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Rangthaling has a bumper mandarin harvest

WP_20141124_019Dumping dropped fruits in pits prevent the spread of disease

A bounty, agriculture officials attribute to effective fruit drop management  Horticulture: Nar Maya, 56, is elated.  The earnings from the bountiful mandarin yield she reaped this year in Rangthaling, Tsirang will help her pay off her debts. This year, she made about Nu 160,000, more than twice what her 300 mandarin trees earned her last year.  She earned Nu 60,000 last year. “I’ll first pay off my debt and then I plan on buying other household necessities,” she said. According to her, the good yield [... Read More]

Sheikh Jamal beats Mohan Bagan 5-3

IMG_8229Goal: Wedson Anselme scores from the penalty spot for Sheikh Jamal

Both reach semi finals King’s Cup: Striker Emeka Darlington Onuoha and Darboe Landing scored a brace each as Sheikh Jamal defeated Mohan Bagan FC 5-3 in the last game of the league round of King’s Cup. Both the teams advance into the semi finals. Enjoying crowd support, Sheikh Jamal got off to a perfect start scoring in the sixth minute when Debjit Mujumnder spilled Emeka Darlington Onuoha’s powerful volley. Ten minutes later, Sheikh Jamal doubled their lead. Mid fielder Darboe Landing slid the ball under [... Read More]

Turning rhetoric into results

aOccasion: Nepal's minister for information and communication presents commemorative stamp to Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay at the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu yesterday Photo: DoI, Nepal

In his address, PM Tshering Tobgay called for more meaningful integration Summit: Addressing the 18th SAARC summit, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay called for economic integration in the region and urged member states to contribute to remove the barriers. “The most obvious path for a more prosperous south Asia is through increased intra-regional trade, which is dismally low due to barriers,” he said.  Lyonchhoen urged leaders to exercise their political will and take necessary steps to make it possible for the people of South Asia to also [... Read More]

A stitch in time …

IMG_3670A participant tries the new machine

Usha International conducts 10-day training in sewing for 20 participants Training: Fifty-seven-year-old Rinchen Wangdi had never seen a sewing machine so small that it didn’t even look like it could sew. Rinchen Wangdi is among the 20 participants at the Tarayana centre in Thimphu currently undergoing a 10-day sewing training. “It’s very convenient and time saving,” he said, excitedly. Two trainers from USHA International ltd. are training the participants.  The program began on November 24.  The participants were selected from Trongsa, Mongar and Pemagatshel. According [... Read More]

Summit envisages deeper integration

unnamed-7Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, who is in Kathmandu, Nepal for the 18th SAARC Summit visited Boudhanath yesterday

SAARC: The much-anticipated and important signings on three agreements among SAARC nations – railway and motor vehicle connectivity and energy cooperation – are not likely to happen at the 18th SAARC summit,  in Kathmandu, Nepal. This, sources said, was because of some differences Pakistan expressed. If one member country does not sign, the agreements may not come into effect. However, during the council of ministers meet, yesterday, the foreign minister, Rinzin Dorje, said Bhutan attaches high importance and remain steadfast in its commitment to the [... Read More]

Situation improved but not yet normal

IMG_20141125_125248In convoy: Vehicles bound to Phuentsholing and Samdrupjongkhar wait for escort

Samtse: Although the border gate in Samtse is still closed, and movement of people across the border restricted, police in Samtse allowed vehicles to move by midnight of November 25th. The border gate was closed following the death of an Indian maid in Samtse, and after a mob in Chamurchi of North Bengal, India, attacked Bhutanese vehicles plying along the Indian highway. Police in Samtse said they sent about 35 Indian vehicles and people stranded inside by midnight of November 25th, after the Jalpaiguri superintendent [... Read More]

The central evaluation experiment

IMG_1324Teachers completed evaluating the last paper yesterday

25 Thimthrom schools assess for the first time class III annual exam papers together Education: To identify areas of need for primary school students, 25 Thimthrom schools have come together to evaluate their annual examination answer sheets. About 160 teachers from these 25 schools gather at Rinchen Kuenphen primary school every morning, form groups of five and six each, and begin evaluating the four subjects – mathematics, English, Dzongkha and environmental science (EVS). There are 1,788 class III students in 25 schools. These also includes [... Read More]

S/J gets its first-ever waste treatment plant

IMG_4412Inaugurated: Samdrupjonkhar’s waste treatment plant

Along with this, the town’s bore well was also inaugurated yesterday Sewage: Samdrupjongkhar thromde’s first-ever waste treatment plant, which is expected to solve the issue of unhygienic septic tanks in the locality, was inaugurated yesterday. The Nu 45M treatment plant is connected to the lower part of the dzongkhag that is demarcated under the local area plan I (LAP I).  About 84 households will avail the facility. Beginning today, all household waste will be treated and released into the river, unlike before where overflowing septic [... Read More]

A tribute walk for the Fourth Druk Gyalpo

03432 students walked from Taraythang primary school to Gelephu town

To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 32 students of Taraythang primary school in Sarpang ogranised a “tribute walk and a tribute exclusive night” last week. The program was initiated by a science teacher, Tshewang Ngedup, to give special thanks to the visionary fourth monarch and provide exposure to students of  remote schools in Bhutan. The 32 students walked from Taraythang primary school until Gelephu town for four hours, carrying portraits and banners around the town. They halted for [... Read More]

A crematorium that cries out for restoration

DSC_6286The crematorium, often kept dirty with empty bottles and plastics, needs attention

Relief is around the corner with its rehabilitation included in the 11th Plan  Thromde: Samdrupjongkhar residents say there is a dire need for a caretaker to give the dzongkhag’s only crematorium some attention. Located about a 10-minute walk from town, the crematorium, although intact, lacks proper lighting and road, is littered with unhygienic waste and lacks space for families to stay overnight. Residents say this is a place for families to conduct the last rites of their loved ones with dignity, but the way the [... Read More]

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