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Reaping the cordyceps rewards

IMG_9046Kinley Bidha and family in a hotel in Thimphu

After an arduous spell of collection, it’s time now to spend some hard-earned money Fungus: Months of hard work paid off, when Kinley Bidha’s ophiocordyceps sinensis was graded A plus, and fetched a handsome sum of Nu 550,000 at a recent auction in Damji. During the collection season, the timid and sunburnt highlander from Lunana collected about 500 grams of the fungus, literally scanning the grounds on all four. Kinley Bidha was the highest contributor in the A plus category, which totalled up to a [... Read More]

Tosa Nga – The greybeards of the range

IMG_8945Kha Tashi, 64

While this team of over-60s isn’t winning games, it’s sure capturing hearts  Archery: The camouflaged Intruder compound bow is hard to draw.  But at 64, Kha Tashi, like a tough guy, draws the bow with ease and aims it with squinted eyes.  The metal arrow leaves the bow at such a speed that Tashi’s eye can hardly catch the flight.  The arrow misses the target by a few inches.  Tashi bangs the side of his right thigh to express frustration. The game is nearing its [... Read More]

All charged up

photoE-Driver: Kencho Tshering poses with his Nissan Leaf after a test drive in the city Photo: Thunder Motors

The country’s first e-taxi driver awaits his e-Nissan to be painted a mandated green E-cabs: The clank of metals, the clatter of tools, the humming of car engines and shuffling of people in, around and under cars, everything inside the Zimdra automobile workshop is noisy. Somewhere outside, by the riverside, under the July afternoon drizzle, men in slippers with bare greasy hands are stooped over cars that are parked with their jaws open. Watching them repair the machines is a man in jeans, hands in [... Read More]

Illegal construction consideration sought

IMG_4518Dzongkhag tshogde members during the tea break

The move seeks to legitimise houses already built in violation of the Road Act 2013  Trongsa DT: Trongsa dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) will request the government to allow construction of houses within 20-30 feet of the gewog centre and dzongkhag roads and five feet of farm roads. This issue was presented in the DT against the backdrop of a rising number of illegal constructions, especially along the highways in Trongsa.  Owners of 12 such illegal constructions in Langthel have also been dragged to court. Drakteng gup, [... Read More]

Fuel tax takes effect from today

DSC_7765Last hour rush: Vehicles line up at the BOD to fuel before the tax come into effect

Petrol price increase by about Nu 3.5 and diesel by Nu 2.89 in Thimphu Tax: At least a hundred cars queued up at the fuel depots in the capital after word spread that the five percent green tax on petrol and diesel comes into effect from today. Adding the taxes, petrol in Thimphu has become about Nu 73.17 a litre and diesel Nu 60.47 a litre.  Fuel depot officials said the taxes come into effect from 9am today. The taxes come after the recent hike [... Read More]

DT imposes minimum distance bar on bars

IMG_4524-1DT members takes a break

In a small township like Trongsa, though, the practicality of such a move is another matter By Law: No bars will be entertained within 50m from the dzong, institutions like schools and shedra in town area and 100m from such institutions in gewogs under Trongsa. The dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) endorsed a bylaw, which also regulates the sale of meat and alcohol in the dzongkhag on Tuesdays. “Although trade regulations prohibited the sale of alcohol near dzong, gewog office and institutions, lack of specific distance has [... Read More]

Patients decry home ministry proscription

20140715_141749JDWNRH patient guesthouse in-charge distributes ration to patients

They say that, while some may misuse donations, most are in dire need  Kidney: The home ministry’s move to restrict collection of donation for renal failure patients has come as a blow to patients, who feel that the decision has wronged them. With a majority of patients coming from low-income group and far-flung villages, patients and relatives said they don’t have a choice but to seek donation. Lack of organ donor, be it within the family, or non-relatives, is a major issue almost all kidney [... Read More]

The three uncared- for nyes of Chali

Neys_-if-not-taken-care-it-will-turn-to-junglePilgrims clear bushes at one of the Nyes

Heritage: Chali in Mongar has three nyes (sacred sites) – Chatong nye, Serbalung nye, and Khampajey nye.  However, they are increasingly being neglected by the people in the village.  Villagers no longer visit the nyes. 76-year-old Abi Lhamo said people are not interested in nyes, which their grandparents worshipped and received blessings from.  This, she said, is a sign of changing times.  When Abi Lhamo was young, people not only from Chali but from far-off gewogs would come to visit the nye. “During our time, [... Read More]

A system to assist auditing

DSC_1081Finance minister and auditor general with ADB official at the launch

ARMS: The Audit Resource Management System (ARMS) launched yesterday is expected to enhance Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) efficiency and effectiveness in providing audit services. The system will process planning and programing, risk assessment, besides helping the authority to efficiently plan and schedule audit assignments, monitor the progresses of audits in the field and track disposition of the large numbers of audit observations. ARMS also has user inter-face feature to extract information from the Public Expenditure Management System of the finance ministry required for audit planning [... Read More]

More Australian scholarships

IMG_3972First Secretary Ryan Thew and Dasho Pema Thinley launching the association

Alumni launched association BAAA: The Australian government has increased its development scholarships from 44 and 46 in the past two years to 51 for the 2015 intake. This excludes the Endeavour scholarships. This was revealed yesterday at the launch of the Bhutan Australia Alumni Association (BAAA) in Thimphu. The association, an unregistered non-profit alumni body has over 300 registered alumni as members and are enrolling those who studied in Australia, private or through scholarships. The association aims to foster links between the two countries besides [... Read More]

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