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Buckwheat makes a comeback in Bumthang

IMG_4150On display: Variety of buckwheat seeds in the storage room

With help from the govt., this once staple has now become a lucrative cash crop 

Agriculture: Until some five years ago, with much focus shifting to potato cultivation, farmers of Bumthang had almost lost interest in growing buckwheat.

It was only a few villagers, who were cultivating the crop for self-consumption, and not many considered going commercial.

But it was in 2008 that a farmer’s group, calling themselves Sanam chigthuen rangzhin tshogpa, was formed, with a [... Read More]

Bhutan to play a friendly against Nepal U-19

945186_415424921900199_844133385_nGo yellow: The Bhutanese national football team warms up in Kathmandu. The team is in Nepal for the SAFF championship which kicks off from August 31.

Football: In preparing for the upcoming SAAF championship in Nepal, which will take off on August 31, Bhutan will play a friendly match against Nepal U-19, today.

In another friendly played yesterday, the Nepalese U-19 had 1-1 draw with Pakistan. Pakistan also played 45 minutes game against the Nepal’s U-16, which also ended 0-0 draw.

Sanjeeb Shilpakar, a sports commentator for the Nepal television, in an on-line interview, said the host team Nepal is all [... Read More]

New rates likely from next month

Traffic: With the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) having submitted their review proposal to the economic affairs ministry, the Cabinet is likely to endorse the new domestic electricity tariff rates by early next month.

The tariff rates for the cost of supply of both the Druk Green Power corporation and the Bhutan Power corporation have been reviewed, decided and submitted to the ministry.

An official from BEA said it would be submitted to the Cabinet “soon”.

The [... Read More]

Land substitute declined

13 landowners, who gave up land for the airport in 2010, have turned down what was given in its place

Airport: While the Gelephu domestic airport waits for flight operations to take off, following one inaugural it saw last year, the dispute over substitution of land taken for airport construction still looms.

Thirteen landowners, who lost land for airport construction, have met with Sarpang dzongkhag officials yesterday and put in applications to be allotted land [... Read More]

The paradigm shift of the Fifth Plan

The era of economic self-reliance and the decentralisation process

FYP: Referred to as a watershed period in Bhutan’s socio-economic development, the fifth five-year plan (1981/2-87) was not only thrice the size of the previous plan, but also the era when ‘economic self reliance’ and ‘decentralisation’ emerged as national and developmental goals.

While the first four five year plans (1961-81) had similar priorities of laying down substantial infrastructure and tremendous progress had been achieved with the [... Read More]


Rocked by the ripple effect

Most Bhutanese would be familiar with the saying, “When India sneezes, Bhutan catches a cold” to indicate how closely integrated Bhutan is with its southern neighbour at so many levels.

Consider the sky rocketing price of onions, a big issue India, big enough even to topple governments, because the pungent tear-inducing bulb just about goes with every kind of Indian meal, fried, boiled or consumed raw.

Here too, consumers have been complaining about the price of onions, [... Read More]

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Two Dutch students, aged seven and nine, handed over 50 bunk beds to the monks of Dechenphodrang Monastic School on August 25.

The beds worth Nu 500,000 was donated by the two students, who have been living in Bhutan for at least a year now with their parents, Zoe and Dante.

While remaining of the 108 beds committed will be delivered within a month, the beds will [... Read More]

His Holiness lends health a helping hand

IMG_1989Blessed: His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates new medical equipment at Thimphu referral hospital

Rabney: His Holiness the Je Khenpo conducted rabney (consecration ceremony) of medical equipment that he financed at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) yesterday.

His Holiness had donated Nu 13.5M to the ministry of health (MoH) on January 11 this year.

From the total amount, Nu 500,000 was sent to the Mongar regional referral hospital to help “poor patients,” according to hospital officials.

Officials said patients with difficult financial situation were the ones who [... Read More]

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PM meets EU Ambassador: Ambassador of European Union (EU) to Bhutan, H.E. Mr. Joao Gomes Cravinho, called on the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshokhang yesterday.

Conveying his wishes to the EU for being awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2012, Lyonchhen told Mr. Cravinho that it gave him great satisfaction to see EU doing a phenomenal job in working towards [... Read More]

100mtr bridge to shorten Phuentsholing-Haa road trip

DANTAK: To ease traffic and shorten travel distance between Phuentsholing and Haa, Project DANTAK will construct a link road from Damchu-Chukha bypass to connect to Chuzom-Haa road.

To do that, a 100m long bridge across the Wangchu will be constructed.

The chief engineer, brigadier S Radhakrishnan of Project DANTAK told MoWHS minister, Dorji Choden, during her recent visit to the sites, said the new road they are planning is “an alternate alignment to Haa”.

Officials explained [... Read More]