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Lhuntse’s June 2 tribute to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo

0f4Tribute: Lhuntse dzongkhag paid a tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on June 2 by offering a thousand butter lamps and planting 1,000 trees in Takila around the giant Guru statue.

Coinciding with Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, the Lhuentse Dzongkhag Scouts’ Association paid a tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo by erecting 1,000 prayer flags, reciting 1,000 prayers, offered 1,000 butter lamps and planted 1,000 saplings in Takila  around the giant Guru statue on June 2nd.

Senior Dzongkhag Education Officer, Sherub Gyeltshen said the association organised the program to pay their respect to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

The program began with an offering of 1,000 butter lamps, followed by a marchang ceremony, national anthem, Zhabten to His Majesty-the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and the Dzongrab reading out the Social Forestry Day message.

The event brought together scouts leaders from 17 schools, and more than 500 scout members of Lhuentse HSS, Minjey MSS, Autsho MSS, Thimyul LSS, Khoma LSS and students of Tangmachu Central School. Dzongkhag sector heads, regional heads, members of Druk Odiyana Foundation, dessups, local government officials and the community of Tangmachu also attended the event.


Bhutan Telecom increases data tariff

However the company recently reduced its call rate to India

Mobile: In response to more customers using mobile applications like WeChat and Viber, among others, Bhutan Telecom has increased the price of its mobile internet, last month.

The telecom company increased its data tariff from Nu 0.0003 per kilobyte (KB) to Nu 0.1* for the first 50KB used.

Following usage of the first 50KB, the normal rate, that is if the “pay per use” scheme is being used, of Nu 0.0003 per KB will apply again.


Prime Minister’s delegation in Brussels


Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s delegation arrived in Brussels yesterday for his visit to the European Union at the invitation of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

Lyonchoen had a meeting with the Ambassador and officials of the Royal Bhutan Embassy, Brussels during which he briefed them about the developments in Bhutan and the role of embassy in promoting Bhutan’s interest in Europe.

Lyonchoen then lunched with the Bhutanese community living in Europe.


Being responsible

The latest mobile phones, whether an Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, are expensive.  Therefore, any offer, discount or the common get-one-free scheme excites people.

Unfortunately, most of the time, these offers turn out to be too good to be true.  In a recent case, three people are trying to get back their money, a sum of about Nu 122,850.  The problem is they are not sure from where.

The three, all in the same family, were convinced by an advertisement that appeared in the inflight magazine of the national airline.  They ordered the phones and paid money through a friend based abroad.


The challenges of renewable energy

For funds, friendly conditions have to be created for investors, with more incentives

Symposium: Despite financial and technological challenges, Bhutan’s endeavour to harness 20MW of renewable energy by 2025 still remains a priority.

According to estimates the consultant worked out for the department of renewable energy (DRE), the average unit cost for small hydro was Nu 5 a unit, while the cost ranges between Nu 10 to 15 a unit for biomass energy.  At Nu 30 a unit, wind energy becomes the most expensive.

“Anybody developing renewable energy needs to be paid off, it’s not a charity,” DRE’s chief engineer, Meewang Gyeltshen, said. “But who’d buy such an expensive power?”


Corporation files case against auction yard cashier

A Nu 3.2M shortfall was discovered when making payments to potato growers

FCBL: The Food Corporation of Bhutan limited (FCBL) recently filed a case with the Phuentsholing dungkhag court against its auction yard cashier, after the corporation learnt about a shortage of about Nu 3.2M (million).

While the court has registered the case, the cashier has also been suspended.

Corporation officials said the shortage was traced while ascertaining accounts of potato sales for the 2014 season.  Although the accounts record showed figures received from potato bidders, the shortage was felt while making payment to the potato growers.


A home for ill, injured and abandoned animals

095903Maya Foundation has about 200 dogs

The animal shelter in Paro is yet to obtain CSO status

Animal care: An overwhelming smell of urine and scabbed dogs greet you as you enter the iron gates of the Maya Foundation in Lango, Paro, along with a deafening cacophony of around 200 barking dogs.

But you are not in any danger of being ravaged by these highly excited packs of dogs. The dogs seem friendly, at least friendlier than the street dogs that prowl our streets.

Most of them are sick, injured or old.

There are also cattle, pigs, rats, cats and goats, all suffering from a range of ailments, either a broken leg, an infected eye or wounded in some tragic incident.

Welcome to Jamie Vaughan’s world. Jamie is an American citizen who came to Bhutan in 2007 after she married a Bhutanese. They are now divorced.


Bhutan expected to receive normal monsoon

Forum: There is good news for Bhutanese farmers and the economic affairs ministry, according to weather experts.

The country is expected to receive normal rainfall amidst concerns that monsoon will be poor in the region this year.  This was predicted by experts at a recently held meeting of the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The forum was attended by representatives from Bhutan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Myanmar.


All-star showdown for Mr Bhutan title

195549Mr Bhutan 2014 Pema Thekchok (File photo)

Bodybuilding: The 8th National Bodybuilding Championship in Thimphu will be an all-star showdown, as past winners will compete in the same category for the prestigious Mr Bhutan title on June 6.

The two-time title holders, Tshering Dorji and Tandin Wangchen, and last year’s champion Pema Thekchok will all compete in the same heavyweight category this year.

Mr Bhutan 2014, Pema Thekchok, said that the championship this year would be interesting with all big names in the game competing in the same category. “I’ve no expectations but will give my best,” he said.

Two-time Mr Bhutan, Tandin Wangchen, sharing similar thoughts, said that he had taken the national championships seriously this year. “The level of training I’ve undergone this year is surprising. I’ve never trained like this before,” he said. “I’ll give my 110 percent during the championship.”


Rare royal namzas among exhibits dedicated to Drukgyal Zhipa

DSC_2020-copyTribute: His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo peruses Jigme Namgyal’s Raven Crown, Uzha Jaro Dongchen, during an exhibition at the Royal Textile Academy yesterday in Thimphu

Anniversary: A visit to the Royal Textile Academy from June 8 will give visitors a rare glimpse of the exquisite dresses worn by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at historic occasions.

Titled “A Tribute to His Majesty Drukgyal Zhipa” to commemorate His Majesty’s 60th birth anniversary, the exhibits include the lungserma shinglochem gho (silk) that His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo wore during the coronation ceremony in 1974 at Tashichhodzong and Changlimithang, the silk mentse martha that was worn at the Trongsa Penlop investiture ceremony in Trongsa, and the goechen (brocade) namza (dresses) that His Majesty wore at the royal wedding ceremony in Punakha in 1988.

His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo inaugurated the exhibition yesterday.