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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Adopting old civic culture in new urban situations provides strong social support

Changing cultural landscape in the world due to urbanization calls for better efforts to safeguard and adopt old civic cultures of the rural villages in new urban situations, said Founder and President of Loden Foundation,  Dr Karma Phuntsho He made these assertions during the third World Third Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage held from October […]

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Buckwheat makes a comeback in Bumthang

With wildlife damaging potatoes and other crops, buckwheat is suddenly gaining popularity among the elite consumers in Bumthang. Buckwheat comprises a traditional staple diet for the Bumthaps, which in recent decades had lost out to commercial cultivation of potato. This year, most of the farmers had replaced potatoes for buckwheat as their main cash crop. […]

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Himalayan Food raises Nu 4.5mn through crowdfunding

Himalayan Food is the second enterprise to successfully raise Nu 4.5mn through Royal Bhutan Securities Exchange’s  (RSEB)crowdfunding platform in two months. Himalayan Food produces varieties of agri-based snacks by adding value to raw materials collected from locally grown fruits and vegetables which are certainly nutritious and healthful. Himalayan Food currently produces potato crispy with unique […]

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