Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - 7:59 PM

A nation’s circumstance determines its own model


Q&A: For a small developing country, looking to draw from experiences and lessons of other nations, perhaps given its size and proximity within the region, it is quite common among Bhutanese to cite Singapore as a model.

A model in terms of efficiency in governance, its stance against corruption and today, in the face of growing fiscal instability, its robust economy.

But what should countries looking up to Singapore for these reasons be wary of [... Read More]

Lend a hand to control dog population


Sterilisation: Anyone bringing in dogs for sterilisation and vaccination will receive gift as a token of appreciation. Bringing in a female dog would fetch two.

This is a tactic, to be introduced in all districts for effective community involvement in controlling dog population and to make districts able to manage its dog population independently.

Program manager with humane society international (HSI), Antoinette Bradley said it was an initiative to encourage people to bring pets and [... Read More]

Druk United winners yesterday


A Division: Druk United beat struggling U-18 yesterday.

After a goal-less draw in the first half, Druk United went in front in full force and striker Diwas grabbed a goal in the 64th minute. But their lead lasted only 11 minutes when Kezang Wangdi of U-18 scored their equalizer. Druk United’s Captain Karan Gurung’s goal put his team in front and Diwas scored his second for the day to seal a 3-1 win.

Thimphu City [... Read More]

Cement production picks up


DCCL: The Dungsum Cement Corporation Ltd (DCCL) that began operating commercially in January is seeing a rapid increase in its production and sales are picking up, according to officials.

Officials said over the past three months, sales have increased by threefold and they had been utilising about 70 percent of the installed plant production capacity of 4,130MT everyday.

Chief Executive Officer of DCCL, Dorji Norbu, said they are pumping more money in marketing their cement [... Read More]

Three eggs a week for Zangkhar students


Nutrition: For Tashi Lhamo, a Class V boarding student of Zangkhar primary school in Lhuntse, potato has become a staple diet in school and at home.

But Tashi Lhamo’s diet will soon see some changes, and for the better.

In a few months, Zangkhar students will be fed three eggs a week. This is a part of the school’s agriculture initiative to improve nutrition and provide a balanced diet to students.

The school received Nu 400,000 [... Read More]

Impressions of Happiness


Art: With four paintings sold within few hours and more than 200 visitors, “Impressions of Happiness,” the first joint art exhibition between Bhutanese and Singaporean artists opened yesterday with a good start in Chapel Gallery at Sculpture Square, Singapore.

The concept of happiness is expressed through the 26 artworks of Asha Kama who is the founder of voluntary artists’ studio, Thimphu (VAST), founder of Datog art gallery, Rinchen Wangdi, two young artists from VAST and [... Read More]

Gups call for interventions


Water: The problem of drying water sources in Trashigang has compelled the 15 gups of the dzongkhag to discuss interventions and measures.

The gups said little has been done to prevent water sources in the dzongkhag that are increasingly drying.

Study should be carried out to understand why the water sources are drying so that appropriate preventive measures can be employed, said the gups.

According to a recent record with the dzongkhag, 12 gewogs including Sakteng, [... Read More]

A farm road for Menbi


Accessibility: The two-kilometer Gorgon-Menbi farm road in Lhuntse, on completion, is expected to provide opportunities for economic activities and improve access to services like health facilities.

Eleven households, which make up the community, will feel the immediate impact. “But it is estimated that over 40 homes will be constructed and reaping benefits in future,” Menbi gup Jamtsho Dorji said. “The numbers of houses will be increasing because of land fragmentation.”

The gup said Gorgan is [... Read More]

Semtokha-Dochula road 1km shorter


Highway: The ongoing Semtokha-Dochula road widening and improvement works will, on completion, reduce the 21km stretch by a kilometer and have an emergency-stopping lane.

The quality of the road is also to be higher and expected to last a decade compared with the five-year life of the previous road. While the whole stretch will be widened, a five km stretch form Hongtsho to an area below Dochula will be improved using the ‘primary national [... Read More]

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