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Bhutan ranked eleventh most charitable country

Charity: Bhutan has been ranked 11th in the World Giving Index which measures charitable giving behaviours among countries.

This is the first time Bhutan has been included in the index, which aims to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.

The annual index is calculated by simply averaging responses to three central questions. The respondent has to answer whether any money has been donated to a charity, any voluntary work [... Read More]

A tribute walk for the Fourth Druk Gyalpo

03432 students walked from Taraythang primary school to Gelephu town

To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 32 students of Taraythang primary school in Sarpang ogranised a “tribute walk and a tribute exclusive night” last week.

The program was initiated by a science teacher, Tshewang Ngedup, to give special thanks to the visionary fourth monarch and provide exposure to students of  remote schools in Bhutan.

The 32 students walked from Taraythang primary school until Gelephu town for four hours, carrying portraits [... Read More]

A crematorium that cries out for restoration

DSC_6286The crematorium, often kept dirty with empty bottles and plastics, needs attention

Relief is around the corner with its rehabilitation included in the 11th Plan 

Thromde: Samdrupjongkhar residents say there is a dire need for a caretaker to give the dzongkhag’s only crematorium some attention.

Located about a 10-minute walk from town, the crematorium, although intact, lacks proper lighting and road, is littered with unhygienic waste and lacks space for families to stay overnight.

Residents say this is a place for families to conduct the last rites of [... Read More]

Public nuisance near national monument

IMG_3643Convenient: Some urinate between cars parked outside the gate

People are openly urinating in the car park outside the National Memorial chorten 

Landmark: It is a national monument, a landmark and a place where important religious ceremonies, big and small, are conducted.  But the sanctity and beauty of the National Memorial chorten in the capital is under threat from open urinating.

The entrance to the chorten stinks of pee, with the odour becoming unbearable during sunny days.  It gets worse when people gather during [... Read More]

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Back up: Thimphu residents queue up at the regional trade office to process for additional LPG cylinders. The trade office entertains only 15 applications a day.


Both local teams out of King’s Cup

DSC_3531Dozo (Number 9) got a brace as MMC beat Ugyen Academy 5-1

King’s cup: Defending champions  MMC showed what they are capable of as they thrashed Ugyen Academy 5-1 yesterday and booked a  place in the semi finals of the King’s cup.

The last of the two local teams, Ugyen Academy is now out of the tournament after their second defeat of the tournament, although they have a last game against Assam Electricity on November 26.

In a fast-paced opening half, MMC dominated most part of the [... Read More]

Drunk driving kills one, injures another

Accident: A 31-year old man from Perimani, Mongar succumbed to head injuries after a Maruti van hit him in Pam, Trashigang on November 23.

The incident occurred around 7:30pm, when the man and his 48-year old friend were walking along the highway.  The van hit both, but one escaped with minor injuries and is admitted at the Trashigang general hospital.

Eyewitnesses said that, on the night of the incident, they heard a loud noise and [... Read More]

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Druk Chapchab defeated Bank of Bhutan in two straight games at the ongoing Druk Wangyel traditional archery tournament yesterday. The other game between Norlha and Rada Puensum will be decided today as only one set was completed yesterday.
A total of 25 teams are taking part in this year’s tournament.


Indian maid’s death sparks off disturbance

Border: The border gate of Samtse had to close by 11:25am yesterday, after residents of Chamurchi in India’s north Bengal attacked Bhutanese vehicles and people plying along the Indian road.

Police in Samtse said five Bhutanese vehicles were stranded in Chamurchi, after a mob of about 6,000 people set a Wagon R on fire, and damaged three light vehicles and a truck.

The passengers, police said, are safe and did not sustain major injuries. “Some [... Read More]

Jaigaon’s grey currency exchange market

Paan shops on NS road have become transactions points for ngultrum sand rupee

INR: Jaigaon is as busy as ever.  The streets are crowded and the sound of traffic pierces the eardrums.  Amid the hustle and bustle, as usual, people from India and Bhutan enter and exit the two gates that divide the border.

In the crowd at Jaigaon’s NS Road, a monk is examining a busy paan shop.  The 30-year-old is up for a [... Read More]

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