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Tradition at risk

DSC01274Women at the loom in Tshangkhar village

Textile: Days are getting colder. This is the time of year when women in Radhi, Trashigang are fully engaged in weaving bura (raw silk) ghos and kiras. Radhi is known for exquisite bura textiles and traditional dyes. However, not many women in Radhi weave. There aren’t many women left. Education and development have sent many  young woman of this village to bigger cities looking for job. Yeshey Choden is one of the few weavers left in Radhi. Older women have quit and younger ones are [... Read More]

Dzongkha is not difficult, it never was…

IMG_6942 Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen

Dzongkha Development Commission’s (DDC) secretary Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen retired on December 16 last year after completing 37 years in the civil service. Originally from Tshakaling, Mongar Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen, 60, started his career with the home ministry in 1978.  A pioneer in the promotion of the national language, Dasho Sherab spent a moment with Kuensel’s Thinley Zangmo to share his experience working with the commission.   How has your experience been working with the DDC? As many people weren’t interested in our national language, I [... Read More]

Solar fencing benefits farmers of Pangthang

DSC_6417The solar fencing in Pangthang was installed last year

Conflict: Villagers of Pangthang in Nanong gewog have found some respite from wild animals with the installation of solar fencing covering 67 acres of land. Unlike past years, villagers no longer spend sleepless nights guarding their fields. The solar fencing was installed last year after villagers requested the Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) centre following high incidence of human-wildlife conflict. The solar fencing benefits 37 households. Villagers grow sugarcane and maize as their main cash crops besides vegetables and fruits like mangoes. With the solar fencing, [... Read More]

His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates Wachen dzong

DSC_0648Ceremony: His Holiness the Je khenpo presides over the consecration ceremony of Wachen dzong at Bjena gewog, Wangduephodrang yesterday.

Consecration: His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Wachen dzong yesterday that was built on the ruins of the 13th century old dzong at Bjena gewog in Wangdue. Wachen dzong served as the centre of administration for descendants of Sangdag Garton, Phajo Drugom Zhigpo’s son, from 13th century until the mid 17th century. However, the dzong was abandoned after the construction of Wangduephodrang dzong in 1738. All the sacred relics were moved to Wangduephodrang dzong, which then served as the centre of administration for Shar [... Read More]

Preparedness – Bhutan’s weapon against Ebola

IMG_3705Health screening counter at the airport’s entrance (arrivals)

A total of 13,470 people were screened at Paro airport until December 28, 2014 Health: Even if one case of Ebola virus disease is reported in the country, Bhutan should declare it as a national emergency, public health officials cautioned. It’s for this reason that despite being a low risk region for the disease that had claimed 20,206 lives so far, Bhutan is not being complacent with its preparedness. “Our main focus is to not have any Ebola case,” chief programme officer of communicable diseases [... Read More]

Economic climate casts a pall over sawmill business

IMG_9320Slow business for sawmill owners in Bumthang

The housing loan restriction has been lifted but it’s yet to see improvement in business   Construction: Despite the restriction on housing loan lifted since September last year, sawmill business in Bumthang is yet to pick up. Following the Rupee crisis in 2012, several loans including the housing loan were suspended to curb Rupee outflow. The housing loan restriction, according to sawmill owners badly affected their business. Prior to the loan restriction, the sawmills catered to Thimphu, Paro, Trongsa, Trashigang and Pemagtshel supplying prefabricated building [... Read More]

Great Sipa-chi-dhoe kurim concludes

IMG_0132High and clear: The first man to reach the top of the Dhoe in search of the precious Gow (amulet)

Religion: His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and members of the Royal family graced the final day of the five-day Sipa-Chi-Dhoe offering ceremony in Punakha yesterday. The Prime Minister, ministers, heads of armed forces, and senior government officials attended the event, along with about 15,000 people from Punakha, Wangdue, Thimphu and other parts of the country. The five-day kurim, presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, is performed once every 12 years. Offerings are made to all the realms of [... Read More]

Only one product wins Seal of Excellence

picCertificaterecipients with UNDP and economic affairs ministry officials

Award: Only one of the 19 products submitted under the traditional category was awarded the Seal of Excellence Certificate yesterday in Thimphu. A total of 12 products were awarded the Seal of Quality Certificate. Besides the certificates, the winners were also awarded cash prizes. The selected products will be given promotional support and other marketing incentives while the non-awarded products will be given product development and capacity building support to encourage producers to improve quality and take part in the future events. Department of Trade [... Read More]

Guesthouses make Gasa Tshachu viable

IMG_9337The seven guesthouses were constructed at a cost of Nu 30M

The affordable accommodation has made it convenient for visitors to stay there Accommodation: When Chorten, 72, from Dhur in Bumthang visited Gasa Tshachu (hot spring) recently, he did not have to carry gas stoves and tents like he did in the past. This is because the Tshachu now has seven well furnished guest rooms for visitors. Of the seven, three double storied building blocks house 20 rooms each. Each room can accommodate at least seven people and costs Nu 100 a night. Each block has [... Read More]

Rice production drops in Radhi

DSC01281Farmer Kuenzang Yeshey stores paddy for winter

Due to lack of irrigation water and dependence on monsoon Harvest: Unlike in the past few years, most farmers of Radhi gewog, the rice bowl of eastern Bhutan saw a drop in rice yield last year. Save for Tongling chiwog, the remaining four chiwogs of Jonla, Pakaling, Kadam and Tongshingmang harvested about 20 percent less paddy. Farmers attributed the decline in yield to lack of irrigation water. Radhi mangmi, Pema Wangchuk, said the transplantation gets delayed by more than a month every season. “With water [... Read More]

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