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Weaving their own fortune through organic farming

DSC_0068Amidst the fog: YiAP graduates with mentor Dr Singye Namgyel (with cap) weed organic cabbage

Agriculture: If a farmer’s gear such as the hoe, pickax, spade, and crower do not look good in the hands of a university graduate, it is wrong. Four university graduates have just proven it. At about two kilometres from Tshimasham towards Thimphu, about five minutes rise from the road, there is a thing to see if you will. Four young graduates are busy working on a farm. These graduates in their early 20s have taken organic farming as a profession.

Lessons from Nepal

I was in Nepal recently to attend the ICIMOD Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting in my capacity as an independent member on the Board of Governors of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

Ministry advocates healthy lifestyle in monastic communities

IMG_8415Dorji Lopen gives a run on one of the treadmills

NCD: The Ministry of Health set up two treadmills at Tashichhodzong in Thimphu yesterday to help monks of Zhungdratsang to promote healthy lifestyle. Health Minister Tandin Wangchuk handed over the equipment in presence of officiating Je Khenpo, Dorji Lopen Kinley.  Health minister said that with cases of NCD rising in the country, physical exercise is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo’s representative, Dorji Lopen Kinley, appointed Lopen Pema Gyeltshen (left) as the secretary general of the Zhung Dratshang and Lopen Sangay as the Lopen of Druk Sanga Choling Dratshang in Darjeeling, India, yesterday. Lopen Pema Gyeltshen, 46, served as the head of the Tensum division prior to his appointment, while Lopen Sangay served as the head teacher at the monastic school in Talo.                                                  

Wangchuck Zam opens as tribute to Fourth Druk Gyalpo

20150702_133114Wangchuck Zam

Connectivity: HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck on Thursday graced the inauguration of 128-metre Wangchuck Zam over Kuri-Gongri at Yangbari in Mongar. The Wangchuck Zam is dedicated to the celebrations of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Construction of the bridge began in May 2013. Launching of steel parts was carried out by Construction Development Corporation and was completed in a record time of three months.

Borongmo village gets electric fencing

IMG_9230Villagers check out the new electric fencing 

Agriculture: HRH Gyaltsab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck yesterday inaugurated an electric fencing in Borongmo village in Nganglam, Pemagatshel. The people of Borongmo have been facing human-wildlife conflict that destroys almost 80 percent of crops every year. Located about 15 kilometres from Nganglam dungkhag, the villagers, locally referred to as the Shillongpas, resettled in the village under Borongmo Resettlement Project, one of His Majesty’s Kidu Projects.

National league winner to walk away with Nu 1 million

Football: In an unprecedented development for sports in Bhutan, the winner of the national football league tournament will receive at least ngultrum one million. This will be the highest amount a winner takes away from a sports event in Bhutan, so far.

Bhutan loses to Nepal and Lanka


SABA: Bhutan lost both its games on the first day of the three-day South Asia Basketball Association qualifying competition being played in Bengaluru, India. The national team who played Sri Lanka in the morning was thrashed 100-57. They put up a better performance in the second match against Nepal, but lost 72-58.

Affected families not likely to be compensated

The families were living on the embankments illegally, say thromde officials Update: The seven families who lost their makeshift houses in the July 1 flood at Torsa embankments are not likely to be compensated according to Phuentsholing Thromde officials. Executive secretary with the thromde, Tharchin Lhendup said people keep coming and going in Bangay area. “We do not even know who these people are,” he said, adding that there are, however, a few exceptional cases, where some have settled for a long time.

Sales tax at PoS now on RAMIS

IMG20150702Finance secretary launch the new module on RAMIS yesterday

This is just a part of whole system that would embed entire tax filings in future Tax: The Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) has added one more feature on the revenue administration management information system (RAMIS) to enhance national revenue. Sales tax collecting agents can now file their tax returns on goods and services at the point of sale on RAMIS. Usually, sales tax on imported goods and services are levied at point of entry and sales tax on domestic goods and services at [... Read More]

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