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This is the daily routine for Wangmo, a 37-year-old mother of three, who has been driving taxi in Bhutan for four years. She is a professional driver, holding PD-license. She is one of the less than 30 women cabbies of Bhutan among thousands of male cabbies.

 

Alongside exploring contemporary issues facing the country today, "Mountain Echoes", the seventh edition of Bhutan's literary festival, will also focus on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the first ruler to unite it as a single nation.

 

The water shortage problem is being faced in several other districts of western, eastern and southern parts of the country. Famers from Baap village in the western district of Punakha told Xinhua that more than 600 acres of paddy fields are awaiting irrigation water. With 1,971 hectares of paddy fields, the Punakha district is one of the highest rice-producing valleys. The average production recorded was 6,274 tons of rice a year.

The water shortage problem is being faced in several other districts of western, eastern and southern parts of the country. Famers from Baap village in the western district of Punakha told Xinhua that more than 600 acres of paddy fields are awaiting irrigation water. With 1,971 hectares of paddy fields, the Punakha district is one of the highest rice-producing valleys. The average production recorded was 6,274 tons of rice a year.
 
When one visits Bhutan, a country with 75% green cover, one expects to see a lot of flora, varying terrain and hardly any links with the modern, developed world. Yet, the country boasts of a mobile penetration of 85% and Internet penetration of 36.9%.  
 

Agriculture is Bhutan’s mainstay. For more than 60 percent of people who live in the rural pockets of the country, it is more than just important. It is what keeps them alive.

 

Agreements for four projects to improve public health, cultural preservation, and emergency medical services in Bhutan were signed between the Bhutan Foundation, Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and three implementing partners on June 6.

 

Bhutanese from all walks of life came together to plant about 169,826 saplings on Social Forestry Day yesterday.

 

Thimphu, Bhutan’s largest city, is the economic powerhouse of the country, accounting for some 45% of the country’s GNP. But with just under 100,000 people it is far from a metropolis. Spacious and spread out across the backs of the Raidak River, houses cascade down mountains sides and forests engulf some sections of Thimphu, which only becamse capital in 1961, uniting a series of hamlets.

 

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) will submit a proposal to the government to install shock sensors on a thousand choetens in the country.

 

People have been slicing and cutting wooden trusses, railings and thresholds of bazams or traditional bridges in Thimphu to take home pieces of wood to use in religious rituals.

 

 

 


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