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The invasion of a foreign tongue

Cartoon channels being aired in Hindi are impacting on young impressionable minds

Lifestyle: The father of a four-year-old girl was shocked when his daughter woke him up speaking in perfect, but tapori, Hindi (street language).  The junior picked up the language watching hours of the Hindi version of “Oggy and the Cockroaches.”

It was fun listening to his daughter’s skill at a new language, but it soon became a concern, as she called him “mamu” [... Read More]


Are we losing our tongue?

Ro Kha Mashey Rang Kha Jang (Other tongues unknown, one’s own forgotten). This is an old Bhutanese saying. The aphorism rings true more today than it ever did.

Our children today are growing up watching and listening to foreign channels, particularly from India.  What’s wrong with that, one might ask. When our children speak Hindi among themselves and to their parents, not in Dzongkha or their first language, it’s not a small wrong that we can [... Read More]

Buddhism is life, not religion

IMG_4556.JPG- Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche

Said Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche in his talk on Buddhism yesterday at RTC

Discourse: Buddhism, which is life, is today practised as a tradition and superstition, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche, Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup, the incarnation of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse rinpoche, said, in his talk on the introduction of Buddhism yesterday at the Royal Thimphu College.

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi rinpoche told some 500 people in the audience that Buddhism was a dying subject in Bhutan, [... Read More]

Meeting a campaign promise to Pam

The economics affairs minister assures of a technical survey next month to case out a new source

Water: A technical survey will be done next month to identify a new water source, and to estimate the budget required to address the water woes of the people of Pam in Trashigang.

During his constituency visit recently, the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, assured Pam villagers of a new water source at Bamri.

He has asked the gewog [... Read More]

Picture story

Champions: Team Wizards pose with the trophy. Wizards beat Phojas 78-64 in the finals of the Thimphu Open Basketball championship yesterday. Dorji Events organised the tournament where 17 teams participated.


Encroachment issue dominates proceedings

IMG_2744Local leaders and district officials during the DT tea break

‘Outsiders’ collecting cordyceps in their areas is an intrusion Gasa’s gups want stopped

DT: Issues concerning cordyceps collection were one of the main problems all four gups from Gasa’s far-flung gewogs raised when they met district officials for the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) yesterday in Gasa.

Unlike other districts, it takes about 12 days on foot to reach some gewogs of Gasa from the dzongkhag centre, and with bad weather conditions, the DT was already deferred [... Read More]

AWP’s ad hoc vendor selection process

Arbitrariness of new liquor distributor license procedure irks those in the business

Alcohol: The new procedure for getting a liquor distributor license has not been received well by some of Phuenstholing residents, who had tried availing one.

After the revenue and customs office handed over the monitoring aspect of identifying an ideal vendor for liquor to the Army Welfare Project (AWP), some changes were made in the licensing process.  The previous system of issuing license [... Read More]

Loosening the purse strings

Housing and vehicle loan restrictions to be lifted from next month

RMA: The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) will lift restrictions on housing and vehicle loans from next month, which was imposed since 2012 to ease the rupee problem.

Deputy governor, Pushpalal Chhetri, said the authority’s board has finalised the guidelines on housing and vehicle loans and these loans will be available from September 1.

Along with the housing and vehicle loans, guidelines for consumer loans have [... Read More]

Irregularities in Losel cinema accounts

Audit: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recently requested the home ministry to direct the Sarpang dzongkhag administration to take appropriate actions against the perpetrators responsible for siphoning of Nu 10.637M from Losal cinema hall account in Gelephu.

Both the ministry and the dzongkhag administration were also asked to initiate appropriate check and balance systems to curb misuse and mismanagement of funds in future.

Lapses were pointed out after the RAA audited the financial status [... Read More]

Cloud computing comes to Bhutan

To be made available through the establishment of a certified tier III data centre

BT: Cloud computing services, where the data is stored within the country’s borders, will soon become available in Bhutan.

Cloud services are those that are stored online rather than locally, similar to the government’s use of Google Apps.  However, in the case of Google Apps, the data is stored abroad in the American company’s servers.

The availability of local cloud computing will [... Read More]

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