By Dried chillies fetch more cash for Kangpara villagers
After losing the cash crop to blight in 2011, the gewog is back in business
Agriculture: Kangpara gewog in Trashigang saw a good chili harvest this year, a comeback after losing the cash crop to blight since 2011.
Chili is the main source of cash crop for Kangpara villages including far-flung Merdha and Zordhung.
In 2011, villages in the gewog that produced a minimum of 6-12 metric tonnes (MT) plummeted to just over 3MT.
“Before, every household [... Read More]
In Part I we explored the importance of the Ease of Doing Business Index (EBDI), which was released on October 30 by the World Bank and the IFC. The conclusion was that EBDI is significant for Bhutan for three reasons: it serves as a barometer for measuring how business-friendly policies are; it is used as a benchmark for foreign investors; and it allows countries to compare policies and adopt leading practices.
Over the past year, Bhutan [... Read More]
The story of how a man mapped the Lhasa using a rosary and a prayer wheel
The ‘Great Game’ was played for almost a century. It began in 1813 and lasted until 1907. Britain and Russia were the two players in this game. The strategic rivalry was over the dominance of Central Asia.
At that time, Central Asia was a black hole and unknown to the west. Countries like Tibet and Bhutan were un-mapped.
So, the knowledge of [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay awards membership certificates
At its 2nd national congregation, the culture dept. advised the chairmen to be mindful of the issue
Religion: The department of culture reminded the chairmen of religious organisations, who had gathered for its second national congregation, yesterday, to be mindful while bringing in aspirant donors, lamas and devotees from outside the country.
This was because the religious organisations were allowed to bring in donors and supporters without having to pay the usual tourist tariff of [... Read More]
About to close: Tashipokto ECR in Nubi gewog, Trongsa
The proposed shutdown is primarily due to failure to meet the minimum numbers criterion
Education: While education officials are considering closing down an extended classroom (ECR) in Tashipokto, a village in Nubi gewog, Trongsa, parents of the students are against the move.
The education officials cited small number of students and risk of wildlife attacks as reasons to shut down the ECR.
Tashipokto ECR has 10 students studying from Classes PP to III with just one [... Read More]
More than 2,000 devotees are attending the second Moenlam Chenmo in Trongsa, which began on November 21. Administered by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, the annual event started last year for the well-being of the country. It is organised by a 13-member committee, comprising of the dzongdag, five gups, representatives from Mangdechhu hydropower project, regional offices and civil service, among others. The Moenlam [... Read More]
Without public support or outside backing, those who love the game are at a loss
Football: Bhutan has a huge football fan base. Unfortunately, they are fans of rich European football clubs, like Manchester Utd, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea.
Local football clubs, on the other hand, are fighting an uphill battle to keep their clubs up and running. There is no revenue from sale of tickets, and there are not many sponsors. [... Read More]
The ban lift on the former is for all; the latter with conditions applies to rural groups
Import: While import restrictions on other vehicles will continue, the government has officially lifted ban on import of electric and utility vehicles starting this month.
“Notwithstanding the existing ban on import of vehicles, the government has decided to relax the ban to allow import of electric and utility vehicles with immediate effect,” a government order, issued on November [... Read More]
At work: At one of the drilling sites next to Wangdue-Tsirang road, workers continue drilling steel pipes to reach the parent rock
PHPA I : Drilling at the sinking area on the right bank of Punatsangchhu I dam site continues much beyond the authority’s deadline of completing its investigation on it.
The investigation was supposed to be completed by October end, since it began on August. The slide occurred following incessant rain in July this year.
So far, it was only in one location out of the six where the drilling was done the authority was able [... Read More]
PHPA’s Arun Goyal and Schneider’s Nitin (right) exchange contract documents after the signing
PHPA I: The fifth contract package of Punatsangchhu hydropower project I, which is that of electro-mechanical, was awarded to an Indian company, Schneider Electric Infrastructure limited (SEIL).
The work, worth Nu 310M, has a contract period until June 15, 2015.
The contract agreement of the work was signed between PHPA I and Schneider officials yesterday in Thimphu.
Schneider will provide “auxiliary” power for illumination, operation and control of various equipment at the project area, which includes [... Read More]