Engaging school children in physical activities with Edu-Pokemon

The World Food Programme (WFP) is in the process of developing a game-based learning platform for nutrition education and behaviour change, Edu-Pokemon that would help kids to burn calories while they learn about nutrition and health. It is a part of the Healthy Kid School Programme (HKSP) and an app, Edu-Pokemon would feature similar to […]

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Internet connectivity betters lives of Layaps

A life in isolation of the Lapays without phone and internet connection has changed today with the advent of internet connectivity. Many say they find their lives much easier compared to 10 years ago. The b-mobile network of Bhutan Telecom was connected to Laya in 2010. However, the 3G service connection was introduced only in […]

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ECCD center benefits Layap community

Laya’s Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) center is a small cozy room with a suitable and enabling environment for highlander children to learn and play. The classroom walls are paneled and the floor carpeted. The classroom is decorated with colorful learning materials and toys for children. It also has sleeping mats for the children. […]

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Kickstarting ‘Made in Bhutan’

Four years ago, after completing his graduation in computer applications, Kuenga Dhendup headed back to his village in Trongsa, central Bhutan, to start an organic farm. “That’s where I wanted to apply my knowledge,” he says, grinning. A year later, his partner, Pema C. Gyaltshen, completed her graduation in environmental science and English and joined […]

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Substance abuser turns savior for the desolate

Roaming with vigilant eyes, tattooed arms, wearing boots, he appears to be high on drugs. But that’s not what Ugyen Dorji actually is. He is frequently seen helping the homeless and helpless elderly wandering in the streets of Phuentsholing. The roughness on his face carries a certain calm and composure.  Ugyen Dorji, 35, from Sha […]

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Zhemgang added to local cultural inventory

In an effort to identify and understand local cultural assets, the Zhemgang Cultural Atlas booklet was launched on October 29 in Thimphu. It adds as a third district to currently covered two districts, Bumthang and Trongsa under Bhutan Cultural Atlas (BCA) project. The booklet documents the tangible and intangible heritage of the districts contributing to […]

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Electric fencing holds hope against crop depredation in Zungye

With wild boars and deer damaging crops, the farmers at Zungye, Chhumy gewog in Bumthang has replanted buckwheat and potatoes among other crops, so that it will be not be late for harvest. Farmers have removed the old wooden fence and replaced it with a stronger one. Ap Phurpa, 52, is among the few farmers […]

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Mini-carnival underway to help senior citizens and the homeless

 A mini-carnival underway in Phuentsholing by the Royal Society for Senior Citizens (RSSC) has attracted hundreds of visitors including people from across the border. The fest aims to help underprivileged senior citizens across the country, recovering drug addicts and homeless people. There are 32 stalls which have dart games in majority. There are also stalls […]

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Butterflies shift their habitat due to climate change

The wings are scarlet with broad black margins and each forewing tip has a diagonal white patch. The butterfly, Red Lacewing (Cethosia biblis) looks playful. It is a new species that was discovered in Bumthang this year. Like Red Lacewing, Rose Windmill and Common Peacock are abundant in southern region but now these butterflies are […]

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