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Farmers’ group to restart MPU

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MPU: The dairy farmers’ group of Patshaling in Tsirang will soon make use of the Milk Processing Unit (MPU) that was left defunct for almost five years.

The consensus was reached after the 42 members of Patshaling Gonor Gongphel Tshogpa agreed to use the MPU following suggestions from the officials of the dzongkhag livestock sector and the district veterinary hospital.

Officials from National Dairy Development Centre and Regional Livestock Development Centre in Wangdue trained the [... Read More]

Quake damaged school yet to be rebuilt

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Disaster: Students of Gaselo lower secondary school in Wangdue are studying and dining in tents, because the contractor failed to meet the deadline to repair and reconstruct structures damaged by earthquake.

The September 2011 earthquake damaged a two-story building, used as hostel accommodating 287 students, and a one-story building, which housed the matron’s quarter, and a classroom.

“The damage was severe with major cracks,” school principal Tshering Lhendup said.

To accommodate the students, two classrooms were [... Read More]

Representing indigenous food and craft

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Festival: Kinley, a 33-year-old housewife had walked two days from her village in Gasa to represent her dzongkhag in this year’s craft festival.

In her stall, there were several pointed hats with colourful beads, laid out on the table. Gasa’s famous textile, zum, made from yak’s hair and couple of shirts were there.

Another participant Phub Tshering, 41, from Haa had brought with him the famous hoentay (buckwheat dumpling).

“There is no selection process for us [... Read More]

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Dry and deserted: Most shops in Phuentsholing remain closed as elections across the border go on yesterday

       

Minister’s car vandalised

Lhuentse police arrested a 47-year-old man from Tshenkhar gewog for allegedly vandalising agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji’s car on April 13.

The man allegedly broke the left door glass of the Toyota Prado SUV when the vehicle was parked at the road head in Brawa village. The minister was on a tour in the dzongkhag last week.

The driver and security personnel had left to Brawa village for dinner when the incident happened.

The suspect had used a stone [... Read More]

Less is more?

PM proposes to raise the quality of education by reducing the number of schools   

Education: Prime minister Tshering Tobgay asked local government (LG) officials, civil servants and corporate employees of Trashiyangtse and Trashigang to talk to parents in the villages on reforming the education system by bringing down the number of schools across the country and introduce boarding schools.

For instance, he said, the existing 30 schools in Trashiyangtse would be brought down to [... Read More]

BNB lends 94 percent of its deposit

Banking: While all major banks recorded a credit to deposit (CD) ratio of 72 percent and below, Bhutan National Bank’s CD ratio stood at 94 percent.

The CD ratio determines the health of the banks in terms of their total deposits to that of lending.

Low CD ratio means banks are not using their resources and higher ratio beyond a certain point indicates pressure on the banks’ capital.

Royal Monetary Authority officials said it was normal [... Read More]

Japan commits Nu 68M KR II grant

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The food security project has contributed greatly to farm mechanisation through the popular power tiller

AID: The government of Japan provided Nu 68M or USD 1.1M in agricultural aid to Bhutan, yesterday.

The aid was given as part of the ‘food security project for underprivileged farmers’ also known as the KR-II grant.

The agreement was signed between the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Tashichhodzong, yesterday.  The Bhutanese and Japanese [... Read More]

Committee formation hamstrung by manpower shortage

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Gewog administrative officers raise issue during second symposium yesterday

GAO: Development work and planned activities get delayed in gewogs in the absence of their own tender committees.

Gewog administrative officers (GAO) highlighted the issue during the second symposium yesterday, which began on April 15.  They said that, with only limited people in the gewog, they couldn’t form tender committees, as they couldn’t take part in more than one.

To float a tender, GAOs said several committees, [... Read More]

Dungsam does more than just make cement

The corporation employs/trains many youth and provides work to contractors 

DDCL: The country’s largest cement manufacturing plant, Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) has employed a huge number of Bhutanese in its mining and manufacturing division.  It has 492 Bhutanese workers, including 90 university graduates.

While 392 are regular employees, the remaining 100 are on contract.  More than 40 percent of the employed are from Pemagatshel.

DCCL chief executive officer, Dorji Norbu, said the average age of [... Read More]

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