World bank consultant Steve Atwood explains a graph on stunting in children
WHO findings reveal that the condition actually begins from conception
Nutrition: Although not new, findings of the ‘Bhutan national nutrition assessment and gap analysis’, which the World Bank shared last week, came as a strong reminder that the country shouldn’t be complacent anymore but stunned with its rate of stunting in children and anaemia in women.
Nutrition goes beyond food, the World Bank consultant Steve Atwood said, while presenting the findings at the Taj Tashi, [... Read More]
It is more or less taken as a given to have a few forest fires every dry season, including major ones.
Similarly, to hear of officials reiterating every year of the lack of proper fire fighting equipment to better fight forest fires and gears for fire fighters is just as established.
That reason has existed for as long as the forest fires that it has become a cliché today.
Every year forest officials and other volunteers are seen [... Read More]
…to confirm the country’s poverty rate at 12 percent
Poverty: Around 3.2 percent of the Bhutanese population, or more than 23,800 people, earn less than Nu 1,700 a month.
Besides the piddling income, these people are also deprived of access to basic amenities like education, proper sanitation and access to road and electricity.
On the other hand, around 9.5 percent of the population earn more than Nu 1,700 a month, but do not have access to [... Read More]
Safety: Don’t be surprised if the traffic police pull you over this Losar eve, even if you are at no fault!
They will not issue you a ticket, but a Losar greeting card. But don’t forget to flip over the card and read before you chuck it in the dashboard pocket. It has the “dos’ and ‘don’t’’ and safety tips while at the wheel.
As a soft approach to a tough issue, the traffic police [... Read More]
This year proved to be a pleasant surprise for taxpayers used to waiting for hours
PIT: With only two days left, Sonam Wangdi, 50, rushed to the regional revenue and customs office (RRCO) in Thimphu to file his personal income tax (PIT) yesterday.
Inside the office, he asks a fellow taxpayer about the token, which the customs office issued to control the rush of taxpayers at the eleventh hour.
After getting the direction, it only took [... Read More]
Occupation: What started as a hobby about two decades ago has made a lucrative business today for Mani Lal Rai, a beekeeper from Jigmechholing gewog, Sarpang.
When Mani Lal Rai started beekeeping, he placed small wooden boxes near his house for the bees to make hives.
Back then, without much knowledge on beekeeping, he could extract just a few bottles of honey, which commuters on the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway, bought.
Mani Lal Rai owned a small shop [... Read More]
Wildlife: Ten heads of cattle in Athang gewog, Wangduephodrang were killed on the night of February 18 and 19. The villagers suspect the predator to be a tiger.
Two more cows were injured and another six had gone missing since the attack, according to villagers.
The incident, villagers said, took place in a forest three to four hours walk away from the village. The cattle, belonging to five villagers, were let loose in the jungle [... Read More]
Improved irrigation, mechanised farming and high-yielding varieties are among the contributory factors
Agriculture: Despite cyclone Phailin damaging crops across the country, last year’s paddy production is still expected to touch a record high of 88,000MT, which translates to 57,000MT of rice after recovery (threshing).
Cyclone Phailin affected farmers in Paro, Thimphu, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, and Punakha, and a total of 2,162kg of paddy was estimated damaged in Paro alone.
Based on a report, the food and agriculture [... Read More]
His Majesty the King granted an audience to the General Officer Commanding in Chief (Eastern Command) of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General MMS Rai yesterday.
Some of the 104 money lenders outside the High Court
Both defendant and 104 plaintiffs appealed against the Paro district court verdict
Appeal: The high court’s larger bench on Monday conducted its preliminary hearing on the fraud case, involving a Paro woman and 104 plaintiffs from Paro and Haa.
Both the defendant, Deki from Changkhar in Paro, and the 104 plaintiffs appealed against the Paro court’s judgment rendered within 27 days in December last year.
Paro court passed 188 judgments involving 190 people against Deki, and [... Read More]