TCB to regulate mass tourism

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Thursday, June, 6th,2019 in News. No Comments

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) has come up with a draft strategy to address the issue of mass tourism, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji said at a press conference last week. Lyonpo, who is also the chairman of the third tourism council, said the issue has also been discussed in the cabinet. “The Prime Minister has […]

Japanese professor initiates a programme to experience rural Bhutan

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Wednesday, September, 26th,2018 in News. No Comments

It was an experience for the three Japanese students who spent a week in the remote village of Shingkhar in Ura, Bumthang. Sarono Sugiyama, Yuka Miura and Hinata Sogabe, the three students from Konan University are used to the hustle and bustle of Okamato, Japan. Shingkhar, mesmerised the three young Japanese who claim that it […]

People offer wishes to Her Majesty

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Tuesday, June, 5th,2018 in News. No Comments

Representatives from the Taxi Tshogpa, Centenary Farmer’s Market, National Veterinary Hospital, and health services personnel offered Tashi Khadhar to Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen who turned 28 yesterday. The group received an audience with His Majesty The King, in the presence of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness the Gyalsey. In keeping with the wishes of […]

Phobjikha residents support black-necked crane conservation

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Friday, December, 8th,2017 in News. No Comments

A majority of Phobjikha residents support conservation of black-necked cranes. According to a study on conservation of black-necked cranes and its perceived tradeoffs in Phobjikha Valley, 75 percent of the 222 respondents in Phobjikha agreed conservation of the cranes while 27 percent felt that interference due to conservation was not severe at all. A graduate […]

The practise of appeasing one’s protective deities is strong and deep-rooted

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Friday, December, 8th,2017 in News. No Comments

Huffing and puffing, five men are atop a steep climb. It is 6:30 am. They have to get into the shades of the coniferous forest before the hot autumn sun reaches them. The men are on an important mission. They are on their way to appease their “protective deities.” They do it every year. The […]

Bikers from home bag Tour of the Dragon titles

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Thursday, September, 7th,2017 in News. No Comments

Despite losing time in replacing his flat tyre in Trongsa, Sonam still finished first completing the 268km-race in 12hrs and 37mins on September 2. The three-time champion, popularly known as the “Son of Dragon” bagged  yet again the title of one of the world’s toughest biking races, “Tour of the Dragon”. Since winning the title […]

Audit authority calls for a tourism policy or Act

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Friday, June, 16th,2017 in News. No Comments

If the tourism industry, the second largest revenue source of the country, is to do better it needs a policy or legislation. The latest performance audit report of the industry states that one of the main weaknesses that plague the tourism industry is the lack of a legislation or policy. The tourism bill and the […]

A friendship beyond protocol

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Saturday, May, 13th,2017 in News. No Comments

As the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, concluded the second of her three-day bilateral visit to the Kingdom, delegates and observers coined a new term to describe a state visit by a head of government: “an atmosphere beyond protocol”. There were good reasons for this. His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen […]

Thimphu gets an eye centre

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Tuesday, March, 28th,2017 in News. No Comments

Her Majesty the Royal Grand Mother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck graced the groundbreaking ceremony of the Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck National Eye Centre in Thimphu, yesterday. HRH Princess Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck accompanied Her Majesty the Royal Grand Mother. The health ministry’s director general, Dr Pandup Tshering, said that Her Majesty the Royal Grand Mother and HRH […]

Yonphula airport to be ready by next month

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Thursday, March, 16th,2017 in News. No Comments

The domestic airport at Yonphula in Kanglung, Trashigang, will be completed by next month according to the Department of Air Transport (DAT). The airport is expected to be operational from May provided the national airline Drukair choses to operate to the airport, said DAT director, Karma Wangchuk. The airport was supposed to be completed by […]