Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Lhops keep their rombu tradition alive

Damcho Zam, Samtse

Dec 3, 2018

For ages, the Lhop communities in Samtse have been burying the dead inside a tomb, locally known as 'rombu'. This unique culture of entombing the dead bodies in their own land is still practised widely in the villages of Jigme, Singye, Wangchuck and Sanglung-Satakha in Dorokha.

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Yak rearing on decline in Haa Uesu

Samten Dolkar, Haa

Nov 5, 2018

There were nearly 50 households who practiced yak farming in Eesu Gewog, Haa. But that was some three decades ago. Today, there are only six.

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The Royal Highland Festival

Yeshi Nidup, Laya

Nov 5, 2018

With temperatures dipping below -2 degree Celsius, it was freezing cold as the Third Royal Highland Festival opened in Laya late last month. Light snowfall greeted the visitors to the festival.

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Breathing new life into Lingzhipai Zhey

Changa Dorji, Lingzhi

Oct 26, 2018

Many Bhutanese would know, or at least, have heard about Goen Zhey of Gasa, Wang Zhey of Thimphu, Nub Zhey of Trongsa and Woochupai Zhey of Paro. What many probably may not know is that there are several other Zheys apart from the main four Zheys.

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Western, northern & central parts of country receive first snowfall

Dec 18, 2018

Unlike usual wintry mornings, residents of western, northern and central Bhutan woke up to a blanket of snow this morning.

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Snowfall brings traffic along some passes to a standstill

Dec 18, 2018

The first snowfall of the year brought cheers on the faces of the people residing in western, central and northern parts of the country. But on the flip side, it has brought vehicular traffic along several passes to a halt.

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Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Kuwait celebrates 111th National Day

Dec 18, 2018

On the occasion of the 111th National Day, the Bhutanese Ambassador to Kuwait, Tshering Gyaltshen Penjor hosted a reception at Radisson Blu Hotel in Kuwait yesterday.

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Bhutanese in Melbourne celebrate 111th National Day

Dec 17, 2018

The Bhutanese community of Melbourne in Australia celebrated the 111th National Day on December 15. The recently separated twins Nima and Dawa Pelden were the Guests of Honour.

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People brave winter night to be part of National Day celebrations in Samtse

Dec 17, 2018

Thousands of people from 15 Gewogs in Samtse arrived in the main town yesterday to celebrate the 111th National Day. Over sixty buses were arranged to transport people from the villages. While most of the people stayed in arranged accommodations, there were also some who were not able to find one.

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Bhutan to graduate from LDC in 2023

Dec 15, 2018

Bhutan's graduation from the United Nations Least Developed Countries (LDC) category has now been deferred to 2023 from 2021. The extension of the standard three year transition period by another two years was endorsed in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly held in New York on  Thursday (December 13). 

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Friday, December 14(7th Day of 11th Bhutanese Month)
GOOD DAY TOTo make annual and scheduled calendar offerings only.
NOT A GOOD DAY TOTo build new monuments, consecrate, appease local deities, recite religious texts, start education and listen, appoint to new post, shift hose, enter new house, start new business, marry and celebrate, hoist lungdhar, long journey and sell land.
Rest of the week


For December 18

Max: 12
Min: -4

Max: 14
Min: -5
Time of sunrise & sunset for Thimphu (December 18)

Sunrise: 6.44AM
Other Districts


For December 13
US Dollar70.9573.15
US Dollar Buy rate for denominations 50 and below63.86-
UK Pound89.9091.35
Japanese Yen (100)62.4564.20
Swiss Franc71.4073.45
Hong Kong Dollar9.059.30
Canadian Dollar53.0054.50
Australian Dollar51.1052.50
Singapore Dollar51.6053.05
Danish Kroner10.7511.05
Norwegian Kroner8.258.50
Swedish Kroner7.758.00
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