Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 12:37 PM

Eastern farmers upbeat about potato prices

DSC_5303At the auction yard: Workers sorting potatoes

Both the red and white varieties have fetched better returns at the auction yard than last year Agriculture: If the current price of potato at the Food corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Samdrupjongkhar is any indication, farmers of the six eastern dzongkhags could enjoy a fruitful potato season. Since the auction began on June 1, both red and white potatoes have been fetching good prices.  It averaged Nu 20 a kg for red potatoes against Nu 16 per kg in 2013 during the [... Read More]

First-timers on artificial turf

IMG_7822For many it was a different experience playing on the artificial turf

160 girls from six remote schools and two Thimphu schools took part in the tournament Festival: The artificial turf in Changjiji looked like a green pasture for cattle to many girls of remote schools, who are in Thimphu to participate in a girl’s football tournament. Sangay Layzom, 13, of Merak middle secondary school (MSS) in Trashigang, said looking out of the Changjiji school hostel, she thought it would be a good feast to her cattle. “I didn’t realise it was artificial grass even when I [... Read More]

The takin and the white man

takinThe Baby takin thatwas captured in 1974 and being brought down to Thimphu. (Photo: Malcolm Lyell)

The national animal figures in Bhutan history as an object of fascination to various English visitors Wildlife: In 1905, a British political officer photographed a baby takin in Bhutan, in its natural habitat.  In doing so, John Claude White (1853-1918) became the first European to obtain documentary evidence of the ungulate animal.  Until then, the West considered the takin as a mythological animal and believed it was the 8th century Greek mythological animal, the gold-hair winged ram. “It is of great interest, as being the [... Read More]

Sachu bumter for Wangdue dzong laid

907A8094His Majesty the King installs sachu bumter at the site of the Wangduephodrang dzong where the Utse of the dzong will be built

His Majesty the King placed the first vessel for land stability at the site of the utse Rebuilding: His Majesty the King yesterday placed the first sachu bumter (religious vessel for land stability) into the ground of the Wangduephodrang dzong utse (central tower), re-sanctifying the site that once housed the fortress. As tendrel, His Majesty placed the first sachu bumpa at the utse side, where Zhabdrung was believed to have meditated before constructing the Wangdue dzong in 1638. Wangdue rabdey’s lam neten, Namgay Wangchuk, said [... Read More]

Rights of the children through art

10545014_803211746380242_1-copyAbout 60 students from 33 schools are attending the summer art camp

Held to mark 25 years of the UNCRC UN/VAST: Good school structures, better health facilities, helicopters, airplanes, and blacktopped roads are some common elements expressed in the artwork by 60 students from across the country. Based on the theme “imagine our future,” the students had expressed through art, their expectations, changes, feelings, and desires in various aspects.  They’ve also depicted the challenges and opportunities to fulfill their basic right to survive, to learn, grow and reach their full potential. The art competition was held in [... Read More]

From crunch to near crisis

IMG_20140710_123204NHDC colony near Trashigang hospital

The only straw to cling to is the hope that the NHDC building plan will soon come to be Housing: In an orange orchard near a cliff is a house, where civil servant Ranbir Tamang, a resident of Trashigang, has been living for the past few years. Without any apartment available for rent in town, he said he had no options but to live there.  Summer is a dreadful time, with snakes slithering around his home. “I have to clear the bushes every week,” Ranbir [... Read More]

The grass is always greener

IMG_3466 Fodder for thought: One of the fodder crops, cocksfoot, grown in Tang valley

Fodder is a safer bet for farmers in Bumthang than food crops Agriculture: Potato might fetch better prices but it is to fodder cultivation that an increasing area of arable land is used for in Tang and Chumey in Bumthang. In Tang and Chumey, around 131 acres of land is used to grow fodder like cocksfoot, Italian rye grass, tall fescue and oats for its seeds and hay this year. “Fodder cultivation is now one of the stable sources for cash income to Tang villagers,” [... Read More]

11th national school meet starts in Thimphu

IMG_3746Students take oath during the opening ceremony

410 students from 107 schools are taking part in the contest being held in the capital Athletics: Kinley Zangmo probably is quite used to running. The 16-year-old Gasa student ran to school, after the cattle and at school sports meet. On her first visit to the capital city, she will run again.  This time to outrun her competitors and bag a trophy for her school. Kinley Zangmo is among the 410 students from 107 schools who have gathered in Thimphu for the 11th national school [... Read More]

Not paid but overpaid

inuagural-flightFirst and last? Drukair’s ATR lands at the Gelephu domestic airport during the inaugural flight in February last year (File picture)

Contractor claims Nu 62.719M, RAA says Nu 84.219M has to be recovered  RAA/DCA: There are no domestic flights flying to Gelephu airport that was completed two years ago, but there are several audit memos flying. Even as the contractor, Tashi Kunzom construction, fights a case at the Thimphu district court with DCA for not releasing the balance amount of Nu 62.719M, another audit report was released, pointing out that the contractor was paid more than what he was due. In November 2013, DCA upon verification [... Read More]

Country’s first two electric cars call it a day

IMG_5000Down and out: First two REVAi in the country

REVAi: The first two electric cars – REVAi – to arrive in the country in June 2009, died as they lived, small, humble and voiceless.  The cars died of battery failure.  They were five years old today. Transition was in the air.  The country was preparing to be a constitutional monarchy.  It was 2007.  A dream was born – of the many good dreams it had hatched – to save energy and reduce pollution by shifting into an efficient and  sensible transport system.  The day of [... Read More]

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