Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 12:09 PM

HE Gyelse Jigme Tenzin Wangpo awarded master’s degree

JeHis eminence Gyelsey Trulku Jigme Tenzin Wangpo receives his master’s degree from His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday at Punakha dzong.

At 21, His Eminence is the youngest graduate among 62

Monastic: His Eminence Gyelsey Jigme Tenzin Wangpo, the eighth reincarnation of Desi (Gyelse) Tenzin Rabgay, was awarded a master’s degree in Buddhist philosophy (Gyalshey dongang marye wangchuk) yesterday.

His Holiness the Je Khenpo, trulku Jigme Choeda, awarded the certificates to 62 graduates attending the 16th convocation program of Tango university of Buddhist studies at the Punakha dzong.

HE Gyelse Jigme Tenzin Wangpo, at 21, was the [... Read More]


A lasting solution, at last?

There is no better time for farmer Kinzang of Bidung to look forward to a fruitful year.

Having heard herself that the government had approved the installation of electric fences to protect their crops from wild and stray animals, she can relax and prepare for the busy season ahead.

Wild animals depredating crops had been a perennial problem for Bhutanese farmers.  From Sipsu to Nganglam, Laya to Sarpang, farmers complaining of losing crops, some their entire harvest, [... Read More]

Fora on new development paradigm

Four meetings are being held to discuss key points of Bhutan’s ‘happiness’ report to UN

GNH: Teacher Bharat Rana’s life changed after the death of a student.

Its impact spurred him to take an active part in the lives of his students.  He started by visiting the homes of students, simply to find out what they were up to.  His intentions to bring meaning and order were not always welcomed.

This drive eventually led him to [... Read More]

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Landslide between Paro and Chhuzom that took hours to be cleared


Small but viable market?

DSC_5311Getting ready: YDF hall being prepped for the great India education fair

Education Fairs: Judging by the number of education fairs happening, it seems Bhutan is a viable market for Universities and institutions abroad, especially India.

Education ministry’s quality assurance and accreditation division (QAAD) received application for six fairs since December last year of which two have already been held.

One starts today at 10am at Nazhoen Pelri, Thimphu, offering prospectus and counseling services of about 45 institutions from India. Three are scheduled to be held in [... Read More]

BHU operates out of a hut

DSC01297Patients wait outside their makeshift BHU

A new unit lies unused as it’s caught up in a breach of contract imbroglio with the contractor

Health: There are not many concrete structures in Norgaygang gewog in Sipsu.  One of the few is the newly constructed basic health unit (BHU).  But the structure had been an eyesore for the villagers.

With the BHU still stranded in a construction quagmire, health services are provided from a makeshift hut, which sits next to the new [... Read More]

Spiralling prices start to pinch

From drinking black tea to cutting down on meat/cheese, belts are beginning to tighten

Inflation: When Tshittim, a security guard in one of Thimphu’s corporate offices, gets home to his old government quarter, which has broad newspapers shielding the cold wind from between the gaps on the wall, he asks his wife for a cup of hot tea and begins changing.  Minutes later, his wife comes with a hot cup of tea.

Creamy, thick and [... Read More]

The underused service centre

Employment: The service centre for jobseekers in Samdrupjongkhar does not see jobseeker come to avail of its services. The officials will instead carry out counselling programmes in 10 middle and higher secondary schools of Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel.

Students will be informed about unemployment scenario in the country, challenges and skills required.

Counsellor with the Department of Employment (DoE), Karma Wangmo, said students will be encouraged to accept blue-collar jobs.

“We will provide basic skills like teaching [... Read More]

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The Supreme Court of Bhutan in Hejo, Thimphu was consecrated yesterday. Justice Ranjan Gogoi of the Supreme Court of India, Ambassador to Bhutan V.P Haran, Chief justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye and dignitaries attended the consecration ceremony conducted by the Dorji Lopon Rinpoche.


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Last cranes leave for Tibet


Wildlife: Two adults, probably a couple, and a juvenile, which flew on March 13 from Phobjikha valley in Wangdue, were the last set of black-necked cranes to leave for their summer habitat in Tibet.

The winged visitors must have either left for Bamtsho or Yamtsho and Yumstho, in Tibet, where they roost for more than six months, said the royal society for the protection of nature’s (RSPN) field coordinator in Phobjikha, Jigme Tshering.

Yamtsho and [... Read More]

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