English | Dzongkha Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Singer Sonam Wangchen named UNICEF’s National Youth Ambassador

Popular Bhutanese singer and songwriter Sonam Wangchen has been announced as UNICEF National Youth Ambassador in Bhutan. The appointment – marked on World Children’s Day – makes the 16-year-old UNICEF’s first ever Bhutanese national ambassador.

Rice fields lie fallow as water shortage worsens in Langchenphu

The pains of agricultural water needs are growing across the country. In Langchenphu Gewog, Samdrup Jongkhar, the lack of irrigation water has compelled farmers to leave their rice fields fallow.

Lhuentse villagers wait for reconstruction of bridges destroyed by flood

The people of Kyidloong and Thimyul of Gangzur Gewog in Lhuentse want a suspension bridge constructed over Kurichhu and a bailey bridge over Rothpachhu. The old bridges were destroyed by a flash flood in July last year.

Landslides leave people of Yangmalashing in Pema Gatshel worried

The Yangmalashing village of Dechhenling Gewog in Pema Gatshel lies in a landslide prone area. Just last month, a landslide hit, leaving the farm road above the village blocked. It also caused damage to the village Out Reach Clinic (ORC).

Indigenous unit in Mendrelgang BHU benefits locals

The people of Barshong Mendrelgang and Patshaling Gewogs in Tsirang are happy with the newly opened Indigenous Medical Service Unit at the Mendrelgang Basic Health Unit (BHU).

Many farmers reaping benefits of Sustainable Land Management Project

A three-year pilot project on sustainable land management has benefitted many farmers of Jarey Gewog in Lhuentse. The project is a scientifically proven and widely accepted global initiative towards combating land degradation.

Blacktopped road in Singye Gewog benefitting residents, but affects taxi operators

Constructed at a cost of Nu 20m, the 9-km gewog connectivity road was blacktopped recently. The GC roads are funded by the Government of India under the small development projects (SDP).

Bumthang farmers worried over hazelnut plants not bearing fruits

Patience is running thin as farmers in Bumthang wait for their hazelnut plants to bear fruits. It’s been four to five years since the farmers planted hazelnut saplings, but there are no signs of the plants bearing fruits anytime soon.

Farmers resurrect paddy cultivation, receive electric fencing

About 15 households in Chhubhurthang Village under Umling Gewog in Sarpang will grow paddy once again. It has been few years now since the village stopped growing paddy. The reasons- frequent marauding of their crops by wild animals. And villagers did not have electric fences to protect their crops.

FMCL’s gewog service centre in Nagya Gewog makes villagers’ lives easier

Farm Machinery Centre Limited (FMCL)’s gewog service centre in Nagya Gewog, Paro was opened in March this year. Since then, villagers never had to travel far to exchange LPG cylinders, refill cars and buy spare parts of farming tools.

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