January 10, 2015
Sleazy side of this booming town – Phuentsholing
The story narrates how Phuentsholing caters to different group of people within and outside the border. Phuentsholing is becoming a popular place for locals and tourists for each reasons – some nice ones but others entirely different. The reporter explores the place and talks about how the place has its own charm and downfalls at the same time.
February 14, 2015
The writer explores the ever-changing landscape and lifestyle of Changzamtog – once covered with thicket and today a bustling neighbourhood. The story portrays how Changzamtog was in the past and how it has changed over the years from seven houses to hundreds today. But the remnants of the past can still be felt whenever one see the few standing traditional houses, some left abandoned.
March 28, 2015
The issue covers the success of school agriculture programmes (SAP) in schools in the country. The writer visits Damphu Higher Secondary School in Tsirang where teachers and students have turned 58.6 acres of barren land into fertile fields. The school introduced SAP in 2000 to supplement nutrition in the school feeding programme, create awareness about self-employment opportunities in the renewable natural resource sector and to promote dignity of labour.
April 18, 2015
The Evolution of Football in Bhutan
The writer narrates the first international match played between Bhutan and Kuwait in 2000, which changed the culture of football in Bhutan – how football became more than a means of entertainment to becoming the face of the nation. Today, there are plenty of young talents and facilities are only improving. There are growing number of football clubs as well. Someday, Bhutan could go far in the World Cup too.
May 9, 2015
The death trap that is our roads
The story depicts the harsh reality of modern lifestyle – increasing traffic. The writer points out how road traffic death rates are increasing by the day. Coming to the rescue for school going children are the student traffic controllers who monitors the busy traffic daily. These young pioneers not only help control the traffic but they also learn about traffic safety and monitoring.
June 6, 2015
Curse of development
The writer visits the community of Monpas in Tangchey, Trongsa. Monpas are considered to be the oldest inhabitants of Bhutan along with Olep from Adha Rukha in Wangduephodrang. Through the story, the villagers laments on the change the community is facing in the name of development. Monpas will no long exist but Boenkar, a new term, of change and adaptation is evolving even in this remotest part of the country. Modernization and development has come, and schools and electricity, are giving a different shape to this traditional society.
July 25, 2015
Celebrating the year by reading
The country was swept by activities to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo last year. The National Reading Year was also launched by His Majesty the King. The writer visits Genekha Lower Secondary School in Thimphu and finds out how the school has embraced the reading year. The students have read a whopping 2,500 books in four months. Overall, Thimphu students have read the highest with 249,117 books and the least was read by students in Haa at 21,765 books in a year.
August 29, 2015
When the wild comes barging in
The story explores the issue of human-wildlife conflict, which have gripped the lives of many villagers. Animals such as the Himalayan Black Bears that survive from such conflicts are rescued at the Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Centre in Taba, Thimphu. There, Nana and Khengpa Nado, Himalayan Black Bears, reside. They were brought from nearby dzongkhags after they raided the villagers’ home. At Taba, they are well taken care of and they are fed Karma Feed with vegetables, fruits and wheat twice a day. Some remains in captivity due to their ill health while most are released in the wild.
September 19, 2015
Running down Bhutanese rivers
It was in 1997 when the first kayak expedition reached the country. Since then, a handful has kayaked down the unexplored gorges and crystal-clear rivers of Bhutan. The story narrates the experiences of some of the first kayakers in Bhutan and how since then, the sport has turned into a lucrative business for tour operators today.
October 24, 2015
Breaking the taboo and augmenting hygienic practices
Menstruation is less discussed among Bhutanese society until now. Teachers and mothers at Zilnon Namgyeling Primary School are modifying and sewing renewable sanitary pads to be distributed to the central schools and nunneries in other dzongkhags. Today, girls are openly discussing about it breaking away from the socially constructed taboo and have an easy access to sanitary pads.
November 21, 2015
Passion to grow and sell radiant flowers
In the midst of winter, Thimphu is greeted with flowers of various kind giving much needed warmth and comfort to our hearts. There are plenty of winter flowers that fill the gaps left by the fading perennials, giving one much needed colour in the barren and dry season. One is rewarded with assortments of blooms if one can take care for them properly this winter.
December 26, 2015
Regional delicacies and evolving food culture
Bhutan has a rich and strong food culture. Each region has its own delicacies, which has been evolving from centuries. For instance, people in the west celebrate Lomba with Hoentey, the people in Bumthang celebrate Nyilo with Puta and in the south they celebrate Dassain with Shelroti. In Bhutan, food symbolizes abundance and prosperity. Despite that, several dishes influenced by neighbouring regions have also emerged. With modernity, Bhutanese palette is ever-changing.