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Nehru Wangchuck centre to celebrate fourth anniversary

Art: The Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre (NWCC) will celebrate its fourth anniversary tomorrow.

During the celebration, the NWCC will inaugurate an exhibition titled ‘Puducherry Blue’, where artists from the SAARC region, including two artists from Bhutan, will exhibit their art works.

The Indian Ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, said the centre is an important part of the cultural life in the capital.

“The name of the centre encompasses Pandit Nehru, the revered name in Bhutan and Wangchuck, the much [... Read More]

Fungal gold rush in Ura

IMG_7650Mushrooming: A buyer inspects dried mushrooms in Somthrang

The Bumthang gewog plays host to 30 of the 40 edible mushrooms identified by NMC

Cash crop: The mushroom capital of Bhutan has to be Ura, Bumthang.

With even first time mushroom hunters able to fetch up to Nu 20,000 a year, by harvesting Sangay shamu alone, more Uraps are turning to making money off the various fungi available in their dzongkhag.

“Mushroom is an integral part of the Urap’s cash income, whose source of earnings [... Read More]

Bhutanese archers to compete in elimination round tommorow

20140923_102535Archers will play for team ranking tomorrow (Photo: BOC)

Athletics: Bhutanese archers at the XVII Asia Games will compete in the elimination round tommorow, after four rounds of preliminary shootouts.

In the men’s category, Kinley Tshering, Jigme Norbu and Karma Tshering have competed in the 90m, 70m, 50m and 30m.  Of 72 men competing, Jigme Norbu is ranked 54, Kinley Tshering 55, while Karma Tshering is 61.  They have competed in the individual rounds.

In the women’s category, Choki Wangmo, 20, could score only [... Read More]

Survey of Kuri-Gongri dam underway

The Indian consultancy firm has been commissioned to prepare the DPR in two years

Hydropower: Survey work of the proposed site of the biggest hydroelectric project in the country, the 2,640MW Kuri-Gongri hydropower project dam is underway.

Water and Power consultancy services (WAPCOS) India ltd is carrying out the survey who was also contracted to prepare the project’s detailed project report (DPR). The DPR is a report that is prepared to provide details on the [... Read More]

Man injured by arrow, needs airlift to Thimphu

Lunana: A man was hit by an arrow in Tshojong village, Lunana, yesterday.

Gyem Dorji, 30, was struck on his right shoulder at around 3pm while watching an archery match being played to celebrate thrue bab.

The nearest basic health unit (BHU) in Heydhi was contacted and a health assistant dispatched.  Heydhi is officially a one-day walk from Tshojong.

However, the Heydhi health assistant, Namgay Wangdi, reached Tshojong in three hours.  He said that, despite not [... Read More]

Picture story

Challenge: Women of Yongphupam in Kanglung, Trashigang practice khuru to compete against a men’s team today(Photo: Ugyen Wangdi, Kanglung)


Horseman dies en route from Lunana lakes

Inclement weather did not allow the helicopter, with a medevac team on board, to airlift the victim

Tragedy: The helicopter evacuation was prepared, while the medical evacuation team was on its way on the fateful September 22, but could not save the life of the father of two.

The economic affairs ministry’s geo-morphology study team to Thorthormi and Rapstreng lakes had hired him as one of the three horsemen on the trip.

Sangay Phuntsho, 41, passed [... Read More]

GoI commits Nu 680m for Paro airport expansion

20131025_093424The airport will be expanded in 11th Plan (file photo)

11th FYP: The government of India (GoI) has committed Nu 680M, in principle, for the expansion of Paro international airport, in the 11th five-year plan (FYP).

“DCA (the department of civil aviation) is informed that, as per the recent bilateral meeting, the GoI commitment of Nu 680M for DCA is confirmed in principle,” DCA director Wangdi Gyaltshen said.

The ‘in principle’ commitment was made during the third round of Bhutan–India development cooperation talks, for the [... Read More]

For the want of a farmroad Barshong languishes

A place full of potential lingers in wait of inclusion in development plans

Connectivity: Karna Bahadur Tamang had a business plan even when he was studying.  When he couldn’t continue his education after class XII, he wanted to go home and start a piggery farm and a nursery.

He worked with some private firms and saved money for his business.  However, his business is still a plan and the 27-year-old attributes it to the lack [... Read More]


The line between practice and proselytisation

Stories of the government persecuting the Christian minority keep appearing now and then in foreign media, especially in those with vested interests.  Quite often, the reports are biased and exaggerated.

The Bhutanese representatives last week clarified to the Human Rights Council on the freedom of religion in the country.  It is straightforward – Bhutanese have the right to embrace and practise any religion of their choice.  It is their fundamental right.  The only restriction is that [... Read More]

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