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Thousand butter lamps lit for late former MPs

DSC_0946In memory: Members of the National Assembly offer a thousand butter lamps at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong for the two late former Parliament members yesterday

Members of the National Assembly yesterday offered a thousand butter lamp and, prayers at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong for the two late former Members of the Parliament (MP). Former Dophuchen- Tading MP Prahlad Gurung passed on February 27. He was 68 while the former Gelephu MP Prem Kumar Gurung, 57, expired on April 4. Prem Kumar Gurung has three children, while Prahlad Gurung has four. Family members said they were ill for over six months. A press release from the National Assembly stated that they [... Read More]

Reading awareness programme for Thimphu schools

IMG_5228Students read silently for seven minutes at the Clock Tower Square on Saturday

Event: About 3,000 students from 33 schools under Thimphu dzongkhag participated at the reading awareness programme at the clock tower square on May 23. The programme began with students walking and reading from a designated point towards the clock tower square in an hour. A teacher with Changzamtog Lower Secondary School performed a model reading by reading aloud for about 15 minutes. According to senior thromde education officer, Lham Tshering, the programme was organised to enhance reading culture in the school and community, to create [... Read More]

An action plan for a national and natural resource

DSC_0841National Biodiversity centre’s programme director (Dr) Tashi Yangzome Dorji with agriculture minister

An overview of the past, threats, issues and opportunities  Biodiversity: Coinciding with the International Day of Biodiversity, Bhutan launched the revised national biodiversity strategies and action plan (NBSAP) at the National Biodiversity Centre in Serbithang on May 22. The plan contains an overview of the past biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, issues and opportunities in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and implementation of the plan, among others. According to NBSAP, one of the major factors of natural habitat loss affecting the ecosystem of Bhutan is land [... Read More]

Panbang – Nganglam highway almost ready

IMG_8651A section of the highway

Only eight kilometres of the 55km highway remains to be completed Road: The Panbang – Nganglam highway is expected to be completed ahead of its second deadline. A 30km section of the highway originating from Ngamglam dungkhag in Pemagatshel was completed on May 3, while the second 25km section from Panbang dungkhag in Zhemgang is almost completed. Only eight kilometres of the second section remain to be black topped.

Laya’s fodder shortage being addressed

IMG_0337Improved pasture development has kept the number of yaks from declining

Livestock: The acute shortage of fodder in winter due to Laya’s extreme weather condition is getting addressed with the improved pasture development initiative. The gewog of 286 households has the highest yak and horse population. There are 3,076 yaks, 1,296 horses and 50 local cattle. Only 73 households today rear yaks. Laya’s livestock extension officer, Pema Wangda said in Laya, the grass starts growing only after May and by October end, the entire place turns dry. He said yaks and horses are one of the [... Read More]

FC Terton are the YTPL 2015 champions

MG2546Diwah Subba scores the second goal to seal the title

Football: FC Terton wrapped up the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League (YTPL) championship when they defeated Drukpol FC 2-1 yesterday with an amassing 28 points from 12 games. With three games in hand, FC Terton was made to wait till their final game of the tournament to claim the championship. After losing to Thimphu FC 3-1 on Wednesday, the game was a must win for the table toppers. The win didn’t come easy for the champions. Drukpol FC dominated the game with a near lead in [... Read More]

Gamrichu gorges on paddy fields

DSC01662Paddy fields along the sides of Gamrichu in Buna have considerably shrunk over the past decade

What the river gives with one hand (irrigation), it takes away with the other (erosion) Disaster: When do farmers not welcome monsoon?  Ask the rice-growing farmers of Buna in Trashigang. The much-needed rains are on its way, but farmers are worried, lest it might take another portion of their paddy fields.  For the last many years, some 27 households of Buna had been literally witnessing their paddy fields washed away by the river Gamri that also help them cultivate paddy.  The river, notorious for flash [... Read More]

Chokhorling goes back to paddy cultivation

IMG_8679Villagers till their paddy fields after more than two decades of leaving it fallow

Improved security and a govt. carrot and stick policy persuades locals to return to the land Agriculture: Hope and nostalgia is the mood as farmers, young and old, of Bafudar village in Samdrupjongkhar returned to their paddy fields after more than two decades. The farmers, with the help of the dzongkhag, are trying to revive paddy cultivation on more than 100 acres of land, which was once in abundance in the fertile and vast flatlands of Chokhorling gewog. Paddy cultivation was abandoned, following the security [... Read More]

India to refund Nu 1.943B for 2014 in excise duty

DSC_0914Finance minister Namgay Dorji watches as the excise duty agreement is signed

The reimbursement for 2013 will be released in the current financial year GoI: The government of India (GoI) yesterday declared a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.943B (billion) to Bhutan for 2014. This is an increase of Nu 187M (million) from the previous year.  Bhutan received Nu 1.756B as excise duty refund for 2013. Excise duty is an inland tax imposed only on a commodity consumed within a country.  Hence, if the commodity is exported, the excise duty is waived off.

The late clarification slaughters the meaty debate

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Thanks to the question in the Parliament on the government’s livestock mega projects. It has helped extract the much-needed clarification. Let’s have a closer look at it. This article also revisits the debate, runs through an opportunity we have created through the debate, and enlists some quick thoughts for reflection. The clarification The Prime Minister “clarified” that the government doesn’t have any plans to build a slaughterhouse. But it was only a month and a half ago that its very own Department of Livestock (DOL), [... Read More]

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