Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - 10:12 AM

Fallowing of land continues to increase in Trashigang

Land: The acreage of land lying fallow in Trashigang has increased over the years.

In Radhi and Samkhar, the dzongkhag’s two main rice-growing gewogs, vast acres of land is left uncultivated.

One of the reasons why the land lying fallow is increasing, said Radhi gup Jigme Namgyel, is because of increasing rural to urban migration. Although there are all the basic amenities, 8 households of Tamlung in Samkhar migrated to Yenangbrangsa last year.

Tamlung is a [... Read More]

Windstorm damages 8 houses in Punakha


Assessment: The March 21 storm damaged eight houses in Punakha, including one that was under construction.

Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited’s (RICBL) branch office in Shengana said the roof of two affected houses were blown off.

In Talo gewog, storm caused minor damage to the roof of a two-storey house, while in Toebisa the storm wrecked the roof of five traditional houses.

RICBL’s branch manager, Neten Sherab, said that while all the houses that were [... Read More]

A growing civic culture

IMG_0791Graffiti on the walls of school toilet

Sanitation: Woochu lower secondary school in Paro was taken by surprise when in May last year, it was declared the best school in sanitation and hygiene.

The school received, as prize, Nu 10,000 from united nations children’s fund (UNICEF).  In Woochu school everyone was at a loss how the school won the award.

But months back, an evaluation team from UNICEF and dzongkhag’s education sector had secretly visited the school. The award was result of [... Read More]

Gold smuggling case begins

Court: Paro district court last week conducted preliminary hearing on the alleged gold smuggling case involving seven Indians who were arrested on February 22.

Office of the attorney general studied the case after Paro police forwarded it to them on March 6.  OAG officials then charged the seven people in Paro court on March 12.

Custom officials in Paro airport detained four Indians, who were alleged of attempting to smuggle eight kilo gold worth Nu [... Read More]

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Making way: Hundreds of young blue pine trees are being cut down to make way for a broader Thimphu-Wangdue highway


For better quality cordyceps

IMG_2026Highlanders employ crude methods of cleaning the fungus

Fungus: The department of forestry services may increase the cordyceps collection permit fee, but good post-harvest practices could recover the amount easily.

Cordyceps collectors sleep with the prized possession in their hemchu (gho pocket), take it to bed, clean it with toothbrush and use polythene bags, which according to post harvest specialists could damage the quality of the fungus.

The collectors, although unhappy with the proposal to revise the permit fee and the reduction of [... Read More]

BOBL expands Sunday banking

Banking: Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL) expanded its Sunday banking service in seven branch offices earlier this month.

Sunday banking is now available for the clients till 1pm in branch offices of Paro, Wangdue, Mongar, Samtse, Gomtu, Samdrupjongkhar and Trashigang.

The service, officials from the bank, said was established following feedback from their clients.

“To cater to their increasing number of clients in the country and considering the current market scenario with increasing volume of deposits [... Read More]

Labour agencies want circular withdrawn


Cites risk of closing down business with no users

Expats: Foreign workers recruitment agencies in Phuentsholing are demanding the labour ministry to revoke the circular, which allowed employers and contractors to recruit expatriate labourers without having to route through the agencies.

The circular came into effect form February 1 following feedback and continuous complaints from employers on the lack of service the agents delivered.

Expatriate workers that enter through Phuentsholing are workers like, carpenters, masons, electricians, [... Read More]

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A sanitation awareness program is being organised in Trashiyangtse by dzongkhag health officials. The program is a part of the two-week Badza Guru Dungdrup ceremony (one billion recitations dedicated to Guru Rinpoche who brought Tantric Buddhism in Bhutan during the eighth century).


Filter for safe drinking water

farmer-Choki-Wangmo-from-Thrapangsa-village-in-Mongar-cleaning-her-drinking-water-sourceFarmer Choki Wangmo from Thrapangsa village in Mongar cleaning her drinking water source

Water day: Homes in Kengkhar and Jurmey gewogs under Mongar, which rely on harvested rainwater were provided with filters as a household treatment system.

Forty-three homes in Khengkhar and 113 homes in Jurmey received the filters.

Jurmey gewog has five chewogs with more than 320 households and Kengkhar has more than 400 households. The gewogs are two of the remotest and least developed under Mongar district.

The water filters, public health officials said, was distributed through [... Read More]

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