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Urban expansion will crowd out cranes

«The feeding grounds are shrinking The birds’ feeding grounds have been included in the extended town area Thrung Thrung Karm The black-necked cranes that visit Trashiyangtse every winter are literally losing ground. With the paddy fields on the outskirts of the Yangtse town demarcated as municipal area, the feeding grounds will ...

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Numbers slumps further

«Dwindling by the years: The crane population in Bumdeling began dropping since 2002 from 169 to 104 in 2010 Six weeks have gone since the first flock of Black Necked Cranes flew into the picturesque Bumdeling valley, the winter roosting grounds in eastern Bhutan of these endangered birds but not ...

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The first Bhutanese pro footballer

« Chencho at a practice session in Shillong As striker for a Meghalayan league topping team, he earns Nu 1M a year Profile Many Bhutanese, who are into football, dream of playing in major football leagues, both for the love of the game, and the huge salary package that comes with ...

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Three down, one to go

Ironically, their tshogpa, which is the oldest society among cabbies, has survived Taxi Service Centres Not long ago, Thimphu taxi drivers had a grand idea.  They wanted to have a forum, a body to represent them and look after their needs.  A veteran driver came up with an idea and the ...

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A span that spells wealth for weavers

« Khomaps have it all: From kiras to table cloths and scarves  Due to its ease of access now, the number of tourists to the village has tripled to 3,000 Khoma Bridge Business has been unusually lucrative for Khoma weavers this year, unlike any other in the past. This kushuthara (silk textile) weavers ...

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Lhuentse – A depopulated dzongkhag

« The two empty houses at Danglin Village after village in every gewog have households that have been emptied Rural To Urban Migration The weather is pleasant, soil fertile and fields flatter than those in most of eastern Bhutan.  The thick Artemisia plant that thrives in the once cornfields is clear ...

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Gangtep returns with his family

«Gangtep (left) with his juvenile in the middle and wife Photo courtesy: RSPN The transmitter-tagged bird has been a regular to Phobjikha since 2006 Black-Necked Crane Flying all the way from the barren hills of the Tibetan plateau, and catching a glimpse of the mighty Himalayas as they flew over them, Gangtep ...

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A helping hand to get back on their feet

«Clients at the centre attending a talk recently  The society aids recovering addicts to return to the mainstream Chithuen Phendhey Association “I was chucked out of home after I couldn’t stop abusing substances …” Karma, 21, narrated his story to a friend. “I was thrown out, along with my clothes. That ...

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Bio-prospecting the wealth of traditional knowledge

« Ornamental and medicinal:The Alevora plant is found in abundance in Dagana A mission to collect and derive local genetic material that can be used for profitable end products National Biodiversity Centre For a long time, the locals of Dagana used Alevora plant to cure burns. It was a practice, ...

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Patan: The place for bronze statues

Its craftsmen belong to the Sakya clan, who have been in the trade for generations Kathmandu, Nepal Of different colours and sizes, they gleam from shops on either side of the narrow road that runs between the crowded buildings of Patan’s Oku-bahal area. This is the place where the famous Nepali ...

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