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Beyond spectator sportspersons

As  if for another sacred relic on display at the national stadium in Thimphu, thousands of football fans queued up in the freezing cold last evening.

It was the football world’s nangten on show and many fans in the capital city got a rare opportunity to get up close with the FIFA World Cup trophy.

Until 1999, Bhutan didn’t have television to watch live football’s most coveted price handed over to the winning team after the world [... Read More]

Nationwide tiger survey begins next month

Bhutan will be the fourth country to have conducted such an appraisal

WCD: The wildlife conservation division will conduct the first nationwide tiger survey next month, making Bhutan the fourth country to conduct such a survey using camera traps.

Studies done in the past were limited to specific locations, which did not give the whole picture of the big cat’s presence in the country, said wildlife conservation officials.

Having surveyed only from 1996 to 1998, the [... Read More]

People of Thrisa petition minister

Farmroad: The people of Thrisa village in Shingkhar, Zhemgang have appealed the minister of works and human settlement, to consider their request of constructing the 66km road from Buli to Shingkhar gewog through their village.

Three villagers submitted an appeal letter signed by 63 people on December 19.  People of Thrisa, after learning the gewog centre road alignment was conducted below their village, requested dzongkhag officials, bureaucrats and politicians, who visited their village, to [... Read More]

Plans for new public library die stillborn

IMG_4527Thimphu public library: 35 years in the same condition

There is neither funds for construction nor available storage space nearby

Thromde: The Thimphu thromde has no money to construct a new building for the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck public library, according to thrompon Kinlay Dorjee.

The thrompon said that the thromde had proposed a new structure in the 11th Plan.  However, there has been no financial commitment from the government, according to the thrompon. “As long as there’s no budget, it won’t be possible,” he [... Read More]

Smooth sailing for S/J’s orange export to B’desh

photo0114Labourers packing mandarin at a depot in Samdrupjongkhar

Two alternate routes via Shillong, Meghalaya did not face Burimari-like problems

Mandarin: While Bhutanese mandarin exporters in Phuentsholing encountered glitches in transporting consignments to Bangladesh lately, owing to political disturbances there, those in Samdrupjongkhar did not face any problem.

They used a route via Shillong in Meghalaya state on the Cherrapunji road that led to bordering area Deokey, which is around 283km from Samdrupjongkhar.

The Samdrupjongkhar exporters discovered the route four years ago.

The exporters also use [... Read More]

Infrastructural damage of windstorm

IMG_1336An electric pole damaged by the storm along the Chhuzom-Haa road

Initial estimates set back BPC to the tune of about half a million ngultrums

Update: The December 15 windstorm that brought down power poles, snapped transmission and power lines will put a dent in the Bhutan Power corporation (BPC)’s coffers, with reports of damage on their infrastructure starting to come in.

Preliminary reports from six of the 11 dzongkhags affected by the windstorm amounted to about Nu 0.4M, as of yesterday, according to BPC’s general [... Read More]

Windstorm damage assessment begins in Bumthang

DSC00238One of the affected house in Bumthang

Disaster: Assessment of damages caused by the December 15 windstorm began in Bumthang since yesterday.

A team of officials from the dzongkhag administration, royal insurance corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) and village tshogpas is visiting the affected villages to verify and assess the extent of damage caused.

Of the 20 houses that lost roofing, four were in Ura, seven in Chumey, seven in Tang and two in Choekhor.  Roofing of 10 houses, including Namkhai lhakhang in [... Read More]

Boom time for the boob tube

But only as far as entertainment goes, for news, radio still rules

Study: Television has taken over radio as the main source of entertainment in rural Bhutan in the last five years, the recently released Bhutan information and media impact study, 2013 found.

But, radio, which reaches the largest segment of the Bhutanese population, despite the decrease in ownership of radio sets, still remains the main source for news.  From 77,800 in 2008, the ownership [... Read More]

Master plan stress on short-term trainings

photoA training provider receives certificate at the forum yesterday

An emphasis that should stand our private training providers in good stead

HRD: A major chunk of the budget for the human resource development (HRD) master plan being allocated for short term training programmes will be an opportunity for private training providers in the country, human resource department officials of the labour ministry said.

In the 11th Plan, about Nu 300M of the total Nu 831M allocated for the HRD master plan will be utilised [... Read More]

World Cup display draws tshechu-like crowds

DSC_0372HRH Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, Neeraj Garg and Ugen Tshechup Dorji with the national team

Trophy Tour: Thousands of people rushed to the Changlimithang ground yesterday to catch a glimpse of football’s most coveted price, the FIFA World Cup trophy, which was showcased for public viewing.

Bhutan was the 50th country to receive the trophy, which is on a world tour before it returns to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

Arriving on an MD-83 aircraft decorated in the vibrant Coca Cola colours and those of the host nation of [... Read More]