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Solar fencing keep elephants away

DSC_5670-1Extra security: A farmer install a box for bees along the solar fence

Samrang’s farmers have been spared the annual depredation by marauding elephants Wildlife: The installation of solar fencing has worked in protecting crops of Samrang gewog farmers and, this year, unlike in the past, they have been able to harvest maize. Elephants have otherwise damaged crops and farmers of three chiwogs of Ngangtshohangtoe, Ngangtshohangmey and Dhamsagangmey under Samrang have lost their livelihood to the tuskers for decades. Farmer Talak Bahadhur Bista, 68, said, since solar fencing was installed, villagers live with peace of mind. “It has [... Read More]

Fingers crossed for a vegetable market spin-off

bDSC00078Isolated: The present market sheds

A longstanding need, it is hoped, will be met with the advent of the KHP DT: Abandoned by vendors and wearing a desolate look, the Trashiyangtse town’s vegetable market shed stands at the edge of the town.  Budget constraint is keeping the dzongkhag from coming up with a new two-storied vegetable market. However, with the coming of Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP), Trashiyangtse dzongkhag is also looking forward to the prospect of constructing the vegetable market. It was decided during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) that [... Read More]

Most affiliated companies on track to meet compact targets

Such were the findings of the midterm review conducted by parent company officials DHI: Most of the companies under the Druk Holding and Investment  (DHI) are on track to achieve the set targets, both financial and non-financial, officials, who conducted the mid term review, said. Although Kuensel could not get the details for each of the companies’ performance, an official from the DHI said that most of the companies have achieved their targets, and a couple of them were very close.  It is expected that, [... Read More]

NDA cadet commits suicide

Royal Bhutan Army officials confirmed that a Bhutanese cadet at the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune, India had allegedly committed suicide on August 21. The cadet, freshman from Punakha joined the Academy a month ago in July. He was with the Charlie squadron at the Academy. The reasons behind the incident were not clear. Police in Pune has started investigating the incident. NDA officials in a press release said, “The cadet was found hanging with a cord from the ceiling fan in his cabin [... Read More]

Bhutan ranks 136 out of 187 countries in human development

DSC_1694UNDP Resident Representative Christina Carlson and labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo releases the human development report yesterday

Its HDI value of 0.584 puts the country in the “medium” category Report: Bhutan ranks 136 in human development out of 187 countries and shares the rank with Cambodia, the human development report, 2014, which was released yesterday in Thimphu, stated. The human development index (HDI) value for Bhutan is 0.584, which is close to the South Asian average of 0.588, but below the world average of 0.702.  The HDI value ranks Bhutan in the “medium human development” category along with 42 countries, which include [... Read More]

Losel cinema accounts – A can of worms

By following the money, a trail of fraudulent practices has been unearthed RAA: Awarding roofing works in defiance to procurement rules and regulations, non-deduction of cost difference for providing materials other than specified in the bill of quantities (BoQ), and payment for works not executed had led to irregularities worth Nu1.698M from the Losel cinema hall’s account in Gelephu. The Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) pointed out these irregularities in its report from July 1, 2010 to April 30, 2014, submitted to the home minister and [... Read More]

Japanese encephalitis claims a life in Punakha

This is the first recorded case of the disease in the country Mosquito: Following the death of a 20-year-old man from Tewang gewog in Punakha on August 15 due to Japanese encephalitis, Punakha hospital has been cautioning residents to remove mosquito-breeding areas like stagnant water, to avoid mosquito bites. This was the first case of Japanese encephalitis recorded in the country. Chief medical officer at Punakha hospital, Dr Choeda Gyeltshen, said the deceased, a former monk, was ill since July 31.  His parents initially conducted [... Read More]

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Asian Development Bank’s Vice President, Lakshmi Venkatachalam calls on Prime Minsiter Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen and Ms Venkatachalam discussed ways to explore new prospects in small and medium scale industries, renewable energy and agri-marketing. The Vice President assured ADB’s continued assistance to Bhutan.    

A shot in the arm for the hard-pressed farmer

A Nu 53M WWF-funded project has poverty alleviation as one of its chief objectives Project: Modernity comes at a cost.  Bhutan today has its feet in a quagmire that is thick and deep.  On one side is development, on the other, fate.  How far the journey then? We are an agricultural country with about 70 percent of our people in the farming sector.  Is this even true?  Where are our dreams of rich agricultural life today?  What is real and what is not?  We need [... Read More]

Year’s first apple consignment gets through

18 truckloads had to wait for days at the B’desh check post pending a formalin test Export: Five days after 18 truckloads of apples from Bhutan were kept at the Bangladesh border checkpoint for formalin test, the country’s first consignment of apples to Bangladesh made it through the border on August 20. The 90 metric tonnes (MT) of apples, worth around Nu 6M, had moved from the country on August 16.  However, a new system, which required a formalin test of the fruit, had stopped [... Read More]

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