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SATURDAY, August 19, 2000

Prayers for flood victims

Presided by the Yangbi Lopon, more than 100 monks of the Central Monk Body offered 1,000 butter lamps and performed the Ngowa Moenlam in Tashichhodzong for the victims of the recent floods in Phuentsholing, Pasakha, and Tala on August 18.
    Special prayers were also conducted to avoid such disasters in future.
    Meanwhile, His Holiness the Je Khenpo has started the Mani Dungchur in Dechenphodrang along with the Kanjur Jaglung.

Dzongkha debate

The Dzongkha Development Commission plans to organize a national Dzongkha debate competition for Class X students of all high schools.
    The topic, "Traditional Bhutanese values are more important than modern values", is aimed at promoting the national language and to improve spoken Dzongkha among students.
   The DDC announced that the competition will start on September 18, to be held in four different high schools: Drugyel High School, Bajo High School, Trongsa High School and Mongar High School. There will be five participants from each school.
   The finals will be held in Thimphu on October 7, with the winner awarded a 29 inch television set, and cash prizes given to runner-up and best speaker.


The Royal Audit Authority has issued identity cards to auditors to ensure better accountability.
    The RAA has asked all ministries, departments, agencies, service forces, and corporations to provide access and cooperation only to those carrying a valid auditor's identity card.
    "Information provided to persons other than described shall be at the organisation's risk," according to the RAA.


The Yangphel Open Archery Tournament 2000 is scheduled to commence from August 26, sponsored by Janet Freed, with 13 prizes to be awarded to the winners after the finals on September 16.

Three convicted in kerosene case

Two revenue and customs officials and the manager of the Druk Penden Petroleum Corporation Limited (DPPCL) were found guilty of kerosene deflection from Gelephu and sentenced prison terms ranging from two to four years on August 18 by the Gelephu thrimkhang.(Click here for full story)

Thimphu puts up fashion shows for altruistic causes
It was an entertaining weekend for Thimphu residents as two fashion shows were held to raise much needed funds for good causes.

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