Tuesday , February 9 2016
  • 27,000 acres under paddy cultivation by 2032

    Ambitious irrigation master plan promises huge returns

    Irrigation: Bhutan could bring under cultivation 27,000 acres of paddy fields and increase the paddy sufficiency rate to 75 percent in 2032 from 51 percent today.

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Travellers may import Zika: Dr Ornella Lincetto

38f474a-1Q&A: World Health Organization’s representative, Dr Ornella Lincetto, talks to Kuensel’s Kinga Dema on the risks of Zika virus diseases and what measures Bhutan could take in the event of the rapid outbreak of the virus.

It is not even in the region yet. Why should Bhutan worry about the Zika virus?

Bhutan should be worried about the Zika virus because the Aedes mosquito, primarily Aedes aegypti, which transmits this viral disease, is present in all countries in the South East region, including Bhutan.

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The auspicious Fire Male Monkey Year explained

The Gyalsey was born on a Yangza when the element of Za and Karma was in a perfect union

Astrology: While Bhutanese are convinced that the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey in the Fire Male Monkey Year coinciding with the birth year of Guru Rinpoche marks a very special significance, not many are aware of how is it significant.

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Woman who blocked road agrees to deal

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The road will be relocated in two month’s time

Land:  The Lokchina gewog connectivity (GC) road has opened to traffic on February 6.  The road that trespassed through a private land was deliberately blocked on the night of February 2 by the landowner.

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Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and Gyalsey in good health

People express their gratitude for the precious gift

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey are in perfect health under the devoted care of a professional medical team, a press release from the Royal Office of Media assured the people and well-wishers.

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29 babies born on 5/2/2016

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Health: Coinciding with The Gyalsey’s birth, 29 babies were born in hospitals across the country on February 5.

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Bumthang celebrates The Gyalsey’s Birth

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Celebrations: When his cellphone rang in the middle of the night on Friday, Chumey gup, Tandin Phurba woke up wondering who would call him at such an odd hour. It was the dzongdag, at 3am from Bumthang.

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A New Era is Born

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 Bhutan welcomes The Gyalsey

“I am deeply pleased to announce that Jetsun and I look forward to the birth of our son in the coming Losar… I take this opportunity to offer prayers on this most propitious day, as a father, for my son.”

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  • Water: solving the problem of plenty

    There cannot be greater irony than the fact that even as we swim in the humongous abundance of water we should feel the want of it. Bhutan has one of the highest per capita availability of water in the world, yet households in parts of our country increasingly face absolute shortage of water. Lack of water for irrigation has led many rural folks to leave their land uncultivated and abandon their ancestral home in utter desperation.

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  • Future beckons

  • Our Gyalsey is born

My Country, My Town

  • Role change: This defunct outdoor tap now serves as the next best thing: a soap-dish hanger. Photo by Tulsi Subba, Dagana
  • Toilet humour: A left-handed compliment is a welcome change from the usual gender discrimination. Photo by Sonam Tobgay
  • Role change: This defunct outdoor tap now serves as the next best thing: a soap-dish hanger. Photo by Tulsi Subba, Dagana
  • Passengers, please note: Please take your legs off before sliding into this front seat. Photo by Tashi Namgay
  • Down but not out: The lock on the door reveals that half a house is better than none. Photo by Jimba Dorji
  • A once-upon-a-time scooter: Two-wheeler that has been stripped of virtually all but its two wheels. Photo by Bidur Rai
  • Clocktower sans clock: You know what they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Photo by Ezoo Kee
  • In lieu of a hard hat: A TV in need of protection from falling debris at a construction site. Photo by Kumar Rai, Pasakha