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Awaiting action on the Tenancy Act

This is one PDP pledge many people are in eager anticipation of, given the crunch in the sector

Housing: After the new government lifted pedestrian day at its first cabinet sitting yesterday, house owners and tenants in Thimphu are now waiting for the Tenancy Act to be revised.

The people’s expectation is in line with the ruling party’s pledge to revise the Tenancy Act and make it more practical and implementable during its first 100 [... Read More]

When the road’s out, the ropeway is in

ropewayThe rope has been ferrying people since 1983

Though meant for timber, etc., people still use this old but banned means of conveyance

Chuzomsa: Yeshi Wangdi, 55, took in the familiar scenery, as the taxi he was travelling in made the turn at Tiki zam (bridge), on the Wangdue-Trongsa highway, and hit the dirt road to his village in Khotokha.

From Tiki zam, 10km from Wangdue’s Bajo town, it is 19km of winding roads to the top of hill that opens up to [... Read More]

Man donates Namgyalma statue to Pun-Thim dratshang

statueNamgyalma statue

Religion: A sacred Buddhist relic, believed to be from the 8th century, has been donated to Pun-Thim dratshang by a businessman.

Sonam Wangdi, proprietor of Druk Pelden petroleum, offered the statue of Namgyalma to the dratshang on July 31.   The gold and copper Namgyalma statue has three faces and eight hands.  It also holds a statue of Gyalpo Thrisong Duetsen in one of its hand.

The relic was gifted to Sonam Wangdi by his [... Read More]

Insurance on wheels

insurancevanGoing mobile: The van that takes insurance services to the clients

BIL’s mini van will travel the country to pick up clients and create awareness on insurance

Project: To reach out to more places, and create awareness about insurance, Bhutan Insurance Limited (BIL) has gone mobile with its ‘insurance on wheels,’ project.

BIL headquarters launched the project on August 3. The ‘insurance on wheel’ is a mini-van that will travel to multiple locations across the country and scan for potential clients, as well as carry out [... Read More]

Armyworms didn’t completely flatten tengma business

chaliFrom dusk till dawn: Everyday Chali farmers sell tengma at a shed at Gangola, where road to Mongar town and Lhuntse bifurcate

Pestilence: When armyworm infestation went viral early this year, many farmers in Mongar were worried about the worms not leaving them with much harvest of their staple food.

But with quick intervention from district agriculture officials, who supplied them with chemicals, now most farmers in Mongar are able to reap a good maize harvest and are quite content selling flattened maize (tengma) by the roadside.

Farmers of Chali gewog sell their tengma at Gangola stall, [... Read More]

Ladhak to host the fifth annual drukpa council

adcThe Venue: The fifth ADC will be held at the Hemis monastery in Ladhak from August 29 (file photo)

ADC: Hemis monastery in Ladhak, India will once more see Drukpa linage’s enlightened yogis and accomplished Drukpa masters from Bhutan, India, Nepal, Tibet and other parts of the Himalaya along with some volunteers coming in to attend the fifth Annual Drukpa Council, (ADC) on August 29.

ADC officials said that this year’s ADC might probably be the last in Ladhak, which is the third in Ladhak after the first and second was held in [... Read More]

LHM Manang through to semifinals

footballMissed: Machhindra striker try converting a corner kick into a goal

King’s cup: LHM Manang defeated NMB Machhindra by a single goal in yesterday’s match that saw five yellow cards, a player expelled from both teams, and balanced crowd support for the two Nepalese clubs.

The win gives LHM Manang a berth in the semis, while for NMB Machhindra it is the end of its run in the King’s Cup.

The unbeaten LHM Manang once again holds its record of neither drawing nor losing a match [... Read More]

New charges, sweeping changes

mpsAll set: Assembly members fold their old scarves and don the new yesterday at the Parliament hall

The new dispensation in Parliament bears testimony to a brand new order  

Government: It was change, literally, that Bhutanese across the country, who watched the live telecast of the first sitting of the second democratically elected members of the Parliament, witnessed.

The switch in roles between the two political parties, the increase in the number of opposition members, more new faces at the hall, the seating arrangement and the shedding of the coloured kabney [... Read More]

Life sentence for five chorten robbers

crimeCuff-off: Police remove cuffs of the accused before entering courtroom

Crime: In a rare trial involving six judges looking into series of chorten vandalisms and lhakhang robberies that occurred across the country in last three years, five suspects were sentenced for life yesterday in Trashigang district court.

Drangpons of Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Mongar, Zhemgang, Bumthang and Wangduephodrang passed the verdicts, after conducting intra-trial on the cases, which involved 11 individuals since May 26.

Four others, involved in smuggling of serge legbhum (golden script) in Wangduephodrang, were [... Read More]