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A tradition keeps a community alive

IMG_7223Tenzin Drakpa has been making trumpets for 20 years

The trade is so lucrative, that almost every household here is involved in the business Craft: The fields are getting fallow, roads have reached almost every chiwog and children are getting to schools. But in Tsebar, the tradition of making duung and jaling (traditional ritual trumpets) is flourishing. Villagers are not only keeping a strong tradition alive, and the tradition has helped the village generate employment both for young and old, including women. The prospect of leaving the village to work at construction sites or [... Read More]

Piggery on the decline in Trongsa

IMG_0319Many have turned to piggery to supplement their low incomes

Villagers are dissuading those in the occupation on religious grounds  Farming: Sukmati Rai in Marshing, Langthel gewog in Trongsa has taken up piggery to supplement her cash income of Nu 5,000 that he earns as a National Work Force (NWF) member. With four children, all attending school, Rai’s family is facing tough financial times. “One of them studies in a private school in Gelephu,” Sukmati Rai said, adding that the rest of her  children attends a government school. To Sukmati Rai, becoming a pig farmer was [... Read More]

The bamboo alternative

bamboo-houseCompleted bamboo community center at Pakpay, Samtse (photo courtesy: SFED)

To take pressure off the forest, a study suggests the viable use of this tree in constructions   INBAR: Bamboo could be an alternative to timber and save it from the pressure it’s under from increasing building and temple constructions within a few years, say forest officials. A 2014 study by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) stated that the bamboo construction sector is viable economically, socially, and technically in the country. Using bamboos for constructions of houses or its parts could provide [... Read More]

Two bridges due, one year overdue

DSC01387The Rongthongchhu bridge is expected to be completed next month

Plagued by flash floods, the Rongthongchhu and Bamridrangchhu spans will be completed this year Bridge: Two bridges, one at Rongthong, and the other at Bamri, will now be completed this year after a delay of more than a year. The two bridges were supposed to have been completed by March last year. The Rongthongchhu bridge is now expected to be completed by March, and the Bamridrangchhu one by the end of this year. After project DANTAK awarded the contract to an Indian government contractor, M/S [... Read More]

Kushuthara – A Pattern of Love

review1A scene from Kushuthara

The film about a relationship that transcends death and endures in another lifetime Review: Based on a tragic story of a young village girl, who falls in love with a stranger, who fails to keep his promise to return to her, Kushuthara – A Pattern of Love tells the story about the rebirth of this love. Directed by Karma Deki, the feature film was premiered during the Bhutan International Festival on February 14 in Thimphu. Shot in Minjey gewog in Lhuentse, the film brings out [... Read More]

Fire almost guts traditional house

actionsResidents mopping up the last remnants of the fire

Mishap: A two-storied traditional house in Khapti village in Samkhar gewog, Trashigang was almost razed to the ground during the wee hours of February 14. No casualties were reported, but the house owner is reported to have lost more then 50 percent of his belongings to the fire.  The owner was away when the fire occurred. According to Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji, the fire occurred at around 2am, when the family members, a middle-aged woman and her three children, were asleep. The fire had started [... Read More]

Fire guts half of Sarpang bazaar

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Breaking news: About half of some 100 shops that make up the Sarpang bazaar were completely gutted in a fire that started around 8pm today. Police suspect the fire started from a shoe shop that’s located at the end of the market. Residents said they experienced power fluctuation during the day and that the shopkeepers were burning candles to light their shops. Since it was windy, they suspect the fire to have started from one of the candles. Three fire brigades and hundreds of policemen, [... Read More]

Fishing to be allowed in the Haachu

IMG_2755Snow, rainbow and brown trouts at the breeding hatchery in Haa

So as to conserve the fisheries and help in the dzongkhag’s socio-economic development Livestock: The national centre for riverine and lake fisheries, under the department of livestock at Haa, will be legalising fishing in the Haachu for tourists and locals starting this year. According to the livestock production officer, Karma Wangchuk, the decision was taken to conserve the fisheries and help in the socio-economic development of the dzongkhag. The centre will develop a management plan, where specific areas and timing will be designated for fishing [... Read More]

The man who made a “scootiller”

FullSizeRender(1)Kencho Wangdi tests his scootiller (photo courtsey: Nim Dorji, immigration department)

Kencho Wangdi, a BPC lineman, moonlights as an inventor Innovator: After years of hard work, Kencho Wangdi’s innovation might finally pay off. The 48-year-old average sized man ignites his “scootiller” engine and starts ploughing his field. “It’s costly and typical to hire oxen to till the fields here,” he said.  His scootiller does the job of a power tiller using a scooter’s engine. It is not only his hobby to build simple, yet useful products out of scrap, but also a need of the hour. [... Read More]

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