Tuesday , February 9 2016
  • 27,000 acres under paddy cultivation by 2032

    Ambitious irrigation master plan promises huge returns

    Irrigation: Bhutan could bring under cultivation 27,000 acres of paddy fields and increase the paddy sufficiency rate to 75 percent in 2032 from 51 percent today.

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Bidung gewog presents their concerns to PM


Expert to be field to study drying of water sources

Visit: Drying up of water sources, unclean drinking water and the tardy progress of upcoming Gamrichu hydroelectric project (GHP) were issues raised by villagers of Bidung during Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s first visit to the gewog yesterday.

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Thromde officials await test results

… to confirm what killed the fishes in Dungsamchhu 

Environment: Samdrupjongkhar thromde officials are still waiting for the results from National Environment Commission (NEC) to find out what caused the fishes in the Dungsamchhu to die.

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Gyalyum Charitable Trust launched


Trust to ensure the sustainability of charitable organizations 

Charity: Her Majesty The Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Ashi Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck launched the Gyalyum Charitable Trust at the Textile Museum in Thimphu yesterday.

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RTC receives research grant

Award: The Royal Thimphu College was awarded the Institutional Development Grant from the prestigious Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research based in the United States.

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  • Water: solving the problem of plenty

    There cannot be greater irony than the fact that even as we swim in the humongous abundance of water we should feel the want of it. Bhutan has one of the highest per capita availability of water in the world, yet households in parts of our country increasingly face absolute shortage of water. Lack of water for irrigation has led many rural folks to leave their land uncultivated and abandon their ancestral home in utter desperation.

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  • Future beckons

  • Our Gyalsey is born

My Country, My Town

  • Role change: This defunct outdoor tap now serves as the next best thing: a soap-dish hanger. Photo by Tulsi Subba, Dagana
  • Toilet humour: A left-handed compliment is a welcome change from the usual gender discrimination. Photo by Sonam Tobgay
  • Role change: This defunct outdoor tap now serves as the next best thing: a soap-dish hanger. Photo by Tulsi Subba, Dagana
  • Passengers, please note: Please take your legs off before sliding into this front seat. Photo by Tashi Namgay
  • Down but not out: The lock on the door reveals that half a house is better than none. Photo by Jimba Dorji
  • A once-upon-a-time scooter: Two-wheeler that has been stripped of virtually all but its two wheels. Photo by Bidur Rai
  • Clocktower sans clock: You know what they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Photo by Ezoo Kee
  • In lieu of a hard hat: A TV in need of protection from falling debris at a construction site. Photo by Kumar Rai, Pasakha