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Farmers short of water despite rain

DSC_0097Rainwater harvesting might help in cultivating these fallow paddy fields

Change in rainfall pattern has adversely affected paddy plantation  Monsoon: Unlike previous years, farmers, who depend on rainwater for paddy transplantation, are happy that this year’s rainfall has been good enough for them to transplant their paddy saplings. However, receiving enough rainfall may not be of much help to farmers in the long run mainly because of the change in rainfall pattern, according to the principal research officer with RNRRC Bajo, Thinley Gyamtsho. “Although we do receive the same quantity of rain, today’s rain is [... Read More]

Infant mortality rates still high in Bhutan

Preterm birth is the top cause for newborn deaths in the country UNICEF: Despite Bhutan’s progress in improving the survival of infants and those under-five years, the number of babies dying within the first 28 days of birth is still high, according to a UNICEF policy brief for Bhutan. The national health survey, 2012, found that 21 out of 1,000 babies born alive die within the first month of birth, indicating that about 67 percent of infant deaths occur in the first 28 days of [... Read More]

Cousin stabs cousin to death

Crime: A 32-year-old man was murdered around 2.40pm yesterday above the sports ground of Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School. The deceased was at his aunt’s house with her three children and having lunch when the 27-year-old suspect showed up. One of the eyewitnesses, a class-two student said an argument ensued between the two after the suspect had scolded her for looking at him bang the table. The suspect then took out a knife from his back and started to stab the deceased. Two stab injuries were [... Read More]

Where have all the gomchens gone?

gomchenOnly the old gomchens remain in the villages

Once a fixture of rural Trashigang, the lay monk has now become a rare breed Religion: When the tsozin (head) of Samcholing goenpa in Samkhar, Trashigang lost his life in an accident recently, the community didn’t have anyone to replace him for quite some time. It brought out a bitter truth.  The number of gomchens (lay monks) in villages is dropping to the extent that finding a replacement for caretakers or enough to form a complete set to perform a ritual is becoming difficult.  With [... Read More]

National team eye first int’l win at SABA games

DSC_7226The National team during a practice session yesterday

Basketball: The Bhutan national basketball team will be looking for their first international win when they take part in the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) zone championship at Bangalore from July 3 to 5. After months of speculation over the venue for the tournament, FIBA finally allowed the Basketball Federation of India to host the fourth SABA games, a qualification round of the zone for the 28th FIBA Asia championship for men in China, which will begin from September 23 to October 3. The [... Read More]

FM Rinzin Dorje acquitted

Latest: The Haa dzongkhag court has acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje this morning. The foreign minister, who was the former Haa dzongda, was charged with abuse of functions. He was also charged with favouring a local saw miller by awarding timber sawing works worth Nu 1.4M without approval of the tender committee and using the dzongkhag’s DCM truck to transport his private timber from Haa to Thimphu. The minister was on “authorized absence’ from the Cabinet since January 24.        

MERS case in Thailand puts Bhutan on high alert

The MoH has taken measures to prevent its entry into the country Health: The recent confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand has put Bhutan on the red alert zone and pushed the country to step up its surveillance efforts. The health ministry and World Health Organisation (WHO), has accordingly initiated preparatory measures to prevent MERS-CoV from entering Bhutan, a press release from the health ministry states.

An investment guide to attract investors

web-launchLyonpo Norbu Wangchuk and Christina Carlson launch the iGuide

FDI: With the launch of the online “Investment guide (iGuide) to Bhutan” yesterday, investors – local and foreign alike – can now access information for setting up business at the click of a mouse. The iGuide, however, is to help the government get the right information closer to potential investors to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). The website (www.theiguides.org/bhutan) provides a snapshot of all the steps the promoter should follow and contact information of relevant agencies.  The iGuide can be translated into various languages online.

Farmers in need of additional vegetable sheds

IMG_8891Bhangtar bazaar

Market: With the increase in the number of vegetable vendors in Bhangtar bazaar, Samdrupcholing dungkhag, most of the vendors have been forced to display their vegetables in temporary makeshifts. There is only one vegetable shed in the area, about 20 minutes drive from the gewog centre. Locals say there is a need for a proper vegetable market in Bhangtar bazaar. Travelling to the vegetable shed a day ahead of the Sunday market has not been easy for vegetable vendors from Phuntshothang gewog. The farmers spend [... Read More]

Gov’t yet to float DTH TV tender

Media: The government is yet to float a tender inviting local companies or individuals interested in supplying DTH TV (direct-to-home television) to Bhutan. The government was considering this move in January after it found out that DTH supplying companies based in Jaigoan were able to include the BBS channel in their packages albeit illegally. Information and communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji said that while a tender has not been floated a number of developments had occurred since then.

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