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Serthi gewog to be electrified by December

unnamed-4With no power, students usually eat their meals outside the dining hall

To a wide cross-section of society the coming of power is an answer to their prayers BPC: After missing the earlier deadline more than a year ago, Sethi gewog’s long wait for electricity is expected to be over when Bhutan Power corporation officials connect the homes to the grid by December. Serthi gewog is about four hours drive from Jomotsangkha (Daifam).  With almost all electric poles installed and connected, supervisor Jigme Tenzin, who is stationed at the site, said they were only left with the [... Read More]

Settling down

IMG_5090Paro bound: Transporting goods is a source of cash income for Soe villagers

Highlanders acquiring land in Drukgyal may be setting a worrisome trend Lifestyle: To escape the harsh life in the remote mountains of north Thimphu and Paro, many yak herders have acquired land near Paro town. Some have built houses. Despite being provided with telecommunication, school, agriculture extension office and health services in Soe, the village has the highest number people acquiring land at Drugyal in Paro. More than half the 28 households in Soe own dry land, ranging from three to five plots, at Drukgyal, [... Read More]

Homestay sees fewer guests

DSC05961An overview of Tangchey village which has most of the farmhouses

Farmhouse owners are anxious now about recovering their investment Tourism: More than a year after several homes in Phobjikha converted to “farmhouse stays”, as part of the community-based tourism initiative, farmhouse owners are concerned with not many visitors availing the services. The problem is more prominent in Tangchey village, where a majority of the farmhouses, 10, are located. Besides not having visitors for several months, not even the Gangtey tshechu earlier this month brought any guests.  Some said they haven’t received any booking, as of [... Read More]

Five Lokchina villages take initiative to build bridge

unnamed-3Staying connected: Construction of the temporary bridge in full swing

Span: With the bridge over Pachu (river) yet to complete, people from five villages in Lokchina gewog, Chukha have constructed a temporary wooden bridge yesterday to connect to Phuentsholing town. As the citrus season starts from next month, about 140 households decided to build the bridge on their own expense.  The construction started on October 13 and completed yesterday. Each household contributed Nu 300 and they collected around Nu 50,000 to buy materials, such as wooden planks and poles, for the bridge. Until the bailey [... Read More]

Tibetan mastiff

IMG_5299Competition: A dog being judged

A dog show was held at Lingzhi and Soe with a view to conserve the bloodline of a breed in decline Bjopchi: To conserve the native Tibetan mastiff (Bjopchi) on royal command, the department of livestock last week conducted a dog show at Lingzhi and Soe in northern Thimphu, where the species is reared to protect livestock from predators. Although no survey has been done to ascertain its population, it is said to have reduced over the years, because of cross breeding with other dogs, [... Read More]

The five cut-off gewogs of Chukha

PIC_0283Risky trail: A villager walks through the debris

People from these parts risk life and limb hiking to and fro their homes across a fallen hillside Connectivity: Although it has connected Chukha’s five gewogs to the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway for about 26 years, the Dungna feeder road that’s linked to the Phuentsholing-Gedu road usually remains hidden behind dense fog. This summer was harsh for both the road and people of Phuentsholing, Dungna, Metekha, Lokchina, and Geling gewogs, which is home to some 1,500 households. Heavy rainfall on August 30 and 31 had triggered landslides [... Read More]

A one-stop shop for geo information

20141013-2C4A4155Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the launch of the Geospatial Portal at the office of the National Land Commission yesterday. The website is developed by the Committee of Geographic Information System Coordination

GIS: Almost 14 years after it was initiated, the country’s geographic information system (GIS), which stores and presents all types of spatial or geographical data are now in place. In commemoration of the third royal wedding anniversary, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen yesterday launched the geospatial portal at the National Land Commission’s (NLC) headquarters in Thimphu. With the geo-portal in place, anyone with Internet connection can now access information, which are traditionally available on maps from www.geo.gov.bt NLC secretary Pema Chewang, said geo-information such as direction, [... Read More]

After the flood …

IMG_0042Vital experience: Pema Dorji narrates his story

A day set aside once a year to commemorate how communities respond to disasters DRR-Day: Pema Dorji, 64, vividly remembers the 1956 river Phochu flood.  He was a nine-year old student sleeping in a makeshift hostel in Thanzana, near the Punakha dzong. When he was awakened by people screaming at the top of their voices, he found knee-deep water around the hostel. With their hostel surrounded by water, Pema Dorji and his friends were left without food for two days.  They survived the flood. The [... Read More]

Interim town plan for Ura

IMG_3162Slow and steady: Talingthang in Ura to chalk out an interim plan

DT: Bumthang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to draw an interim town plan for Talingthang in Ura where over 40 households are planning to construct houses with Ura-Nangar bypass on the Trashigang-Thimphu lateral highway expected to open by next month. The bypass road runs through Talingthang, a village at the base of Ura landscape where potato is grown as cash crop. Once opened, travellers from east and west are likely to use the Ura-Nangar road, increasing business opportunities for the farmers. A couple of houses that [... Read More]

More T/gang farmers hop on to the biogas bandwagon

unnamed-2Cheap alternative: A biogas plant at Pam provides free gas

All one needs is three cows and an altitude below 2000m for this technology to work Energy: When biogas plants were first installed in the eight households of Pam, Trashigang in May, villagers were doubtful if it would benefit them.  Today, many villagers have biogas plant constructions in their backyard. By December, 453 households from eleven gewogs of Trashigang will begin production of biogas for domestic purpose. Dzongkhag livestock officer (DLO), NS Tamang, said that, while construction of some biogas plants were complete, construction of [... Read More]

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