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National Order of Merit: His Majesty The King, yesterday, awarded the National Order of Merit, Gold, to Sam Blyth and Nancy Strickland, in recognition of their personal commitment to promote relations between Bhutan and Canada, and their contributions in the field of education for over 25 years.

Sam Blyth is the Chair of the Bhutan Canada Foundation and the Honorary Consul of Bhutan in [... Read More]

The walk from Wangdue

moveNearing completion: Led by the prime minister, the team that began the Move for Health walk from Wangduephodrang on October 19 enters the capital city yesterday

Event: Shortly after dawn, people, with envelope and khadar in hand, began to gather at the heart of Bajo town, Wangdue, the only free space available among cramped buildings built adjacent to each other.  It was Saturday, October 19.

Three big tents stood in the free space that slowly began to fill with government officials, students and members of the business community.

As the rays of the sun touched the tents and incense fumes rose [... Read More]

Unruly crowds or mismanagement?

DSC_0041So they disperse: Devotees leave RAPA premises following announcement the event is closed for the day

Relics: Over a thousand devotees returned home disappointed while many were left disgruntled yesterday after the display of sacred relics at the Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) auditorium was called off, once the crowd got out of hand, with a few individuals sustaining minor injuries.

Some devotees, who had come to receive blessings from the relics, many from neighbouring districts, including Phuentsholing, Haa, and even Samtse, had waited at the venue since 3am.

By [... Read More]

25MW of renewable energy by 2025

The policy will seek to tap 5MW of power each from the sun, wind, and biomass

AREP 2013: The department of renewable energy (DRE) is in the process of drawing up guidelines and regulations to harness from renewable energy sources at least 25 megawatt (MW) of power by 2025.

The guidelines and regulations are to implement the alternative renewable energy policy (AREP) 2013, which was approved earlier this year.

“We’re working with various donors to get [... Read More]

Teenage stabbed to death

Crime: A 17-year- old boy was stabbed to death in Norbugang (Chengbari) gewog, Samtse on the night of October 19.

According to police, the incident took place in Bimtar, adjacent border to Chengbari gewog. The victim’s friend had informed the police.

When police reached the incident spot, they saw the deceased had been stabbed twice on his right thigh and was lying on the ground. The boy died on the way to Chengbari basic health [... Read More]

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Club time: Teachers assess the clubs at the Khasadrapchu Middle Secondary school’s annual club exhibition on October 19 where 24 clubs from the school participated. The main aim of the event was to promote holistic development in every individual child and also to provide a platform to interact, share knowledge and skills.


Conduct unbecoming the occasion

Yesterday, thousands of people lined up in the hope of receiving blessings from the sacred nangtens displayed at the Royal Academy of Performing Arts in Thimphu.

Hundreds of them had come from outside Thimphu – Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang – and some as far as from Gasa and Samtse.  Among the devotees were some, who had gathered outside the RAPA gate as early as 3am, so that they did not miss the chance and could get [... Read More]

Is Hansen’s disease making a comeback?

Complacency among health workers w.r.to diagnosis may be leading to its resurgence

Leprosy: That Bhutan is at the leprosy elimination stage has caused health workers to be complacent, so much so, that it’s leading to increasing incidence of late diagnosis and misdiagnosis of leprosy cases.

Public health department’s director general, Dr Dorji Wangchuk, said that, because the skills of health workers in detecting leprosy cases have deteriorated, a patient had to visit various hospitals five [... Read More]

The Japanese persimmon/pear experiment

Japanese-persimmon-318Farmers pick persimmon in Phosorong

The idea to make eastern Bhutan just as much an orchard as the west and south

Horticulture: Farmer Tenzin of Phosorong village in Mongar is making good money from selling Japanese pears and persimmon and is still regretting.

Eight years ago, when he got some 50 seedlings from Wengkhar renewable nature resource and development centre, he didn’t listen to experts, who told him to plant the trees on flat land.  With his maize field the [... Read More]

“A lone person with huge responsibility”


Q&A: What is like it being the speaker of the Parliament?

The speaker of the Parliament is a lone person with a huge legislative responsibility. There is high demand for promoting democratic culture, orderly conduct of business of the house and to ensure constructive debates to arrive at a practical and quality resolution for the wellbeing of the people and the security and sovereignty of the country. Speaking less, listening more, creating conducive and [... Read More]