Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Not many buyers at Mongar book fair

on-the-last-day-students-of-Mongar-lower-secondary-school-rush-for-discountSale: Students of Mongar lower secondary school rush for discount on the last day

Fair: The seventh national book fair held in Mongar lower secondary school from March 28 to March 31 did not see many buyers.

The four-day fair had books ranging from fiction to academic, but participants said that because of lesser budget for libraries with schools, only a few thousands of books could be sold.

One of the participants, Jarilal Gurung of Jennifer enterprise in Thimphu, said he had bought books worth of Nu 600,000 but [... Read More]

A temporary solution

IMG_0568PHPA I, II and their employees occupy most of the buildings at Bajo

PHPA to keep about 250 employees in Bajo townB

Town: Bajothang building-owners’ looming fear of losing tenants seems to have palliated with the Punatsangchhu Hydropower Project Authority’s (PHPA) coming to the rescue.

The project has decided to not move about 250 employees residing in rented houses in the town even if the project completes its housing colony in Bjimthangka.

The decision, the former Bajo town representative, Tsagay said, came following a meeting held between the house owners, [... Read More]

Why Bhutan should worry more about climate change

RIGSSFormer Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran

This was discussed in the light of hydropower, national revenue, biodiversity and livelihood among others

RIGSS: Sensing the mildness in the theme “Climate Change: Why should Bhutan worry?”, ambassador and former foreign Indian secretary Shyam Saran instead rephrased the question to read, “Why should Bhutan worry ‘more’?”.

The ambassador was a guest speaker at the second Friday Forum held at the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) in Phuentsholing on March 28.

The impacts [... Read More]

Farmers build their own farm road

DSC01417Villagers look on as the machine starts the first cutting of their farm road

Dophulakha: Having waited long for a farm road and getting impatient, the community of Dophulakha village, Phuentsholing is building a 5km farm road on its own.

The road will be connected to the Dungna-Metakha road, which is connected to the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway.

The 36 households in the village formed a committee last November and decided to construct the farm road. “We decided to contribute cash and other necessary services to build the road,” village tshogpa [... Read More]

Wait is over for Gola Bazar

DSC01328Gola Bazar today

Land: Residents of Gola Bazaar in Sipsu have reasons to smile.

After years of waiting, the 75 business people can finally construct permanent structures and have basic amenities of a town.

Residents are waiting for National Land Commission (NLC) to handover the lagthram after land in the town was demarcated.

Although established in 1949 and located a few metres from Sipsu dungkhag, Gola Bazaar didn’t develop as a town as people had settled on government land. [... Read More]

Kengkhar farmers learn tailoring

members-learn-to-use-the-s-copyMembers learn to use the sewing machine

Skills: Undergoing a month-long tailoring training in Mongar, farmer Pema Deki is excited at the prospect of sewing her own clothes, and if possible, sew for others for a small fee.

“I have no intention of establishing a big business in town but I can help my villagers by stitching at home,” said the 36-year-old from Nanari village. “We take our clothes to tailors in Gyalpoizhing or Mongar town.”

Another trainee, Kezang, said she always [... Read More]

Green economy must address rural livelihood

picsICIMOD’s Director General David Molden (second from left) speaks at the green economy session of the Better Business Summit in Thimphu

ICIMOD: How can the concept of green economy be made more relevant to the poor mountain farmers? Would green economy address issues surrounding rural livelihood?

These were a couple of questions the director general of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), David Molden, addressed at the green economy session of the Better Business Summit yesterday.

He said that although Bhutan has some wonderful pro-green policies, the pressures of globalisation couldn’t be ignored. “Bhutan [... Read More]

A bit of housekeeping to begin with

DSC_0350In agreement: Panelists see eye to eye on the need to harmonise policies

Summit: Participants, both local and international ones agreed on one thing during the closing of the three-day Better Business Summit yesterday – for it to translate into something tangible.

To start with, the need to harmonise government policies, rules and regulation and strengthen ministries and institutions was strongly felt.

This, a panelist during one of the sessions believed would help clear the many hurdles that stood between recommendations the summit listed and the achievements it [... Read More]

Another windstorm hits Pemagatshel

IMG_20140326_162540Khar gewog: The third house in Pemagatshel to be damaged by windstorms

Windstorm: While damages of the first windstorm are still being assessed, another storm damaged an additional house in Pemagatshel.

On March 26, a home in Khenzong under Khar gewog was damaged. Roofs of two houses were blown away by the March 19 windstom.

Royal insurance corporation of Bhutan (RICB) officials said the foundation of the house, damaged by the second storm, was already weakened by the first storm.  It collapsed from one side and bore [... Read More]

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