injuries.


Bankrolling City Hall

With an elected thrompon, thromdes have never been scrutinised as much as they are today.  There are expectations for development and change.  Voters are quick to point out that, with or without thrompons, change is slow.

A lot will depend on the elected leader of a thromde.  From making policies to implementing and monitoring them, thrompons could bring changes.  But a lot will depend on what is in their coffers.  Developing or maintaining a thromde is expensive and they need budget.


Land transfers can begin in Trashigang

Lagthram:  With the issuance of new lagthrams (land ownership certificate) to the remaining 10 gewogs in Trashigang, land transactions can now occur in the dzongkhag after being withheld for more than four years.

The land records office issued 15,466 of 15,862 new lagthrams to landowners by mid-February. The pending 396 lagthrams will be issued within the next six months.


First Japanese grants for two Bhutanese NGOs

DSC_8906Japan’s ambassador to Bhutan Takeshi Yagi and Draktsho’s executive director Jigme Wang

RENEW and Draktsho are the beneficiaries of this assistance for grassroots projects

Contracts: Japan’s ambassador to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi, signed grant contracts with two non-governmental organisations (NGO) in the country, RENEW and Draktsho, yesterday.  Both projects are under Japan’s grant assistance for grassroots projects (GGP), which provides funds for relatively small projects that directly benefit local communities at the grassroots level.


Kumbu – the sacred cremation ground

picLocals believe that a deity cleans the cremation ground

Belief: The Kumbu cremation ground in Gangtey, Wangdue is considered one of the most sacred cremation grounds in the country. Locals say that, here, it is not necessary to clean the ashes after cremation. The ground cleans itself.

Located at the base of a rocky hill called Kumbu Bja, the Kumbu cremation is also one of the oldest.

Kenpo Singye Dorji of Gangteng Sanga Choling Goemba said that the name Kumbu could have been derived from Kubum because the many rocks on the hill resemble Buddha statues. Locals believe that the hill actually contains a thousand statues.


22 cows killed in gutted Tomla farmhouse

Fire: About 22 cows were killed, when a fire gutted the three-storied traditional house in Tomla village in Dangchu, Wangdue around 11:30pm on March 4.

25 cows were kept in the ground floor, and three managed to escape during the fire.  Eight were pregnant.

A couple, 66-year old Wangdi and his 63-year old wife, owned the house and cattle, a farmer, Mani Dorji, said.  He is the couple’s nephew, and also the one who informed police about the fire.


Possible foundations’ tie-up in Monpa cause

Tarayana: The founder and president of the Tribal Trust Foundation, USA, Barbara Savage, and her colleagues Kelly Burke and Nancy McGrath donated Nu 250,000 to support Tarayana Foundation’s social impact initiatives.

The group, during their visit to the country, discussed possible collaboration between the two foundations, including partnership to support the Monpa community of Trongsa.