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After the flood …

IMG_0042Vital experience: Pema Dorji narrates his story

A day set aside once a year to commemorate how communities respond to disasters

DRR-Day: Pema Dorji, 64, vividly remembers the 1956 river Phochu flood.  He was a nine-year old student sleeping in a makeshift hostel in Thanzana, near the Punakha dzong.

When he was awakened by people screaming at the top of their voices, he found knee-deep water around the hostel. With their hostel surrounded by water, Pema Dorji and his friends were left [... Read More]

Interim town plan for Ura

IMG_3162Slow and steady: Talingthang in Ura to chalk out an interim plan

DT: Bumthang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to draw an interim town plan for Talingthang in Ura where over 40 households are planning to construct houses with Ura-Nangar bypass on the Trashigang-Thimphu lateral highway expected to open by next month.

The bypass road runs through Talingthang, a village at the base of Ura landscape where potato is grown as cash crop. Once opened, travellers from east and west are likely to use the Ura-Nangar road, [... Read More]


Keeping Ebola at bay

Ebola virus disease is sweeping across regions.  Because of the horrific nature of the epidemic, health experts are calling it “the scariest of all diseases”, deadlier than HIV/AIDS.  Developing countries with weak health systems that lack human and infrastructural resources, therefore, are at greater risk of getting affected.  Bhutan is no exception.  We need to be vigilant.

It could have been conveniently a different story, but Bhutan is no longer safely cocooned in its protective shell [... Read More]

More T/gang farmers hop on to the biogas bandwagon

unnamed-2Cheap alternative: A biogas plant at Pam provides free gas

All one needs is three cows and an altitude below 2000m for this technology to work

Energy: When biogas plants were first installed in the eight households of Pam, Trashigang in May, villagers were doubtful if it would benefit them.  Today, many villagers have biogas plant constructions in their backyard.

By December, 453 households from eleven gewogs of Trashigang will begin production of biogas for domestic purpose.

Dzongkhag livestock officer (DLO), NS Tamang, said that, while [... Read More]

Buddhist iconography gets European artistic touch

IMG_5881Olaf Van Cleef poses with his cherished piece, a painting of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, which took him 300 hours to complete

French artist Olaf Van Cleef will present his first ever exhibition in the country next year

Paintings: Buddhist icons, like Guru Rinpoche, Tsheringma, and Zhabdrung, for one, are not only colourful and bright, but also shiny and shimmering.

French artist Olaf Van Cleef, who recently completed the paintings in Paris, has Swarovski crystals, gems and chocolate paper studded to these paintings.

The 64-year old artist was in the capital last week preparing for his first ever [... Read More]

Soe holds annual Jhomolhari festival

IMG_5320Mountain festival: The winner trots off after the horse race

The icing on the cake of the two-day celebration is capturing on camera the snow leopard

Occasion: Soe is a remote village north of Thimphu.  It is also the smallest gewog in the country, with three villages and 28 households, all told.  Today, in Dangojang village, the annual Jhomolhari festival, where all the yak herders from nearby areas come together once a year, is in full swing.

Here, at the foot of Jhomolhari (7,314m), the [... Read More]

Setting ACC autonomy in stone

For that to happen, the commission needs to be free from the overarching influence of RCSC

Meeting: Even as officials of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) wait to meet and solve existing issues between them regarding ACC’s autonomy, ACC officials assert the need for their autonomy to combat corruption.

Earlier this year, following recommendations of its good governance committee, National Assembly directed the two commissions to mutually try to resolve [... Read More]

Move for Health walk fetches Nu 2.4M for Trust Fund

IMG_4233Move for Health: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, health minister Tandin Wangchuk and volunteers walk from Khasadrapchu to Thimphu on Saturday

BHTF: The Move for Health walk, led by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on October 11, secured over Nu 2.4M as capital for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF).

Individuals, government, and corporate and private sectors made the donation.

Just before the walk began from Khasadrapchu at 8:30am, Thimphu dzongkhag handed over a cheque for Nu 300,000.

Accompanied by health minister Tandin Wangchuk and labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, lyonchhoen walked with ease, making it difficult for [... Read More]

Picture story

His holiness the Jekhenpo inaugurates the Institute of science of Mind (ISM) at Semtokha, Thimphu on October 11. The institute will provide free degree education in Buddhist philosophy. There are about 20 students including drangpons, parliamentarians and civil servants studying at the institute. The education division of the Central Monastic Body established the institute.



A step in the right direction

The “Move for Health” walk yesterday in Thimphu generated Nu 2.4 million towards the Health Trust Fund.

It is not a huge amount, if compared with the amount collected last year, and not even a fraction of what was voluntarily donated in 2002 after the first “Move for Health” led by the then health and education minister, Sangay Ngedup.

But there were several things to take away from the walk, worth more than the money collected.  It [... Read More]

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