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Bhutan observed the United Nation’s Day yesterday by lighting 1,000 butter lamps at the Kuenroy, Trashichhodzong. The day celebrates 40 years of Bhutan’s partnership with UN Agencies and it marks the UN Charter entering into force on October 24, 1945. Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, along with Cabinet Ministers, senior government and UN officials attended the lighting ceremony.

       

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Efforts must continue until polio is eradicated

The World Polio Day, observed on October 24, is a reminder of our monumental victory over polio. A victory that came through extraordinary efforts leading to polio-free certification of WHO’s South-East Asia Region in March this year. But as we recall our victory over this crippling virus, we must remain mindful that the risk of polio persists and we need to continue our efforts until polio is eradicated globally.

Countries of the Region are maintaining vigilance to rapidly detect any case of importation through [... Read More]

Lower Kheng villagers trained in cane and bamboo management

Handicraft: Farmers of five villages in lower Kheng will soon materialise their dream of earning cash income from cane and bamboo products.

The residents of some 55 households of Pongchula, Gujong, Redijong, Tradijong and Chabgoen in Phangkhar gewog, after realising the availability of yula, the main raw material for cane and bamboo products in abundance, approached gewog officials about seven years ago to explore the possibility of educating them in weaving bamboo products.

The gewog [... Read More]

Need for legal angle on gungtongs

A uniform approach to the issue, local leaders here feel, would help resolve the problem

Absenteeism: With problems related to gungtongs or vacant households increasing, Trashigang dzongkhag has decided to ask parliament to deliberate the issue.

Without any laws regulating gungtongs, local leaders said that, while some gewogs were collecting annual taxes from such households, others were not.

Gungtongs are also impeding developmental activities in the gewogs.  Shongphu gup Kinzang Wangdi said the government should frame [... Read More]

The sculptor-gomchen from Doongmanma

unnamed-46Self taught: It takes Sonam more than three months to complete a statue

Initially inspired by a dream, the self-taught artist now has plans to start an institute

Profile: A 52-year old self-taught sculptor and his son-in-law, a university graduate, from Doongmanma under Lauri gewog in Samdrupjonkhar, plan to start an institute through which the father’s skills can be transmitted.

Sonam Jamtsho, a gomchen (lay monk) is a busy man, whose mobile phone never stops ringing.  These are business calls, with people making orders for sculptures of various [... Read More]

Better road needed for safer travel

Highway: The poor road condition near Santabari on the Gelephu-Phuentsholing highway could lead to more abduction cases, Gelephu business community told their parliamentarian, foreign minister Rinzin Dorji.

It was the main concern of the community during a meeting with the parliamentarian, who is on a constituency visit, on October 23.

A businessman, Ugyen Rabten, said that the poor road condition could aid abductors.

“Our government has to look into the matter seriously and do something with [... Read More]

Plans to break two world records

ashiHer Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and PICSA’s coordinator Karma Tshering at the launch

11 events to commemorate 60th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo

Occasion: While celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo next year, Bhutan will attempt to break two Guinness World Records in mass tree plantation and publishing the world’s largest book.

People’s Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA), which Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck launched yesterday, along with its website www.picsa.bt, will carry out mass [... Read More]

Miffed at being passed over for extension counter

BDVL: Residents of Rangjung and nearby gewogs in Trashigang are disappointed after Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) decided to establish an extension counter in Kanglung instead of Rangjung.

Shongphu gup, Kinzang Wangdi, said BDBL officials had visited Rangjung and assured them on the possibility of coming up with an extension counter this year.

“But we were informed later that the extension counter would be established at Kanglung. I don’t understand on what basis Kanglung was [... Read More]

Better road needed for safer travel

Highway: The poor road condition near Santabari on the Gelephu-Phuentsholing highway could lead to more abduction cases, Gelephu business community told their parliamentarian, foreign minister Rinzin Dorji.

It was the main concern of the community during a meeting with the parliamentarian, who is on a constituency visit, on October 23.

A businessman, Ugyen Rabten, said that the poor road condition could aid abductors.

“Our government has to look into the matter seriously and do something with [... Read More]

Hydropower contractor cries off Dungsam cement

The purported reason appears to be a price dispute between supplier and user

DCCL: Only 20 percent of the cement used for the construction of the three-hydropower projects in the country are supplied by the country’s largest cement plant.

While it was officially inaugurated two days ago, Dungsum cement plant started commercial production 10 months ago.

It was learnt that 80 percent of the cement used in these projects are Indian brands, even though Dungsam could [... Read More]

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