Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 1:32 AM

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Making way: Hundreds of young blue pine trees are being cut down to make way for a broader Thimphu-Wangdue highway


For better quality cordyceps

IMG_2026Highlanders employ crude methods of cleaning the fungus

Fungus: The department of forestry services may increase the cordyceps collection permit fee, but good post-harvest practices could recover the amount easily.

Cordyceps collectors sleep with the prized possession in their hemchu (gho pocket), take it to bed, clean it with toothbrush and use polythene bags, which according to post harvest specialists could damage the quality of the fungus.

The collectors, although unhappy with the proposal to revise the permit fee and the reduction of [... Read More]

BOBL expands Sunday banking

Banking: Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL) expanded its Sunday banking service in seven branch offices earlier this month.

Sunday banking is now available for the clients till 1pm in branch offices of Paro, Wangdue, Mongar, Samtse, Gomtu, Samdrupjongkhar and Trashigang.

The service, officials from the bank, said was established following feedback from their clients.

“To cater to their increasing number of clients in the country and considering the current market scenario with increasing volume of deposits [... Read More]


Managing water

Bhutan joined the international community to observe the World Water Day on Saturday.

Besides the songs, dances and skits schools performed to observe the Day, the focus this year was on a rural community in Mongar. About 157 households of remote Kengkhar and Jurmey received water filters as a solution to their water shortage problem.

Depending on rain for drinking water, the community will, as long as the filters last, have safe drinking water. Jurmey and Kengkhar [... Read More]

Labour agencies want circular withdrawn


Cites risk of closing down business with no users

Expats: Foreign workers recruitment agencies in Phuentsholing are demanding the labour ministry to revoke the circular, which allowed employers and contractors to recruit expatriate labourers without having to route through the agencies.

The circular came into effect form February 1 following feedback and continuous complaints from employers on the lack of service the agents delivered.

Expatriate workers that enter through Phuentsholing are workers like, carpenters, masons, electricians, [... Read More]

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A sanitation awareness program is being organised in Trashiyangtse by dzongkhag health officials. The program is a part of the two-week Badza Guru Dungdrup ceremony (one billion recitations dedicated to Guru Rinpoche who brought Tantric Buddhism in Bhutan during the eighth century).


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Filter for safe drinking water

farmer-Choki-Wangmo-from-Thrapangsa-village-in-Mongar-cleaning-her-drinking-water-sourceFarmer Choki Wangmo from Thrapangsa village in Mongar cleaning her drinking water source

Water day: Homes in Kengkhar and Jurmey gewogs under Mongar, which rely on harvested rainwater were provided with filters as a household treatment system.

Forty-three homes in Khengkhar and 113 homes in Jurmey received the filters.

Jurmey gewog has five chewogs with more than 320 households and Kengkhar has more than 400 households. The gewogs are two of the remotest and least developed under Mongar district.

The water filters, public health officials said, was distributed through [... Read More]

Six superstars for the finale

IMG_2698The six superstars with the host

Reality Show: Two months after Druk super star season three started, the top six has been chosen.

Jigme Tashi, Pema Dekar, Karma Tashi, SangayPem, Tenzin Jamtsho and Sampa Zangmo will perform during the grand finale on March 30 at 4pm at the clock tower square in the capital.

The results were aired live on the television yesterday beginning 5pm.

More than 50,000 votes were secured and the highest vote secured was 10,800. Which contestant secured how [... Read More]

Druk United beats Dzongree to go third

DSC_0004In the air: The Dzongree goalie saves a Druk United header

Football: Druk United overleapt Drukstar to take the third place and four points behind league leaders Thimphu City after beating Dzongree FC 2-0 yesterday.

In a highly contested game, but without clear cut chances from both sides, the first half seemed to end in a draw before Druk United pulled a surprise lead in the 36th minute.

United’s Thinlay Dorji was in the right place at the right time to direct a free kick, which [... Read More]


Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in Bhutan: A word of caution to users?

Thiis article critiques the research titled “Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in Bhutan” (Namgay & Yuden, 2013). This mixed-methods study was reported to be commissioned by Ministry of Education and conducted by two Chief Research Officers from the Royal Education Council. MoE and REC are among the most influential authorities with regards to education, therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if educational policies springboard from the findings of the study. However, there are certain critical aspects of the [... Read More]

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