Dr Brent Waters has worked as a psychiatrist for the past 43 years in Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Australia. He was also a professor of psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr Waters, who is from Australia, often visits Bhutan as a tourist, but also provides his services in the fields of depression and disability while here. Kuensel reporter Tenzin Namgyel recently spoke with Dr Waters on the rising number of suicides in Bhutan. Interview: 1. Generally what makes people commit [... Read More]
Family farming: Farmers display farm produce during the day
Was the reminder as World Food Day’s 33rd anniversary was celebrated in Phobjikha SAP: A decade ago, it used to be a norm for farmers like Phub Dorji, to skip meals and survive on flours for days. The 49-year-old farmer of Phobjikha said they grew up in poverty by surviving on potatoes and flours. Potatoes are the most grown crop in Phobjikha, but those days, accessibility to market was an issue. However, he said with various support, today, farmers even in a place like Phobjikha [... Read More]
Measure measure: A fuel boy pours into a standard measuring can while trade officials observe at the Chubachhu fuel depot
Fuel station pumps are to be recalibrated next month onwards so customers get what they paid for Fuel: Pumps at fuel stations will be re-calibrated each month, so that customers are provided the closest volume of diesel or petrol that they have paid for. The stations will also be provided with a five litre new brass can, derived from international standard, with 0.6 percent tolerance. It converts to about 30ml, up or down. These initiatives were taken, after Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) established that a [... Read More]
Busy: The FCB auction yard in Phuentsholing
Exports: Potatoes fetched a record high price this year at the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing. To date, the highest recorded was Nu 52.40 for a kilo of potatoes, which was auctioned on October 14. For the same period last year, the highest price a kilogram of potatoes fetched was Nu 31. It is the first time potato price has shot up at this rate, officials said. Starting May this year until yesterday, records with FCB officials showed an arrival and [... Read More]
For clean hands: About 200 Jigme Losel Primary School students in Thimphu collected a donation of Nu 102,913 and about 2,400 soap bars to observe global Hand Washing Day yesterday. The donation will buy soaps for remote schools and monasteries.
Nepal’s foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey called on the Acting Prime Minister lyonpo Damcho Dorji on October 14 in Thimphu. As special envoy of the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr Pandey is in the country to extend invitation for the 18th SAARC Summit and its preceding meetings, which will be held in Kathmandu from November 22-27. Nepal hosted the third SAARC Summit in 1987 and the 11th in 2002.
The farmers’ group was launched on October 14
18 households from a Punakha chiwog form a dairy farmer’s dairy collaborative group Cooperative: Farmers of Eusakha chiwog in Kabjisa gewog, Punakha are not only earning good income, but also saving on high taxi fares, after they formed the Eusakha Chortenypo farmer’s diary collaborative group two months ago. The group’s chairman, Dodo, said 18 households from Eusakha village formed the group, with an objective to increase their income, and also help create employment opportunities for their children. Dodo said each household owns around four to [... Read More]
Khamdang-Manla chiwog saw a 50 percent drop in maize yield
Agriculture: By this time of year, farmers of Khamdang-Manla chiwog in Trashiyangtse would have harvested half their maize fields. But not this time. The dry spell during the summer has resulted in a much smaller yield. Khamdang tshogpa, Tshering Dorji, said the yield went down by almost 50 percent compared with last year. The crop began to die by the month of August. “It was unusually dry this summer, and plants began to slowly die. Had it not been for the rain that followed towards [... Read More]
It included 12 different thrams and the NLC investigation reports Land case:The Office of the Attorney General submitted copies of 12 different thrams (land ownership certificates) and two investigation reports, conducted by the National Land Commission, in regard to the alleged land fraud case of Chang Ugyen, to the court yesterday. The court, after putting its initials on all the pages, then gave it to Chang Ugyen’s defense counsel, lawyer Ugyen Dorji. The thrams and NLC investigation reports were submitted as part of discovery documents, [... Read More]
JDWNRH: Thimphu police are yet to trace the cashier of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital (JDWNRH), who went missing since September 3, after she allegedly embezzled over Nu 5M. Police are still searching for the cashier, say sources. A missing complaint was filed with police last month after she went missing. JDWNRH officials said the money has been embezzled over a period of six to seven months. The cashier was collecting the money from hospital services, such as cabin charges, parking fees and other [... Read More]