Wednesday, 31 December 2014


On 28th December, a final khuru match between Dhajay Team and Rangthangling Team was played at Gewog Lhakhang ground and the chief guest was the Tsirang Dzongkhag MP Dasho Kamal Gurung.
There were a total of eight teams of all the Chewogs including the Gewog Team which comprised of the Gewog Officials and the Gup.
It was to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuk and it’s to be an annual event of the Gewog.
The entry fee was nu.3000 per team and the Trophy which was given by the Chief Guest Dasho Kamal Gurung and its also to be a rolling trophy of the khuru match. The 12 inch Drolma Statue was also given to the Gewog Administration.
The winner team was the Rangthangling Team with 52 points against the Runners up team of Dhajay with 20 points. The players were also awarded the prizes, big size bumpas and the lamps for winners and small size bumpas and lamps by the Chief Guest of the day. The cash prizes were also awarded to the winners and the runners up teams from Dasho.

By Lobzang Choda

R/ling Gewog

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fish Farming in Barp Goeg

Fish Farming in Barp Goeg, Punakha
Barp geog has no problem in marketting their livestock products due to farm road acessibilty and more over the geog lies in the project area due to which they can sell their livestock products within their locality. Howerver due to religious beliefs, farmers are reluctant to take up many livestock activities such as poultry, fishery and piggery.
Nevertheless, for the first time in the geog, one house hold accepted to take up fishery farm individually.
The upcoming fishery farm is located at Jangsaluma under Eusakha Chiwog. The capacity of the farm is around 500 sqkm which accomodate about 4000 fingerlings.
The installation of the fish farm is supported by the National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), Gelephu. Before the Installation the owner of the farm was trained in basic knowlede and skill in fish production to enhance the production when he starts his farm.

kelzang dema
GAO Barp

Friday, 12 December 2014

she knows how it feel like when tick bites

A cute little girl from sergithangmae chiwog cried out loud when the health personnel tried to pull tick out of her ear

contented with what they have!!!

a little guy from Tashithang chiwog, sergithang show off his handmade truck. 

They said they are happy

Aum mindum Drukpani, known as agay jala stands proudly infront of her house

Meymey Nar Dhoj Rai says bangchang is the source of energy for him

Aum botpa says they still use firewood to cook curry despite having electricity
submitted by:
Tashi Dema
Sergithang: Tsirang

Friday, 5 December 2014

Awareness on Women Empowerment, RENEW, advantage of mediation

Report on Awareness on Women Empowerment, Domestic Violence, RENEW, Mediation and its Advantages

Date: 30 September 2014
Venue: Gewog Meeting Hall
Participants: More than 300 people of Kilkhorthang Gewog
The meeting was conducted coinciding with the Gewog Development Grants meeting with the public of five Chiwogs of Kikhorthang Gewog.

Women Empowerment:-
I had the privilege of participating in the training as a resource speaker.
The people present were given awareness on International Women’s Day celebrated every year on 8th March and its importance. The day is a time to reflect and celebrate acts of courage and determination of ordinary women who played an extraordinary role in the history worldwide.
Celebration of the day around the world have women speaker during the events; women from the government, community, business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities. How events were taken place in schools with the involvement of students for the celebration.
I gave examples of some outstanding women in some of the countries largest tech. firms from HP to Yahoo, the first female chief of the World’s largest automaker, the first women to hold the position in the Federal Reserve, chairperson in U.S Central Bank, and also shared some history about how women have served in active Military duty in armed forces since 1914.
I also gave examples of some successful womenof our country like our first lady Minister, Her Excellency Aum Dorji Choden, Permanent Representative and Ambassador to New York, Aum Kunzang C Namgyel, Chairperson of ACC, Honorable Aum Neten Zangmo, and finally, our first lady Dzongda, Dasho Dzongda  Ngawang Pem. The list is however, inexhaustible.
I informed the crowd that it is high time for the women in the communities to come forward and take part in all the Gewog activities like meetings, RNR trainings, cooperative groups, and most importantly, to participate in the elections of local leaders.
The session was wrapped up with the saying “if you educate a man you educate an individual. But if you educate a women you educate generation”.

Fig 1: Awareness training on “International Women’s Day” on 8 March 2014 in Municipal Hall, Tsirang.

RENEW and Domestic Violence

The session started off with the introduction and background of the institution and its mandates, and roles and responsibilities.
The floor was informed that roughly about 1.2 billion women (including girls) worldwide were victims of physical or sexual violence. Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by their close partners, and those women face the following risks;
Ø  16 % more likely to have a low- birth-weight baby.
Ø  2X more likely to suffer from depression.
Ø  1.5X more likely to have sexual transmitted diseases.
I expressed the importance of engaging men to empower women. Domestic violence is not an urban or rural based, a problem of the rich or the poor, it affects women from all walks of life.
Men are equally responsible for pregnancy and should be equally responsible for contraception. Men should help his wife in doing household works.
The participants were presented the national facts and figures as per the research conducted by RENEW in 2007 to give a stronger picture of the subject.
In conclusion, the floor was made aware of the presence of the “Domestic Violence Prevention Act of Bhutan 2013”.

Fig 2: Awareness on RENEW and Domestic Violence

Mediation and Its Advantages

I would like to thank her Highness Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuk, the president of Bhutan National Legal Institute for conducting this important training for local governance women leaders. Her Highness has graced the opening ceremonies of this educative, entertaining and memorable training on Mediation (Nakha Nandrig) or the amicable resolution of dispute in the communities.
A total of 69 participants from 9 dzongkhags were trained in Phuntsholing, RRCO, Hall in year 2013, participants of rest 11 Dzongkhags were trained in Paro.

We learned that Mediation is a peaceful and inexpensive alternative for resolution of disputes without the need to go to courts. A popular Bhutanese adage goes “Thrim ley Gyelw dhi yuel ley pham dha”meaning,“losing cases in the village is better than winning in the court”. Going to court for trials should be the last resort given time and expenses involved. Besides many of us do not realize the loss we incur in terms of sore relationship due to the divisive nature of the litigation. Litigation involves complicated formalities and arguments based on the rights and positions of the parties rather than their needs and interests.  Courts impose decisions on the parties based on laws, whereas in mediation parties themselves tailor or customize solutions which suit them so that both the parties win.  Where as in litigations, one party wins and the other party loses.
I also shared about some of the skills and techniques to be used during mediation of disputes including how to listen actively or attentively to identify the individual needs and interest of the parties to arrive at mutually acceptable solutions, leading to win-win situations. 
At last I informed about how important it is to keep a good relationship not only within our family members but also with the neighbors.

Fig 3: Mediation and its awareness

‘So let us mediate, not litigate’.                                                               Submitted by:
                                                  Kikhorthang, Tsirang


On 4th December, 2014 a meeting with the public of Sunkosh was held at Sunkosh Chewog and it was about the electric fencing of Sunkosh village after it was put up in the Consultative meeting with all the people of Rangthangling Gewog from the GDG (Gewog Development Grant)Budget.
It was also after being endorsed by the GT (Gewog Tshogdu) members of the prioritized activities which included the electric fencing of the Sunkosh. However it was to discuss as to where and for whom to provide an electric fencing at Sunkosh or in other words it was to only authenticate the need of the electric fencing.  
The members present at the meeting decided that electric fencing has to cover all the Chewog which was not possible as well feasible and the electric fencing for some plots or fields would only mean the wild animals damaging the crops for others.

So it was decided not to go for the fencing which although some individuals of Sunkosh chewog had asked at the time of a consultative meeting on 25th November 2014. 
A consultative meeting was the first and the most important procedure in the GDG Guidelines of 2014 for it has to have the consensus of public of the respective chewogs.

By Lobzang Choda

favorite time of 5 yeras old Tshetem Zangmo

                                           The only time past for rural children

Tshetem Zangmo, five years  is a regular visitor to Community Information Center (CIC).
Today, she came with her elder sister, who is nine, studying in Damphu Lower Secondary School.

They are from Yurung gewog under Pemagatshel Dzongkhag, but have been a year shifted to Tsirang with their mother and currently staying with  grandfather, who resettled in Kikhorthang gewog.

 “Now, it’s a winter vocation for my sister” she said, she wants to enjoy and learn how to play Hiwel (play ground) from her.

 Both of them are enjoying the animation of Aup Naka and it is one of their favorite games.

Kilkorthang Gewog