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Piloting organic mushroom production

Project: With technical support from a Japanese mushroom producer, Haruka International Co. Ltd. (HI), Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) will start a pilot project on organic mushroom production in the country. The pilot phase will begin at the National Mushroom Centre where spawns of shiitake, oyster and king oyster and …

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3-day old forest fire rages on across two dzongkhags

Disaster: The local community and forest officials are still trying to contain a forest fire in Yangnyer gewog, Trashigang that has razed over 100 acres of chirpine forest, including community forests, since February 15. The fire, which started from Khachikhar village in Durung, has also spread to neighbouring Narang gewog …

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Fire razes almost entire Sarpang town

Prime Minister to personally expedite new town plan  Disaster: In less than an hour, 81 shops in Sarpang town were razed to the ground by a fire on February 15. The remaining 51 shops escaped the inferno because a parking space separated them from the row of shops that caught …

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Uncertainty about new trekking routes

Tour operators recommend improving existing trails rather than investing in new ones Tourism: The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is not yet sure where the 11 new trekking routes, announced by the Prime Minister recently, will be located as part of the Visit Bhutan year. TCB officials said they have …

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Stonemason homes for Monpa community

22 households in Phumzur and Jangbi are beneficiaries of this phase of the foundation’s housing project Tarayana: The remote Monpa village of Phumzur in Trongsa is seeing a lot of constructions lately. A father of two, Ngenthi, is digging the foundation to construct a new house for his family.  He …

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Shopping for further studies in India

The ninth career fair saw some 36 Indian universities/colleges offer more than 200 courses  Education: About 1,700 students attended the ninth career fair in the capital over the weekend, where some 36 Indian universities and colleges offered more than 200 courses to those wishing to pursue their studies in India. …

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The ‘power tiller’ tshogpa of Goenpang Shali

The only one in the village who knows how to ride the machine is willing and able to help  Agriculture: With the maize cultivation season on, villagers of Goenpang Shali in Shumar, Pemagatshel are not looking for workers this time.  They wait for their tshogpa Cheki Gyeltshen. Cheki Gyeltshen is …

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A tradition keeps a community alive

The trade is so lucrative, that almost every household here is involved in the business Craft: The fields are getting fallow, roads have reached almost every chiwog and children are getting to schools. But in Tsebar, the tradition of making duung and jaling (traditional ritual trumpets) is flourishing. Villagers are …

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Piggery on the decline in Trongsa

Villagers are dissuading those in the occupation on religious grounds  Farming: Sukmati Rai in Marshing, Langthel gewog in Trongsa has taken up piggery to supplement her cash income of Nu 5,000 that he earns as a National Work Force (NWF) member. With four children, all attending school, Rai’s family is facing …

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