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HM grants land kidu to 9,339 in Pemagatshel

20141221-2C4A5870Audience: His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen with the people of Pemagatshel yesterday

Pemagatshel is the 12th dzongkhag to receive land kidu from His Majesty the King Land: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 9,339 beneficiaries (thram holders) from 11 gewogs in Pemagatshel, yesterday. A total of 20,969.578 acres of land was granted as kidu to the people of Pemagatshel based on the National Cadastral Resurvey Programme (NCRP), which began in 2008 and completed in 2012. Pemagatshel is the 12th dzongkhag to receive land kidu from His Majesty the King in a nation wide exercise to [... Read More]

Choeten consecration to start renovation of Yonphula airstrip

yonphula-choeten-2Khamsum Namgyel choeten being concsecrated in Yonphula

Culture: The consecration of a newly built Khamsum Namgyel choeten above the Yonphula domestic airport in Trashigang on December 20, signaled the starting of renovation works on the airport, which was closed to air traffic since October 2103 for major infrastructure development and expansion of the runway. The new choeten was built after the 60 year old Khamsum Namgyel choeten had to be re-located to make way for the airstrip expansion work. The choeten was dismantled in October. The new Khamsum Namgyel choeten was built [... Read More]

Dialysis patients learn to prepare potassium free food

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High levels of potassium in diet will cause abnormal increase in heartbeat, say nurses Diet: If health dietary advisory is to be made practicable then that can be done better with a demonstration. This is what the first dialysis class for patients held yesterday in Thimphu showed. At 1pm yesterday, 23 dialysis patients of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital, who are staying at the patient guesthouse, gathered in front of the guest house to attend a class on “how to reduce potassium” from their [... Read More]

The coloured earth extractors of Munong

unnamedFarmers of Munong village have been producing satsa for decades

Extracting satsa and saserbu is more of a tradition than business for this community Livelihood: In a remote village of Munong in Nanong, Pemagatshel, few villagers spend their time extracting what they call satsa (red soil) and saserbu (yellow soil). Used for painting houses and lhakhang, the two colours according to villagers are mixed with paints available in the market to make it more durable and give a rich shade. Munong is an hour’s walk from Dalung village, which is two hours drive from the [... Read More]

The man who groomed Sherubtseans for the National Day

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Deepak Thakur contributed to the celebrations by giving free haircuts to over 100 students Contribution: When Trashigang dzongkhag was busy preparing for the National Day celebrations, Deepak Thakur, 39, a well-known barber in the community was making his own contributions. On a cold December 13, Deepak was up early to leave for Kanglung, where he spent the whole day giving free haircuts to over 100 students of Sherubtse College. He also trained a few of them. Having worked in this business for almost three decades, [... Read More]

Javins wins over Zhoems 45-44 in extra time

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Basketball: For the first time in the Winter Basketball Championship a match went in to extra time. Javins and Zhoems battled until the last minute, the former securing the victory with a single point yesterday evening. On the fifth day of the championship, neither of the teams could break the deadlock in the four quarters. The game then entered the extra time of five minutes where Javins after a fault on a player earned a free throw to seal the victory of their first match. [... Read More]

Blacktopping of first GC road in Trashigang begins

DSC03166County Road: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurates the ceremony to blacktop Riju-Bartsham road, the first gewog centre road in Trashigang to be blacktopped

The 20.5 km road is expected to benefit people of three gewogs Road: Driving to Bartsham from Riju in Trashigang dzongkhag, along the well-maintained gewog road, is not as bad as other gewog roads. And it will get better with the road getting blacktopped soon. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday inaugurated the ceremony of blacktopping the 20.5- kilometer (km) GC road making it the first GC road in Trashigang to be blacktopped. The government of India (GoI) through the small development project (SDP) grant is [... Read More]

From driving to dairy to National Order of Merit

BHIM-KARKI-AT-HIS-COWSHED-copyMan at work: Bhim Bahadur Kari in his dairy farm (pic courtesy Tshewang Dhendup, SJI)

A success story of a dairy farmer Profile: About two decades ago, Bhim Bahadur Karki was a civil servant. He was driving officials around in Thimphu. His salary of Nu 757 (in 1992) was barely enough to make ends meet. He decided to quit his driving job and leave Thimphu- a decision he is still proud of. With his resignation benefits, he built  a cow shed, big enough to house about half a dozen cows. He then borrowed Nu 70,000 from Bhutan Development Finance Corporation [... Read More]

Hot stone bath biz in Bangay Bazaar

bath-1On the Amochhu bank: Wooden tubs for hot stone bath

Besides being a lucrative enterprise, it’s also a public service Entrepreneurship: The mandarin export season has made Bangay Bazaar in Phuentsholing a happening place. And it is not only the export business that flourishes here.  Amid the many shops and restaurants opened around the vicinity where orange depots are located, there is a small board that reads “hot stone bath.” Its owner, Namgyel, has set up a stone bath hub a few metres ahead of the board. The business has lured both young and old, [... Read More]

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