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New variety of hybrid maize planted in Mongar

IMG_3801Improved variety: Farmers of Thridangbi in Saling, Mongar inspect the maize plants grown from the hybrid variety that was introduced in the district to boost production

Agriculture: Farmers in Mongar planted a new variety of hybrid maize, P3441, on more than 100 acres this year to boost yield and bring more agricultural area under cultivation.

Coordinator with the National Maize Program (NMP) at Renewable Natural Resources -  Research Development Centre Wengkhar, Dorji Wangchuk, said the spring maize production is initiated to cultivate maize in fallow paddy fields after rice harvests, but without affecting the transplantation of rice.   The initiative is also expected to help meet the agriculture ministry’s target of increasing maize production by 45 percent in the 11th Plan.

Given the climatic conditions and availability of irrigation facilities, the program, since it started in 2014, targeted those areas, especially fallow paddy fields, under maize production zone I.


Arrow victim to be referred

Archery: The  39-year-old man who was hit with an arrow on June 7 will be referred to Kolkata for further treatment.

The man, a police personnel was hit on the head when playing an archery match in Tsirang.  He was immediately taken to the Damphu hospital from where he was referred to the national referral hospital in Thimphu on the same day.


A bridge between two dzongkhags

IMG_0261The almost complete Yangbari bailey bridge

Two most remote Mongar gewogs will soon connect to Nganglam, P/gatshel

Connectivity: When work on the suspension bailey bridge in Yangbari completes, it will connect two of the most remote gewogs of Gongdu and Silimbi in Mongar and Nganglam in Pemagatshel.

According to the Construction Development corporation limited (CDCL) officials at the site, the 400-foot long bridge is located at Yangbari, 32km from Nganglam dungkhag, and will be built over the river Kuri-Gongri to connect the two dzongkhags.

Although Yangbari is in Mongar district, it shares its border with Nganglam, and is nearest to the Nganglam-Gyalpoizhing highway.


Wild gaur gores man

DSC_1391The injured gaur on the banks of the Toorsa

The injured bull has been attracting a steady stream of gazers, eager to see the wild animal

Wildlife: A 67-year-old man suffered minor external injuries after being gored by a wild gaur bull in the Toorsa area, located about a half a kilometre away from Bangay Bazaar.

The domesticated gaur is known as the mithun.

The man, Chencho Dukpa from Darjaygaon, has been admitted to the Phuentsholing hospital.

The incident occurred yesterday morning.

Eyewitnesses said the man went too close to the injured bull with fodder grass.


Efforts being made to popularise volleyball

DSC_4696Participants at the programme in Thimphu

Training: Volleyball is a dying game in the country. So attempt is being made to revive the game. It started last week with a week-long volleyball cooperation programme in Thimphu where coaches are being trained.

Thirty-two participants comprising of unemployed youth, school sports instructors, members of armed forces, and nominees from the dzongkhag sports associations are taking part in the programme.

Tshewang Nidup, who is a volunteer national coach, said that participants are taught theoretical as well as the practical know-how of the game. The programme aims to provide basic volleyball techniques, rules and codes of conduct for volleyball coaches.


The devil is in the details

The sticking points lie in the minutiae of setting up dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes

Thromdes: Will the pending joint sitting break the deadlock on declaring dzongkhag and yenlag (satellite) thromdes across the country?

A lot of issues have to be resolved before the Parliament endorses the boundary.  While the government is bent on establishing the thromdes, arguing that it is in line with the amended Local Government (LG) Act and the Constitution, some members from the opposition and the Council feel that, without allocated budget, human resources or infrastructure in place, many issues are bound to appear during implementation.


Gov’t considering expanding Bumthang airport

Aviation: If found feasible, the runway at Batpalathang domestic airport in Bumthang will be lengthened to accommodate the larger Airbus A319, operated by both airlines.

The runway at Batpalathang is currently 1,200m, and suitable only for aircraft like Drukair’s 42-seater ATR.

The runway will have to be extended by a further 800m to allow the 124-seater A319 aircrafts to operate there.


16 monks injured in Bolero crash on Assam bridge

IMG_8883Towed: The bolero pickup that crashed into a bridge railing on the Assam highway is now with the Indian police

Accident: A Bolero pick up that crashed into a bridge railing on June 6 on the Assam highway has resulted in all its passengers, 15 monks, being admitted in hospitals.

Five monks, who suffered head injuries and are critical, were referred to Guwahati hospital in Assam.

Ten others are still admitted in Samdrupjongkhar hospital. One of them fractured his left hand, and the rest had minor injuries.

The incident occurred around 1:30pm at Barama, about 60km from Samdrupjongkhar.

The monks, most below 20 years, were travelling with the khenpo from Gelephu to Pemagatshel via the Assam highway.  The monks were from a shedra (monastic school) in Zhemgang.  The khenpo was driving the pick-up.


Sale and display of Maggi banned

DSC_4464Not tshog: Maggie noodles sealed by BAFRA inspectors to prevent its sale after the noodles were declared unsafe for consumption.

BAFRA has temporarily banned the instant noodle for safety reasons

Food: A small boy with Nu 10 in his hand asked for a packet of Maggi from one of the shops in the vegetable market in Thimphu yesterday.  But the boy had to buy another noodle.

In another shop, the owner has started removing the packets from the shelves, while a shop in Changangkha sealed a bag containing the noodles.

Almost all shops in the capital do not have Maggi’s instant noodles or don’t sell them following Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority’s (BAFRA) June 6 notification on temporarily banning its display and sale in the country with immediate effect since the source of the implicated product is imported from India.


Pasakha companies have until July to control pollution

DSC_0383An overview of the Pasakha Industrial estate

Following an inspection, it was found that six of nine companies have so far done the needful

Industry: Three companies in Pasakha, Bhutan Carbide and Chemicals, Bhutan Concast, and KK Steel have failed to implement measures to mitigate pollution, improve housekeeping, and self-monitoring, as required by the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS).

This was announced at the review meeting held on June 6 in Pasakha between NECS officials and the industries’ representatives.

Nine companies were supposed to build additional Gas Cleaning Plants (GCP) in order to tap and control hazardous fugitive emissions by correcting the tapping process.