Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 11:34 AM

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]

For better performance

DSC_1890Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji exchanges the performance agreement with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay

Agriculture ministry signs first agreement with the prime minister

Compact: By this time next year, agriculture ministry will produce 1,636 metric tonnes of oil seed.

The ministry will be evaluated and rated according to its performance.

Producing oil seed is a part of the many commitments agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji made in a  performance agreement signed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday at the Gyelyong Tshokhang.

In the agreement, lyonpo Yeshey Dorji emphasised on six key objectives [... Read More]

Voluntary screening detects HIV/AIDS, STIs and NCDs

img23456Dagana: Public queue up for non-communicable diseases screening

Health:One HIV positive and 17 sexually transmissible infection cases, 43 diabetics and 366 people with hypertension were detected during a week-long blood donation drive and non-communicable disease (NCD) screening last month.

The drive and screening, carried out for a week in the capital and a day each in all other dzongkhags saw 2,418 people voluntarily coming for the NCD screening and 1,029 people donating blood.

A total of 257,250ml of blood was collected.

Director general of [... Read More]

RBP’s division XIII established in Chamkhar

IMG_8470Dzongda and additional chief of police Colonel Chimi Dorji inaugurates the division office

Security: The Royal Bhutan Police opened its new division office (division XIII) in Chamkhar, Bumthang yesterday taking the total number to 13.

Although crime rate in Bumthang is not as high as other regions, the nature of crime is a concern, said police officials.

Additional chief of police Colonel Chimi Dorji said vandalism and theft of antiques were major crimes reported in Bumthang.

“Besides, the town will be expanded and there’ll be more tourists. Number of [... Read More]

Private sector growth should be given serious thought: PM

PmLyonchhoen addresses the opening of the Summit

Summit: Private sector growth and foreign investment in the country will not improve if small things are brushed aside and focus is put only on things big.

Curtis S Chin, a participant at the Better Business Summit in Thimphu yesterday shared his experience. He said that he had to wait for almost 45 minutes for a cup of coffee in a Thimphu restaurant, and the oldest bank – Bank of Bhutan – did not [... Read More]

Four mines under the scanner

mineBird’s eye view: The mines in Gidaphu (Picture: Google map)

Investigation follows after villagers complained to the PM

Investigation: Four mines in Gedaphu, near Jemina in Mewang Gewog, Thimphu are being investigated following complaints from villagers through Meet the People program to the Prime Minister.

Villagers complained that their drinking water was drying up, noise from one of the grinding units was disturbing, and that their irrigation water has become sandy and bringing aggregates from mines in to their fields.

National Environment Commission (NEC) secretary, Ugyen Tshewang, [... Read More]

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