India House Golf Club reopens after a short lull

The India House Golf Course being reopened from 1 November

STAFF REPORTER

Thimphu

Coinciding with the 13th Coronation Anniversary of His Majesty the King, the India House Golf Course reopened last week following a short informal ceremony.

The Chief Guest for the function was Foreign Minister, Dr Tandi Dorji, and the guest – of – honour was Lt. General Batoo Tshering, Chief Operations Officer with Royal Bhutan Army.

The function was attended by avid golfers in the country. At the function, Indian Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj spoke of how India House Golf Club has been a key centre for furthering Bhutan – India sporting links. The course has been closed since March 2020 due to the onset of COVID – 19 pandemic.

During this period, the course underwent major renovations in its greens, fairways, and club house. In keeping with the renewed facilities, a brand new India House Golf Club logo was also unveiled by Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji.

The press release from Indian Embassy states that to streamline the procedure for membership, registration for tournaments, tee – off slots booking and practice slots booking, a new website was also launched jointly by the chief guest and the guest of honour. The website can be accessed at www.indembthimphu.gov.in/Golf.

In a press release, Indian Ambassador announced that in the month of November 2021, the Embassy of India is organizing the annual India House Golf Club Tournament to commemorate the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the coronation day of His Majesty the King.

While the juniors segment of this tournament was held from yesterday and the seniors tournament will be held from 24 to 28 November. The senior’s tournament will have sub-categories for women, veterans, amateurs and caddies. As a special consideration, no tournament fee will be charged from women, children and amateurs to encourage them to participate in the game.

Meanwhile, a Webinar on the theme ‘Ayurveda for Nutrition’ was hosted by the Embassy of India to celebrate Ayurveda Day on 2 November also known as the Dhanwantri Diwas – the birthday of Lord Dhanvantari who is regarded as the physician of the Gods. The Webinar was organized is active collaboration with the Department of Traditional Medicine Services of the Ministry of Health as part of the AmritMahotsav celebrations in Bhutan.

Pemba Wangchuk, Director General, Dr Karma Ugyen from the Department of Traditional Medicine Services and Yeshey Lhaden spoke about the parallels between the system of traditional medicine in Bhutan and the practice of Ayurveda.

Prof. Pawan Kumar Godatwar, Dean (Research), National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, currently on deputation to the South East Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), participated in the Webinar and spoke on how Ayurveda can lead to proper nutrition. Prof. Godatwar shared the progress and cooperation achieved on the promotion of the quality, safety and effectiveness of traditional medicines including those used in Ayurveda-based treatment following the conclusion of a MoU between the Ministry of AYUSH and the World Health Organization.

Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj commented, “Ayurveda literally means the knowledge of life which originated in India more than 3000 years ago, an Ayurveda lifestyle is based on the circadian rhythm and is in harmony with surrounding nature”. She added that Ayurveda was listed as one of the globally popular systems of traditional medicine in the WHO’s Traditional Medicine Strategy, 2014-2023.