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Newspapers – A riches to rags story

Editors of some 22 newspapers in Asia met in Hanoi, Vietnam, in the hope of finding a common voice.  The most common voice was that almost all the papers, albeit a few influential ones, are fighting against all odds to keep afloat.

The challenges are many.  Journalists, including editors, are leaving for greener pastures, and newspapers are going under in the wake of the financial crisis.  One paper expressed that there are no professionals left to [... Read More]

Babzur Chukpo’s mansion

IMG_7553Treasure trove: The 8th Century mansion

A traditional and historical edifice in Bumthang that has acquired heritage status

Heritage: Not many may consider visiting Babzur Chukpo’s (rich man’s) mansion in Tang, Bumthang.

But for those who do, they will marvel at the magnificence of the four-storied traditional house built, it is believed, around the eight century.

With 32 rooms, each containing historical items, it takes over two hours to complete browsing through the heritage house and observing its contents.

The mansion was converted [... Read More]

The foundation that puts a roof over indigent heads

house-built-through-tarayana's-supportHouse built through Tarayana’s support

There are many beneficiaries in Kengkhar gewog whose lives have been thus transformed 

Tarayana: Leki Dendup and Chezom never imagined they would one day own a new home.

Especially with six children to bring up, Leki, 39, and Chenzom, 28, had ruled out any chances of ever moving out of their small hut that they had spent the past three decades living in

“Having a large family to look after, there was no hope of building [... Read More]

Bhutan becomes 96th contracting party to Revised Kyoto Convention

Photo​The ambassador to Brussels Sonam Tshong with W​CO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriy​a ​​

Customs: Bhutan became the 96th contracting party to the Revised  Kyoto Convention, with the country completing the procedures to join the international convention on the simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures on September 15.

The international convention took place at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Bhutan’s ambassador to Brussels, Sonam Tshong, during the international convention, thanked WCO for its support for the development of the customs sector in the country.

The ambassador [... Read More]

Picture story

Desuups: The 13th batch trainees of integrated Desuung training program prepare for rafting session yesterday. Chief justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay will attend the passing parade today at Tencholing, Wangduephodrang.


Caretaker withdraws battery charge against GAO and gup

In a separate incident, a ‘catfight’, the two women involved may be prosecuted by OAG

Crime: Paro police have detained three women and a man for their alleged involvement in two different battery cases that occurred in Bitekha on September 15.

The Naja gewog gup and gewog administrative officer (GAO) were detained for allegedly battering the gewog caretaker on the morning of September 15.

The GAO was detained on September 16, after the 55-year old gewog [... Read More]

512 jobseekers sent abroad so far

Which is a drop in the ocean, as the overseas employment program intends to send 30,000 in all

Labour: Almost a year after the initiation of the overseas employment program, the labour ministry and the overseas employment agencies together managed to send 512 jobseekers abroad so far.

The government initiated the overseas employment program to attain the full employment status, as pledged by the government, for which 82,000 jobs have to be created by 2018.

Under [... Read More]

Unique sculptures commissioned for Damphu moenlam thang

DSC_1687The venue: Moenlam thang (ground) in Damphu

Religion: The sculptures of Yuem Juma Lhazey (Lord Buddha’s mother, Mahamaya) and Sey Duenkuen Drukpa (Lord Buddha) will be built on the moenlam thang in Damphu, Tsirang.

The project that has been awarded to a Thimphu-based artist in June is expected to be complete by June next year.  The project cost has been estimated at Nu 2.6M.

The dzongkhag culture officer, Chimi Yuden, said that the sculptures are the first of their kind to be [... Read More]

Residents disgruntled over defunct streetlights

IMG_20140918_135000Most streetlights along this road are defunct

Two years after installation (2009) they broke down and haven’t been fixed since

Melphey: Melphey residents are disgruntled that most of the streetlights on the road to their extended town in Trashigang are defunct.

More than half of the 75 streetlights, installed in 2009 at a cost of Nu 3M, are currently not functioning.  The streetlights starting breaking down two years after their installation.

Questions are being raised why the municipal office is taking so long [... Read More]

Nga Ga Mo – The tale of a search for one’s identity


Review: Gyem Dorji returns to the silver screen with a new movie Nga Ga Mo (Who Am I?), a story about a young boy searching for his identity.

The movie unfolds as Gyem Dorji finds an abandoned baby in the forest near his village in Punakha. He plays the role of a lama, who takes care of the lhakhang in the village.

Not finding anyone near the baby in the forest, he decides to take [... Read More]

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