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The coloured earth extractors of Munong

unnamedFarmers of Munong village have been producing satsa for decades

Extracting satsa and saserbu is more of a tradition than business for this community

Livelihood: In a remote village of Munong in Nanong, Pemagatshel, few villagers spend their time extracting what they call satsa (red soil) and saserbu (yellow soil).

Used for painting houses and lhakhang, the two colours according to villagers are mixed with paints available in the market to make it more durable and give a rich shade.

Munong is an hour’s walk from [... Read More]

The man who groomed Sherubtseans for the National Day

DSC01213Deepak at his work place

Deepak Thakur contributed to the celebrations by giving free haircuts to over 100 students

Contribution: When Trashigang dzongkhag was busy preparing for the National Day celebrations, Deepak Thakur, 39, a well-known barber in the community was making his own contributions.

On a cold December 13, Deepak was up early to leave for Kanglung, where he spent the whole day giving free haircuts to over 100 students of Sherubtse College. He also trained a few of [... Read More]

Govt. issues T-bills worth Nu 2B

Finance: The government last week issued another Treasury bill (T-Bill) worth Nu 2B with a maturity of 90 days to narrow the resource gap, central bank officials said.

This is the third time T-bills have been issued this year. In last five months, the government has already issued T-bill worth Nu 9B, including the 2B that was issued last week.

T-bills are considered secure investments with assured returns.  They are usually offered as a fiscal [... Read More]

Deadline for country’s longest bridge extended

The Amochhu Bridge is now scheduled to complete by May next year

Connectivity: The construction of the Amochhu Bridge, which would connect Phuentsholing and Samtse will complete in May next year.

With its arch erection completed in early September this year, the bridge was expected to be ready by this month.

Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel who visited the site for the third time on December 18 said the contractors and the department of roads [... Read More]

Javins wins over Zhoems 45-44 in extra time

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Basketball: For the first time in the Winter Basketball Championship a match went in to extra time. Javins and Zhoems battled until the last minute, the former securing the victory with a single point yesterday evening.

On the fifth day of the championship, neither of the teams could break the deadlock in the four quarters. The game then entered the extra time of five minutes where Javins after a fault on a player earned [... Read More]

Accidental and leaked letters muddle secretaries’ issue

Govt says the October 24 letter is misinforming and misleading the public

CoS: The government claims that the letter that was supposed to inform the Prime Minister of malicious reports by ENERTIA foundation against one of the senior civil servants was not even closely read, let alone signed and submitted by the economic affairs minister.

Following the surrendering of three government secretaries to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), this letter dated October 24 was [... Read More]

Early border meeting to discuss robberies and abductions

Security: Following the recent spate of robberies and abductions, the southern border districts have asked districts in North Bengal and Assam for an early border district coordination meeting to discuss the issues of recent looting and kidnappings, home ministry officials said.

Director General of Bureau of Law and Order, Sonam Tobgay, said authorities on both sides of the border are constantly in touch to address the issues.

“The details of the incidents have been shared [... Read More]

Blacktopping of first GC road in Trashigang begins

DSC03166County Road: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurates the ceremony to blacktop Riju-Bartsham road, the first gewog centre road in Trashigang to be blacktopped

The 20.5 km road is expected to benefit people of three gewogs

Road: Driving to Bartsham from Riju in Trashigang dzongkhag, along the well-maintained gewog road, is not as bad as other gewog roads. And it will get better with the road getting blacktopped soon.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday inaugurated the ceremony of blacktopping the 20.5- kilometer (km) GC road making it the first GC road in Trashigang to be blacktopped. The government of [... Read More]


Need to strengthen border security

Abduction and robbery along the southern borders of the country is becoming a major national concern.

A 14-year-old student was abducted from Gelephu on the night of December 16. The number of people kidnapped from the Bhutanese soil has reached 14 with this incident. Counting from 2012, that is.

This is a big number. Of the total kidnapped, three have yet to come home to their aggrieved and worried family.

This year, as of December 10, Kuensel has [... Read More]

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