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New Taklai irrigation system to boost rice production

SAM_1287Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji and the counsellor of the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi, Yamakoshi Tsohihiro inaugrate the irrigation system

Agriculture: The country’s largest irrigation system in Taklai, Sarpang that would irrigate over 3,000 acres of paddy land and benefit 398 households of Chuzargang and Serzhong gewogs was inaugurated yesterday.

This would make possible to harvest paddy twice a year and also foster cultivation of winter vegetables.

With the completion of works in March, the irrigation channel was formally handed over to the government by the Japanese government, yesterday. The irrigation channel was inaugurated by the agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji and Counsellor of Japanese Embassy in New Delhi, Yamakoshi Tsohihiro.


Preliminary investigation on Trongsa land case completes

ACC released two from detention and interrogated two drangpons, including a former judge

Land: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has completed its preliminary investigation on the fraudulent transaction of 4.37 acres of land in Newlee-tse, where the Raven Crown resort stands, and another 2.28 acres in Drakten gewog, Trongsa.

The land belongs to Karma Tshetim Dolma, a former school principal.


Profits elude Dungsam Polymer … for now

Dungsam Cement’s under performance, so far, has dragged its sister plant under

Business: Almost three years into operation, Dungsam Polymer limited (DPL) is still running at a loss because its capacity is suppressed by underperformance of Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL).

DPL was mainly established to produce and supply plastic polythene bags for the country’s largest cement plant, DCCL.  The former is supposed to supply 80 percent of its products to the latter.


The importance of Sanskrit grammar

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Language: After studying Sanskrit grammar for 18 years in India, monk Khenrab Singye has decided to teach the ancient grammar to help monks understand the teachings of the Buddha better.

Sanskrit grammar is the basis of all Buddha teachings in the form of sutras, tantras, philosophy, literature and texts.  Khenrab Singye studied at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi to master ancient Sanskrit grammar, which is called vyakarana.


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Parents and students of Mongar Higher Secondary School observe Parenting Day yesterday


Critical thinking to be tested in next exams

Part of an education blueprint and one of the activities for 2015

BCSEA: Students of classes III, VI, VIII, X and XII across the country can expect competency or skill based questions that will require critical thinking in the upcoming examinations.

At least 15 percent of the questions will be competency-based, according to Bhutan Council for School Examination Assessment (BCSEA) officials.


PPP model for educational hub in Eastern Bhutan

MoEA: To tap private money for infrastructure development in the country, the government is looking at a public-private participation (PPP) model to develop eastern Bhutan as an educational hub, where two colleges will be established.

To be developed under the ministry of economic affairs (MoEA) initiative, the colleges will be either public or private. The ministry invited expression of interest from prospective investors on April 13.


Moving up in the World Cup

The suspense is over.  The draw for the second round of World Cup 2018 is out, and we know our chances of progressing to the next stage.

We are already the underdogs, even if we were ranked above Hong Kong in the recently updated FIFA ranking.  The biggest hurdle obviously is China and Qatar.  China has featured in the 2002 World Cup, although they lost all three games without scoring a single goal.


Health services for adolescents

Health: In what should help adolescents make better decisions, an Adolescence Friendly Health Services (AFHS) unit was inaugurated at the Mongar regional referral hospital (MRRH), yesterday.

In a presentation, MRRH gynaecologist and officiating medical superintendent, Dr Sonam Gyamtsho, said that adolescence is a sensitive period in when they are “no longer children, not yet adults.” He added during this stage of their lives, adolescents have different needs and if guided properly, can have even better making decision abilities than adults.


Dungsel Home Spa – Thimphu’s ‘special’ sanatorium

DSC_7353First customer gets full service at Dungsel Home Spa

Entrepreneurship: Tshering Dorji, 27, along with three others, who are visually impaired, started a massage therapy home yesterday.  The spa started with five clients.

Dungsel Home Spa is established with a vision to empower people living with disabilities to be independent.

“With unemployment problem on the rise, it’s difficult to get a job. Moreover, it isn’t easy to compete with others to get a job,” said Tshering Dorji.

Kunzang Chophel, a therapist, who graduated from Sherubtse College in Kanglung, said, “We established this business with the hope that we can stand on our own feet.”