Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 - 12:17 PM
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So far so good … in the fight against encephalitis

P/ling dungkhag has not reported a single case of the deadly disease that has struck across the border

Outbreak: As a precaution, the Phuentsholing dungkhag health team is visiting villages located near the border and spraying indoor residual spray (IRS), with Japanese encephalitis (JE) claiming more than 100 lives in neighbouring west Bengal.

Following the outbreak in West Bengal, the health ministry alerted the dzongkhags and hospitals in the southern belt, and notified the dzongkhags [... Read More]

Thimphu road network to get some much needed attention

IMG_4281Resurfaced: The stretch at Changzamtog alone the expressway is one of the areas that would get a major facelift

That is, if and when the Cabinet approves budget submitted for the longstanding task 

Thromde: Thimphu thromde has identified several road networks in the city that will soon get a major facelift.

With the budget approval submitted to the Cabinet, thromde officials said major resurfacing works would begin soon after they receive the approval.

The areas identified range from Samtenling towards Kuengacholing to Motithang and Changzamtog, including Changbangdu and Lungtenzampa.

Poor drainage system, damage by construction work, [... Read More]

Religious sentiment nips broiler farm bid in the bud

This, despite the fact, that there has been an increase in the meat intake of the dzongkhag

DT: On religious grounds, Trashiyangtse dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) has decided to not allow opening of chicken broiler farms in the dzongkhag.

A few interested people had approached the department of livestock for support to help them set up the farm.  However, since the DT had to give the final decision, the department had put up the proposal during [... Read More]

Khandro Dayig – The Dakini Script

Screen-shot-2014-08-08-at-12.26.51-PMPhoto: Tashi Tsering, Dharmasala.

During Guru Padmasambhava’s lifetime, he interred countless revelatory treasures known as terma in Bhutan. These treasures were concealed in different landscapes to help keep the Buddhist doctrine pure and responsive to the needs of the times.

The 8th century, tantric master composed many gonters or mind treasures and embedded these secret teachings in the realm of mind and space for posterity to be discovered centuries later.

The advanced secret teachings were recorded in secret codes known as [... Read More]


An Open letter to the Home Minister

Seeking common-sense archery regulation and its strict enforcement to prevent further archery-related tragedies

Dear Lyonpo,

There is considerable public disquiet about the serious safety risk our national sport poses today. Frustration is seething with no end in sight to the arrow menace. The concerns are valid and our people have long clamoured for a solution.

I write to you since public safety falls under your care, and more importantly, because the issue deserves an objective assessment of the [... Read More]

Two archers warned with yellow card

IMG_0850Side draw? Drawing the bow from the side is not allowed

Archery: Two archers competing in the elimination round of the Yangphel open archery tournament yesterday were shown yellow cards, as a first warning.

The archers, while drawing the bow, slipped and shot beyond the target range.

One arrow landed around 20 metres behind the target and among the pine trees toward the Lungtenzampa bridge. The other landed on top of the protection wall behind the target towards the football ground. Another slip would lead to [... Read More]

Phajo, SL Lubricants and Nim Archery in Q finals

IMG_0881United Sikkim is the only team from outside Bhutan

Archery: Phajo, SL Lubricants and Nim Archery qualified to the quarter finals eliminating Old Friends, Tenzin HSS, Kuzuzangpo, Ata Boning, Chang Boyz and SRPF in the first elimination round played yesterday at Changlimithang.

The second match in the lower bacho (range) of the Yangphel open archery among Lhachen Industries, United Sikkim and Tashi Tagay could not be decided yesterday and will be continued today.

The first match in the lower range, among Phajo, Old Friends [... Read More]

‘Layman’s experiment’ belies villagers’ claim

Further technical investigation with an instrument borrowed from MHPA will follow

Mining: A “layman’s experiment’ to observe the ground vibration in four houses, whose walls were allegedly cracked because of blasting in nearby mining sites, was carried out yesterday by geology and mines officials.

The experiment required placement of a bucket of water each inside the living room of all four houses, while blasting were carried out, to ascertain impact and vibration.

Four department of geology [... Read More]

DT wants no ‘wine’ retail shops in Zhemgang

Prohibition: The regional trade office in Trongsa should immediately suspend issuing retail ‘wine’ shops licenses, local leaders in Zhemgang decided at its dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) on August 5.

“We request the trade office to suspend issuance of retail licenses to prevent people from consuming excessive alcohol in villages,” DT chairman, Dorji Wangchuk, said.

The DT members feared that leaving retail alcohol business unchecked would only escalate alcoholism to an uncontrollable problem even at the national [... Read More]

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