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What we eat

Bhutanese are spoilt for choice when it comes to imported food items.  Our shops, from Thimphu to Dorokha, are now laden with a range of goodies, as our importers explore new places for variety, to stay ahead of the competition.

But like we say, more does not mean better always.  We have to look at the quality of what is sold and consumed.  And at some stage, consider steps to control the quality of items being [... Read More]

Bapta-Gonpawung chiwog gets a farm road

photo2The 1.3km farm road will benefit 130 households

GDG: The gewog development grant (GDG) came as a boon for people of Bapta-Gonpawung chiwog in Decheling because it helped connecting the chiwog to the rest of Pemagatshel.

Decheling’s gewog administrative officer, Pema Tenzin, said Nu 300,000 was allocated to construct the 1.3km farm road after villagers repeatedly raised the issue in the gewog tshogdu.  He said the road was in the Plan but during its review, other chiwogs were given priority for a [... Read More]

11 new records set

DSC03680Record breakers with the officials

Meet: Three events in the boys’ category and one event in girls broke the records after more than a decade in the 11th national school athletics meet that ended in the capital on July 13.

Chencho Gyeltshen of Kelki higher secondary school completed the 100m-race within 11.29 seconds, breaking the record of 11.37 seconds, which was set in 2000. Chencho Gyeltshen also broke the record the 2012’s record of 24.49 seconds in the 200m-race [... Read More]

NC’s move, a dangerous precendent: PM

Government claims it worked hard in the past year to afford this pay raise

Salary: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said he would respond to the National Council’s (NC) letter, where it had officially informed the government about its decision to defer their share of the salary raise.

“I’ll write back,” lyonchhoen said. “But it’s a legislative matter and they should have written to the Speaker.”

The NC has decided to defer the salary raise for its [... Read More]

Meet-the-people program to go on

PMO: Despite seeing a drop in visitors, the meet-the-people’s program, which started a month after the government took office last year, will continue for as long as people find it useful, according to the prime minister’s office.

Since the program began on August 24 last year, a total of 636 grievances were registered in 46 sessions, records with the cabinet secretariat show.  Cabinet officials said unemployment issues, followed by those related to land, census, [... Read More]

Dry weather scares Wangdue farmers

IMG_2371Parched: Recently transplanted paddy fields in Wangdue on the verge of withering in the sun

The paddy transplantation process is at the mercy of a timely monsoon 

Agriculture: Time is running out for farmers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley.  If it doesn’t rain in the immediate days, paddy transplantation (changla) will be delayed and it will have repercussions.

Farmers have been conducting rimdos (pujas) and visiting goenpas to appease local deities, to bless them with rain and continue paddy plantation.

Tshogpa Nagphay of Bangtaykha chiwog in Wangdue said in his chiwog, about [... Read More]

Govt. embarks on cost cutting exercise

Among a host of other steps, freezing new constructions is one way to reduce expenditure

Savings: In their effort to rationalise expenditure or cut cost, the government has suspended the construction of the royal civil service commission, finance ministry, and National Council new office buildings.

Freezing new construction is one of the many ways the government is taking to cut on its expenditure.

A chief budget officer with the national budget department, Phenpay R Drukpa, said, [... Read More]

Tsirang poultry cooperative to increase egg price

Cites raise in fuel prices and competition from middlemen as the causes

CFM: Tsirang poultry cooperative, in its annual general meeting held yesterday, decided to increase the egg price, attributing it to the hike in fuel prices, and to be in competition with middlemen.

The cooperative will now be buying at Nu 1500 a box of eggs from the farms, instead of the earlier rate of Nu 1400 a box.  A box contains seven trays [... Read More]


Post the World Cup

Expect many sick leaves or excuses to come late to office today.  The World Cup finals just finished this morning.

The month-long football festival has finally got over and, like everyone else around the world we lost much sleep watching the most watched sports event on earth.

From Thimphu to Maracana, the FIFA World Cup gets the attention of millions of fans all over the world.  While there were heartbreaks and jubilant fans, including among Bhutanese, the [... Read More]

Deciphering imported products

IMG_9703Imported food products: Unaware of the contents, yet popular

The problem has been recognised since 2008 but is no closer to a solution

BAFRA: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) regulations mandate shopkeepers to have labeling of imported products especially food in either English or dzongkha for consumers to know its content but the rule has largely remained on paper today.

A popular food item in most shops in town, are imported noodles of various flavours. Despite not knowing its content, it is [... Read More]

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