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23 households don’t want to be part of the town

23 households don’t want to be part of the town

Twenty-three households of Poengar and Yulling villages in Trongsa were formerly under Nubi Gewog. They were made part of Trongsa town later during the delimitation carried out for elections. Poengar and Yulling are now seeking to detach themselves from the Thromde and instead be part of Nubi Gewog, where they belonged.

Treading a path less travelled

KarmaWangchuk-Loknath Sharma-BEcomingofMonks.

Their callings in life are different, they have realised. The full realisation dawned upon them when they were on the brink of a dream, they had harboured since adolescence.

Of disappearing Shamanism

DisappearingShamanism

The practice of shamanism could be a vanishing practice in the rural areas of Zhemgang. One of the Shamanic practitioners is 62-year-old Angay Karma, who is from Berty.

Gomphu-Panbang Highway already benefitting people

Gongphu-Panbang Highway already benefitting people

The incomplete but much debated and controversial Gomphu-Panbang Highway has benefitted the people of Lower Kheng. Business opportunities have opened up for the people living along the 44 KM highway allowing many shops to sprout. The highway opened to traffic last year.

Tokari Tshechu losing its appeal

TokariFestival-Rangzhikhar

Residents of Rangzhikhar, under Samkhar Gewog in Trashigang, organise a ritual for the well-being of women, every year. Locally known as Tokari Tshechu, the ritual is organised during the night coinciding with Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana.

Rongthung likes the roar of power tillers

Powertiller-Rongthung.

Farmers in most parts of Trashigang still use the traditional method to plough their fields. Unlike in the west, farmers rarely use power tillers. They say they find it expensive to own a power tiller or to hire it from those who have one. But in Rongthung village this year, the roaring sound of power tillers has overtaken the songs of men coaxing the oxen to plough the filed.

American student researching on nomads’ lives vis-à-vis modernisation

LivingWithNomads-Brain Young

In a quest to learn how development is affecting the lives of nomads, a research student has travelled all the way from the United States of America to Trashigang. He is currently living with a family of nomads from Merak near Kharungla in Trashigang.

Victims of Wamrong fire still unable to build houses

WamrongTown-ConstructionworkStalled

They are yet to rebuild their homes. It has been more than five years since the four families lost their homes, including all their belongings, to the Wamrong fire disaster. Even those who had started the construction are struggling to complete. Their inability to finish reconstructing their homes has been attributed to the suspension of housing loans.

Government’s uncertainty on Amochu hydropower project confuses villagers

Lingden-Amochu hydropower project

The government’s uncertainty about the 540 Megawatt Amochhu project has left many villagers of Lingden under Phuentshogling Gewog equally uncertain about their future. Lingden is one of the 21 villages under Chhukha Dzongkhag that would be affected by the Amochu Hydropower Project.

Farmers invoke local deities to ward off dry spell

Farmers invoke local deities to ward off dry spell-.

Monsoon has failed the farmers of Trashigang. Their parched fields, turned almost arid, still wait for monsoon shower so that they can begin planting maize. However, as the weather continues to cast a dry spell and with no sign of rain anytime soon, the farmers are turning to their deities.

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