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Government to reassess glacial lakes’ danger levels

DSC_7957Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk

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.

Value addition centre to process livestock products

DSC_6682The centre will soon be equipped to process meat (File photo)

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 [... Read More]

Laya expected to be connected within a month

11664987_10152786692671377_698050688_oThe debris left behind by the outburst in Memarie Photo: Leki Wangdi and Norbu, Laya park range, JDNP

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, [... Read More]

Weaving their own fortune through organic farming

DSC_0068Amidst the fog: YiAP graduates with mentor Dr Singye Namgyel (with cap) weed organic cabbage

Agriculture: If a farmer’s gear such as the hoe, pickax, spade, and crower do not look good in the hands of a university graduate, it is wrong. Four university graduates have just proven it. At about two kilometres from Tshimasham towards Thimphu, about five minutes rise from the road, there is a thing to see if you will. Four young graduates are busy working on a farm. These graduates in their early 20s have taken organic farming as a profession.

Ministry advocates healthy lifestyle in monastic communities

IMG_8415Dorji Lopen gives a run on one of the treadmills

NCD: The Ministry of Health set up two treadmills at Tashichhodzong in Thimphu yesterday to help monks of Zhungdratsang to promote healthy lifestyle. Health Minister Tandin Wangchuk handed over the equipment in presence of officiating Je Khenpo, Dorji Lopen Kinley.  Health minister said that with cases of NCD rising in the country, physical exercise is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Wangchuck Zam opens as tribute to Fourth Druk Gyalpo

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Connectivity: HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck on Thursday graced the inauguration of 128-metre Wangchuck Zam over Kuri-Gongri at Yangbari in Mongar. The Wangchuck Zam is dedicated to the celebrations of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Construction of the bridge began in May 2013. Launching of steel parts was carried out by Construction Development Corporation and was completed in a record time of three months.

Borongmo village gets electric fencing

IMG_9230Villagers check out the new electric fencing 

Agriculture: HRH Gyaltsab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck yesterday inaugurated an electric fencing in Borongmo village in Nganglam, Pemagatshel. The people of Borongmo have been facing human-wildlife conflict that destroys almost 80 percent of crops every year. Located about 15 kilometres from Nganglam dungkhag, the villagers, locally referred to as the Shillongpas, resettled in the village under Borongmo Resettlement Project, one of His Majesty’s Kidu Projects.

Bhutan loses to Nepal and Lanka


SABA: Bhutan lost both its games on the first day of the three-day South Asia Basketball Association qualifying competition being played in Bengaluru, India. The national team who played Sri Lanka in the morning was thrashed 100-57. They put up a better performance in the second match against Nepal, but lost 72-58.

Sales tax at PoS now on RAMIS

IMG20150702Finance secretary launch the new module on RAMIS yesterday

This is just a part of whole system that would embed entire tax filings in future Tax: The Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) has added one more feature on the revenue administration management information system (RAMIS) to enhance national revenue. Sales tax collecting agents can now file their tax returns on goods and services at the point of sale on RAMIS. Usually, sales tax on imported goods and services are levied at point of entry and sales tax on domestic goods and services at [... Read More]

Road widening caused slides

IMG_6607Damaged: The recent flooding has eroded several portions of land in Trongsa

Disaster: The recent landslides and flood that rocked Trongsa is due to road widening project. This is the view the residents and the dzongkhang’s damage assessment team holds. “The business community says that the road widening works actually caused the floods and multiple landslides,” said a hotelier from Trongsa. He did not want to be named. The Department of Roads (DoR) was negligent with widening works, especially the cutting and muck disposal.

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