Caught in the act: An armyworm seen feeding on a paddy sapling in Punakha
The worms, experts said were nocturnal
As the season for paddy transplantation draws closer, a Lungkha farmer in Punakha Namgay, is predicting grim reap this year.
A few days ago, when Namgay visited his nursery where he had grown paddy saplings to be transplanted on his two-acre paddy field, he saw they had turned yellowish.
Not knowing why it turned so and dry, he went closer to the plants and took a keen look at them only to [... Read More]
DCT President Lily Wangchhuk
Punakha served as launching pad with party president addressing workers and well-wishers
Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) kicked off its campaign for the primary round from the western district of Punakha, with party president Lily Wangchhuk meeting party workers and supporters at the Khuruthang vocational training institute’s multipurpose hall.
Before her speech, the president apologised for keeping the gathering of around 50 waiting for two hours. The campaign had been scheduled to begin at 2pm.
The party chose Punakha, [... Read More]
BAFRA’s present quarantine station in Phuentsholing
The BAFRA office relocation has created a doubt about this vital citadel against disease
With the landowner asking Bhutan agriculture and food regulatory authority (BAFRA) office in Phuentsholing to move, officials are wondering if Phuentsholing will now have a plant and animal quarantine station.
This is because the new land identified by Phuentsholing thromde for BAFRA, for which documentation is still under process, can accommodate only the administrative block but not the quarantine station.
Without a quarantine [... Read More]
Tandin is a vegetable vendor as well as a weaver
Tandin Wangchuk, 30, picked up the skill early (at 10) and in secret from his mother
His eyes focused and fingers moving fast on a pangtse gho, Tandin Wangchuk has no qualms weaving, a craft that is usually associated with women.
With the loom strapped to a corner of the vegetable shed in Gyalpoizhing town, and among a row of women vegetable vendors, sits the 30-year-old, weaving the yarn into a gho.
Tandin Wangchuk helps his elder sister [... Read More]
Despite waiting, not many from Samtse thromde turned up at the common forum
Only about 30 of the 700 eligible voters of the throm turned up to lend a ear
If the turnout at the common forum in Samtse yesterday is any indicator, then the people of Samtse thromde had probably made up their mind which party to vote for.
For although the returning officer, micro observer and four party candidates waited until 10am and delayed the forum by more than 30 minutes, only about 30 people turned up at [... Read More]
Almost done: Inmates display their needle work
… is good occupational therapy, as Chamgang inmates find, in the art of embroidery
Unlike inmates in some western countries, normally seen in movies, pumping iron in prison gyms, walking around a large outdoor space, or playing basketball, Bhutanese ones in Chamgang have taken to needlework.
Most prisoners there, it seems, have taken a fancy to embroidery.
A tour around the prison and, in one cell, a 24-year-old man runs his skinny fingers sewing up some intricate patterns [... Read More]
What’s in store for us: Bumthang voters listen to political party candidates as they list their pledges at a common forum in Chummey
The choice before the electorate seems to boil down to staying with the old or chancing the new
With the campaign period on, candidates of the four parties in Bumthang’s two constituencies have started making promises and wooing voters since the common forum on May 13.
But Bumthaps are not ready to be easily convinced this time around. Many said they would wait and weigh the parties before jumping for what they have to say.
Villagers said, while [... Read More]
PDP president Tshering Tobgay and party supporters at the launch of the campaign
The president told a gathering there that the party puts the people first
With the blessings of the Machhen of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel at Punakha Dzong, the People’s Democratic party (PDP) kicked off its campaign yesterday from Punakha.
PDP president Tshering Tobgay first met with some 250 people at the Ugyen Academy auditorium, and told them that it was important to start the campaign with the blessings of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, for it was a crucial time [... Read More]
In Gyalpoizhing: DPT President Jigmi Y Thinley highlights the background of the place in light of the controversy it brewed
DPT president takes on recent land controversy head-on while in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar
“He is intelligent, he is capable, but he has not fully grown in height.” That is how DPT president Jigmi Y Thinley introduced the party’s Kengkhar-Weringla constituency candidate, Rinzin Jamtsho, evoking guffaws from the packed hall in the searing heat of Gyalpoizhing, Mongar.
Speaking in the local language, the party president thanked the gathering of about 300 people on May 12 for trusting his party [... Read More]
Final touch: Mongar dzongkhag engineers and technicians fix a protective wire mesh of the newly opened 73m suspension bridge over Sherichu in Khadra, Mongar on the way to Aja Ney
Concrete evidence of the move to decentralise such survey and construction work
The worry of having to cross the old and rickety Sherichu suspension bridge for the people of Yarab village in Sherimuhung, Mongar is now over. The village has now a new suspension bridge in Khadra on the way to Aja Ney.
A father of four, Sherab Phuntsho, 51, village said the old bridge was risky to everyone who used it, including villagers and those visiting [... Read More]