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Two abductees yet to be released

Kidnap: Almost a month after two men, a Bhutanese and an Indian, who were on their way to Gelephu from Phuentsholing were allegedly kidnapped from Shantipur in Assam, they are yet to be released.

The two are working at a construction company in Gelephu as drivers.

The last ransom call family members received from kidnappers were about five days ago. Family members said the kidnappers demanded the same amount of Nu 2M each for their [... Read More]

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A taste of Kungfu: Chinese Kungfu masters share tips on martial art with Bhutanese children at the Royal Institute of Management yesterday. A cultural troupe from China is in the capital for three days to perform the Chinese Shaolin Kungfu, which ends today.



Defanging the national game

There is simply no reason why our national sport, archery, should be dangerous.  This our cherished national pastime, the game that is an integral part of our culture, however, is increasingly becoming a fatal diversion.

In ancient times, after our ancestors had come some way from dwelling in caves and using crude stone tools, the use of bows and arrows to hunt for food and to defend themselves signified a leap ahead in the history of [... Read More]

Are musk deer safe in parks?

Evidence points to the contrary, with both snares and the endangered creature in decline

Wildlife: Locals living in and around Thrumshingla national park (TNP) in Ura, Bumthang and Lhuentse are concerned about the dwindling number of musk deer (Moschus moschiferus).

Bhutan is also a habitat to the globally endangered musk deer.  The animals are hunted for their musk, a secretion of the male’s musk gland, which is highly valued for its fragrance.  Musk is used [... Read More]

Arrow removed, patient to leave hospital today

Update:  The 30-year-old man who was airlifted from Lunana to the national referral hospital in Thimphu on Saturday will be discharged today after doctors removed the arrow.

Gyem Dorji was hit by an arrow on September 23 while watching an archery match in his village in Lhedi, Lunana. Three attempts were made to airlift him since the accident, but failed because of bad weather. He arrived at the Lungtenphug helipad in Thimphu on Saturday [... Read More]

Doctors discuss Lifestyle disease

DSC_5444Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurates the forum

Health: Bhutanese and Indian military doctors, over two days, discussed lifestyle disease during the 16th annual Medical Science Update organised by the India Military Training Team (IMTRAT).

Calling it an “enemy within,” seven Indian doctors and six Bhutanese doctors shared information on the management of diabetes, oral cancer and obesity related problems. The forum chose lifestyle diseases as the growing epidemic of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart diseases, obesity, infertility, [... Read More]

ADB to assist Better Business Council

ADB: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has expressed interests in providing technical assistance to the Better Business Council (BBC) to improve the business environment in the country.

ADB’s Vice president for South, Central and western Asia, Wencai Zhang, during his visit in the country last week said ADB could work with the Council to enhance the investment climate from within the country as well as abroad.

“ADB can help the Council formulate good framework, regulations, [... Read More]

Capturing ‘Bhutan Now’

DSC_0004Capital’s nightlife: A display of photographs printed on metal

Exhibition: Inspired by her last visit to the country, photographer Sarah Keayes from Australia is displaying her photos along with works of local photographers in the capital.

The weeklong exhibition ‘Bhutan Now’ at Simply Bhutan in Youth Development Centre, aims to show the juxtaposition between the old traditions vs the new influences Bhutanese youth are adapting to.

“The exhibition aims to reveal how the young people of the country steeped in tradition is embracing change [... Read More]

Community involvement vital for tourism

IMG_2740Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk inspect products on display

World Tourism Day this year was observed in Phobjikha

Tourism: Thirty-year-old Karma Tenzin from Phobjikha village was surprised when he won the first prize for a sleeping black-necked crane and a spoon that he had crafted from a wooden plank.

Karma Tenzin had never made and displayed his souvenir products in the past. This time he participated in the beginner’s category.

“I can’t believe my product won the first prize of Nu 6,500,” he said. “I [... Read More]

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