Saturday , April 30 2016
  • Discrepancy deprives LG leaders of PF

    No PF deductions were made from the salaries of gups, mangmis and tshogpas
    Entitlement: A major discrepancy in the financial system has deprived most of the incumbent local government (LG) members of their retirement benefits.

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Outgoing JICA chief representative hopes the Bhutanese remain a friendly and warm people

3×4JICA Chief Representative Yumiko Asakuma who returns to Japan at the end of this month after completing her three-year tenure in Bhutan spoke with Kuensel's Gyalsten K Dorji on her time here. Excerpts of the interview

  What are some fond memories you will be taking away?

During my tenure, the President of JICA visited Bhutan twice, and during the first visit by Mr Tanaka, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our cooperation which started in 1964.

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Watershed management plan developed for Baychhu

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It is hoped that the plan will ensure sustainable utilisation of water

Resource: Increasing developmental activities has led to poor water management and land degradation of the Baychhu watershed, which is the source for drinking and irrigation water of the largest urban settlement of the Punatsangchhu basin.

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Making money from dung

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First local organic manure enters market 

Agriculture: Cow gives … cow dung!

This is what farmer Padam Bahadur Ghalley would say if he were a student. The farmer boasts his produce is extraordinary. He made Nu 5,000 on the first day of a marketing trial at the Centenary Farmers’ Market yesterday.

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Hurdles along the free trade route

Indian ambassador recommends intensive dialogue to resolve the issues

Trade: Despite a free trade agreement between Bhutan and India, the ground realities are different, and not always favourable for the Bhutanese. This is according to business leaders.

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Combating citrus diseases

Agriculture: To prevent the two major citrus diseases, fruit dropping and citrus greening, all citrus farmers will need to put in place modified solutions provided by the agriculture ministry.

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T/gang drops fish production target

MTR: Trashigang dropped its target to produce two metric tonnes (MT) of fish annually following the mid term review (MTR) as the farmers were not keen on starting fisheries.

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Paro thromde election to be delayed

LG: Elections in the Paro dzongkhag thromde will be delayed if the upcoming summer session of Parliament endorses a new map for the thromde. The ECB plans to hold the second phase of thromde elections in July.

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Standards to ensure safe drinking water

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Only 28% of spring and 17% of stream water sources are safe for drinking 

Water: A huge majority, 97.7 percent, of the Bhutanese population may have access to improved drinking water, but what they are consuming is not the safest.

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My Country, My Town

  • Innovative thinking: A novel cycle stand that addresses the handlebars rather than the front wheel Photo by Dorji Phuntsho
    Innovative thinking: A novel cycle stand that addresses the handlebars rather than the front wheel Photo by Dorji Phuntsho
  • A plethora of pigeons: With no predators around their number will abound Photo by Birkha B. Singer, Thimphu
    A plethora of pigeons: With no predators around their number will abound Photo by Birkha B. Singer, Thimphu
  • Goenpa guard dogs: Feed this trio some tidbits before setting foot on these sacred premises. Photo by Ten Dorji, Barshong PS, Trashigang
  • Catch in the act: Costly high-tech gadgets make sure crime doesn’t pay. Photo by Mon Bahadur Rai
    Catch in the act: Costly high-tech gadgets make sure crime doesn’t pay. Photo by Mon Bahadur Rai