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Dasho Shingkhar Lam (1928-2014)

The last of the Second King’s consummately gifted officials died on October 16, aged 86.

Obituary: Shingkhar temple and village atmosphere shaped the formative years of Kunzang Wangchuk.  Reciprocally, Kunzang Wangchuk as Dasho Shingkhar Lam lifted it out of its obscurity during the heyday of his career towards the end of the reign of HM the 3rd King, getting bestowed the highest honours of orange scarf and Heart-Son of Bhutan award.

The land where a [... Read More]

Picture story

The move for health walk organised by Nganglam Basic Health Unit in Pemagatshel on October 18 secured over Nu 75,000 from individuals, government, corporate and private sectors to be donated to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund. Led by Nganglam dungpa, drangpon and sector officials, people were sensitised on the importance of healthy lifestyle and how the donation would help procurement of essential drugs. [... Read More]

Paddy days are here again

unnamed-16Dry land: Without an irrigation channel farmers of Khamdang had switched to cultivating maize

After a three-year gap, a repaired irrigation channel lets the gewog grow rice once more

Khamdang: The paddy fields of Khamdang gewog did not lie fallow this year.  Most farmers, at this moment, are busy harvesting the last of their paddy after almost three years.

The delayed completion of renovation works on the 11.4km Buyang irrigation channel had forced some 2,000 acres of arable land in Khamdang to run fallow for a few years.  People [... Read More]

Education before election

As per ECB study, this is the best option to get women into power

Gender: While the government is yet to keep its pledge, and the need for one still debated, it’s not quota or reserved seats that would get women to participate in running for elected offices in the country.

About 51 percent of the voters said educating women was the best reform to enhance women participation in the electoral process, in a study [... Read More]

Combating the spread of Ebola

Epidemic: To step up surveillance against the spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the worst epidemic in recent times, public health officials in the country met with various agencies yesterday.

Public health department’s chief program officer, Dr Karma Lhazeen, said representatives from civil aviation, airlines, and immigration were briefed on the disease and the measures that had to be taken to combat the spread of EVD.

“These sectors will have to take major roles and [... Read More]

Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away

unnamed-14Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away at 86 Photo: Family album

Former secretary of the royal secretariat and cabinet, Dasho Kunzang Wangchuk, popularly known as Shingkhar Lam, passed away at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital in Thimphu on the evening  of October 16.  He was 86.

He was admitted to the hospital a week before, after suffering from a weak immune system.  He had been bedridden for almost 10 years.

Born in March 1928 in Shingkhar, Bumthang, Dasho Shingkhar Lam began his career as a tozeb [... Read More]

EU trebles financial assistance

Aid: The European Union has trebled its financial assistance to the country for the period 2014-2020 to euro 42M from the previous amount of Euro 14M (2007-2013).

The trepled assistance amount is aimed at strengthening civil society, supporting local governance and developing rural livelihood, such as enhancing food and nutrition security and generating employment opportunities.

A press release from the European Commission states the increased assistance commitment was following the EU’s appreciation of efforts the [... Read More]


Other side of happiness

A large number of our senior citizens are finding themselves pushed to the edge of society. We don’t require statistics to tell us that. We know because they are there, starkly visible, in and around our prospering neighbourhoods.

Yet the reality that is unfolding before our very eyes continues to escape us. Perhaps we are blinded by our need to serve ourselves first. And in this trail of honouring ourselves before any other, we have failed [... Read More]

Survey of lateral highway on track

unnamed-11Road widening: Yotongla, the boundary between Trongsa and Bumthang

Road widening of the Chuserbu-Nangar section is due to start early next year

Roads:  Road widening of the East-West lateral highway between Chuserbu, Trongsa, and Nangar, Bumthang, is slated to commence by early next year.

So far, 13km of the Chuserbu-Nangar highway has been surveyed.  Survey works began from mid-September and are scheduled to be completed by December.

With the government planning to shorten the current two-day journey required on the 333km East-West lateral highway to [... Read More]

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