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Expansion work at Paro int’l airport stalled

DCA: With the department of civil aviation (DCA) broke, expansion work at Paro international airport has almost ground to a complete halt.

The department has not been able to pay contractors since at least April, and has bills pending worth around Nu 20M.  It has been asking the Gross National Happiness commission (GNHC) for the money since then but is yet to receive any budget.

The government of India (GoI) is funding the airport’s expansion.  [... Read More]

Nub-Chutoe’s newfound forest wealth

IMG_1501Multi-tasking : Framers search for rhizomes on their way home from work

Plants in the wild have suddenly acquired value now that there is market demand

Flora: Farmers in Nub-Chutoe valley of Trongsa have found a new reason to be in the forest.

The farmers, who usually spend time in farm and forest doing daily work, have now started picking mushrooms, and collecting petals of Rosa brunonii and the rhizome Paris polyphylla.

These plants are found abundantly in the locality, but only recently have farmers started collecting it, [... Read More]

Lyonchhoen in Japan

Visit: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and the Bhutanese delegation has reached Japan yesterday.

On arriving in Japan, on the invitation of the Japanese government, the lyonchhoen had already met several representatives of Japanese companies.

Although there was no official news release, the Lyonchhoen tweeted that he had already met “several companies that are interested in doing business with Bhutan in education, agriculture and construction.”

The Lyonchhoen is on a four-day official visit to Japan and is [... Read More]

Editorial

Safety before aesthetics

With removal of wire mesh dividing the two lanes on capital’s expressway, the probability of accidents has become even higher.  It was never a safe road, and the wire mesh wasn’t either.

The only good that came out of its removal is it’s no longer an eyesore, and it was with this intention that it was removed in preparation for the Indian prime minister’s visit.

The divider would often be a tangle of wires, after a vehicle [... Read More]

Negative feedback on food quality

High on the list of complaints from international tourists is the pedestrian fare on offer

Tourism: Red chili dangling from traditional Bhutanese houses might make for a nice photograph to international tourists, but when it comes to the menu, it’s something such visitors dread.

A major complaint from international tourists, every year, is the quality and diversity of food.

Likewise, food-related complaints rated highly last year, with 19.32 percent of the international tourists expressing dissatisfaction over [... Read More]

Drying apple trees worry Dogar farmers

IMG_5026Without foliage: one of the diseased tree in farmer Rinchen’s orchard

The cause of the disease that has affected this vital cash crop is as yet unascertained

Horticulture: Apple growers of Dogar gewog in Paro are anxious because some of the apple trees, supposed to be green with foliage and bearing fruits at this time of the year, are barren as if it were winter.

The tree trunks are healthy but the leaves, farmers said, changed colour, dried and fell.  After the leaves fell, twigs and [... Read More]

Roasted corn-on-the-cob sells like hot cakes

IMG_2102Growing business: Selling roasted corn on the roadside is picking up

So much so it is now a thriving business for many along the Thimphu-Punakha highway

Maize: Selling roasted corn along the highway is growing into a money-spinner not just for maize-growers in Punakha and Wangdue, but also for the unemployed.

The mother of one, Sabita, 20, is an unemployed class XII graduate.  She lives in Thinleygang with her husband, whose income as a driver is hardly enough for the family.

For more than two years now, [... Read More]

New Mr Bhutan crowned

20140628_195549Champion: Pema Thekchok was crowned Mr Bhutan 2014 on Saturday at the National Bodybuilding Championship (Picture courtesy: Sonam Dendup, Bhutan Bodybuilding and Weight Lifting Federation)

Bhutan to host Asian Championship in 2016

Fitness: The seventh national bodybuilding championship was filled with surprises.

While the contestants were surprised by the news that Bhutan will be hosting the Asian bodybuilding championship in 2016, spectators were left amazed when Pema Thekchok beat the two time title holder, Tandin Wangchen, whom many expected to win again, to be crowned Mr Bhutan 2014 on Saturday.

A few days before the event, Pema Thekchok wrote on his [... Read More]

Decentralised recruitment discontinued

As part of its organisational development drive, the practice has now been suspended

RCSC: Following the government’s directive to carry out a thorough organisational development in the civil service, the royal civil service commission (RCSC) has frozen all decentralised recruitment of civil servants at entry level positions, including those at the lowest rung, the general support personnel and elementary support personnel like gardeners and cleaners.

The announcement comes barely a month after the new set [... Read More]

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