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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]

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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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Not snow: Samdrupjongkhar town briefly turned white when a hailstorm, with hail as big as tennis ball, pounded the town for about half an hour (Photo: Pema Wangchuk, Digital media enterprise)


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About 25 women attended the launching ceremony of Cocacola retailer training program at Hotel Druk yesterday.
The program is Cocacola’s initiative to impart business skills training to retailers on shop, stock, customer and financial management.


Drukstar Vs Thimphu City – 2-2

FbA Drukstar defence clears a danger at the goalmouth

Football: Thimphu City FC managed to retain the top most position even after it drew the match with Drukstar 2-2 yesterday at the ‘A’ division league.

Thimphu city’s goalkeeper did not show up for the game and was replaced by striker Chencho. Despite the absence of main goalie, Thimphu City put up a good challenge.

In the 30th minute, Thimphu City’s Yeshey Dorji scored the first goal. He picked up the ball from right corner [... Read More]

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