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Stranded buses back on road after two days

IMG_6847Nidup Om from Merak in a hotel room

One required spare parts, the other a complete replacement

Transport: Passengers of buses bound for Lhuentse and Trashigang, who were stranded near Trongsa since December 27, left for their destinations yesterday.

The Lhuentse bus, a Dhug Transport vehicle, was stuck near Dorji goenpa, 15km from Trongsa towards Bumthang, on December 27 after its wheel bearing gave way.

The Trashigang bus of Pelyab Transport also broke down about 3km ahead of Trongsa on the same day.  Both [... Read More]

Fourth day of Haa forest fire

DSC08156The fire consumed more than 100 acres of forest so far

Disaster: More than a hundred acres of forest opposite to Tagsi pastureland, about four hours walk from Damthang army camp in Haa, have been destroyed so far by fire that started on December 27.

District forestry official, Gem Tshering said more than 80 people, including forest officials, soldiers, villagers of five chiwogs of Bjee, highlanders and range officials were fighting to put off the fire since then.  Each carries a water bag of about [... Read More]

Iron ring stolen from Drupthob Thangtong Gyelpo bridge

DSC_0412The Thangthong Gyalpo bridge

Heritage: For the second time, parts of the iron chains holding the Drupthob Thangtong Gyelpo bridge, which leads to Tachog lhakhang in Dogar gewog on the way to Paro,  has been stolen.

One of the oldest bridges, built in the late 1300s, the caretaker of Tachog lhakhang, Thinley Wangmo, said, a part of the iron chain was stolen recently in October this year, while the first robbery occurred about two years ago.

“We can watch [... Read More]

The bio-pesticide prerequisite to organic farming

Dr.-Abdul-Kalam-AzadDr Adul Kalam Azad

To promote organic farming in the SAARC region, the regional expert consultation meeting on “extent and potential use of bio-pesticides for crop protection was held in the country last week. SAARC agriculture centre’s director, Dr Adul Kalam Azad, spoke to Kuensel on the benefit of bio-pesticides. 

Q&A: What are bio-pesticides and how are they better than chemical pesticides?

Bio-pesticide is the controlling of pests by biological ways, such as killing harmful insects by other insects. [... Read More]

Orange business reaps farm road’s benefits

IMG_6716Juicy business: Dealers count their consignment of mandarin before buying from farmers at Zamtarimung, the road point, which is about half an hour walk from Serthi village in Samdrupjongkhar.

Mandarin: The farm road from Jomotsangkha to Lauri gewog centre, en-route Serthi gewog in Samdrupjongkhar, is boosting mandarin business in the dzongkhag.

The 67km farm road meanders through Serthi gewog centre in Minjaywoong and enters Debtsang in Lauri.  Debtsang is over six hours walk from Jompa, where Lauri gewog centre burrows in a wide valley by Jomori (river).

Although the road is yet to reach Lauri, mandarin growers in villages like Denphu, Debtsang and Suskar [... Read More]

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Training of trainers: A month-long training on Sumtag Situ Drelchen (Buddhist Literature and Lexicography) for 15 Drangpons and officials of the Royal Court of Justice concluded yesterday in Phuentsholing.
Supreme Court’s justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk said he was hopeful such training would help them in improving Dzongkha grammar and writing skills required to draft quality judgments in accordance with the rule of law.
[... Read More]

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Safety first: Traffic police personnel have began their “New Year Wishing Campaign” along the highways and on the city roads. Every year, traffic police personnel stop vehicles on New Year’s Eve to wish them a happy year ahead and advice them on road safety.


When will Lhakhang Karpo works resume: Haaps

IMG_1492Awaiting activity: Renovation work on Lhakhang Karpo in Haa has been stalled for more than a month

Delay due mainly to a new expansion plan and partly to an ongoing ACC investigation

Renovation: Witnessing the otherwise sluggish renovation work on Lhakhang Karpo come to a halt since September 27 has concerned the people of Haa, who unlike others, do not have a dzong to call their own.

Haa dzongda Sonam Wangdi said work on the lhakhang stopped since November 6 and workers were removed, after the government felt the need to increase [... Read More]

Designated seats in city buses only

DSC_0110At the terminus: Commuters board the last service last evening

It was not just impossible but undesirable, Lyonchhoen said for the arrangement to spread to other public transports

Transport: More than a month since the government initiated seat designation in public transports for certain section of the population, the prime minister clarified it applied only to city buses.

Many people said when the government, during its campaign, pledged to designate seats for students, physically challenged people, senior citizens, pregnant women and women with toddlers travelling [... Read More]

Initiating the process

DSC_0191Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk responds to a query on WTO

A report will be submitted to the cabinet as a first step in a comprehensive procedure

WTO: The process of exploring the possibilities of joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has now started and will soon gain momentum, economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk said at meet the press session last week.

WTO process in Bhutan came to a sudden halt in 2009, with the previous government not in favour of joining the multilateral trading system.

“We’ve [... Read More]