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Scare tiger: The idea of a stuffed toy tiger to scare wild animals seems to be working as more Mongar farmers are using it to guard their crops


The grass is always greener

IMG_3466 Fodder for thought: One of the fodder crops, cocksfoot, grown in Tang valley

Fodder is a safer bet for farmers in Bumthang than food crops

Agriculture: Potato might fetch better prices but it is to fodder cultivation that an increasing area of arable land is used for in Tang and Chumey in Bumthang.

In Tang and Chumey, around 131 acres of land is used to grow fodder like cocksfoot, Italian rye grass, tall fescue and oats for its seeds and hay this year.

“Fodder cultivation is now one of [... Read More]

11th national school meet starts in Thimphu

IMG_3746Students take oath during the opening ceremony

410 students from 107 schools are taking part in the contest being held in the capital

Athletics: Kinley Zangmo probably is quite used to running. The 16-year-old Gasa student ran to school, after the cattle and at school sports meet.

On her first visit to the capital city, she will run again.  This time to outrun her competitors and bag a trophy for her school.

Kinley Zangmo is among the 410 students from 107 schools who [... Read More]

Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer pays off but …

DSC_4102Asian tourists at Thimphu tshechu (file photo)

… there are those who feel the brand value of the product may have been compromised

Tourism: Going by the number of Thai tourists, who visited Bhutan since the Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer began more than a month ago, the offer turned out to be a hit.

About 2,038 Thai visitors visited Bhutan since the offer began, but there is more to it than numbers, which about five percent of the total tour operators promoted.

There are [... Read More]

Miners and quarry workers most industrious

Labour survey shows those in the sector put in more than 80 hours a week

Employment: Mining and quarrying sector has the most hardworking employees, according to the findings of labour ministry’s labour force survey (LFS) 2013.

The survey report shows that 812 out of the 1,374 employees in the mining and quarrying sector worked more than 80 hours a week.  This means that an individual in this group worked more than 13 hours a [... Read More]

Man arrested on three charges

Crime: Phuentsholing police arrested a 49-year-old man from Bazor in Drametse, Mongar, for allegedly involving in motor vehicle theft and dealing with antiques.

He was also alleged for possession of fake Bhutanese currencies.

The man, a former laymonk, was arrested on the evening of July 6 from Phuentsholing town with fake Bhutanese currencies. Police found Nu 8,000 in Nu 500 fake notes.

Police, after searching his house in Manglabari, India, then recovered fake Bhutanese currency amounting [... Read More]

Initiative to insure against wildlife depredation

RMNP: Villagers of Norbugang chiwog are benefitting from the gewog’s initiative to have their own crop insurance account.

Without any crop insurance scheme with the financial institutions in the country, officials of the Royal Manas National ark (RMNP) helped the farmers form an insurance management group in 2012 and created a group account with Bank of Bhutan.  The park deposited Nu 100,000 as seed money and each member then deposited Nu 100 annually in [... Read More]

Not paid but overpaid

inuagural-flightFirst and last? Drukair’s ATR lands at the Gelephu domestic airport during the inaugural flight in February last year (File picture)

Contractor claims Nu 62.719M, RAA says Nu 84.219M has to be recovered 

RAA/DCA: There are no domestic flights flying to Gelephu airport that was completed two years ago, but there are several audit memos flying.

Even as the contractor, Tashi Kunzom construction, fights a case at the Thimphu district court with DCA for not releasing the balance amount of Nu 62.719M, another audit report was released, pointing out that the contractor was paid more than [... Read More]

Reopened mine promises more benefits

Mining:The 50 students of Khariphu in Mewang, Thimphu will not need to hitchhike to reach their school after it reopens from the summer break.

A 36-seater bus has been ordered to ferry them to and from schools in Khasadrapchu and Wangsisina hereafter.  The Nu 1.9M bus is part of the  corporate social responsibility initiated by the Kuenphen Norden mine in the chiwog.

The mine, after remaining shut for the past two months and 10 days, [... Read More]

Japan to help with charging stations

Electric: Japan will assist Bhutan to establish charging stations for electric vehicles, according to the prime minister.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay had sought assistance in achieving Bhutan’s goals to turn itself into an electric vehicle hotspot during his recent official visit of the island state.

While no details were provided, lyonchhoen told this newspaper that Japan is looking to assist in the development of infrastructure for electric vehicles. “Basically, the charging stations,” he said.

The Japanese media [... Read More]

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