Kinley Yonten

Farmers going from pit to pour-flush toilets

A 67-year-old farmer in Pang-Shu, Tang gewog, Bumthang, Ap Gyeltshen, rises early to use his pit toilet built near his house. He and a few other villagers are not yet able to build a modern attached toilet. Water and financial constraints are to be blamed. “As an early riser, everyone …

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From Potato to Buckwheat

Buckwheat cultivation is making a comeback in Bumthang, a traditional staple diet in the central valley, which in recent decades had lost out to commerical cultivation of potato. Phurba, 65, from Gyatsa shifted to cultivating potato recently, after decades of cultivating buckwheat, and he now regrets the change. While wildlife …

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Bhutan marks ‘Safer Internet Day’ for children

With the evolution of gadgets like smart phones and tablets, Internet accessibility is just a tap of the finger for children and youth. But there is risk of exposing children to inappropriate content and cyber bullying. To help promote positive use of Internet, Bhutan joined the global community to mark …

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Opposition defends Le Meridien FI case and attacks govt

At the press conference this week in Thimphu, the opposition party described the government’s charges against former DPT minister Yeshey Zimba of policy corruption and official misconduct, as ‘malicious political vendetta’. The government has alleged that the fiscal incentives approved by then DPT Government in April 2013 was granted to …

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A national construction policy in the making

The ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) is in the process of drafting a national policy to guide the development of the construction sector so that it is inclusive and sustainable. One of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, the construction sector contributes 16 percent to the Gross …

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