Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 6:48 AM

Stalls for women vendors


Business: Phub Lham, a single mother, and a vendor never understood why a group of men would snatch her goods and restrict her from doing business.

“Now I understand why they did that. I did not have a permit and they were simply doing their job,” said Phub Lham, who took to the streets to sell doma after quitting her work in a hotel. “My employer wouldn’t grant me leave, even when my children [... Read More]

His Majesty inaugurates Panbang bridge


Connectivity: His Majesty the King inaugurated the Panbang bridge in Zhemgang yesterday.

The inaugural ceremony of the 152-metre bridge was graced by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and attended by the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, Indian Ambassador and senior government officials.

Thousands of villagers from the neighbouring villages also attended the ceremony.

His Majesty told the people that while the construction of such a bridge was an achievement, the real objective would be realised when it starts [... Read More]

Road widening works affect Menchuna farmers


Workers turn a blind eye on farmers’ water source

Irrigation: With about five irrigation water sources in Dochula-Menchuna chiwog blocked by muck dumped from the ongoing road widening sites between Menchuna to Lamperi, villagers fear that they may not be able to carry out paddy plantation this year.

There are 130 households in the four villages under the Dochula-Menchuna chiwog. Together the villagers own more than 200 acres of paddy fields. They depend on the [... Read More]

Measuring gardening impact in schools


Agriculture: In one of the first researches among developing countries, the agriculture ministry will evaluate the impact of school vegetable garden in terms of nutrition to students and food security.

Council for RNR Research of Bhutan (CORRB) with Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre  (AVRDCS) in Taiwan is implementing the Vegetables Go to School (VeGOTS), a research-based pilot project to study the impact of school vegetable gardening on knowledge and nutritional contribution to students.

AVRDC’s [... Read More]

Sakteng road construction comes to a halt


Farm road: The construction of the 37.3 kilometers Rangjung-Thrakthri farm road in Sakteng, Trashigang has come to a halt.

Work was suspended since March 6 after the department of national budget (DNB) notified to suspend the small development projects (SDP) funded by Indian government. The construction has a budget of Nu 84M.

A senior official from dzongkhag, however, assured that works on the farm road, which has reached Thrakthri would restart once budget is released.

The [... Read More]

RTC donates 148 units of blood

DSC_0743About 210 turned up to donate

Health: About 148 Royal Thimphu College (RTC) students, faculty, and staff came together to donate 148 units of blood to the national blood bank during the college’s eighth blood donation campaign held yesterday.

Of the 210 students and faculty 148 were found fit to donate after they were screened.

RTC held its first blood donation drive in 2010. Since then the college has been hosting such campaigns every semester.

“RTC has been encouraging new donors to [... Read More]

A farm road for Langabi

villagers-excited-to-see-excavators-to-take-off-farm-road-constructionGroundbreaking ceremony for Langabi farm road

Construction to begin only in June

Road: The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the 11km Langabi farm road from Phowan road point to Tshenkhar gewog in Lhuntse was held yesterday.

The road is expected to benefit about 100 households in five villages. The villages are located about three hours from the Phowan road point.

The farm road construction will begin from June and it is expected to make farmers’ lives easier.

The construction of farm road [... Read More]

More tests required

IMG_2073Khariphu Mine (file photo)

Update: Thimphu dzongkhag will need some more days before they could conclude the investigations on the complaints made against Kuenphen Norden mine in Mewang gewog.

The investigation team led by the dzongrab submitted its report to the dzongda yesterday afternoon, but they were asked to conduct further soil tests.

Thimphu dzongda Lhab Dorji said the investigation team has done several tests including water sample testing but the soil test is necessary to validate the allegations.

The [... Read More]

Bhudur farmers go for onion cultivation after paddy

a-farmer-Choki-Wangchuk-shows-his-progressChoki Wangchuk shows his progress

Agriculture: The farmers of Bhudur in Lhuentse no longer leave their fields empty in winter after harvesting paddy. They grow onion because onion brings more income to the farmers.

Even as mandarin is the main cash crop grown by the farmers, decreasing mandarin yield has led the farmers to grow onion. The village has ‘onion group’. The dzongkhag’s agriculture sector and the Research and Development Centre in Wengkhar in Mongar helped farmers form the [... Read More]

Workforce and internet connectivity hurts IT park

IMG_20140404_143913The Thimphu Techpark at Wangchuktaba

Difficulty of finding tenants has left major shareholder Assetz  wanting to pull out 

Analysis: The Thimphu Techpark is not able to rope in as many tenants as initially envisioned because of the non-availability of the required workforce and connectivity problems.

This difficulty in finding tenants has most recently led to Assetz, a 70 percent shareholder of the park wanting to pull out of its joint venture with the government.

When the park was inaugurated two years [... Read More]

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