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One unique program with twin objectives

IMG_2191Learning: Students and tourists interact during the tour program last Saturday

The Chamgang junior guide experiment has the added benefit of teaching English

Tourism: The chilly morning gave way to a bright sunny day.  Yangchen Gatshel LSS in Chamgang, Thimphu was swept clean and ready to receive their guests on October 25.

Thirty-six class VII B students, who were to act as guides for the half-day program to tourists, waited in the assembly ground, some rehearsing their lines.

The tourists, including about a dozen Wheaton College students [... Read More]

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Harvest time: A Wamling woman and her colleagues return home after threshing paddy in Zhemgang


Start-stop progress of the Buli-Shingkhar road

Construction of the 78km gewog centre road started way back in 2008

GCR: People of Shingkhar village in Zhemgang are eagerly waiting for their gewog centre road construction to resume, as it got stalled, after some people in Wamling wanted to realign and take the road construction through their village.

Shingkhar gewog centre is in Shingkhar proper and the school is located at the base of the village.  There are about 48 households.

The initial construction [... Read More]

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Trashigang dzongkhag contributed Nu 350,000 to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund during the Move for Health walk that was organised on Saturday.  Civil servants, businessmen, Kanglung Shedra and schools made the donation.
The team comprising of civil servants, local leaders and De-Suups, among others, were divided into two groups. The first group, led by the dzongda, walked 24km from the Kanglung BHU to [... Read More]

Woman released by Nepalese police

The Bhutanese woman who was detained by Nepalese authorities earlier this month has been released.

The woman was detained on October 18 after Nepalese authorities found one live bullet or cartridge, and one spent bullet casing, in a religious locket she was carrying. The locket containing the ammunition was found in her luggage as she was going through security check procedures for her flight back to Paro.

The woman was released after paying a fine otherwise such [... Read More]

60th BCC logo launched


Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Leytshog Lopon Rimpoche and committee members for the 60th Birth Anniversary Celebration Committee launched the logo for the celebration of 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Forth Druk Gyalpo at Gyalyong tshogkhang today.

A department of Local Governance official, Kinzang Tshering designed the logo.

The green dragon represents the strong personality of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who throughout His golden rule has spearheaded environmental conservation in the Kingdom that brought him international [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King granted an audience to the participants of the National Engineers and Architects Conference yesterday in Thimphu. His Majesty also graced an exhibition on locally produced construction materials.


Sandalwood smuggling – A lucrative, if illicit, business

The high returns offset the high risk in this illegal trade from Tsento to Phari 

Trafficking: Gyembo Dorji is sweating profusely under the fierce October sun.  His seven horses are trudging up the mild slope of Thangthangka in Paro, carrying heavy loads for tourists to the base camp at Jhomolhari.

It’s a not-so-happy day for Gyembo Dorji (not his real name).  He ought to have been transporting sandalwood to Phari in Tibet this time of [... Read More]

ACC detains one more NLC official

Former Chang gup alleged for manipulation and illegal transfer of land 

Land: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has detained one more National Land Commission official in connection with the alleged land corruption case of the former Chang gup, Naku.

The official was the head of dispute settlement committee.  ACC detained him to prevent the distortion of evidence, even as the commission investigates the case, which some say could open up a can of worms, involving [... Read More]

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