Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Drupchus – The only potable water in Lobesa

IMG_2117Project drivers ferry about 50 jerry cans of water everyday from Penzomgyelmo drupchu below Thinleygang

Shortage: With their drinking water sources blocked by muck from road widening works that is further disrupted by the continuous rainfall, people of Lobesa make use of drupchus (holy water) in their locality.

Residents said, if not for the drupchu, they would have no choice than to drink muddy water.

Drupchu is clean and dirt free despite the change in weather,” a woman, who fetches drinking water from Wola drupchu, on the way to Punakha, [... Read More]

Picture story

A Nyagoe contestant enthralls spectators as Samdrupjongkhar prepares for the national level Nyagoe (strongman) competition. About six men took part in the selection and one of them will be selected to represent the dzongkhag.


Public debt management, a dicey business

Though the finance ministry is holding the ball, there are other players (MoEA, DHI, GNHC) in the court

Report: Given the country’s high debt burden and the economy’s dependence on grants and loans, the current system of debt management is not adequate to ensure sustainable public debt management, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) cautioned.

Lack of clear policies and rules and absence of maximum debt ceiling could expose huge risk and push the country to [... Read More]

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]


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]

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