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Downpour to continue for a week

For the north and west, the rain is slated to stop by midnight today

Monsoon: Except for western and northern districts, the rest of the country will experience continuous rainfall at least for a week.

The hydro-met services department’s senior meteorologist, Tayba Buddha Tamang, said that, in the western and northern districts, the rain would stop by midnight today.

However, the rain will continue for about a week in places in the southern, eastern, and central [... Read More]

Thrue bab begins at 8:30am

Most blessed rainy days, the auspicious hour, when the duetshi (holy water) descends, happens to be in the wee hours.  This year, it is not the case.  The auspicious hour starts at 8:30am.

“The thrue bab will continue for a week,” an astrologer with Pangrizampa astrology school in Thimphu said.

On this day, the astrologer said, all natural water resources are considered sanctified, and people are encouraged to bathe in water collected from outside during the auspicious [... Read More]

Three men detained for alleged rape of married woman

Crime: Thimphu police have detained three men for allegedly raping a 19-year old married woman in Thimphu on the night of September 17.

The incident occurred when the woman went to celebrate Vishwakarma puja around the town with her father.

The woman, in her statement to police, said that, while her father was dancing, her uncle took her to a bar where they had alcohol.

She also said that her uncle then took her to the [... Read More]

Redaza flashflood blocks Mongar-Bumthang highway

unnamed-6Flash Flood: Students of Sherub Reldri HHS in Mongar help Redaza PS students to cross the flooded stretch yesterday

By 5pm the block was cleared with machinery deployed by DoR 

Disaster: A flashflood at Redaza in Mongar on September 18, triggered by heavy rainfall, disrupted traffic and other activities by flooding a stretch along the Mongar to Bumthang highway.

Redaza is about two kilometres from Mongar town.

The flood happened around 8am, shortly after primary school students from Trailing, crossed over the stretch and reached their school at Redaza.

Redaza primary school’s principal, Tobzang, said when [... Read More]

20th on the CPI by 2020 – An uphill task

With devolution of power to local governance, susceptibility to corruption is more likely

Ranking: One of the key result areas for the country in the 11th Plan is to hold 20th or better rank on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), but this target is not without challenges.

Bhutan’s rank took a significant jump from 49th position in the world in 2009 to 31st last year. “Yet, Bhutan has challenges in achieving its target and the [... Read More]

Plaintiffs up the ante

The aggrieved communities now have 12 charges (up from the first four) backed by evidence, they say

Mining: The 27 households of Gidawom and Jamdo communities in Thimphu increased their charges to 12 from the initial four, while presenting evidence on charges against four mining companies that operate above their villages.

Community members, under Thimphu’s Mewang gewog, whose homes were allegedly cracked by blasting carried out by mines, have submitted evidence to the bench II [... Read More]

Sixth meeting of home ministers held in Nepal

SAARC: The sixth meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministers of home or interior was held in Nepal on September 19.

The session was preceded by the meeting of the SAARC immigration authorities on September 17, followed by the meeting of SAARC secretaries of interior or home on September 18.

Home Minister Damcho Dorji, accompanied by home secretary Tshering Dorji, and senior officials, led the Bhutanese delegation.

Home ministry officials said a wide [... Read More]

Editorial

Newspapers – A riches to rags story

Editors of some 22 newspapers in Asia met in Hanoi, Vietnam, in the hope of finding a common voice.  The most common voice was that almost all the papers, albeit a few influential ones, are fighting against all odds to keep afloat.

The challenges are many.  Journalists, including editors, are leaving for greener pastures, and newspapers are going under in the wake of the financial crisis.  One paper expressed that there are no professionals left to [... Read More]

Babzur Chukpo’s mansion

IMG_7553Treasure trove: The 8th Century mansion

A traditional and historical edifice in Bumthang that has acquired heritage status

Heritage: Not many may consider visiting Babzur Chukpo’s (rich man’s) mansion in Tang, Bumthang.

But for those who do, they will marvel at the magnificence of the four-storied traditional house built, it is believed, around the eight century.

With 32 rooms, each containing historical items, it takes over two hours to complete browsing through the heritage house and observing its contents.

The mansion was converted [... Read More]

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