Many villagers use the stream by the road side for both drinking and laundry
A distributor tank, a pump and a revived Peling tsho hold the promise of a wet future
Water: The ongoing activities to construct a 3,500-litre distributor tank in Decheling gewog have given new hope to villagers, who have been living with an acute shortage of water for as long as they can remember.
For Tshering, 23, it’s a daily routine to fetch water from a small stream near the Peling tsho and even do laundry [... Read More]
Phojas’s forward His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck takes a three pointer
Basketball: Old rivals, Phojas and Wizards, will once again face each other in the finals of the winter basketball championship today.
Coming into the semis by beating Jachungs by a single point on Wednesday, Phojas didn’t have to fight hard as they brushed aside Pazaps with a comfortable win, by 17 points.
Phojas took a comfortable lead of seven points in the first quarter. There was no catching up from Pazaps and they extended the [... Read More]
On both international and domestic flights, the airline saw a spike in passenger numbers
Tourism: The national airline Drukair also saw a subsequent increase in USD-fare-paying passengers in both its international and domestic sectors last year, with tourist arrivals increasing by about ten percent last year.
On the international sector, Drukair carried a total of 207,697 passengers last year, of which 104,346 were local passengers and 103,351 were USD-fare-paying passengers.
This is an increase of about [... Read More]
The paddy fields in Decheling gewog has remained fallow for more than four years now
Once a flourishing rice bowl, the drying up of Peling tsho robbed Decheling of irrigation
Agriculture: For want of water, the land, where paddy was once cultivated commercially as a viable and thriving business by the farmers of Decheling gewog, Samdrupjongkhar, has been left fallow for more than four years.
Back then, farmers from the three chiwogs of Namdeling, Shingchongri, and Bapta would be seen busy during paddy cultivation seasons. Today, save for buckwheat, maize, [... Read More]
The barn owl
Wildlife: Foresters of Royal Manas national park released the barn owl (Tyto alba) police at Gelephu border gate claimed to have rescued from Indians on January 25 in the park.
The barn owl, ranger Yeshi Wangdi of the park, said, was taken to Manas on January 26 and released in the park.
He said the Indians, who brought the barn owl for sale, told police that the nocturnal bird was captured from Bagmara, a bordering [... Read More]
Though damage has been assessed by authorities, there’s been no follow-up action since
Drasha: What is perhaps the oldest temple in the dzongkhag, the almost three-century old Tsirangtoed lhakhang in Tsirang is screaming for attention, by way of maintenance.
The temple, which was once a centre for the three gewogs of Tsirangtoed, Sergithang and Tsholingkhar, was severely damaged during the 2012 earthquake.
The three-storied temple is adorned with crack marks on the walls.
Tsirangtoed lam Zepa Tenzin [... Read More]
Education secretary Sangay Zam talks to a scout at the YDF centre yesterday
In an endeavour to revitalise the scouting movement in the country
Conference: Strengthening the dzongkhag scouts association (DSA) was one of the main issues discussed at the first annual scouts conference yesterday at the YDF centre in Thimphu.
The conference, organised by the department of youth and sports (DoYS), education ministry, aims to explore new horizons in scouting through sharing and reviewing of scouting programs.
It will also revitalise the programs to promote and strengthen scouting [... Read More]
Polling officials count the voter turnout
LG: More than two years after the first local government (LG) elections, Ura Dozhi chiwog yesterday elected Gempo Tshering, 27, as their tshogpa to represent the chiwog.
Gempo Tshering won the election with 49 votes, while his opponent Sherab Zangmo, 29, received 33. Ura Dozhi has a total of 373 registered voters, but only 21.9 percent of the registered voters cast their votes. Of the 82 voters, 23 were men and 59 were women.
Ura [... Read More]
The drying up Peling Tsho
An initiative to save the lake has begun with assistance from UNDP
Environment: The Peling tsho (lake) in Decheling gewog, Nganglam, was a feared water body. Its vastness awed those visiting it. The dark waters scared school children from swimming in it, and some villagers even revered it.
Source of water to more than 500 households downstream, the lake supported livelihoods in six chiwogs. Locals said it took more than an hour to go round [... Read More]
Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje at the opening
Seventy businessmen from the country and India participated in the five-day Indo-Bhutan friendship trade fair at Gelephu, which ended yesterday.
The fair, which started on January 28, saw 10 participants from the country, 10 from northeast India, 10 from Bodo territorial council, while the rest were from other Indian states.
Organised by the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), various items, such as textiles, craft items, engineering tools, and carpets, were for sale, apart from indigenous [... Read More]