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No citrus blight but no farm road either

unnamed-7The road less travelled: Yangmalashing is a two-day walk from the gewog centre

The good fortune of the former is unfortunately matched by the ill luck of the latter Yangmalashing:  Yangmalashing is the only chiwog in Decheling gewog, Nganglam, to have had a good mandarin harvest every year, despite citrus blight affecting orchards in the other four chiwogs. But residents of the 28 households in Yangmalashing do not generate good income from the sale of mandarin. That is because, unlike the other four chiwogs, Yangmalashing is not connected with a farm road. “We’re in dire need of a [... Read More]

Downpour disrupts normal life in Tsirang

DSC_1699-1Timber: A tree blocks the road to Kilkhorthang gewog centre

Rain: The continuous two-day downpour has blocked three farm roads in Tsirang. The roads connect Kilkhorthang, Barshong and Tsholingkhar gewogs.  The gewog gups and the road department’s engineer could not be contacted.  But residents of these gewogs who were in Damphu said there were roadblocks caused by landslides and fallen trees. The road block in Kilkhorthang and Barshong happened  in the morning yesterday.  Villagers, who came to Damphu town for weekend shopping, could not return since taxi drivers refused to provide service. Salami primary school [... Read More]

DoR takes over work from tardy contractor

Copy-of-DSC00685The construction of the highway is expected to be completed by mid 2015

The Gongrizomsa stretch is considered a tough job because of its rocky terrain Road: A stretch of road on the Nganglam-Gyalpoizhing highway will be taken over by the department of roads (DoR), after the contractor failed to complete the work on time. The contractor, Rinsons Constructions, failed to complete the road stretch within the contract period of six months. DoR engineer Ugyen Norbu said the contractor’s deadline was even extended by a hundred days, considering challenges and obstacles, but it had still failed to complete [... Read More]

From ‘Motey’ to role model

mmexport1411024243945Too big: Jagat’s only problem today is his clothes

Diagnosed with obesity and high bp, Jagat B Gurung, 39, took up a  strict regimen and turned things around Lifestyle: After overcoming obesity and high blood pressure, 39-year-old Jagat B Gurung has been chosen as a role model patient by the Punakha regional hospital. In April 2012, Jagat visited the hospital after suffering from a headache.  It was found that he weighed 100kg, with a body mass index of 36.2, which is categorised as obese.  He was also found to be suffering from high blood [... Read More]

Woolen caps for premature babies

DSC00506Mission accomplished: Volunteers celebrating the completion of project

Volunteers: Volunteers in Thimphu have woven 1,000 woolen caps in the last seven months to be distributed to babies born prematurely. Hundred and sixteen volunteers, students of Changangkha MSS and Motithang HSS, and wives of senior Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officials, wove the small colourful caps to keep the heads of premature babies warm. A midwife at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Emi Tsukamoto, who initiated the project called Tshegho (Garment of Life), said premature babies usually suffer from hypothermia, and that the [... Read More]

Redaza flashflood blocks Mongar-Bumthang highway

unnamed-6Flash Flood: Students of Sherub Reldri HHS in Mongar help Redaza PS students to cross the flooded stretch yesterday

By 5pm the block was cleared with machinery deployed by DoR  Disaster: A flashflood at Redaza in Mongar on September 18, triggered by heavy rainfall, disrupted traffic and other activities by flooding a stretch along the Mongar to Bumthang highway. Redaza is about two kilometres from Mongar town. The flood happened around 8am, shortly after primary school students from Trailing, crossed over the stretch and reached their school at Redaza. Redaza primary school’s principal, Tobzang, said when the flood occurred, all chidren were at school.  [... Read More]

Babzur Chukpo’s mansion

IMG_7553Treasure trove: The 8th Century mansion

A traditional and historical edifice in Bumthang that has acquired heritage status Heritage: Not many may consider visiting Babzur Chukpo’s (rich man’s) mansion in Tang, Bumthang. But for those who do, they will marvel at the magnificence of the four-storied traditional house built, it is believed, around the eight century. With 32 rooms, each containing historical items, it takes over two hours to complete browsing through the heritage house and observing its contents. The mansion was converted into a heritage house after the present descendants [... Read More]

The foundation that puts a roof over indigent heads

house-built-through-tarayana's-supportHouse built through Tarayana’s support

There are many beneficiaries in Kengkhar gewog whose lives have been thus transformed  Tarayana: Leki Dendup and Chezom never imagined they would one day own a new home. Especially with six children to bring up, Leki, 39, and Chenzom, 28, had ruled out any chances of ever moving out of their small hut that they had spent the past three decades living in “Having a large family to look after, there was no hope of building a decent house in my lifetime,” said Leki, standing [... Read More]

Bhutan becomes 96th contracting party to Revised Kyoto Convention

Photo​The ambassador to Brussels Sonam Tshong with W​CO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriy​a ​​

Customs: Bhutan became the 96th contracting party to the Revised  Kyoto Convention, with the country completing the procedures to join the international convention on the simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures on September 15. The international convention took place at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Bhutan’s ambassador to Brussels, Sonam Tshong, during the international convention, thanked WCO for its support for the development of the customs sector in the country. The ambassador also said the government valued its cooperative relation with [... Read More]

Unique sculptures commissioned for Damphu moenlam thang

DSC_1687The venue: Moenlam thang (ground) in Damphu

Religion: The sculptures of Yuem Juma Lhazey (Lord Buddha’s mother, Mahamaya) and Sey Duenkuen Drukpa (Lord Buddha) will be built on the moenlam thang in Damphu, Tsirang. The project that has been awarded to a Thimphu-based artist in June is expected to be complete by June next year.  The project cost has been estimated at Nu 2.6M. The dzongkhag culture officer, Chimi Yuden, said that the sculptures are the first of their kind to be built in Tsirang. “During the eighth moenlam chhenmo last year, [... Read More]

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