LAST PAGE The greatest challenge in my life so far has been trying to find a job. An employment for which I have, until recently, studied and my parents have invested in.
I can say that I have successfully completed my undergraduate studies and have a degree certificate which ascertains my accomplishment.
But times are changing and the employment situation is only becoming worse. The degree certificate was more than enough in the past, not [... Read More]
There are, in numbers, those less fortunate, whose daily life is a grind
COVER STORY The mud walls are chipping off of Sonam Lhaden’s over six-decade old, one-story rickety traditional house in Phairo in Lebari under Ramjar, Trashiyangtse.
Some walls have become threadbare and stripped to the woven bamboos, which were once plastered with mud. Inside, the grubby wooden floor is rotting and the creaky ceiling beams are weakening by the day.
In contrast to its [... Read More]
In the next Five Year Plan, poverty alleviation will continue to be one of the priorities for the government.
The draft report of the 11th FYP was submitted to the first National Assembly last month.
The report states that the level of poverty has seen a reduction from 31.7 percent in 2003 to 12 percent last year, where rural poverty has been reduced from 38.3 percent in 2003 to 16.7 percent last year.
The report further states that, [... Read More]
Leaving his job with a private firm to set out in the fields to help his aging parents was probably the most difficult decision Gyembo Dorji took in his life.
Gyembo Dorji and his wife moved with his parents in Chang Chanka under Wangcha gewog in Paro. Today, its been more than three years and looking back, Gyembo Dorji is still unsure whether he made the right decision.
But for now, with the harvest season on Gyembo [... Read More]
Women making handicrafts from bamboo
REAP For the farmers of Philuma village under Orong, Samdrup Jongkhar the year 2012 was an interesting one.
Unlike in the past, where they usually engage in the day-to-day and seasonal based farming activities, last year they went on a farmers’ tour, received practical instructions on how to build a proper fence around their gardens, learned improved farming techniques, and among others also learned how to construct their own toilets.
These activities were carried out [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS How do I put on muscle mass?
Building more muscle mass requires a blend of proper quality and quantity of food and the right type of training.
The only nutrient capable of building lean muscle is protein. It is the only nutrient that can resynthesize broken down muscle. You can find high percentage of protein in lean cuts of chicken, beef, pork, fish and [... Read More]
LAST PAGE I quit farming to join the national workforce with expectations that life would be better.
My husband divorced me for another woman and life in the village was becoming more difficult. Toiling in the farm paid off peanuts. Then there were the wild animals, which were always marauding the harvests, to deal with.
About a year back I joined the workforce. I have been earning Nu 5,000 a month.
Though the money I make [... Read More]
This simple act of hygiene among children has proved to have far reaching positive consequences
COVER STORY Sonam Choden, a primary school girl was observing her father working their small kitchen garden.
After work, he came and washed his hands, only it was not done in the proper manner, and Sonam Choden wasn’t convinced.
“Apa, you didn’t wash your hand properly,” Sonam Choden remarked. “There’s a technique to washing hands, and it requires not just water [... Read More]
Each morning, at six, Gopal Pantha and his wife releases water from the three main tanks located in Changangkha near his house.
As a plumber with Thimphu city corporation office, Gopal is responsible for the water tanks. The tanks supply water to the core Thimphu city area.
The 46-year-old lives in a small house with his wife and three sons. After breakfast Gopal puts on his blue uniform and heads to the office located near Lungtenzampa Bridge. [... Read More]
WATER Almost two years after the bio sand filtration system was introduced, Kamji middle secondary school in Chukha has seen a substantial decrease in number of water-borne diseases among students.
The system, as a pilot project, was introduced in 2011 by health ministry’s public health engineering division (PHED) with financial assistance from UNICEF.
The school, about 22km from Phuentsholing, otherwise has been facing water shortage.
Pema Seldon, the school’s health incharge said while facing shortage, the [... Read More]