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Chamarchi incident hurts Samchi orange exports

DSC_2166Indian workers pack oranges for export in one of the depots in Bangay Bazaar, Phuentsholing

The citrus has to be sent via Phuentsholing to Bangladesh, which adds time and cost Mandarin: Cost escalation in transportation, inspection timing, and deteriorating market due to sales of rejected produce are major problems confronting the orange export season today. General secretary with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA), Tshering Yeshey, said transportation cost has shot up especially for exporters from Samtse.  The recent Chamarchi incident interrupted exporters from directly exporting from Samtse. “We’ve requested the government to intervene and are waiting for the problem to [... Read More]

Stone extraction from Sumthrang nye

IMG_9220Stones and boulders collected from the Khekharti nye being loaded onto a truck in Pangkhar

Unaware of a kasho forbidding the practice, park authorities first allowed it in 2011 Heritage: Despite instructions from a royal family member to protect and conserve Sumthrang nye in Ura, Bumthang, some individuals from Pangkhar are allegedly extracting stone slabs from Khekharti (white water) since 2011 right from under the noses of Phrumshingla (earlier known as Thrimshingla) national park (PNP) authorities. The extraction of stone slabs and boulders is alleged to be occurring at a marshy area above Pangkhar village known as Khekharti, revered as [... Read More]

No takers for Nanong’s tsatsi buram

DSC_6433Villagers have started using machines to make buram with the help from agriculture office

The sugar cane-based, endemic to the gewog, delicacy struggles to find a market Agriculture: Popularly known as tsatsi buram, the villagers of Nanong gewog produce this sweet from sugar cane stalks.  While the name of the sweet is popular in the east, production has remained limited to the gewog. The sweet otherwise could increase income as a main cash crop.  Nanong gewog, under Pemagatshel, is about 31km away the district head quarter. Although the village has an abundant cultivation of sugar cane, tsatsi buram is [... Read More]

Govt. surrenders three secretaries to RCSC

IMG_6107The three secretaries leave the RCSC secretariat after meeting the commissioners yesterday

This drastic action was taken for their purported failure to fulfil their responsibilities Governance: The government is concerned that the actions and decisions the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) took without the knowledge of the cabinet might constitute running a “parallel government”. In a press conference yesterday, following the ‘surrender’ of three secretaries to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk said that, when the CoS took the matter of foreign relations into their own hands without even consulting the government, it [... Read More]

Expired goods seized from Wangdue establishments

DSC01781BAFRA officers inspecting food items

Food: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) seized grocery items and beverages that had expired and were not labelled from shops and restaurants in Wangdue, yesterday. The inspection, which began yesterday, is expected to be completed in about a week.  There are 269 grocery shops, 89 restaurants, 139 bars and eight resorts in Wangdue. “We seize expired goods and those without proper labeling,” BAFRA officer for Bajo, Norbu Gyeltshen, said. “In most cases, we find shops selling expired grocery items, biscuits, masala packets, spices [... Read More]

Shershong VTI shifted to Jigmeling


Relocation: The vocational training institute (VTI) in Shershong, Gelephu had to be relocated to Jigmeling seven years after it was established. The institute was shifted to Jigmeling with financial assistance of Nu 300M from the government of India. The ministry of labour and human resources (MoLHR) has told the institute to dismantle the structures in Shershong.  All the structures of the institute at Shersong were temporary except for one that belonged to Shersong primary school. Out of the 6-acre land, on which the temporary structures [... Read More]

The dzong in the sky

DSC_9268Trashigang dzong Photo: Michael Aries, The Raven Crown

The folklore of  Trashigang dzong “Many years ago, two little boys were born in Pam Village in Trashigang in eastern Bhutan.  They later became great lamas. This is their story.” Father William Mackey (1915-1995) was a great storyteller. While he was in Kanglung, he recorded the myth of the Trashigang dzong. According to his unpublished notes: One day the two boys were grazing cows. It was very hot. They left their cows and went to play on top of a hill overlooking the Manis River. [... Read More]

Lyonpo Dorji Choden addresses Lima conference


Climate: At the UN Climate Change Conference in the Peruvian capital of Lima Thursday, works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said that mountains are important not only to the mountain communities but also to the global community. The minister said that the latest report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) underscores the urgency of the challenges and threats faced by communities living in fragile mountain ecosystems that range from rapidly receding glaciers to vulnerable communities dependent on the forests that are rich [... Read More]

Farmers see co-ops as the way to enhance food self-sufficiency

IMG_1582Farmers take a break from the seminar organised to mark International Mountain Day

Farming: Farmers and growers stand on the cusp of change.  Traditional system of farming has had its time, it seems. Subsistence farming and its benefits has flown out of the window. This is the age of cooperatives, of mass marketing. At a seminar yesterday in Thimphu where 28 farmers from Punakha, Thimphu and Tsirang gathered to mark the International Mountain Day for the first time in the country, farmers shared their experiences and thoughts. What came out of it was a revelation. Farming is a [... Read More]

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