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Drangmaling’s lost battle with wild boar

unnamed-19Helpless: A farmer examines her lost crop after a wild boar raid

The only straw to cling to is compensation from gewog conservation committee funding Wildlife: Every year, villagers of Dranmaling in Tsamang, Mongar only reap half the harvest spared by wild animals. With an increasing incidence of wild boar depredating their crops, villagers said the battle between farmers and wild animals has become intense.  So it has been for decades. Located about 50km from Mongar, villagers of Dranmaling mainly grow maize as cash crop. As the crops begin to mature, villagers spend sleepless nights.  It is [... Read More]

First ‘daylighting’ done at MHPA

IMG_8476Health minister triggering the blasting of the final chunk of rock between two sections of the MHPA head race tunnel

The tech term refers to the linking of two tunnel sections, in this case, adits one and two Hydropower: Marking another milestone, Mangdechu Hydro Power Project (MHPA) executed its first ‘daylighting’ yesterday with the linking of two different tunnel sections, adits one and two. Daylighting is an occasion when two tunnels or segments of a tunnel are linked.  An adit refers to a section of the tunnel. With yesterday’s daylighting, a total of 2,595m of the project’s headrace tunnel (HRT) is now completed.  The tunnel [... Read More]

The welcoming chiwog of Doongmana

unnamed-17Tshogchang: Every night guests are offered an assortment of beverages and fruits

The hospitality en route to this remote scattered settlement in Lauri, S/J is renowned Village: Greetings, smiles and offerings of refreshments and food are common on the way to Doongmana chiwog, Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar. Despite the arduous uphill walk, the warm hospitality of the village is what makes the trip worthwhile. Doongmana village in Jomotsangkha dungkhag is almost a six-hour walk from Depsang in Serthi gewog.  It is a remote scattered village of about 50 households. Lauri is about a four-hour walk from Doongmana. [... Read More]

Paddy days are here again

unnamed-16Dry land: Without an irrigation channel farmers of Khamdang had switched to cultivating maize

After a three-year gap, a repaired irrigation channel lets the gewog grow rice once more Khamdang: The paddy fields of Khamdang gewog did not lie fallow this year.  Most farmers, at this moment, are busy harvesting the last of their paddy after almost three years. The delayed completion of renovation works on the 11.4km Buyang irrigation channel had forced some 2,000 acres of arable land in Khamdang to run fallow for a few years.  People had resorted to large-scale cultivation of maize, which is less [... Read More]

Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away

unnamed-14Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away at 86 Photo: Family album

Former secretary of the royal secretariat and cabinet, Dasho Kunzang Wangchuk, popularly known as Shingkhar Lam, passed away at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital in Thimphu on the evening  of October 16.  He was 86. He was admitted to the hospital a week before, after suffering from a weak immune system.  He had been bedridden for almost 10 years. Born in March 1928 in Shingkhar, Bumthang, Dasho Shingkhar Lam began his career as a tozeb under the second King in 1944. He also [... Read More]

Survey of lateral highway on track

unnamed-11Road widening: Yotongla, the boundary between Trongsa and Bumthang

Road widening of the Chuserbu-Nangar section is due to start early next year Roads:  Road widening of the East-West lateral highway between Chuserbu, Trongsa, and Nangar, Bumthang, is slated to commence by early next year. So far, 13km of the Chuserbu-Nangar highway has been surveyed.  Survey works began from mid-September and are scheduled to be completed by December. With the government planning to shorten the current two-day journey required on the 333km East-West lateral highway to a day, the road widening survey is in full [... Read More]

Blasting training for roads engineers and others

PIC_0013Bomb squad: Trainees ready explosives for their practical tests

Given the ubiquity of the activity, a need was felt to ensure it was safe, systematic, and controlled  Blasting: Around 31 junior engineers and assistant engineers with the Department of Roads (DoR) from its nine regional offices across the country now have hands-on experience in safe, systematic, and controlled blasting. The training, initiated by the department, concluded yesterday.  Along with the engineers, there were 18 trainees, who were already blasters but not certified as specialists. During the five-day training, the engineers and other blasters learned [... Read More]

It’s either too little water or fear of too much

unnamed-9Drying up: Water sources in Wangdue are disappearing

While most farmers have run out of the resource, those in Punakha worry about overflowing lakes Water: Of late, farmers of Rubesa village, in the central district of Wangduephodrang, are in search of new water sources for drinking and irrigation purposes. Although water sources in the locality started drying up a few years ago, farmers did not  face acute water shortage like they do today. This, according to the Rubesa gup, Gyeltshen, was because of timely rainfall in the past.  There are about 100 households [... Read More]

Judge open to out of court settlement

unnamed-7Waiting repair: Some houses in Gidawom allegedly cracked by blasting at the mines

The conflicting parties were offered a way out of an otherwise long drawn out affair Gidawom: The legal battle between Gidawom community members and the four mines that operate above the villages has boiled down to two issues, the court stated, even though the parties continue to hurl numerous charges. Thimphu district court’s bench II drangpon, while presiding over the evidence submission from the defendants on October 15, said the main issues of contention are whether blasting caused cracks on walls of the houses in [... Read More]

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