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The great family festival of Himali Hindu communities

A ten-day celebration of the victory of good over evil

Dasain is the biggest and most important festival of the Himali Hindu community, especially the followers of Shakti/Devi or Shakta cult, to mark the victory of good over evil.

Dasain begins on the first day of the bright fortnight of Ashwin (the month of Hindu calendar).  It falls in September/October every year.

This festival is generally celebrated for 15 days, from Aswin Shukla pratipada to Purnima (full moon).  [... Read More]


Entrepreneurs begin again

Five judges are lined up in large black chairs. They have spread before them evaluation forms as they sit expectantly behind one long desk. Behind them, the sun streams in through the window, showing the crisp blue autumn sky behind it, but the mood in the room had a few more clouds.

A young woman enters the room and sits at the single desk facing the judges. In three minutes, she introduces herself, and her business [... Read More]

Work on Tobrang farmroad flagged off

IMG_3913Tendrel: Lyonpo Damcho Dorji symbolically starts the construction work

The home minister launched the construction of the 11.9km link in Bumdeling

Connectivity: The ceremony was simple.  A few prayer flags, two khadar joined together, with each end tied to a banana tree, and some pine leaves strewn on the ground.  An parked excavator draws the attention of the few villagers gathered for the ceremony.

But as the home minister, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, dug out the first morsel of earth, signalling the construction of the [... Read More]

First CSO fair – An informative event

DSC_3834Heath minister Tandin Wangchuk inaugurates the fair where 20 CSOs are participating to raise awareness on the role of CSOs

The aim was to raise public awareness and provide a platform to network

NGO: Tshering Wangchuk, 30, from Lhoto-kuchu under Dorokha, Samtse lives a much better life than he did over a decade back.

He has a sturdy roof over his head, an income generating small shop, a job as a non-formal instructor, and a cardamom plantation, which he expects to grow by the year.  Before, he had none of these and lived in a [... Read More]

Picture story

The annual Bank of Bank Limited branch managers’ conference ends today at the IMS hall in Thimphu. A total of 28 branch managers are attending the three-day conference to discuss plans for 2014 and issues confronting branch offices.

RIGSS inaugurated

HMHis Majesty the King graces the opening of the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies in Phuentsholing yesterday

RIGSS: His Majesty the King yesterday graced the inauguration of the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategy Studies (RIGSS) in Phuentsholing, an autonomous institution established under royal patronage, with His Majesty as the chairman of the institute’s governing body.

RIGSS, according to the institute’s website www.rigss.bt, which was also launched yesterday, was established to provide a forum to train both incumbent and potential leaders in all major areas of nation building.  It will be [... Read More]

Six people ripped off of Nu 70M

The search is on for the 58-year-old man who sold land he had already sold to others

Land: It has been learnt that a 58-year-old man, after duping six people to part with more than Nu 70M has gone missing.

The man, who claimed to be a broker, sold about four acres of land around Ngabiphu, somewhere near Royal Thimphu College, to the six businessmen in Thimphu and residents of Thimphu who recently returned from [... Read More]

The (energy) state of the nation

DGPC MD briefs NA on the current and projected status vis a vis electricity

Hydropower: The inflow of rivers, which is crucial for the country’s hydropower projects, is decreasing in terms of quantity each year, according to a study conducted by Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC).

“The inflow is exceptionally low, compared to past couple of years,” the managing director of the DGPC, Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, while briefing National Assembly members yesterday, said.

In 2008, the [... Read More]

Software glitch further delays fund disbursement

The various sectors starved of cash may have to wait just a bit longer

Budget: Although the finance ministry allocated the 2013-14 budget on Monday, a disruption in the software system of the department of public accounts, which releases money to various sectors, has prevented the fund from reaching government agencies.

Problems arose mainly because budget approval for the current fiscal year was delayed by more than three months because of the timing of the [... Read More]


Working out

That the labour ministry is coming up with an “overseas employment program”, in partnership with the private sector, should have raised the spirits of thousands of youth looking for gainful employment.

From the outside, this programme looks like it will fulfill two things at one time: the opportunity to go overseas, which is on list of almost every Bhutanese unemployed or not, and be employed in some kind of work that pays well.

And, going by labour [... Read More]