Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 11:53 AM

How to thwart the tusker threat

Is the PDP pledge the villagers of Sipsu most want to see met

Wildlife: Villagers of Sipsu gewog under Trashicholing (Sipsu) dungkhag in Samtse are waiting for the newly elected government to come up with a solution to solve their more than a decade old problem with elephants that they were promised during the recent election campaign.

While they wait for their newly elected representative, Ritu Raj Chettri, to raise the issue at the National [... Read More]

DITT clarifies 1,000-job statement

itparkAt the IT park: Scan Cafe at work (Photo courtesy: Thimphu TechPark)

The number is less a promise by the dept. than the potential of the place

IT Park: The Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) has refuted an earlier statement that 1,000 jobs could be created at the IT Park by March, next year.

DITT director, Phuntsho Tobgay, clarified that what he had meant to say was that there is potential to generate 1,000 jobs at the IT park, given the space available, and also [... Read More]

For more resilient structures

Project: A five-year project to improve the understanding of earthquake risk in Bhutan, which began in June this year, held its first steering committee meeting yesterday in Thimphu.

The ‘project for human resource development grant for improving resilience to seismic risk’ will put in place an organised system and trained human resource to confront the challenges.

The project has four intertwined components that will be implemented by the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), Engineering [... Read More]

Volleyball Semi final begins tomorrow

volleyballA player of City Police as he smashes the ball into the opponents side

Volleyball: City Police and MoAF are through to the semi final of the ongoing departmental volleyball tournament at Changlingmithang after they beat Charo and Thuenlum respectively in three straight game sets yesterday.

City police set the first game of 25 points while Charo were at 19. In the following two sets, Charo scored 21 each.

In the other match, Thuenlum managed to score 10, 19 and 14 points in each of the three sets, while [... Read More]

Ups and downs in a relationship

mountainechoes(From left) Dr Karma Phuntsho in conversation with Pramod Kumar KG

Indo-Bhutan: The history of Bhutan is ‘really’ the story of Bhutan’s exchanges and interactions with India, historian and author of History of Bhutan, Dr Karma Phuntsho said at the literary festival that ended recently in the capital.

Dr Karma Phuntsho, in his session titled, ‘The Mirror of the Past’, said that it was important for cultural and educational exchanges like the literary festival for the Indo-Bhutan friendship, because ‘sometimes unfortunate incidents, like in the [... Read More]

How to go about a by-election

This is apparently what election commission officials are working on 

Politics: The National Assembly speaker having accepted Nanong-Shumar constituency candidate-elect’s resignation from the Parliament, the ball is back on election commission’s court.

Election commission of Bhutan officials have been engaged in several lengthy meetings since yesterday to, what they said was to chart out the course of the by-election they would have to conduct in Nanong-Shumar constituency.

Former Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley the candidate-elect from [... Read More]

More than 1,500 attend annual moenlam chenmo

moelamDay one: More than 1,500 people from various parts of the country are in Haa to attend the two-week moenlam chenmo that began yesterday

Religion: With the dzongkhag moenlam chenmo committee having taken care of the logistics, devotees gathered in Haa to attend the annual ceremony, 14th this year, will not have to worry about a place to put up in.

The in-charge, Pema Jungney said tents had been pitched for people who came from far places and did not have a place to stay in Haa. About 18 people availed the facility.

A 71-year-old man from Nubi gewog [... Read More]

Two appealed against life sentence

They were among five others whom Trashigang court recently sentenced to life imprisonment for a series of chorten vandalisms and robberies 

Court: Of the five chorten robbers, whom the Trashigang court recently sentenced to life imprisonment, two have appealed to the High Court.

The five men were convicted in connection with a series of chorten vandalisms and lhakhang robberies that occurred across the country in last three years.

Ngedup Gyeltshen, 37, from Ngambinang in Yangnyer, Trashigang [... Read More]

Picture story

42 Go Youth Go (GYG) club members of Sherubtse college distributed stationery and sweets to students of Kanglung and Rongthung primary schools, Draktsho vocational institute in Rongthung, Jampelling HSS, and Ritsangdung schools to mark the International youth day, yesterday.

The club members collected about Nu 8,500 in donations from lecturers, students, and corporate offices for the stationery and sweets. They also distributed second [... Read More]


Wildlife – The bane of farming

Most people, particularly those living in the interiors, would agree that a lot has changed in the past decade.

With cellular connectivity, it is now possible to call anyone from the village.  It is now possible to hitch a ride, instead of having to walk for hours to the village.  And thousands of rural homes have access to electricity, taking living standards to another level.

But one aspect that has become more intense in rural Bhutan is [... Read More]