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Bhutan to declare protected river system

IMG_2878Protecting rivers: The Thimchhu is one of the most polluted rivers in the country

It will be the first country to do so in the region Environment: Bhutan will be the first country in the region to declare a protected river system. This declaration will be made in September. Experts from various local organisations and the World Wildlife Fund  (WWF) are working on a project to identify potential rivers or their stretches to declare protected. It is a tribute to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on the 60th birth anniversary and to fulfil one of the key targets of the [... Read More]

Programme to go on despite nominal participation


Meet the people: On an average, only about 10 people attend the government’s Meet the People Programme. Since the launch of the programme on August 24, 2013, about 740 people have shared their grievances over 74 sessions of the programme.  The grievances included issues concerning lawsuits, employment, census, education loans, land cases and administrative disputes. The programme has addressed and resolved about 60 percent of the issues that were brought up before the ministers.

“Music should be for love not to make money”

DSC07910Lucky Ali sings at a local establishment in Thimphu Photo: Sonam Gyeltshen, TCB

Indian singer and songwriter, Lucky Ali, recently visited Bhutan and performed in Thimphu for the Bhutan International Festival. He made his debut with the soulful album Sunoh and his song O Sanam is considered by many to be his best song. He is well known in Bhutan. Kuensel’s Gyalsten K Dorji caught up with the singer during his stay here. Q&A: You’re here for the Bhutan International Festival, but how’d you find out about it and why’d you choose to come to Bhutan? It was [... Read More]

One convicted; legal proceedings for six others continue

DSC06784The Haa district court

OAG to rebut foreign minister Rinzin Dorje’s opening statement today Lhakhang Karpo: Of the seven individuals charged with official misconduct, forgery, bribery and embezzlement in the Lhakhang Karpo corruption case, the Haa district court sentenced a 31-year old businessman from Paro to three months in prison yesterday. Druk Leading Enterprise’s owner, Pema Wangchen, was found guilty of favouring businessman Nima, also based in Paro, in getting a contract for the procurement and supply of construction materials to repair the existing water supply system at the [... Read More]

Seven years of connecting Pemagatshel

unnamed-1The cut and cover tunnel built at a cost of USD 129,000

The district is now so networked with roads that walking has become a thing of the past Connectivity: People in Pemagatshel still remember when travelling to another gewog meant arduous uphill climbs – heavy rations strapped onto their backs – of almost an entire day. Today, the story is very different. A network of motor roads crisscross the dzongkhag, connecting all 11 of its gewogs, and almost all of its 56 chiwogs. For those chiwogs not yet connected, work has already begun to connect them. [... Read More]

Tsebar women switch from weaving to metal design

11015176_10204483175451746_1884137001_nA most profitable business

The reason being that the latter craft is far more profitable than the former Handicraft: It is 8am, a mild morning in Duwang in Pemagatshel.  Karma Zangmo, 30, helps her two children get dressed for school. She has their lunch packs ready.  As the little ones hurry out the door, there is a contented smile on Karma’s face. Home chores all done, Karma Zangmo waits for her friends.  She has by her side a small mat, a set of metal tools, and a wooden table. [... Read More]

Cricket club competition begins

_MG_0057Kinley Penjor of Tashas United delivers the ball

BCCB: The Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) K4 Cup, formerly the Bhutan Super League, began last week. In the opening match team Tashas United defeated Takin City by 190 runs. Yesterday’s encounter saw Tashas United notch up yet another victory inspired by their veteran player Damber Gurung. His score of 158 runs the defeat of Youth XI by 115. Batting first after winning the toss, Tashas United resumed from where they left off yesterday by making quick runs at the start. When Damber Gurung stepped [... Read More]

In the year of the Horse


Looking back at the year just gone by, we remember the early morning Kanglung skies clearing for the sunrays to warm the thousands of people gathered for the 107th National Day celebrations. Not because the celebrations happened recently, but it was a momentous occasion, where the entire Royal Family joined the people of Trashigang in the celebrations. It was a moment that the people of Sharchog Khorlo Tsipgyed awaited for years. Many were seeing His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo in a long time, after [... Read More]

A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part IX

TurnipFarmers need quick and economic means to access markets for their produce

If we are serious about reversing rural-urban migration, the priority should be working towards creating a conducive atmosphere for income generation. We take pride in declaring ourselves as an agrarian society yet, we have allowed our farmers to be totally disenchanted with farming turning them into consumers, from their traditional role of producers. Food self-sufficiency is said to be at the core of our development planning for the past four decades. Allowing our farmers to abandon their farms and villages isn’t the best strategy to [... Read More]

Piloting organic mushroom production

DSC_5217HI Chairman explains how the technology works at the MoU signing yesterday

Project: With technical support from a Japanese mushroom producer, Haruka International Co. Ltd. (HI), Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) will start a pilot project on organic mushroom production in the country. The pilot phase will begin at the National Mushroom Centre where spawns of shiitake, oyster and king oyster and wood ear would be grown on trail. Once the project gains momentum, the spawn would be distributed to potential mushroom growers in the country. Haruka International and DHI in collaboration with Alliance Forum Foundation (AFF) [... Read More]

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