Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Local leaders seek govt. help against wildlife

IMG_2519Wangdue DT in session

Specifically, gups of four gewogs have appealed for support to install electric fencing DT: Explaining the difficulties farmers faced in protecting their fields from wildlife, gups of four gewogs, Bjena, Phangyul, Nahi and Gasey Tshogwom proposed government support for solar and electric fencing support at the dzongkhag tshogdu, yesterday. Local leaders said damage to crops from wildlife continues to remain a persistent issue of farmers in the country. Tshogwom gup Sangay said farmers have been doing everything possible to protect their crops. “They even take [... Read More]

Tshogpon takes part in ‘virtual zomdu’

IMG_5879Virtual zomdu: Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo interacts with a group of his constituents for a zomdu yesterday (Photo courtesy: Annamari Salonen/UNDP Bhutan)

The NA speaker, from Thimphu, interacted with a group of his constituents in Mongar  TECH: In a display of how technology can be utilised for governance, a “virtual zomdu” was held between the national assembly speaker in Thimphu and his constituents in Mongar in real-time yesterday. Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, seated in the national assembly building, interacted with a group of his constituents, who were in a community centre in Mongar using video conferencing technology. The tshogpon was questioned on a range of issues, from the [... Read More]

BEGIN trainees all geared up

IMG_1428The fifth BEGIN graduates at the closing ceremony yesterday

A dozen entrepreneurs are now set to seek funding to realise their business ideas Training: After three months of intensive training in business skills, Suraj Rai, is all geared-up to stride into the world of doing business and becoming a successful entrepreneur. This is happening with the help of the ‘Business entrepreneurship growth and innovation’ (BEGIN) training program, which started in May and concluded yesterday.  An initiative of Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), the program was the fifth since the course first started in 2012. [... Read More]

Shamar rinpoche’s purjang on July 31

20140728-2C4A9747His Majesty the King offered prayers to the kudung of the Late Kunzig Shamar rinpoche yesterday in Paro. The kudung was brought to Paro on July 27 for Bhutanese devotees to receive blessings and pay their respects.

Religion: The kudung (mortal remains) of the late 14th Kunzig Shamar (pronounced Zhamar) rinpoche, Mepham Chokyi Lodro, is expected to arrive at the Thribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal between 9 and 10am today, according to the late rinpoche’s brother, Jigme rinpoche. In a telephone interview last evening, Jigme rinpoche from Kathmandu said rinpoche’s kudung will be flown to Kathmandu from Paro this morning, and then taken to Shar Minub monastery to conduct his last rites. The kudung was brought to Paro on July 27 [... Read More]

DT wants MoIC to expedite Yonphula airport work

ImageYongphula airport runway

Tshogdu: Concerned over the prolonged suspension of Yonphula domestic airport, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to write to the ministry of information and communications to begin runway-restoration activities at the earliest. Local leaders said the department of civil aviation (DCA) was taking too long a time to carry out the work. Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji, said the flight services have not resumed, nor has any maintenance work started.  This, he said, was affecting the growth of tourism industry not only in Trashigang but the whole [... Read More]

Wholesome Gakidling Primary School

DSC01282Students doing their bit in the field on a sunny day

Truly an institute with a difference given its wide-ranging, community based curriculum Education: It is Sunday, July 27.  For some 30 students of Gakidling Primary School (GPS) in Gong, Sarpang, however, this day is no day for respite. Knee-deep in slushy mud of the one-and-half acre field below the school, the students, with 20 people from the locality and eight teachers, are busy planting paddy saplings. For about nine years or more, this now wet and soft acreage had been left fallow.  The school’s teachers [... Read More]

Joint technical field survey report endorsed

BorderDiplomacy: Delegations from Bhutan and China meet in Wutai Shan, Shanxi province in China for the 22nd round of boundary talks. (Photo: MoFA)

Border: Bhutan and China endorsed the report of a joint technical field survey of Bayul Pasamlung, at the 22nd round of boundary talks, which concluded on Friday. The 22nd round of boundary talks took place in Wutai Shan, Shanxi province, China. “The talks were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere, and the two sides took positive and constructive decisions towards the resolution of the boundary issue,” it was stated in a foreign affairs press release. The joint survey was carried out in September last [... Read More]

Developing a thromde

DTShongphu gup, Kinzang Wangdi informs the DT about people other dzongkhags running businesses in rented buildings at Rangjung and Methidrang towns

One essential step advised by the dzongkhag tshogdu is for residents to have their census moved  DT: To develop Trashigang thromde, the dzongkhag will start advocating throm residents to move their census from the gewog to the throm, the sixth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) resolved. Most people running businesses in towns, like Rangjung and Methidrang, come from other gewogs and dzongkhags.  They prefer not to register their census under the thromde, which DT members claimed affected the town’s development. While there are more than 2,000 people [... Read More]

Fighting with animals over food

wildlifeOn guard: From a shack overlooking his maize field in Pam, Namgay keeps watch

Zhemgang farmers wage a futile battle against marauding boars, bears, deer and etc. Wildlife: By evening, an exhausted Kinley Namgay from Goling in Nangkhor, Zhemgang retreats to a bamboo hut in Wangdhar overlooking a sea of undulating paddy fields, glistening from fresh irrigation. Kinley Namgay, 47, has just returned from strenuous paddy transplantation since 5am at Yumsowom.  Yet night beckons Kinley with an even more important task of guarding maize fields at Pam from wild animals.  Pam is a small hamlet veering uphill from Wangdhar. [... Read More]

Road widening work disrupts water supply

waterImminent damage: Water pipelines, such as these, are affected by the road widening works

Town residents and students both have been affected by this accidental scarcity   Lobesa: Apart from attending classes, a common activity at the college of nature resources (CNR) and residents of Lobesa is fetching water these days. After the pipelines connecting water to the college, schools and residents of Lobesa were damaged and displaced by falling stones and earth removed from road widening works above Thinleygang, Lobesa is facing an acute shortage of water. Lecturer with CNR, Tandin Dorji, said it has been a week [... Read More]

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