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Health ministry launches first outdoor public gym at Lungtenzampa

IMG_8813Public health: Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk rides the exercise bike at the new outdoor gym

NCD: To address non-communicable diseases like obesity and diabetes, the health ministry launched the first public outdoor strength and fitness centre in Thimphu, coinciding with the 107th National Day yesterday. The centre, located near the synthetic tracks at Lungtenzampa, is the first of the six outdoor gymnasiums that the health ministry targets to set up across the country. General secretary of Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation (BAAF), Dorji Tenzin, said the equipments were gifts from HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck. The centre is equipped with rowing [... Read More]

Spadework for Gasa town done

IMG_9835Temporary town: Shops below the dzong operate from small semi-permanent structure

Township: The long overdue township for Gasa, the least populated district, is slowly taking shape, with the topographical and cadastral surveys completed. With four gewogs spread over steep terrain, there are several shops operating from semi-permanent structures near the dzong. The township, according to dzongkhag officials, will be located at Kolikha, a few km from the dzong.  The township was approved during the former government’s mid-term review in 2012. Gasa dzongda Sonam Jigme said the preliminary survey of the township started in 2013, and works, [... Read More]

Two women at a man’s work

DSC_0102Khandu Zangmo and Karma Zangmo

The pair works with nine men as labourers, unloading goods from trucks Occupation: Sixty-year-old Khandu Zangmo and thirty-five-year-old Karma Zangmo work as a labourers, who unload goods from trucks in Gelephu town.  They work with nine men. Khandu and Karma started working as ‘unloaders’ three years back. When they started, there were five of them.  Three left. Khandu Zangmo is from Pemagatshel.  She has three children studying in Gelephu higher secondary school.  She said she feels shy telling her friends and relatives that she works [... Read More]

Spike in Kanglung commerce

unnamed-1Shopkeepers are making the most of the celebrations

National Day crowds have sparked a mini business boom in the town Occasion: Kanglung town is bustling with life, with thousands of people gathered for the national day celebrations. Restaurateurs and shopkeepers are doing brisk business, while hotels are seeing a rush of customers. A restaurateur, Wangchuk Namgyal, is busy attending to his customers.  Usually, he would have closed his shop and left for his village by this time. “We generally don’t do good business in December. Students would leave for their vacation and we [... Read More]

Looking forward to the 107th National Day

DSC01191A rehearsal of cultural programmes for the National Day celebration was held at the Kanglung football ground yesterday

Trashigang is all agog – with anticipation and preparations – for the big occasion Celebration: Trashigang dzongkhag has remained busy for the past few days.  Excitement is high as preparations for the 107th national day celebration are on full swing. Excluding people visiting from other dzongkhags, about 20,000 people are expected to join the celebrations from Trashigang dzongkhag. Despite thousands of people pouring in, accommodation is not an issue.  Tents have been pitched along the fields near Kanglung BHU for the people of 14 gewogs [... Read More]

Buli-Shingkhar farm road construction resumed

IMG_2750The 78 km road is expected to complete by June next year

The difference among people of Wamling helped road officials to compile report Zhemgang: Construction of the Buli-Shingkhar road, which was suspended since September this year, has resumed since last month. The road construction resumed after the department of roads’ chief engineer in Tingtibi, Prabhat Rai, met with the people of Wamling and submitted a detailed report to the dzongkhag tshogdu last month. The DT chairman then directed DoR to resume the road construction from the initial alignment. Prabhat Rai said the department looked into the [... Read More]

Minong to bank on red kidney beans

DSC_6328Shift in cultivation : An elderly villager of Minong in Nanong gewog segregates red kidney bean seeds after harvest

After poor returns from maize and mandarin, the village turns to new crop Agriculture: Lack of proper market for maize, and citrus trees dying from diseases has forced some villagers of Minong in Nanong gewog to shift to kidney bean cultivation. Today, most villagers cultivate red kidney beans on huge areas of land.  Villagers are hopeful that it would serve as a better source of income like it did for some villagers, who have been cultivating it over the years. Less income from maize and [... Read More]

While (in)g vacation program for youth

img_8102Youth set up stalls at the end of the program last year File photo

Youth: About 200 youth from across the country have registered to participate in the While (in) g Vacation Program, which starts from December 18 at Nazhoen Pelri Youth Development Centre, Thimphu. The event is organised annually to meaningfully engage children and youth during their vacation, stated a press release from the Youth Development Fund (YDF). “Unlike in the past, the event this year will focus on wholesome education of participants with new activities like acting for children and various trainings on Life Skills, Leadership & [... Read More]

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]

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