Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - 3:35 AM
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Chicken and egg situation

Once again the universal predicament of raising animals or fowl for meat has emerged, this time during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Trashiyangtse.

It’s not an issue of vegetarianism versus non-vegetarianism.  It’s an issue of who kills what and where for meat.  The answers are not practical.  But one cannot ignore religious sentiments either.  It is ironic too, because the lunch served during the tshogdu was not vegetarian.  The topic of discussion – chicken – [... Read More]

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Lyonchhoen and the Bhutanese delegation met the Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP Dr Shamshad Akhtar, at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok on August 8.


Not enough funds for performance agreement?

Local leaders decline to sign compact in the absence of sufficient budget

LG: With the government unable to release adequate funds for two financial years consecutively, local leaders in Zhemgang decided to refrain from signing any performance agreement with its dzongkhag until adequate funds are released to execute the annual activities of the 11th Plan.

Goshing gup, Sangay Latho, said the government must not expect gewogs to sign agreements, if the exchequer lacked adequate funds [... Read More]

Issue of health staff shortage highlighted

Lhuentse DT: Despite apprising the heath ministry about the shortage of health workers in Lhuentse since last year, the dearth still remains.

This issue was highlighted during the dzongkhag tshogdu last week, during which it was decided that the tshogdu would write to the ministry again.

Basic health unit (BHUs) in some of the gewogs, according to local leaders, lacked female staff.  This, they said, was an issue, especially for female patients.

Jarey mangmi Kesang Tshering [... Read More]

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Chief of police Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel signs the performance agreement with Samdrupjongkhar’s superintendent of police, division VIII on August 9. The agreement aims to establish clarity and consensus on annual priorities for the department in line with the 11th Plan and other priorities of the government. The mobile community policing was also launched in Samdrupjonkhar.


Phowa teaching at Tsechenling lhakhang

phowaPractitioners with kusha in their head

Gyeltshen trulku imparted a method to attain Buddhahood without meditation practice

Religion: A teaching that brings Buddhahood without having to undergo meditation practice was taught by Gyeltshen Trulku at the Tsechenling lhakhang in Thimphu.

Considered the most profound teaching of all that Buddha taught – phowa or transference of consciousness – is a method that can liberate a person’s mind to Buddhahood after death.

Gyeltshen Trulku said phowa literally is understood as transference of awareness from [... Read More]

A wait without reward

Landowners, who lost land for the new township four years ago, still await compensation

Denchi: It’s been more than four years since villagers of Denchi lost acres of land for the new Denchi township in Pemagatshel.

Even today, the 30 landowners, who lost about 80 acres of land in all, are awaiting cash compensation from the government.

Denchi is under Shumar gewog, about 18km from the gewog office.

Located about an hour’s walk from the present Pemagatshel [... Read More]


Bhutan seeking second win at Olympiad

Ranked 170 in the world, this is the first time the country is taking part in an international tournament

Chess: Despite not being able to achieve a second win in the ongoing Chess Olympiad, being held in Tromso, Norway, so far, team Bhutan is confident of achieving a second international win before the tournament ends.

In round six, Arab state of Oman (rank 116) defeated Bhutan on all four boards.  In round seven, the British [... Read More]

Four more Bhutanese abducted from Sarpang

A fifth managed to escape and provide information about the circumstances of the kidnap

Crime: Hours before local leaders in Sarpang met for a scheduled security meeting on Friday, four men from three families were abducted at gunpoint from their homes in Norbugang (Patabari) village, Sarpang on Thursday evening.

The men, including two Sarpang higher secondary school students were abducted between 7:30-8pm.

One of the abducted students is 17 years old and a class X student, [... Read More]

Gong – A village that’s been left in the dark

IMG_2214Electrification materials used as fence at Maogaon

A contractor with too much on his plate is partly the reason for the long delay to electrification

Power: The Gong river that runs at the base of Black Mountain divides the remote villages of Gong and Daragaon in Sarpang. The villages that face each other share the same vegetation and culture.

But as dusk envelopes the valley, the villages stand apart, as electricity lights up the homes in Daragaon, while homes in Gong on [... Read More]

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