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So far, so good, but still a long way to go

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Lyonchhoen’s evaluation of the APA midterm reviews submitted by eastern dzongkhags Governance: Dzongdas of the six eastern dzongkhags presented their mid-year review on the annual performance agreements (APA) to the prime minister on January 30 in Mongar. Lyonchhoen congratulated the dzongkhags for fulfilling most of their targets and said that setting specific targets contributed substantially in efficient delivery of services. “It shows that the dzongdas have performed quite well in the last six months, but a lot remains to be done,” lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said. [... Read More]

Gong’s farm road construction begins

DSC00410Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji and gewog officials at the ground breaking ceremony

Farm road: Work has begun to connect remote Gong in Gelephu with a 26 km farm road. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the road’s ground breaking on January 31, which when complete will connect all six chiwogs in Jigmecholing gewog. Plans to cut a farm road until Gong school was not new. Jigmecholing gup Sherab Jamtsho said the construction started in 2008 but lack of budget held its completion. “We receive an annual budget ceiling of Nu1M and managed to construct few kilometers,” he said. [... Read More]

Helping backyard poultry farms bounce back

DSC01304One of the backyard poultry farms at Lungtenzampa

Wildlife attack, competition and rising feed prices may have caused a number of shutdowns Self-sufficiency: The backyard poultry farms, which supplied most of Trashigang’s eggs in the past, are facing a tough fight from semi and commercial poultry farming the dzongkhag is increasingly witnessing. Competition in the market, frequent attacks by wild animals, high feed price and the need to replace layer birds (egg laying hen) are attributed to the closing down of quite a number of backyard farms. Choda, 65, recently lost more than [... Read More]

The exotic Lhakhang Wang tshechu …

martalongchu-tsechuA scene from the Gyalpo Norzang dance

… a festival with a do-it-or-else twist in the tail subtext Martalungchu:  Martalungchu village, hidden behind a small hillock, amidst a pine forest, high above Bajothang in Wangduephodrang, is in celebratory mood. Men, dressed as women in a village reputed for women singers, are actively taking part in the four-day village tshechu, known as the Lhakhang Wang tshechu.  The highlight of the tshechu is a tribute to the story of Gyalpo Norzang and his wife Yethro Lhamo. The tradition is strong, as not practising it [... Read More]

Zobel forest fire yet to be put out

DSC04005Volunteers from Zobel gewog help officials contain a forest fire yesterday in Pemagatshel

The Lungtenphug blaze, meanwhile, was doused after two days, a record for Thimphu Disaster: A team of villagers, gewog, forest and police officials are still trying to contain a forest fire that started around 10am in Zobel gewog, Pemagatshel yesterday. The men have decided to keep a watch on the fire the whole night to ensure that it doesn’t burn towards the gewog office, BHU, RNR centre and a private house, which the gup said, are located on top of the hill from the where [... Read More]

Bumthang goes for hazel in a big way

IMG_0137A Hazelnut plantation in Tangsibi

More and more farmers are planting the nut tree to turn their fallow fields to orchards MHV: If fallowing land is a growing concern in the country, the prospect of cash income from selling hazelnut is encouraging farmers to turn their fields into hazelnut plantations. Since early 2013, Thinley from Tangsibi in Ura, Bumthang stopped worrying about leaving his 1.5 acres of dry land fallow, on which cultivation stopped 13 years ago.  The farmer has planted over 420 hazelnut saplings, distributed free of cost from [... Read More]

Understanding Malaysia’s community based tourism

IMG_8926Bhutanese delegates attending a talk on community tourism

A 36 member delegation from Bhutan is on a study tour in Malaysia Visit: Despite witnessing two airline tragedies last year, tourist arrivals in Malaysia recorded a growth of about 9.6 percent from the previous year and an earning of about USD 15B. The arrivals include 2,051 Bhutanese tourists in 2014 from January to October, records with Malaysia’s tourism and culture ministry show. Bhutanese tourists visiting Malaysia increased by almost six fold since 2013, during which time the country recorded only about 357 Bhutanese tourists.  [... Read More]

Ambitious library project for schoolchildren in Thimphu and Zhemgang

IMG_3026Teachers participates in training on reading skills, strategies and book management

354 ‘reading corners’ are to be set up in all sections of pre-primary to class III Reading: The Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative (BCBI) will establish 354 classroom libraries, also called reading corners, in all sections of pre-primary to class III in primary schools in Thimphu and Zhemgang, by March. The pilot project in the two districts will target children from early childhood care and development (ECCD) till class III, and it is expected to benefit over 9,000 children in 57 primary schools and seven ECCD [... Read More]

Jigme – A film for our times

vlcsnap-2015-01-30-17h31m43s236Jigme — A mediamaX film

The movie tackles a burning issue – drug addiction – with a realistic yet sensitive touch Review:  It is this, the art of filmmaking, indeed.  In an age when films are made not with any social purpose but to eke an easy living out of it, Kencho Wangdi (Bonz) has a lesson or two to give the brain-dead and wasting Bhutanese film industry of the day. In “Jigme,” a film about young people struggling to get out of drug addiction, Jigme Yosel Jigme brings out [... Read More]

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