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An insight into suicide


Dr Brent Waters has worked as a psychiatrist for the past 43 years in Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Australia.  He was also a professor of psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia.  Dr Waters, who is from Australia, often visits Bhutan as a tourist, but also provides his services in the fields of depression and disability while here.  Kuensel reporter Tenzin Namgyel recently spoke with Dr Waters on the rising number of suicides in Bhutan.  Interview: 1. Generally what makes people commit [... Read More]

Bhutan yet to be self sufficient in food

unnamed-5Family farming: Farmers display farm produce during the day

Was the reminder as World Food Day’s 33rd anniversary was celebrated in Phobjikha SAP: A decade ago, it used to be a norm for farmers like Phub Dorji, to skip meals and survive on flours for days. The 49-year-old farmer of Phobjikha said they grew up in poverty by surviving on potatoes and flours. Potatoes are the most grown crop in Phobjikha, but those days, accessibility to market was an issue. However, he said with various support, today, farmers even in a place like Phobjikha [... Read More]

The brass can benchmark

IMG_4592Measure measure: A fuel boy pours into a standard measuring can while trade officials observe at the Chubachhu fuel depot

Fuel station pumps are to be recalibrated next month onwards so customers get what they paid for Fuel: Pumps at fuel stations will be re-calibrated each month, so that customers are provided the closest volume of diesel or petrol that they have paid for. The stations will also be provided with a five litre new brass can, derived from international standard, with 0.6 percent tolerance.  It converts to about 30ml, up or down. These initiatives were taken, after Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) established that a [... Read More]

Potato price hits new high

PIC_0008Busy: The FCB auction yard in Phuentsholing

Exports: Potatoes fetched a record high price this year at the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing. To date, the highest recorded was Nu 52.40 for a kilo of potatoes, which was auctioned on October 14.  For the same period last year, the highest price a kilogram of potatoes fetched was Nu 31. It is the first time potato price has shot up at this rate, officials said. Starting May this year until yesterday, records with FCB officials showed an arrival and [... Read More]

Eusakha follows its own milky way

fam.The farmers’ group was launched on October 14

18 households from a Punakha chiwog form a dairy farmer’s dairy collaborative group Cooperative: Farmers of Eusakha chiwog in Kabjisa gewog, Punakha are not only earning good income, but also saving on high taxi fares, after they formed the Eusakha Chortenypo farmer’s diary collaborative group two months ago. The group’s chairman, Dodo, said 18 households from Eusakha village formed the group, with an objective to increase their income, and also help create employment opportunities for their children. Dodo said each household owns around four to [... Read More]

Summer dry spell put paid to Khamdang-Manla maize harvest

KhamdangKhamdang-Manla chiwog saw a 50 percent drop in maize yield

Agriculture: By this time of year, farmers of Khamdang-Manla chiwog in Trashiyangtse would have harvested half their maize fields.  But not this time. The dry spell during the summer has resulted in a much smaller yield. Khamdang tshogpa, Tshering Dorji, said the yield went down by almost 50 percent compared with last year.  The crop began to die by the month of August. “It was unusually dry this summer, and plants began to slowly die. Had it not been for the rain that followed towards [... Read More]

Serthi gewog to be electrified by December

unnamed-4With no power, students usually eat their meals outside the dining hall

To a wide cross-section of society the coming of power is an answer to their prayers BPC: After missing the earlier deadline more than a year ago, Sethi gewog’s long wait for electricity is expected to be over when Bhutan Power corporation officials connect the homes to the grid by December. Serthi gewog is about four hours drive from Jomotsangkha (Daifam).  With almost all electric poles installed and connected, supervisor Jigme Tenzin, who is stationed at the site, said they were only left with the [... Read More]

Settling down

IMG_5090Paro bound: Transporting goods is a source of cash income for Soe villagers

Highlanders acquiring land in Drukgyal may be setting a worrisome trend Lifestyle: To escape the harsh life in the remote mountains of north Thimphu and Paro, many yak herders have acquired land near Paro town. Some have built houses. Despite being provided with telecommunication, school, agriculture extension office and health services in Soe, the village has the highest number people acquiring land at Drugyal in Paro. More than half the 28 households in Soe own dry land, ranging from three to five plots, at Drukgyal, [... Read More]

Homestay sees fewer guests

DSC05961An overview of Tangchey village which has most of the farmhouses

Farmhouse owners are anxious now about recovering their investment Tourism: More than a year after several homes in Phobjikha converted to “farmhouse stays”, as part of the community-based tourism initiative, farmhouse owners are concerned with not many visitors availing the services. The problem is more prominent in Tangchey village, where a majority of the farmhouses, 10, are located. Besides not having visitors for several months, not even the Gangtey tshechu earlier this month brought any guests.  Some said they haven’t received any booking, as of [... Read More]

Five Lokchina villages take initiative to build bridge

unnamed-3Staying connected: Construction of the temporary bridge in full swing

Span: With the bridge over Pachu (river) yet to complete, people from five villages in Lokchina gewog, Chukha have constructed a temporary wooden bridge yesterday to connect to Phuentsholing town. As the citrus season starts from next month, about 140 households decided to build the bridge on their own expense.  The construction started on October 13 and completed yesterday. Each household contributed Nu 300 and they collected around Nu 50,000 to buy materials, such as wooden planks and poles, for the bridge. Until the bailey [... Read More]

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