Replantation: About 35 graduates of the College of Natural Resources at Lobesa, planted about 500 tree saplings yesterday below the Kuenselphodrang to replace the dead saplings
Disaster: The government will reassess the 2,674 glacial lakes, including the potentially dangerous 25 and re-categorise them according to their danger levels.
Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk announced this plan yesterday at the meet the press session in Thimphu.
Lyonpo said that the Lemthang lake, which burst on June 28 was one of the 25 potentially dangerous glacial lakes, adding that re-categorisation of the lakes was an exercise that has not been carried out for quite some time.
Fraud: On the recent Australian visa fraud where an Indian agent and a Bhutanese in India robbed around 20 Bhutanese of around Nu nine million (M), the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at yesterday’s meet the press said the government will try to track down the conmen.
“As one party is from outside, the government will try to do its best by using the foreign ministry and embassies in trying to track them down,” said lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay.
Media: Being able to watch the BBS channel on your direct-to-home television (DTH TV) package may be coming to an end.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the DTH TV operators association of India will collaborate with the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) to curb the illegal downlinking and uplinking of the BBS channel in India.
Crime: Paro police detained a 25-year-old woman for murdering a married couple on the evening of July 1, in Woochu, Paro.
The incident was reported to police on July 2 by the landowner of an apple orchard who saw the bodies when he was visiting the orchard. The couple worked as caretakers of the orchard.
Once more, both the Prime Minister and the agriculture minister clarified that it was never the government’s plan to start slaughterhouses. The ‘Livestock value addition centre’ at Serbithang, Thimphu, which was once the meat-processing unit, has nothing to do with slaughtering animals.
Meat: The livestock value addition centre at Serbithang will process meat as well as other livestock products, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said at the meet the press yesterday.
Both the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and the agriculture minister made it clear that the government will not have a slaughterhouse.
Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji said Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority has been receiving complaints about the quality of meat and saw the need to make the existing meat shops in the country hygienic.
“The function of the value addition centre is same as the meat shops,” Lyonpo said. “A huge amount has been invested in the project and we have to use the centre for other purposes as well, not just meat.”
Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji with members of the five food establishments that were certified for ISO 22000 yesterday evening. The ISO 22000 is an international standard food safety system that allows a company to show their customers that they have a food safety management system in place. The companies are Bhutan Agro Industries Ltd, Bhutan Milk and Agro Pvt Ltd., Druk Air Inflight Catering, Terma Linca Resorts and Spa and Zimdra Food Pvt Ltd.
Park officials who visited the outburst site say the lake has emptied completely
Update: Construction work on the foundation for a Bazi zam at Tongchudrak, about nine-hour walk from Gasa, has started after the 23-army personnel from Wangdue, who were sent on the command of His Majesty the King on June 29 reached Laya.
Laya gewog was cut off when the Bazi zam, the bridge that connects Laya to Gasa was washed away in the Lemthang tsho (lake) outburst on June 28. Among the locals, the lake is also known as Memarie and Shinchila tsho.