Sunday, April 20th, 2014 - 6:49 AM

Impressions of Happiness


Art: With four paintings sold within few hours and more than 200 visitors, “Impressions of Happiness,” the first joint art exhibition between Bhutanese and Singaporean artists opened yesterday with a good start in Chapel Gallery at Sculpture Square, Singapore.

The concept of happiness is expressed through the 26 artworks of Asha Kama who is the founder of voluntary artists’ studio, Thimphu (VAST), founder of Datog art gallery, Rinchen Wangdi, two young artists from VAST and [... Read More]

Gups call for interventions


Water: The problem of drying water sources in Trashigang has compelled the 15 gups of the dzongkhag to discuss interventions and measures.

The gups said little has been done to prevent water sources in the dzongkhag that are increasingly drying.

Study should be carried out to understand why the water sources are drying so that appropriate preventive measures can be employed, said the gups.

According to a recent record with the dzongkhag, 12 gewogs including Sakteng, [... Read More]

A farm road for Menbi


Accessibility: The two-kilometer Gorgon-Menbi farm road in Lhuntse, on completion, is expected to provide opportunities for economic activities and improve access to services like health facilities.

Eleven households, which make up the community, will feel the immediate impact. “But it is estimated that over 40 homes will be constructed and reaping benefits in future,” Menbi gup Jamtsho Dorji said. “The numbers of houses will be increasing because of land fragmentation.”

The gup said Gorgan is [... Read More]

Semtokha-Dochula road 1km shorter


Highway: The ongoing Semtokha-Dochula road widening and improvement works will, on completion, reduce the 21km stretch by a kilometer and have an emergency-stopping lane.

The quality of the road is also to be higher and expected to last a decade compared with the five-year life of the previous road. While the whole stretch will be widened, a five km stretch form Hongtsho to an area below Dochula will be improved using the ‘primary national [... Read More]

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]

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