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Nakha farm cooperative finally takes off

IMG_0256Farmers and agriculture officials plant potatoes on 20 acres of leased land

Agriculture: For the first time, farmers of Nakha village came together yesterday to plant potatoes on 20 acres of land at once. The farmers were from 11 households in Nakha, Sephu gewog, which is about 98km away from Wangdue.  They belong to a farmer’s group, Samdrup Tshongley Detshen, which is the first to commercially produce potato on government lease land. Although the villagers earn from cordyceps collection, Nakhu is among the least developed villages in Sephu with minimal land holdings.  Except for two households, who [... Read More]

Taps run dry in Rizor, Udzorong

Water: For the last three years, almost half of the 250 water taps built in Rizor chiwog in Udzorong, Trashigang have been running dry. The taps were built in 2008 through the rural water supply scheme.  Water supply to Udzorong was disrupted, when pipes connected to the source at Namtaladrang had to be removed in 2012 to carry out widening works for Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway.  With the work still in progress, the water pipes are yet to be restored.

Changjiji open-air gym inaugurated

IMG_7052The health minister explains how the equipment works to an elderly woman

At the opening, the health minister urged the community to use and take care of the facility NCD: With the opening of an open-air gym at Changjiji, the colony now has a complete set of facilities for all age groups. To promote healthy lifestyle and help address the rising non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the city, the health ministry in collaboration with National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC) and financial support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), launched the first of its six open-air gyms at the [... Read More]

Stone-pelting patient treated then arrested

Crime: Following a complaint from the Health Help Centre (HHC), Changjiji police has detained a 34-year old man from Tsirang for pelting stones at an ambulance on March 25 near Hongtsho. The incident took place around 11am after the ambulance picked the man from Dochula following an emergency call.  The man, a cook with Dochula café, was under the influence of alcohol and had fallen off a slope.  He had suffered cuts on his head.

Turning crises into opportunity

DSC_3698Project Manager Jigme Thinley explains the process involved in producing the egg trays

The lack of local egg trays and cost of a rehab program are met by a manufacturing unit  YDF: Bhutan may not be importing eggs anymore but it continues to import egg trays from India. To reduce the import of egg trays and hatch employment opportunities for youth, egg trays will now be produced at home with paper waste. With HRH Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck inaugurating the egg tray-manufacturing unit in Bjemina yesterday, the plant will start producing 720 egg trays an hour from about [... Read More]

Picture story

Strong winds blew off the roof of a traditional house in Udzorong, Trashigang on March 24      

World Cup qualifier gives fillip to local league

IMG_6948-1New face: Thimphu FC’s Dan Ito at a practise session yesterday

New international signings expected to lift quality of football on offer Yanmer-Thimphu: If the recent World Cup qualifying match at Changlimithang has rekindled the love for the beautiful game, local clubs will ensure that it continues. The Thimphu A league has been recently renamed Yanmer Thimphu Premier League.  Prize money has increased manifold, and clubs are bringing in new coaches and players. Thimphu FC, which was promoted from division B last year, had signed a new Italian coach, and has now hired two international players, [... Read More]

Royal visit

20150325-907A8788His Majesty the King addresses the students and faculty of Gaeddu College of Business Studies yesterday

His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, visited the Gaeddu College of Business Studies yesterday. His Majesty granted audiences to the students of the college, as well as the faculty. On Monday, His Majesty granted audiences to the faculty and students of the College of Science and Technology in Rinchending. While in Phuentsholing, His Majesty visited Pasakha Chumigthang Middle Secondary School and granted audiences to the teachers and students of the school. His Majesty also granted audiences to the Thromde officials, Desuups, [... Read More]

Squeezing out space for apron expansion

IMG_20150315_112443Rush hour: An aircraft is moved onto the runway to allow another to enter the apron

With the IAF camp relocation still under process, Paro airport has to manage on its own    Aviation: With a seventh aircraft now operating at Paro International Airport, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is being forced to expand its apron, despite no headway being made on relocating the Indian air force (IAF) camp there. The airport’s apron capacity or parking area for aircraft of five aircraft was exceeded when Tashi Air added a second aircraft in August last year. However, as the IAF camp [... Read More]

WTO quandary expected to end soon

But first, look forward to a rehash of all the old pros and cons of joining the world body  Trade: After sitting on it for more than a decade, the government is to soon give its decision on whether Bhutan will join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) or not. The move is also in line with government’s pledge to explore the possibilities of joining WTO, and the economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said the ministry would be making a presentation to the cabinet next month. [... Read More]

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