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2,000 acres of fallow wetland to be re-cultivated

Agriculture ministry aims to produce 79,000MT of rice this year

Rice:  Amidst reports of fallowing agricultural land in rural Bhutan, the agriculture ministry is planning to re-cultivate about 2,000 acres of wetland across the country this year.

Agriculture officials said this would be possible, as the ministry has constructed 13 irrigation canals in around the country.

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said about 664 acres of land left fallow in Phuntshothang, Samdrupjongkhar, 100 acres in Punakha, 70 [... Read More]

Mining more lucrative than hydropower?

But benefits from the sector is highly individualised

Summit: The mining sector, if done sustainably, could be one solution to the policy of not having to put all eggs in the hydropower basket and diversify the economy base.

Mining in the country, often associated with pollution, environmental degradation and conflict with the community, is economically more lucrative than hydropower, according to specialists at a panel discussion on “Resource Development: Extraction or Exploitation” at the on [... Read More]

For better performance

DSC_1890Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji exchanges the performance agreement with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay

Agriculture ministry signs first agreement with the prime minister

Compact: By this time next year, agriculture ministry will produce 1,636 metric tonnes of oil seed.

The ministry will be evaluated and rated according to its performance.

Producing oil seed is a part of the many commitments agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji made in a  performance agreement signed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday at the Gyelyong Tshokhang.

In the agreement, lyonpo Yeshey Dorji emphasised on six key objectives [... Read More]

Fund delay worries local leaders

SPD: With just over three months left for the financial year to end, local leaders in Trashigang are worried that activities planed under the small development program (SDP) in the current fiscal year would not be completed.

This is because none of the 17 activities, from maintenance work to water supply to farm road construction,  could begin without funds. The dzongkhag has planned activities worth Nu54M in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The concerns also stem [... Read More]

Picture story

Going green: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inspects the first Tesla Model S electric car after test driving it to the Better Business Summit at Taj Tashi, Thimphu. The first sedan class claims to have the longest battery range with the 80kWh battery that can run more than 480 km on a single charge.


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Economic diversification should be central to Govt. policies

Summit: While much has been spoken about the pressing need to diversify the economy to prevent risks such as stagnation and jobless growth, little has been done to realise the objective.

However, economic diversification received another impetus, at least in theory, during the Better Business Summit, which is being held at the capital.

Panelists including members from Druk Holding and Investments, private sector, the Department of Trade and Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) spoke to [... Read More]


Leave no room for complacency

We are a nation of brazenly self-approving people. We delight in our successes as we must, but we refuse to see our failures and make better of them. And that does not serve us any good. In the fast-pased world of rapidly changing technology where information and service delivery systems dictate feats and wrecks like never before, we can ill afford to continue resting on our laurels.

Bhutan is no longer that little country at peace [... Read More]

Voluntary screening detects HIV/AIDS, STIs and NCDs

img23456Dagana: Public queue up for non-communicable diseases screening

Health:One HIV positive and 17 sexually transmissible infection cases, 43 diabetics and 366 people with hypertension were detected during a week-long blood donation drive and non-communicable disease (NCD) screening last month.

The drive and screening, carried out for a week in the capital and a day each in all other dzongkhags saw 2,418 people voluntarily coming for the NCD screening and 1,029 people donating blood.

A total of 257,250ml of blood was collected.

Director general of [... Read More]

Teacher shortage in PHSS and YHSS

Education: Worrying students and parents alike, the Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School (PHSS) still doesn’t have a Commerce teacher for Class XI and XII.

The school is making do with an Accounts teacher who has to teach both the subjects. This means Class XI students are given less importance because Class XII students will have to appear board examinations, said the principal Yangki Dem. “But this doesn’t mean Class XI have all the time without [... Read More]

RBP’s division XIII established in Chamkhar

IMG_8470Dzongda and additional chief of police Colonel Chimi Dorji inaugurates the division office

Security: The Royal Bhutan Police opened its new division office (division XIII) in Chamkhar, Bumthang yesterday taking the total number to 13.

Although crime rate in Bumthang is not as high as other regions, the nature of crime is a concern, said police officials.

Additional chief of police Colonel Chimi Dorji said vandalism and theft of antiques were major crimes reported in Bumthang.

“Besides, the town will be expanded and there’ll be more tourists. Number of [... Read More]

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