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Chengkari road in decrepit condition

unnamed-12Bumpy ride: Cracks and the potholes along the road have irked many

DoR: Barely three years after the road from the Indian border up to Chengkari in Nganglam was handed over to the Department of Roads (DoR), residents complaining about its poor quality. The road, which is part of the Nganglam-Gyalpozhing highway, passes through Nganglam town to Chengkari, where the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is located, is damaged. Road users say accidents occur on this road frequently because it is difficult to negotiate the numerous potholes along the stretch. Pema Wangdi, a private employee said even [... Read More]

White cane safety day observed in Khaling

unnamed-10Right of way: Visually impaired students and Khaling residents observed the day with a walk

An international day to pay tribute to the international symbol of blindness Occasion: International day for “white cane safety” was observed by the Muenselling Institute in Khaling, Trashigang on October 15. The white cane is an instrument used by the blind for walking. To observe the day, students from the institute, Jigme Sherubling higher secondary school, and Khaling lower secondary school, visited the Rongthong Draktsho vocational centre. In Rongthong, almost a hundred officials of various agencies joined to also observe the day. Muenselling Institute principal [... Read More]

The Begana community of senior citizens

IMG_4622Left behind: More than twenty abandoned elderly people have made Begana chorten their home

Left to fend for themselves, these old folks can do with whatever help is forthcoming  Lifestyle: Like the elderly circumambulating the memorial chorten, about two dozen elderly men and women can be seen at the Begana chorten in the capital. But unlike the elderly in the city, who return to their families in the afternoon, the elderly at Begana go back to their rat-infested huts, curtained by a thick forest, a few metres above the chorten. While some of them are without family, others have [... Read More]

Collateral damage of biological corridor

DSC_5835-(1)Idle: The tanks that was constructed at Nu 20.5M

Water: The recent demarcation of the biological corridor in Nganglam has not only affected the Rinchenthang township plan but has also left three water reservoir tanks worth Nu 20.5M idle for the last two years. Covered in vegetation, the reservoir tanks, were constructed in 2012 as part of township activities in Rinchenthang, and stand about a kilometre away from the existing Nganglam town.  The construction of the tanks was the first activity implemented after the master plan was approved. However, with the biological corridor’s demarcation, [... Read More]

Second hearing on illegal roadside houses

The dzongkhag will present its rebuttal in court against the 18 charged households Drakteng: Court proceedings against 18 households, who constructed their houses within 50 feet of the highway against the road right of way in Drakteng, Trongsa, are underway since September 16. The second hearing for the 18 households in Drakteng will be done today, during which the dzongkhag administration will submit its rebuttal. Section 165 of the road act of Bhutan prohibits construction of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent structures within the road right [... Read More]

An insight into suicide


Dr Brent Waters has worked as a psychiatrist for the past 43 years in Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Australia.  He was also a professor of psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia.  Dr Waters, who is from Australia, often visits Bhutan as a tourist, but also provides his services in the fields of depression and disability while here.  Kuensel reporter Tenzin Namgyel recently spoke with Dr Waters on the rising number of suicides in Bhutan.  Interview: 1. Generally what makes people commit [... Read More]

Bhutan yet to be self sufficient in food

unnamed-5Family farming: Farmers display farm produce during the day

Was the reminder as World Food Day’s 33rd anniversary was celebrated in Phobjikha SAP: A decade ago, it used to be a norm for farmers like Phub Dorji, to skip meals and survive on flours for days. The 49-year-old farmer of Phobjikha said they grew up in poverty by surviving on potatoes and flours. Potatoes are the most grown crop in Phobjikha, but those days, accessibility to market was an issue. However, he said with various support, today, farmers even in a place like Phobjikha [... Read More]

The brass can benchmark

IMG_4592Measure measure: A fuel boy pours into a standard measuring can while trade officials observe at the Chubachhu fuel depot

Fuel station pumps are to be recalibrated next month onwards so customers get what they paid for Fuel: Pumps at fuel stations will be re-calibrated each month, so that customers are provided the closest volume of diesel or petrol that they have paid for. The stations will also be provided with a five litre new brass can, derived from international standard, with 0.6 percent tolerance.  It converts to about 30ml, up or down. These initiatives were taken, after Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) established that a [... Read More]

Potato price hits new high

PIC_0008Busy: The FCB auction yard in Phuentsholing

Exports: Potatoes fetched a record high price this year at the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing. To date, the highest recorded was Nu 52.40 for a kilo of potatoes, which was auctioned on October 14.  For the same period last year, the highest price a kilogram of potatoes fetched was Nu 31. It is the first time potato price has shot up at this rate, officials said. Starting May this year until yesterday, records with FCB officials showed an arrival and [... Read More]

Eusakha follows its own milky way

fam.The farmers’ group was launched on October 14

18 households from a Punakha chiwog form a dairy farmer’s dairy collaborative group Cooperative: Farmers of Eusakha chiwog in Kabjisa gewog, Punakha are not only earning good income, but also saving on high taxi fares, after they formed the Eusakha Chortenypo farmer’s diary collaborative group two months ago. The group’s chairman, Dodo, said 18 households from Eusakha village formed the group, with an objective to increase their income, and also help create employment opportunities for their children. Dodo said each household owns around four to [... Read More]

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