Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 3:58 AM

Norbugang spared citrus blight

photo3Hale and hearty: Norbugang’s main cash crop, mandarin, is healthy and growing in abundance

Farmers are thanking their lucky stars for healthy orange orchards Mandarin: While neighbouring villages are battling diseases like citrus blight, villages in Norbugang, Pemagatshel are expecting a good mandarin harvest. The main cash crop of the villagers has also received a boost with a farm road connecting the gewog to Nganglam dungkhag in 2010. Norbugang farmers consider themselves ‘lucky’ for citrus blight has not affected their trees, although the neighbouring gewogs of Decheling and Chokholing have been infested. In Norbuling, each farmer owns almost 500 [... Read More]

Drukpol FC-4, Druk Star FC-2

IMG_7057Drukpol FC bundles in their fourth goal

Football: Drukpol FC defeated Druk Star, 4-2 to register their first three points in the third season of Coca Cola National League that began on July 2. Drukpol was leading the game 3-2, in the first half of the game. Although Druk Star emerged stronger in the second half with better ball possession, they failed to equalise .  Drukpol’s 80th minute goal sealed their victory . Meanwhile, Yeedzin FC, who finished in second position last year and Champions in 2012 failed to qualify for the [... Read More]

No one stays at Kizom campsite

IMG_3554Unutilised: Kizom campsite in Tang

Once a fav spot for tourists, ever since it was spruced up, they seem to avoid it Tourism: Since Kizom eco campsite in Tang, Bumthang opened last year in October, there has been no tourist using the site so far. The campsite was developed to accommodate tourists, who were usually seen camping by the existing spot, located along the Tangchu opposite to Kizom village. “With expectation to tap some cash income for the community, Wangchuck centennial park developed the campsite for tourists,” Kizom tshogpa, Lekila, [... Read More]

3rd Haa summer festival draws 134 tourists

IMG_9946Tourists and locals play a friendly game of dart at the two-day Haa summer festival that ended yesterday (Photo: TCB)

The number of visitors this year was far higher compared with previous years Tourism: The third Haa summer festival this year managed to draw 134 international tourists, the highest so far, since its initiation in 2011. The festival is a part of Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) effort in promoting Bhutan as a year-round tourist destination. Showcasing the traditional culture, nomadic lifestyles and unique Bhutanese cuisines, the festival was held over two days in Haa.  It ended on June 5. There were around 15 tents [... Read More]

Man run over near Paro airport junction

IMG_2100Curious: residents of the locality and passer by stopped by to see police recover the body

Accident: A 58-year-old man was killed when a Mahindra bolero hit him and dragged the body about 29 feet near the airport junction in Paro on the night of July 4. The incident took place between 12.45 to 1am, when the man, who owns a restaurant in Bondey, was walking near the airport junction.  The victim was from Bjokha, Zhemgang, but had re-settled in Gelephu. The bolero was returning from Paro town when it hit the man.  The driver, an engineer from Jabana, was reportedly [... Read More]

Most Tang collectors return empty-handed

IMG_3536Cordycep collectors in Tang, Bumthang attribute the unavailability of cordyceps to change in weather patterns

Opinion is divided as to whether the fungi has gone extinct or merely relocated Cordyceps:  Cordyceps collectors in Tang, Bumthang most of who returned empty handed from the mountains last month, suggest royalty for cordyceps be collected only after their return, given the fungi’s dwindling quantity. Every collector pays Nu 510 as royalty fees.  Tang would collect a royalty of Nu 36,720 as revenue, if all 72 villagers availed the permit in 2014. A collector from Kizom, Tshering Dhendup, said, he was unable to trace [... Read More]

The centenarians of Chokhorling

photo2Meme Karpo and Abi Norbu Lhamo

A couple of venerable years recall the distant past Aging: In a small hut in Chokhorling, Pemagatshel live two centenarians.  Meme Karpo is 101 this day, and Abi Norbu Lhamo, 100.  This oldest pair in the village bask in the sun all day saying the rosary. Spades on their shoulders, a group of villagers are heading for work.  It’s a clear sunny day, a good day to work in the field.  Abi looks on.  Her deeply wrinkled face in this sad poise seems to throw [... Read More]

Capital lacks comprehensive drainage network

DSC_6381A residential unit in lower Motithang filled with water that overflowed from a nearby drain on Wednesday

Thromde’s master plan for the purpose failed to come through due to budget constraints   Thromde: The brief but heavy downpour on Wednesday that flooded and damaged properties in some parts of Thimphu came as a reminder that the capital city needs a relook at its drainage system. But the thromde and residents can only pray for lighter rains, as the city lacks a proper drainage network, and there is no data on the existing drainage network either. During the 10th Plan, the thromde’s engineering [... Read More]

Rice bank for indebted Punakha sharecroppers

IMG_2044VAST volunteers distributes rice in Kabisa gewog

VAST: Farmer Tshering, 50, of Zarbisa village in Kabisa, Punakha, need not worry about buying rice until the next paddy harvest season. The father of three is among 13 beneficiaries, who received seven bags of 25kg white rice each from the Voluntary Artists’ Studio Thimphu (VAST), yesterday. Initiated by the VAST as the first step towards their fourth rice bank project, volunteers were there to distribute rice crucially required to relieve shortages that occur at this time of the year before the harvest. As Tshering’s [... Read More]