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Three local rice grains go on sale at FCB outlets

IMG_4655Agriculture minister checks out the new rice variants at the FCBL outlet yesterday

Agriculture: The agriculture ministry, in collaboration with the Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd. (FCBL), launched the commercialisation of three new varieties of local rice at the FCBL outlet in Changzamtog, Thimphu, yesterday. The new varieties are the local maap, local kaap and ‘improved varieties’.  The local maap includes au maap, bunap and ja maap.  The local kaap are chimi dorji, apa dago and tolley saap.  The improved varieties are bajo maap, IR-64 and bajo kaap. Originally grown in places like Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu, Sarpang, Wangduephodrang and [... Read More]

Celebrating arts and culture

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Fest: Bhutan will see its arts and artistic works rise to new height after Bhutan Arts Festival, an event scheduled as part of the first Annual Bhutan International Festival (BhiF) from February 14 to 23. The event will celebrate creativity and artistic talents. Galleries in Thimphu will exhibit works of national and international painters, illustrators, sculptors and other artists. The National Institute for Zorig Chusum will open an exhibition of traditional Bhutanese arts at Le Meridien in Thimphu, and Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) [... Read More]

Short-term trainings for architects and engineers formalised

DSC_3856The directors of engineering services department and the college of science and technology at the MoU signing

MoU: Reaffirming the objective to provide short-tem training to engineers and architects in the ministry, the works and human settlement ministry and the College of Science and Technology signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday. The short-term training will build the engineers’ technical capacity, and help address the long-term sustenance of engineers and architects in the ministry.  The continuous training programs are expected to help maintain the competence of the engineers and architects, even with the high turnover rate of engineers. Works and human settlement [... Read More]

Minister visits health facilities in eastern and central Bhutan

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With a view to know ground realities and get feedback from workers in the field   Visit: Health facilities in the country is facing a major issue of human resource shortage, health minister, Tandin Wangchuk, said during his visit to Trashigang dzongkhag. “Human resource is a major problem. It’s never going to be enough. Even countries like the US have shortage of human resources in the medical sector,” lyonpo said. To understand ground realities of the health facilities in the central and eastern parts of [... Read More]

Learning from Malaysia

IMG_8964A broom making activity visitors can experience during their homestay in Kuala Selangor

Homestay owners see room for improvement for the same service in the country  Homestay: More than a decade after it first started, homestays in Malaysia serve as a niche product for tourists to experience Malaysian rural lifestyle. Records with tourism and culture ministry show that there are 172 homestay clusters in 308 villages in Malaysia engaging 3,519 operators as of last December. These government-initiated homestays has 4,867 rooms in total. There are also hundreds of homestays initiated by the private sector and are costlier than the government [... Read More]

Serving mountain people

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Bhutan have enjoyed a fruitful partnership for more than 30 years. Recently, we celebrated our deepening engagement by organizing a Bhutan-ICIMOD Day in Thimphu. In Bhutan, ICIMOD is engaged in a number of areas prioritized by the government. We have a programme called Himalica dealing with livelihoods at the community level. Under this initiative there is a pilot in Tsirang district, and we are working on how communities adapt, how to build resilience at the local [... Read More]

Making that trip to Bhutan all the more memorable

DSC_4379Bhutanese tour operators display their tour packages to visitors including international tour operators during the travel mart session that was held as part of the PATA conference in Thimphu

PATA: Bhutan is working on having better roads, two helicopters and 11 trekking routes to ensure that guests, who visit the country, live a journey they can cherish throughout their lives. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay made these announcements and more at the closing of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) adventure travel and responsible tourism conference and mart 2015, yesterday in Thimphu. Bhutan, he said, is now a member of PATA, an association that promotes responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific [... Read More]

Two-day forest fire awareness campaign ends in Thimphu

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The programme, conducted by forest officials and desuups, will be held next in Paro from Feb. 26 to 27   Disaster: Briefing had just started at the forest fire awareness campaign at the fire station in Thimphu on February 5, when forest officials and volunteers had to rush to contain the fire that started from above Chuzom. About 50 forest officials and dessups attended the campaign that began from Chuzom up to Kabisa, walking door-to door, educating residents on ways to prevent forest fires.  They [... Read More]

A definitive tome about Milarepa, the patron saint of Tibet

YoginMadmanFront-682x1024The Yogin and the Madman 2014 Andrew Quintman Columbia University Press

In the summer of 1986, a few months after my father passed away, I went on a pilgrimage of sorts to my neighbourhood monastery, the 12th century Changangkha lhakang in Thimphu, for a month. There I would sit with an old lady, who came for her daily circumambulations, a 13-year-old novice monk at the monastery, and an old man, who lived further up the hill.  Sometimes there were others who would join us.  We would sit in the courtyard and listen to the koenyer (caretaker), [... Read More]

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