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Panbang – Where winter heralds vegetables

IMG_3116Green gold: Large scale vegetable cultivation in Panbang

A group of organic farmers have just started a fledgling project that is about to take wing Agriculture: As winter approaches, Panbang residents have all the reasons to be happy. It’s not only the weather that is turning pleasant in the small south central town, but residents won’t have to resort to importing vegetables. It’s time for fresh organic produce. While most residents take to growing vegetables in small quantities for their own consumption, 10 businessmen from the locality took the initiative further by cultivating [... Read More]

First WCD snow leopard survey to be completed by June next

IMG_2249National Assembly speaker Jigme Zangpo at the event

Conservation: Bhutan will know how many snow leopards prowl the country by June next year, when the wildlife conservation division (WCD) completes the first survey for this rare elusive cat. This was shared during the celebration of the first international Snow Leopard Day themed ‘Conserve snow leopard for healthy eco-system’, which was observed at the Jigme Khesar strict nature reserve in Haa yesterday. The National Assembly speaker, Jigme Zangpo, who was at the event as chief guest, declared the change in the name of the [... Read More]

Women’s quota among Election Act amendments proposed

IMG_5368Participants of the consultative meeting

Parliament: At least 30 percent of the 47 seats in a political party should be reserved for women. This is among the 15 clauses in the Election Act to be proposed for amendment in the upcoming parliament session. The winter session of Parliament begins on November 12. Other clauses, such as ones on National Council (NC) as a continuous house, state funding, 10 years experience for candidates contesting NC elections, letter of intent, cooling period, migration of candidates, postal ballot and door-to-door campaign, are also [... Read More]

Fund-raising walk for Tshalumaphay retreat centre

unnamed-84Villagers greet Patron of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, during the 48-kilometre sponsored walk on Sunday.

Nunnery: A retreat centre for nuns is being built in Tshalumaphay, opposite Babesa in Thimphu.  The centre will be a big one, of course.  It will have a conference hall, a library, a medical centre and classrooms to train nuns after graduation. This is Bhutan Nuns Foundation’s (BNF) cherished dream.  It is a dream worth USD 2m. So, to raise funds, BNF organised a one-day walk from Tamcho to Lhaiding in Paro.  More than 400 volunteers that included civil servants and students reached Lhaiding at [... Read More]

Harvest … with a little help from the local deities

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To avoid disasters and ensure a good crop, farmers in the west take pains to appease the gods Rituals: With paddy harvest in full swing, one of the most important tasks for farmers like Kinley Dorji of Omteykha village in Punakha is to visit their local lhakhang and offer tshog and prayers. It’s a tradition for farmers here to make offerings and appease the local deities, who are believed to then bless the place with pleasant weather that would enable farmers to complete their harvesting. [... Read More]

Bangay bazaar is open for business

PIC_0078Makeshift depots are being readied on the banks of Toorsa river

Exporters are setting up shop on the Amochu banks for which the thromde will levy a tax Mandarin:  Mandarin season is on and Bhutanese exporters are busy preparing depots in Phuentsholing.  The thromde has permitted the exporters to set up their depots at Bangay bazaar on the banks of the Amochu. Bhutan Export Association (BEA) has fixed November 15 for the business to start.  The export will continue until mid-February next year. Bangladesh is the only country to which oranges are exported.  There are more [... Read More]

King’s cup is back again

kings-cupMMC, a Nepalese club won the cup last year (Photo: BFF)

Football: Popular football clubs from the region including two from Thailand will be competing for the King’s Cup at Changlimethang stadium starting November 15. Nine elite football clubs from Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan are participating. “Compared with last year, the teams are far superior and King’s cup has become one of the prestigious trophy in the region,” the general secretary of Bhutan Football Federation, Ugyen Wangchuk said adding all the teams are champions in their own countries. Last’s King’s cup recorded more than 30,000 [... Read More]

“This phase is the return of Asia” : Prof Kishore Mahbubani

unnamed-74The future is in Asia not Europe: Prof Kishore Mahbubani

When tensions arise between the Asian giants, Bhutan must remain pro-Bhutan Geopolitics: “Asia is rowing in the most exciting times of geopolitics in the history of the world today and it’s this time where small countries must ‘be very careful,’ cautioned Kishore Mahbubani. The dean and professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, was speaking on ‘Asia in today’s world’ at the Friday Forum Lecture at the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies on October 31.  His [... Read More]

Residents against move to relocate dzongkhag administration

IMG_2644Empty: Business in Trong and Dangkhar has dwindled after the opening of a bypass road

The bid to centrally locate will further throw into decline the fortunes of this township Zhemgang: Business community and residents of Trong and Dangkhar villages in Zhemgang have submitted an appeal letter to Trong gewog, to not shift the dzongkhag administration. The appeal letter, signed by heads of families in the two villages and town, comes after local leaders discussed the need to shift the dzongkhag administration to a central location in the recent dzongkhag tshogdu. DT members then reasoned that, since the dzongkhag administration [... Read More]

Taktse will be yenlag throm

unnamed-79A town is born: To cater to students and faculty of two educational institutions

New and random constructions have been put on hold till the LAP is completed Drakteng: A local area plan (LAP) is being created to develop Taktse in Drakteng, Trongsa into a  yenlag or gewog throm. District engineer Passang Dorji said although it is not known when the LAP would be finalised, Taktse would be developed as a throm. Over 12 new buildings, mostly concrete, had already sprouted around the institute of language and cultural studies to cater to the faculty and students, even before the [... Read More]

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