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Getting with the (multiannual indicative) program

DSC_2390European commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs and Lyonpo Namgay Dorji exchanges the MIPs

AID: Finance minister Namgay Dorji and European Union’s (EU) commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, signed the multiannual indicative programmes (MIPs) document in Thimphu yesterday. MIPs represent the strategies and priorities for the EU’s aid in the country.  The EU has trebled its assistance to the country for the period of 2014-20 to euro 42M.  It is the largest grant by the EU to Bhutan so far. The financial assistance is aimed at addressing challenges, such as strengthening the civil society, supporting local governance, and developing [... Read More]

21 trained in AFC coaching course

DSC_2033In session: Participants practice at the artificial turf in Changjiji

Football: The Asian Football Federation’s (AFC) ‘C’ certificate coaching course for football coaches from across country ends today in Thimphu. Organised by the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the course started on October 10. BFF’s technical director, Chokey Nima, said the course is expected to groom more capable coaches to enhance the game for young players. Chokey Nima said participants were taught basic football coaching in theory and practical every day. To be certified by AFC, participants have to obtain a minimum of 70 percent and [... Read More]

Artificial turf for Phuentsholing

PIC_0049Phuentsholing football ground today

A budget of Nu 26M has been committed from the SDP fund towards this  Sports: The wait for artificial turf on the Phuentsholing football ground is finally over, with the budget commitment made through the government of India’s (GoI) small development project (SDP) funding. Although the budget has not been released yet, Phuentsholing sports association (PSA) officials confirmed the budget approval, with the support of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC).  In addition, a budget for construction of a multi-purpose hall for the public has also been [... Read More]

The gone away gungtongs – An issue that won’t go away

unnamed-26Abandoned: At least one house is being vacated every year in Lauri gewog

The fact that those who remain pick up the slack left by the absent is especially galling Doongmanma:  Villagers of Doongmanma chiwog in Lauri gewog want the government to either annul and take over gungtongs, or require at least one member of each gung to return and reside in the village. A gung is a household, while gungtongs are registered households left unoccupied for a certain period of time. With many choosing to migrate to urban areas to either find employment or stay with their [... Read More]

To see the truth is most important: Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche

DSC_1848Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche

The rinpoche spoke on a range of issues: from suicide to sexual orientation Discourse: While the fast moving society and alienation is often blamed for the spate of suicides reported in the country, it was perhaps time, said Dzongsar Khentse rinpoche, to start creating awareness on the preciousness of life, and to listen more to the younger generation. Buddhism’s take on suicides was one of the questions the rinpoche answered, after his talk on Guru Rinpoche’s principles on October 18 in Thimphu.  This trend or [... Read More]

Drangmaling’s lost battle with wild boar

unnamed-19Helpless: A farmer examines her lost crop after a wild boar raid

The only straw to cling to is compensation from gewog conservation committee funding Wildlife: Every year, villagers of Dranmaling in Tsamang, Mongar only reap half the harvest spared by wild animals. With an increasing incidence of wild boar depredating their crops, villagers said the battle between farmers and wild animals has become intense.  So it has been for decades. Located about 50km from Mongar, villagers of Dranmaling mainly grow maize as cash crop. As the crops begin to mature, villagers spend sleepless nights.  It is [... Read More]

First ‘daylighting’ done at MHPA

IMG_8476Health minister triggering the blasting of the final chunk of rock between two sections of the MHPA head race tunnel

The tech term refers to the linking of two tunnel sections, in this case, adits one and two Hydropower: Marking another milestone, Mangdechu Hydro Power Project (MHPA) executed its first ‘daylighting’ yesterday with the linking of two different tunnel sections, adits one and two. Daylighting is an occasion when two tunnels or segments of a tunnel are linked.  An adit refers to a section of the tunnel. With yesterday’s daylighting, a total of 2,595m of the project’s headrace tunnel (HRT) is now completed.  The tunnel [... Read More]

The welcoming chiwog of Doongmana

unnamed-17Tshogchang: Every night guests are offered an assortment of beverages and fruits

The hospitality en route to this remote scattered settlement in Lauri, S/J is renowned Village: Greetings, smiles and offerings of refreshments and food are common on the way to Doongmana chiwog, Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar. Despite the arduous uphill walk, the warm hospitality of the village is what makes the trip worthwhile. Doongmana village in Jomotsangkha dungkhag is almost a six-hour walk from Depsang in Serthi gewog.  It is a remote scattered village of about 50 households. Lauri is about a four-hour walk from Doongmana. [... Read More]

Paddy days are here again

unnamed-16Dry land: Without an irrigation channel farmers of Khamdang had switched to cultivating maize

After a three-year gap, a repaired irrigation channel lets the gewog grow rice once more Khamdang: The paddy fields of Khamdang gewog did not lie fallow this year.  Most farmers, at this moment, are busy harvesting the last of their paddy after almost three years. The delayed completion of renovation works on the 11.4km Buyang irrigation channel had forced some 2,000 acres of arable land in Khamdang to run fallow for a few years.  People had resorted to large-scale cultivation of maize, which is less [... Read More]

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