Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - 9:00 AM
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His Majesty the King conferred dhar to Brigadier Thinley Tobgyel who was promoted from the rank of colonel yesterday at Tashichhodzong.
Brigadier Thinley Tobgyel is the commandant of the Military Training Centre at Tencholing, Wangduephodrang.
He received the Drakpoi Khorlo Medal in 2003 and the Light Treasure of the Armed Forces Medal in 2013.


Is it safe to go back inside?

IMG_1031Engineers at the two day panel meeting in Thimphu

A post quake safety evaluation manual for buildings is in the making to answer just that question 

Disaster: With no safety assessments conducted on buildings in the aftermath of a damaging earthquake, Bhutanese engineers couldn’t tell people whether it was safe to continue living in the same building.

There are no manuals or methods to conduct safety assessment and, therefore, no safety assessment had been conducted, Yeshey Lotay, engineer with department of disaster management (DDM) [... Read More]

Gyalpoizhing all set to host Drupchen

Photo0190The choekhang and 10 temporary sheds are already ready for the drupchen

The Drupchen will be presided by His Eminence Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche from November 16

Drupchen: For the last two weeks, staff and residents of Gyalpoizhing, Mongar are busy with chadri (preparatory) works for the Drupchen ceremony at the Gyalpoizhing football ground where thousands of devotees from across the country would gather next week.

To bring peace and harmony in the country, the 15 days Phurpai Namchag Pudri drupchen (Vajra tradition) ceremony will be presided by [... Read More]

The pioneer workers of the Chukha hydro project

IMG_9638The tallest in: Tshoki Dorji (left) and other awardees with their awards

Staff who toiled to build the first mega project share how they held on for more than 37 years, and the change it brought in their lives

Employees: It was 1974, when Tshoki Dorji, who had completed matriculation from Shillong, India, was asked to work for the government.

The year before, of the 11 students, five being tall and mature looking, were cajoled to take up jobs.  The shorter ones returned to continue their studies.

“Then, [... Read More]


Buddhist jurisprudence and laws

Buddhist laws can generally be classified into two categories, natural laws –Rang bzhin gyi khrims as described in the bka‘gyur, Tri Pitaka, Bodhicharyavatara (spyod ‘jug) and bde smon[1], and positive laws – the bcas pa‘i khrims. Differentiation of natural law or positive law is explained in Nagersen and Milenda, which are so relevant and modern. In Buddhism, the positive laws include the six edicts of law, such as:


Khri stse ‘Bum bzher gyi khrims (Law of [... Read More]


Soenam mawa me-ser

The phrase  soenam mawa me-ser and my reaction to it is keeping me awake at this midnight hour of 23 October 2013 in Jompa, the headquarters of Lauri Gewog.

During the day, participants from every household in the Gewog gathered for a public consultation meeting conducted for strategizing a way forward to complete the delayed rural electrification project.

Everyone expressed not-so-happy views on the huge amount of unpaid labour payment for carrying electric poles and other accessories. [... Read More]

Gewogs ask for cooking gas quota

IMG_5375Villagers pay more than Nu 1,000 for one way to transport their empty or refilled gas cylinders in Bumthang

The issue was raised at the dzongkhag tshogdu so that it becomes easier for villagers

Fuel: As easy as using LPG has made the lives of villagers in Bumthang, its as difficult for them to get the gas cylinders refilled.

The Bhutan Oil Corporation (BOC) in Bumthang is located in Chamkhar town and the villagers have to come from as far as Shingkhar in Ura gewog hitching rides in buses, pool or private vehicles and [... Read More]

The economic stimulus plan – Will it work?

The jury is out on whether the economy will benefit from the Rs 5B injection

Analysis: The government’s ambitious plan, to stimulate the economy by injecting Rs 5B in the financial institutions, requires serious forethought, as it would lead to creation of more money in the economy that will not necessarily be financing productive sectors.

Members of the economic stimulus task force had earlier said the money would be targeted to only specific sectors that [... Read More]

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Cleansing: Monks conduct lhabsang thruesel on the Bolero pick up truck, Wangduephodrang National Council member, Tashi Dorji, donated to Rada tshogpa.


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All rise: University graduates rehearse for the 2nd joint convocation, which will be held at the Royal Thimphu College today