Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - 5:41 AM
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The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few

lemonStudents carry harvested lemon grass to the oil extraction site at the Zero Point Feeder road of Drametse on the Mongar-Trashigang highway

LGOC: Member farmers of the lemon grass oil corporative (LGOC) in Mongar are hopeful for a good production of lemon grass oil this year, given the quality of grass that has grown with the place receiving adequate rainfall.

LGOC’s manager Tshering Wangchuk, who is working along the Mongar-Trashigang highway roadside at Drametse, said that, although the lemon grass has grown well, he is facing labour problem.  He said people prefer other work, since they [... Read More]

Too much monkey business in Trongsa dzong

monkeyTrongsa torment: Monkeys rest on a tree next to the dzong during a rainy day

The simians there now seem to have a free run of the premises

Wildlife: Around 6am yesterday, some monkeys had broken in through the windows of Mugtsen lhakhang in Trongsa dzong, and also managed to push open the wooden doors to turn the place into a mess.

Besides eating up the tormas (religious cakes), they had splattered all offerings made in the room, and the butter lamps were tossed on the floor.  Luckily, the butter [... Read More]

Mass dog sterilisation extended by two weeks

dogsThe sterilised and vaccinated strays are kept under observation at the animal husbandry

The month long camp steralised and vaccinated 1,753 dogs in the city

Stray: The month long ‘mass dog sterilisation program’ has been extended by two more weeks.

According to the project coordinator with Humane Society International (HIS), Antoinette Bradley, the extension is for the same purpose of sterilising and vaccinating more dogs in the city to have ‘fewer and healthy dogs, and for a safer community.’

Although the mass Catch Neuter Vaccinate Release (CNVR) campaign couldn’t [... Read More]

Yeedzin enters the semis

footballStretchign out: Machhindra captain pulls the ball back in the Yeedzin box

King’s Cup: It was a nail-biting match that had many spectators jumping out of their concrete stadium seats shrieking, this Yeedzin FC vs NMB Machhindra FC one yesterday.

When the Bhutanese team did win 3-2 goals against its Nepalese opponent, the excitement among spectators culminated in spot dances on the passages between rows of concrete seats.

There was no shortcoming of support from the crowd for Yeedzin FC.

Both teams were evenly matched that right from [... Read More]

Lower voter turnout in east

Elections: The six eastern dzongkhags saw less than half the registered voters turn up to cast their votes at the polling stations, as opposed to western dzongkhags, on poll day, the recently compiled election data show.

Of the 17 constituencies in Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Pemagatshel, Samdrupjongkhar, Mongar and Lhuentse, Mongar constituency saw the highest turnout, with 49.25 percent votes cast on the electronic voting machines (EVM).

In Khar-Yurung constituency, Pemagatshel, of the 8,575 registered voters, only [... Read More]

Who’s entitled to wear what scarf?

The kabney protocol, vis a vis colour, in the new dispensation is yet to be determined

Culture: Irrespective of whether the elected members were former ministers or not, the present lot of National Assembly members, besides the executives, might have to settle for blue kabney (scarf).

Former advisor to the culture department, Dasho Sangay Wangchuk said, while there was no specific rule in place about kabney entitlement, personally, he said it was only logical, since [... Read More]

Picture story

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met with seven Indian businessmen from Phuenstholing, who represented India-Bhutan Friendship Association yesterday. The businessmen had called on lyonchhoen to congratulate him for assuming the office.

Thanking them, Lyonchhoen said they were “trusted friends who have decocted their entire lives in Bhutan” and assured them that the government would work closely with them.


‘Sharper than a serpent’s tooth …’

Of  all the cruelty in the world, the ingratitude of one’s own child, it’s said, is the most painful.

This is something all parents today, deep down in their hearts, fear most and stories of children abandoning their parents, clothed in rags, wandering from one place to another, seeking shelter and food, only reinforce that fear.

All these years of modernisation and the country’s stride towards development might have brought the country and its people much wealth [... Read More]

Ambiguity in retroactive application of law

Analysis:Legal experts studying and comparing the country’s two notable court cases of Gyalpoizhing land allotment and the country’s first constitutional ones exposed some ambiguities between the judgments of the two.

It was found that the judiciary’s interpretation of laws pertaining to the two cases were “inconsistent” and “contradictory”.

One legal counsel cited the precedent set in the first Constitutional case where the Supreme Court, citing section 10 of the Constitution had ruled that any law, [... Read More]

Late blight bites into Bumthang’s tuber yield

potaSaved: Farmers store what little they could save before the rain ruined it again

Farmers fear the disease will more than halve this year’s potato harvest

Agriculture: A potato disease called ‘late blight’ has resulted in a poor potato yield in Bumthang this year.

The disease is caused by complete “chlorosis”, browning and death of plant tissues, such as leaves, branches and twigs.  This has left many farmers worrying that they will not be able to harvest even the half of what they did last year.

Having incurred loss in [... Read More]