A damaged stretch of the Wangdigang-Tingtibi road
Heavy trucks and lots of traffic have taken their toll of the Wangdigang-Tingtibi bypass
Road: There is not much joy travelling the 16km Wangdigang-Tingtibi bypass, like in the past.
Just over two years old, the road, which cuts the distance between Trongsa and Gelephu by 38km or one hour of driving time, is showing sign of having to bear the brunt of increased travel and nature’s wrath.
Although it is winter, falling rocks and sliding soil [... Read More]
Early birds: Driven by the lucrative tengma (flattened corn) business, farmers of Thridangbi, Mongar take advantage of the warm weather to cultivate maize
Mongar farmers are cultivating maize as a winter cash crop in view of its lucrativeness
Agriculture: The cold mornings are not yet over, but farmers of Thridangbi village in Saling, Mongar have already taken to their fields, armed with a pair of oxen, to plough the hardened earth every day.
For 48-year old farmer, Tshering Dorji, popularly known as Chagpala, he said, every year, by this time, he, along with Yongla and Chungla (his oxen) [... Read More]
Bardo-Trong representative Leki Dorji
NA: The issue of who should be made information and media officers in ministries, its various agencies and public offices garnered some attention among National Assembly members yesterday.
Discussing recommendations the legislative committee members made on the Right to Information legislation to assembly members, information officers were required to be of certain rank and grade.
Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said there was no need for stipulating ranks and grades for information officers in the [... Read More]
All smiles: Participants of the winter youth engagement programme in Gyalpozhing, Mongar take delight in the candles they made (Picture: Jigme Dorji, Tshaling Primary school)
The month-long program was to equip those from deprived backgrounds with life skills
Program: The more than two-month long winter break is a tiring vacation for Phuntsho Pelden. The 16-year-old works at construction sites to prepare for her next academic session, or helps her parents with household chores.
“There’s no time for fun or vacation,” says the daughter of a single parent from Saling, Mongar. “We come to school with blisters on our hand as [... Read More]
Day old chicks reared at the Kherjey poultry farm
Poultry: The three existing poultry farms that supply eggs to dzongkhag town residents and nearby settlements of Wamrong and dzongkhags like Samdrupjongkhar are on the verge of winding down.
More than competition from one another and lack of market in the locality, it was the rising cost of feed since some eight months that poultry farmers claimed was impeding their business.
From Nu 1,100 for a 50kg bag of the Karma Feed about eight months [... Read More]
3,573 Thai tourists visited the country in 2012 (File photo)
Turning the observation of 25 years of diplomatic relations into a business opportunity
Tourism: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, on Tuesday, told tour operators to develop packages to attract Thai tourists, starting this year’s lean months of June, July and August.
This, according to lyonchhoen, is to commemorate Bhutan’s 25 years of diplomatic relations with Thailand.
Lyonchhoen said such an initiative would help promote the lean season, thereby promoting the country as an all year round tourist [... Read More]
A Transformer player goes for another shot
Basketball: Team Transformers, Drukpas, Gryphoes and Blue Magics qualified for the quarter finals round in the ongoing Winter Basketball tournament played at the Youth Development Fund indoor basketball court, Thimphu.
Transformers beat Relangs by two baskets in the first game yesterday. In the second match, Drukpas thrashed Heats winning the game by a staggering 38 points, 78:40. In a closely contested match, Gryphons emerged victorious after beating Effects by a single basket.
The last match [... Read More]
His Majesty the King and His Holiness the Je Khenpo unveil the plaque marking the beginning of reconstruction work of Wangduephodrang dzong
His Majesty the King commands a prayer ceremony to mark the commencement of work
Renovation: On the command of His Majesty the King, a prayer ceremony was performed yesterday at the site of the Wangduephodrang dzong to remove obstacles and ensure a successful reconstruction of the dzong.
The Chenrezig Zhiwei Jingsey ceremony, administered by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, marks the long-awaited commencement of reconstruction work of the Druk Khamsum Wangdi Choki Phodrang dzong.
His Majesty [... Read More]
Ayes: While some were confused, many said yes to the idea of buying shares of the project
And, as icing on the cake, they’ll get first bite of the public ownership shares
Tangsibje: Although the people of Tangsibje gewog in Trongsa are aware about the impacts on health and environment the construction of the Nikachu hydropower project would bring, they are hopeful the project will boost the community’s business and agriculture sector.
While some wanted the benefit of electricity in their village, others wanted employment opportunities, better health facilities, a school and [... Read More]
Ed. minister responds to doubts raised about the new autonomy policy for some schools
Q-Hour: The rationale of granting autonomy to schools came under scrutiny during the question hour session in the National Assembly yesterday.
Panbang assembly member, Dorji Wangdi, questioned the education minister why the policy of granting autonomy was kept optional for schools.
He said that the level of disparity in terms of teacher quality would be further widened. “There are higher chances that [... Read More]