Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - 6:16 PM


As the World Looks to Bhutan…

The world-embracing vision of a young king

The deepest yearning of every human being!

It’s name is Gyalyong Gakid Pelzom…


The most precious object in the world is life. And the most cherished goal of life is happiness. The means may differ, but the end is one. All human striving is directed at realising this goal. Time and place and personal circumstances are immaterial to this native yearning of the human heart.

This is why the 20th of March [... Read More]

Gelephug dungkhag HQ to be in Umling

geLocal leaders at the special DT session

Relocating Sarpang dzong becomes a bone of contention

Tshogde: If the government approves the decision made by local leaders in Sarpang, the Gelephu dungkhag office will be shifted to Umling.

This was decided through a voting system among local leaders in a special   dzongkhag tshogde on March 18.

The special session was conducted following Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s instruction to local leaders of Sarpang to decide on the location of Gelephu dungkhag and Sarpang dzong.

The [... Read More]

Dungsam slashes cement price

DDCL: To adjust with the market, prices of Dungsam cement was reduced by an average five percent in the western region.

In Thimphu, prices of 50-kilogram Dungsam cement bag was slashed from Nu 342 to Nu 328, a difference of Nu 14 a bag.

The revision came into effect yesterday.

Penden cement is selling at Nu 355 from the authority’s agents in Thimphu although PCAL website states the price at Nu 345 a bag in Thimphu.

Managing [... Read More]

Paddy production drops in 2012

Rice: Paddy production in the country recorded a slight drop in 2012 over the previous year, the recently compiled data with the agriculture department show.

About 78,014MT of paddy, which amounts to 46,808MT of rice after recovery, was harvested in 2012. Paddy production, in 2011, stood at 78,730 MT or 47,238 MT of rice after recovery.

Agriculture department’s joint director Ganesh B Chhetri said they expected an increase in production but it dropped.

“In two to [... Read More]


The cordyceps issue

The agriculture ministry’s proposal to increase permit fee for cordyceps collection and royalty from exporters didn’t go well with the local leaders from the highlands. Nor did the idea of limiting collectors from each household.

Vocal and sometimes even over excited, the local leaders voiced the concerns of the people they represent, with good reasons, at the stakeholder meeting in Thimphu. Cordyceps doesn’t grow on trees nor can it be cultivated. Ask a highlander and he [... Read More]

21 test positive for Hepatitis B

Health: Twenty one people tested positive for hepatitis B, one for HIV positive and another Hepatitis C during the 10-day surgical camp, which ended in Punakha on March 10.

Four cancer cases were also found when hundreds of people underwent various surgeries and health screening camp that started on February 26 and ended on March 14. The surgical camp was done twice, once from February 26 to March 1 and another from March 9 [... Read More]

Picture story

If spring is here, monsoon is not far: Spring rain yesterday reminds Thimphu residents of monsoon as drains got clogged and rainwater spilled on roads


Lightning strike kills one

Mechetar: A 36-year-old man was killed and seven members of his family were injured when a lightning struck their house at Mechetar in Samtse on the night of March 18.

The wife, 24, was referred to Phuentsholing hospital while the rest were treated for minor injuries. Among the injured are children aged five to 12 years and the deceased’s aunt.

Except for the aunt, the others were in the kitchen for dinner when the incident [... Read More]

Gasa’s spent bird dilemma

IMG_0512Still good for me: Rinchen selling eggs at Gasa tshachu

Poultry: Backyard poultry farms were instant hit in Goen khamae gewog, Gasa when in 2010 eight farmers started rearing chicken.

But only two farms survive today. Disposal of the spent birds, the layer birds that have completed the active egg-laying period, is the main problem.

And the strong religious sentiments of farmers do not encourage slaughtering of hens.

Gasa’s officiating Livestock officer, Tshendu, said: “That’s why farmers are at a loss how to dispose of the [... Read More]

Too much monkey business around Thrapangsa landfill

monkeys-around-the-disposalMonkeys at the disposal site

Wildlife: The landfill at Thrapangsa in Mongar has curious visitors coming in every day, and that’s causing problem for the people of six households near the disposal site.

The monkeys come to scavenge at the landfill and stray into the houses. Then there is full-scale raid by the wild.

The marauding primates come to the landfill early in the morning and disappear. They come back by 4 pm, always.  “We have no time to eat [... Read More]

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