Tuesday , February 9 2016
  • 27,000 acres under paddy cultivation by 2032

    Ambitious irrigation master plan promises huge returns

    Irrigation: Bhutan could bring under cultivation 27,000 acres of paddy fields and increase the paddy sufficiency rate to 75 percent in 2032 from 51 percent today.

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BHTF to fund entire essential drugs and vaccines

The fund today stands at Nu 1.3 billion

Health: Sixteen years after it was established, the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF) in the presence of former donors yesterday, formally launched the financing of all essential drugs and pentavalent vaccine in the country.

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Windstorm and rain affects paddy harvest

Minor damage on structures reported in the east

Disaster: Heavy rainfall and windstorm on the October 13 evening that lasted for an hour damaged paddy harvest and blew away roofs in several parts of the country.

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Continued support critical for Bhutan says information minister at global ICT event


ICT: Continued collaboration and support from other countries is critical for small developing countries like Bhutan, that is constrained with high internet connectivity costs and reliability issues given geographical conditions, it was pointed out by the information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel at the ministerial roundtable at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2015 on October 13.

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308 companies yet to take the BAS

Most companies are small and medium scale companies

Accounting: Of the 357 companies across the country, only 49 have complied with the Bhutan Accounting Standards (BAS) so far since it was made mandatory to comply with the standard in 2012.

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Power fluctuations irks Dagapela residents

Electricity: Dagapela dzongkhag may boast of having a hydroelectric project not far away from it, but the growing town cannot get away from a problem that has gripped it for years- power fluctuation.

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MHPA violates employment law

...by temporarily employing more than 180 Bhutanese for more than a year 

Labour: The Mangdechhu Hydropower Project Authority, which has employed more than 180 Bhutanese temporarily for over a year, has violated provisions of the Labour and Employment Act of Bhutan 2007 by not extending the employees’ benefits.

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International Day for disaster reduction observed


IDDR: About 15 schools from Thimphu thromde displayed their models for reducing disaster, which include disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness to observe the International Day for Disaster reduction (IDDR) yesterday at the Department of Youth and Sports auditorium in Thimphu.

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Trashigang reports drop in domestic violence cases


Besides increased awareness, most domestic violence cases are resolved at the gewog level resulting in less reporting

Community: Cases related to domestic violence are steadily decreasing in Trashigang according to records with the Royal Bhutan Police.

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  • Water: solving the problem of plenty

    There cannot be greater irony than the fact that even as we swim in the humongous abundance of water we should feel the want of it. Bhutan has one of the highest per capita availability of water in the world, yet households in parts of our country increasingly face absolute shortage of water. Lack of water for irrigation has led many rural folks to leave their land uncultivated and abandon their ancestral home in utter desperation.

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  • Future beckons

  • Our Gyalsey is born

My Country, My Town

  • Role change: This defunct outdoor tap now serves as the next best thing: a soap-dish hanger. Photo by Tulsi Subba, Dagana
  • Toilet humour: A left-handed compliment is a welcome change from the usual gender discrimination. Photo by Sonam Tobgay
  • Role change: This defunct outdoor tap now serves as the next best thing: a soap-dish hanger. Photo by Tulsi Subba, Dagana
  • Passengers, please note: Please take your legs off before sliding into this front seat. Photo by Tashi Namgay
  • Down but not out: The lock on the door reveals that half a house is better than none. Photo by Jimba Dorji
  • A once-upon-a-time scooter: Two-wheeler that has been stripped of virtually all but its two wheels. Photo by Bidur Rai
  • Clocktower sans clock: You know what they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Photo by Ezoo Kee
  • In lieu of a hard hat: A TV in need of protection from falling debris at a construction site. Photo by Kumar Rai, Pasakha