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Thai tourist dies after fall at Taktsang

Accident: A 54-year old tourist from Thailand died after she fell off the path to Taktsang monastery, yesterday.

Police said that the incident occurred on a section of the path, located close to the monastery, that has no railing.

The site is located below a house, located opposite to the monastery, used for offering butter lamps. The spot is a very narrow area where there is also a water drain, and prayers flags.

The incident occurred [... Read More]

Picture story

Gaya bound: Hundreds of people are leaving for pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya to attend the various moenlam chhenmo. Yesterday about 250 people left Phuentsholing in five buses. It takes about 18 hours to reach to Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India from Phuentsholing.


Spending holidays fruitfully

IMG_6692Down to business: Girls as young as 13 pack oranges at a depot in Samdrupjongkhar to meet their school expenses next academic session

About 30 students are packing oranges at a depot in S/jongkhar to pay their school expenses

Vacation: Although it’s difficult to stay away from their parents and miss out the winter vacation fun, some 30 students from Wangphu gewog have chosen to take up part time jobs in Samdrupjongkhar and earn a little before returning to school.

The group of girls decided to come with one of the adults from the village who supplies oranges [... Read More]

821 girls attend youth enrichment programme

PIc1Participants and guests offer Zhabten at the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Empower Programme in Gyalpoizhing

Youth: The second Winter Youth Enrichment Programme for girls is underway in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar. A total of 821 girls from 85 different schools, from classes 6 to 12 are participating in the camp. The girls are from all six eastern dzongkhags.

Minster for Works and Human Settlement Dorji Choden inaugurated the month long camp on December 29.

The Winter Youth Enrichment Programme was initiated on His Majesty the King’s command. The first camp for 411 [... Read More]

Virtual shopping goes viral among Bhutanese

Variety and price are the main factors that draw people to shop online

Trend: A popular online shopping site, AliExpress is fast gaining popularity among many urbanites with the deliveries being made right at home.

Although the trend of shopping online has picked up over the years among thousands of Bhutanese, AliExpress is preferred mainly because deliveries are made through Bhutan Post and the products are affordable.

The delivery via Bhutan Post usually takes about a [... Read More]

Missing the nyilo greetings

IMG_6923People of Wang Sinmo celebrates Nyilo with a khuru match

While nyilo is celebrated the old way, it’is slowly fading with urbanisation

Festival: The evening is cold in Wang Danglo.  But Kencho Dorji, 12, is all prepared for the long evening ahead. Drowned in a thick jumper with hood, Kencho will be doing rounds in the village singing loh-leh or New Year greetings.

It is Nyilo, a day Kencho and his friends eagerly waited. With plastics, sacks and baskets in their hand, his friends join [... Read More]

Jachungs wins the winter championship

DSC_2532Winners: Team Jachungs (left) and Phojas with their trophies

Basketball: Jachungs defeated Phojas 74-65 in the finals of the winter basketball championship at swimming pool complex yesterday.

Jachungs took the lead by five baskets in the first quarter. Phojas defensive play in the second quarter brought the deficit to two baskets.

In the third quarter, Phojas nearly closed the gap but Jachungs’ persistent play towards the end of the quarter extended the lead by three baskets. In the last quarter, Jachungs further extended the [... Read More]


Quality of education has not deteriorated

Bare to the calves with dirty knees, uncombed hair with its colour hardly natural, dirty nose that bubbled with mucus now and then, and with decaying teeth that needed the service of a dentist, life was harsh.

The school was not a homely place either. Knees were bent to serve as desk for slates that were mostly broken. Standing was sometimes, better than sitting on the cold broken floor. Quite often, bunking a class to escape [... Read More]


Best and worst year in Asia in 2014

There goes the Year of the Horse.  As 2015 and soon, the Year of the Sheep, unfolds, it’s time for one last look at the year we left behind.

A year ago, taking a page from Washington Post political columnist Chris Cillizza’s awarding U.S. President Barack Obama the dubious distinction of  “Worst year in Washington,” we took to the digital pages of Fortune Magazine.  The challenge – naming who had the “Worst year in Asia” – and the “winner” [... Read More]

A teacher shares his wisdom again


Former education minister Thakur S Powdyel dedicates his latest book to Druk Gyal Zhipa 

Review: In a world where the teaching profession has lost its noble-ness, in a world that doesn’t cherish words of wisdom easily, in a world where values are dictated by Internet and smart phones, in a world where families are rapidly fragmenting, in a world where nations find it difficult to prescribe a common ideology, here comes a book that [... Read More]

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