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Changjiji’s artificial turf opens

DSC_4274Bhutan Olympic Committee and Zimdra veterans experience the new ground in the exhibition match

Inauguration: The artificial turf at the Changjiji football ground in Thimphu was opened yesterday with an exhibition match between two veteran teams.

Work to install the artificial turf began in the first week of July and was completed in September.

Bhutan Football Federation president Ugen Tshechup Dorji said with two artificial turf grounds in Thimphu, the federation now has plans to develop another artificial turf ground in Tsirang or Sumdrupjongkhar.

The Changjiji ground will be used [... Read More]

Winner without finishing set

IMG_7040It took more than 16 hours of shooting to decide the winner

Archery: In the third match (pool A) of the ongoing Druk Wangyal archery tournament yesterday, both Semthuen XI and Penjor Construction couldn’t complete the deciding game. But Penjor Construction was declared the winner at 8pm yesterday.

The decision was made after the two teams decided to declare the team with the highest ku (point) at 8pm, three hours after the regular game end time at 4:30pm.

The game continued from Wednesday. Semthuen completed the first [... Read More]

India-trained nurses found incompetent

Perhaps a case of quantity before quality, in trying to meet projected targets of requirement

Health: As if their shortage was not enough, health ministry’s list of ailments is aggravated by “trained” assistant nurses returning from India, who are diagnosed with lack of proficiency in nursing.

The first batch of all 40 trained nurses failed the practical examination that Bhutan Medical and Health Council held in 2011 to assess their level of competence.

Minutes of a [... Read More]

Lopon titles change

Titles: The Zhung Dratshang has changed the title of three of the five lopons, and they will be referred to as rinpoche.

The five lopons will now be called Yonton lopon rinpoche (master of knowledge), Tsulak lopon rinpoche (master of monastic education), Leytsog lopon rinpoche (master of development activities), Tshogki lopon rinpoche (master of religious service) and Dorji lopon rinpoche (vajra master of the secret mantra rituals).

The secretary of monastic education, Sonam Bumdhen, said, [... Read More]

Picture story

Consecration: His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates the Institute of Language and Cultural Studies in Taktse, Trongsa on November 19 coinciding with its 52nd anniversary. The institute was relocated to Taktse in 2011 from Semtokha, Thimphu.


Smart green infrastructure

A system of national growth that’s sustainable and therefore environment friendly

Tiger: Smart green infrastructure (SGI), costly and time consuming though it may be, is a must for Bhutan’s long term sustainability and environment preservation, said World Bank’s program manager for the global tiger initiative, Andrey Kushlin.

Citing the example of road construction, the program manager explained that, being smart, meant calculating all cost in total and not just the initial cost of doing a [... Read More]


Overpowering unemployment

The word “mismatch” has become a catchword among authorities that have been musing over the country’s unemployment situation for quite some time as they continue to do even today.

The term was used in reference to jobs available in the market, but ones that did not fit in with what graduates had to offer in terms of skills and qualification.

Besides, even college graduates were seeking desk jobs and not those the market had in offer. School [... Read More]

Centre opens to improve emergency services

DSC_0127Neurosurgeon Dr Tashi Tenzin demonstrates a simulation mannequin to Lesina Hoch (First from left)

NEEC: About 20 recently graduated doctors will start the first in-country training in emergency medical services (EMS) from January next year, health officials said at the inauguration of the national emergency education centre (NEEC) yesterday.

Neurosurgeon and the head of the emergency department at the Thimphu referral hospital, Dr Tashi Tenzin, said, starting 2014, the centre will train all new doctors every year in  “basic emergency medical offsetting and traumatic act services.”

The most important [... Read More]

Potato price up, cyclone Phailin’s silver lining

IMG_9476Indian importers ready their stocks at the Phuentsholing auction yard

Auction: In what could be the only positive remnant of cyclone Phailin, whose peripheral affect destroyed a large area of crops in western Bhutan, exporters at Phuentsholing auction yard are fetching good prices selling their potatoes.

Food Corporation of Bhutan officials said the rain triggered by the cyclone had destroyed first harvest of potatoes in many parts of India, allowing only a small quantity to enter the market.

“The demand for potatoes increased in many [... Read More]