Bhutan News

    Birth spacing of 2 years crucial

    Posted 16 August 2018 | 12:02 pm

    Women who have children in quick succession place themselves and their children at risk, say health professionals. A birth spacing of at least two years is recommended for the benefit of both mothers and their children.

    Birth or child spacing, also known as pregnancy spacing or inter-pregnancy interval, refers to the length of time between two births.

    Doctors say a gap of two years is particularly beneficial for the mothers. It gives them ample time for recovery and to replenish nutrients lost during previous pregnancy.

    “Studies found that if a gap of two years is maintained between two pregnancies, then the health of both mother and child will be good,” Dr Ugen Dophu, the Secretary of the Health Ministry, said.

    Studies have also shown that when the length of time between two births is less than two years, the mother is likely to suffer from vitamin deficiencies and cause undernourishment.

    The interval between births has a particular significance for child survival.

    “The child, while in mother’s womb, will not get enough nutrients. At birth, the weight will be low or the child will be born prematurely. After birth, if you don’t breastfeed well, the child can fall ill easily,” Dr Ugen Dophu said.

    “But if the recommended birth-interval is maintained, the child will grow up to become a healthy adult,” Dr Ugen Dophu added.

    He shared that many women in the country space their pregnancies well, but there are some who give birth 11 months after the previous birth, which is too less of a gap.

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    Sarpang court upholds Gelegphu court’s judgement on US visa scam case

    Posted 16 August 2018 | 12:01 pm

    Sarpang District Court upheld the Gelegphu Dungkhag Court’s judgement on a US visa scam case. The Gelegphu Dungkhag Court had sentenced a 23 -year-old man to six years and a 34-year-old woman to two years in prison in March this year for larceny by deception.

    The man conned more than 22 people claiming to be a public relations officer for the United Nations volunteers at the Delhi Embassy and assuring to help them process US visa. He will have to refund more than Nu 1.1 M to the victims in four months.

    According to the judgement, the district court dismissed the appeal since there was no new evidence. However, the district court made a partial alteration in the sentencing of the woman convict.

    The woman was sentenced to two years in prison for aiding and abetting the man. However, the district court’s judgment said she cannot pay in lieu of imprisonment, which was earlier allowed by the lower court.

    The woman has to refund Nu 981,000 to seventeen victims in four months and Nu 148,500 was also seized from her.

    The woman had met the man in Delhi while processing her US visa in 2016.  Claiming to be a public relations officer, he helped her fill the forms for the biometric process for the visa interview. However, after her visa got rejected, the two kept in touch through social media.

    He assured to arrange an invitation letter for interested Bhutanese to go to the US as a cultural troupe to attend the Annual Woodstock Film Festival. Following this, she looked for 17 people and collected money from them and handed it over to the male convict.

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    Samchholing’s green tea business flourishes

    Posted 16 August 2018 | 12:01 pm

    Green tea plantation is becoming a lucrative business for the people of Samcholing in Trongsa. The Samchholing Green Tea Cooperative says with the yield getting better by the year, the business is picking up well.

    The Samchholing Green Tea Cooperative has 27 members.

    Last year, they produced about 8,000 packets of green tea. This year, they are expecting to produce about 2,000 packets more. A packet of green tea, which weighs 60 grams, is sold at Nu 150.

    “I made about Nu 50,000 last year and this year I am expecting to earn about Nu 60, 000,” Tshewang Lhamo, one of the members, said.

    It takes three years to raise the plant and is expected to yield for about 20 years. The harvesting season starts from April and ends in September.

    The members said the yield from each plant increases annually. This year, the members say, each plant gave them 20 to 30 packets of tea more from the previous years.

    The cooperative carries out processing and packaging from their three-storied green tea house. They market their green tea in other dzongkhags in the country.

    Also, the farmers say cultivating the tea is much easier than other crops. “We do not have to worry about wild animals damaging the plants,” Tshewang Lhamo said.

    The local elders say the green tea was first brought to Bhutan by the Second Druk Gyalpo.

    Scientifically known as Camellia Sinensis, it was first said to have been planted near the Samchholing palace. It was more for personal use then.

    Today, there are about 47 acres of land in Drakteng Gewog under green tea plantation.

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