Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Knowing Ani Choying Drolma

aniAni Choying Drolma

A Buddhist practitioner, internationally reputed singer and philanthropist in one word is simplicity

Litfest: The discussions between the two speakers were hardly complex or philosophical.

Rather, it was a story of a young girl, who, having lived a challenging childhood, ventured into finding a meaningful life for herself and people around her, embracing music as an imperative tool.

It was also music the audience sought, when the floor was opened for questions after the discussions.  And [... Read More]

The festival is here to stay: Gokhale

DSC_4144Namita Gokhale

Litfest: Namita Gokhale, 52, a well-known Indian writer and one of the co-founders of Mountain Echoes said four years on the festival had taken deeper roots in the country.

The writer of 11 books, who has been working behind the festival for four years said the idea of attending the sessions, expressing one’s mind and listening have found a comfortable place in Bhutan.

“In a new democracy, we have to learn the value of speaking [... Read More]

Excavation of power house near complete

surge-shaft-1117 metres into the hillside: An inspection team on its way down the excavated surge shaft

A network of tunnels has been carved into the hillside for this phase of the project

Punatsangchu I: Once a grazing pasture for the villages of Jala and Ula in Wangdue district, the corn-shaped ridge on the left bank of Punatsangchu river is today overrun by sophisticated machines, hundreds of trucks and thousands of people in helmets and safety boots.

Standing almost 500m high, with its base spread more than 3km, the inner wall of [... Read More]

Registry on movable assets goes operational

rma RMA Governor Daw Tenzin launches the CRST system yesterday

RMA:In a step to create better financial access to micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) through secure transactions of movable properties, Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) yesterday launched the Central Registry System for secured Transaction (CRST).

It is a “registry for movable properties” established under MSME project, a component of RMA’s ADB project.

RMA’s deputy governor Eden Dema, who was also the project director for CRST said the studies and surveys in the past five to [... Read More]

Blacked-out Bangtar

Electricity: It is going to be another day’s wait for Bangtar residents before they receive their electricity supply, after more than two days of blackout.

With heavy rain and strong monsoon wind hitting trees about five kilometres away from the main Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) substation, a transmission pole and wires have been damaged.

According to an engineer with the electricity service division (ESD), Tshering Dendup, the maintenance group is already working on the problem [... Read More]

Picture story

Nine teachers from Japan and a JICA coordinator were in the country on a nine day study tour to acquire a better understanding of the current situations in developing countries and to understand these countries’ relationships with Japan. The participants who left for Bhutan today are expected to conduct lectures incorporating their observations from the countries they visited.


“…you should back your self up”

AmishAmish discusses his book with readers after his session at the Mountain Echoes literary festival yesterday at the Tarayana centre

“Why Lord Shiva blessed me I don’t know, but I think he picks the most needy of us first,” says the author on how he got into writing

Litfest:  “Lord Shiva is a very democratic god; a very modern god and he pulled me back to faith,” Amish Tripathi, author of the bestseller Shiva Trilogy said on how the book pulled him back to faith.

Following a series of riots in his city, Amish, who [... Read More]

Have the guts to be yourself…


… so says one of India’s famous television journalists, Barkha Dutt, who is in the country as a participant at Mountain Echoes

Kuensel’s Gyalsten K Dorji met with one of NDTV’s news anchors. Excerpts.

 This is your second visit to Bhutan, any striking changes?

Litfest:Well, I came last year for the first time and most of my time was spent in Paro. I came to Thimphu only for half a day because it was a Tuesday [... Read More]

India reassures support


Visit: National security advisor to the Indian prime minister Shivshankar Menon yesterday congratulated the new Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on assuming the office and commended him for the country’s successful transition to democracy.

Lyonchhoen thanked and welcomed Mr Menon and his delegation for visiting Bhutan at this critical time.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for sending him a letter of felicitation and assuring GoI’s assistance in the 11th [... Read More]

Yeedzin beat Three star 1-0, enters finals

footballAfter the game: The crowd that, to an extent, was responsible for local team’s win

King’s Cup: The Chamglimithang stadium reverberated with the sound of drums, gongs and trumpets, besides the usual hollers coming from some 5,000 spectators yesterday.

They were cheering for the local club Yeedzin that was playing against a Nepalese team in the semifinals.

The euphoric cheers did help and Yeedzin won the match 1-0 to face the other Nepalese team in the finals on August 11.

“It is not a victory for Yeedzin but for the country,” [... Read More]