(Dr) Venkat Iyer
(Dr) Venkat Iyer, a barrister at the law commissioner in Northern Ireland and senior lecturer in the School of Law, University of Ulster, who is in the country as a resource person for a three-day workshop on media, ethics and judiciary, talks to Kuensel on the importance of media and judiciary to work together in the interest of the public.
Interview: The need for judiciary to be open to media
It should be [... Read More]
Can’t see, can do: Phantang, visually impaired, prepares to brew ara in her kitchen
Visually impaired and a single mother, Phantang makes a fist of things
Challenge: Not being able to see has not deterred 37-year-old Phantang, a mother of two, at Cheibi village in Gongdue gewog, Mongar, from living her life.
In fact, she is no different from any other homemaker, doing what it takes to have the house up and running. Moreover, she is a single parent to her two children.
Despite being visually challenged from the age [... Read More]
GAOs attend a briefing at the JICA office
The program is under the JICA local governance and decentralisation project phase III
Training: To develop their specialties, by experiencing and learning technologies and skills, and to hone their skills in resolving issues on their own, a group of 11 Gewog Administration Officers (GAO) from across the country will leave for Japan tomorrow.
The training is conducted by the Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) office in Bhutan, under the technical cooperation scheme of the Japanese [... Read More]
Feeding time: A SJ resident feeds grains to the pigeons in the middle of the road
S/J residents have been warned not to feed pigeons on roads as they tend to get run over
Ban: Feeding pigeons on the road is an offense and those caught doing it will be penalised.
This was notified to Samdrupjongkhar residents recently by the thromde, following a number of instances where dead pigeons were found littering the roads in town.
The notification came into effect three days ago, after concerned authorities found that the general awareness [... Read More]
Cattle graze at Choekhortoe
A cattle insurance scheme was started to compensate farmers for livestock lost to wildlife
Livestock: Although they haven’t joined the livestock insurance scheme, some farmers of Choekhor gewog in Bumthang are still expecting to be compensated for their livestock they lost to black bear and wild dogs. Wangchuck centennial park (WCP) started the scheme in August 2011.
Recently, some farmers visited the Choekhor gup’s office asking why they were still not compensated for the cattle [... Read More]
A 3D model of Gasa housing colony (Picture courtesy: NHDC)
After Samdrupjongkhar, Phuentsholing and Gasa, work has now moved to Lhuntse
NHDC: With construction of housing complexes for civil servants in Samdrupjongkhar, Phuentsholing and Gasa already underway, the National Housing Development Corporation is now making its way to Lhuntse to ease the housing crunch.
Located above the Royal guest house and the school, the tender has been already awarded for Lhuntse and the work is likely to start next month.
But unlike in other three dzongkhags, [... Read More]
Launched: The finance minister(left) and Indian ambassador at the inauguration
GIC – Bhutan Re Ltd, a re-insurance company, has opened office.
GIC- Bhutan Re Ltd is in partnership with General Insurance Corporation (GIC) based in India with GIC owning 26 percent shares worth Nu 130M and promoters Sangay Wangchuk and Damchae Dem, each owning 17 percent each or Nu 80.5M each.
The Chief executive officer (CEO) of GIC-Bhutan Re Ltd, Wangchuk Namgyel, said the rest 40 percent would be floated to the public. “As there are only [... Read More]
Trainees identify medicinal herbs in Lingshi (Photo courtesy:NITM)
NITM: Trainees of the national institute of traditional medicine (NITM) identified more than 230 new medicinal herbs during their trip to Lingshi last month.
According to their curriculum, the trainees of NITM have to travel to both low and high altitude places in the country every year to identify medicinal herbs. The trainees identify at least 200 new medicinal herbs annually, of which some 130 herbs are used to produce traditional medicines at the [... Read More]
Seasonal: Local chillies dominate the market in summer through autumn at the Thimphu CFM
But the question is will they be able to compete in price with the imported variety
Agriculture: This winter, more locally produced vegetables should be available, with the agriculture ministry planning to encourage cultivation of greens in the cold months on a much larger scale this time.
Growing greens in winter received a boost last year as one of means to reduce imports from India in the wake of the rupee shortage the Bhutanese economy [... Read More]
The Tour of the Dragon race has its first HIV+ participant this year
Around 8:45am yesterday, fresh and happy, Dorji comes out of his hotel room with his brand new black and red Trek four series bike.
The 43-year old HIV positive is in Bumthang to participate in the Tour of the Dragons, a 267km bike race, which begins at 2am tomorrow. For about 10 minutes Dorji exercises before he leaves for a short ride with the [... Read More]