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Yearend deadline for new lagthrams extended

IMG_1542Land commission secretary (left) hands over 1,477 new lagthrams to Thimphu thrompon

Their issue will be delayed due to technical glitches accruing from server gridlock NLC: A month after the National Land Commission’s assurance that new lagthrams (land ownership certificates) would be issued to the remaining nine dzongkhags by the end of the year, officials yesterday said that would not be possible. Commission officials cited technical glitches with the server for the delay in preparing and distributing land ownership certificates. Head of the cadastral information division, Tenzin Namgay, said to expedite the issuance of land ownership certificates, [... Read More]

Bilateral trade turns a new leaf

IMG_0956Lyonchhoen visits Bhutan Embassy in Bangladesh

Bhutanese trucks may now enter Bangladesh, where earlier transhipment was done at the border  Visit: Bhutanese trucks can now enter Bangladesh through Indian soil to reach Bhutanese products and return with goods from Bangladesh. This new chapter in the history of bilateral trade between Bhutan and Bangladesh was opened during a recent meeting between Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh, where the prime ministers indicated the entry of Bhutanese trucks into Bangladesh. During a call on by lyonchhoen on December [... Read More]

A man at the loom

unnamed-32Pundu, 56, has been weaving since he was 10-years-old

Pundu happens to be the only male weaver in his gewog, and a right good one, he is too Occupation: Pundu was eight years old when he first stole a ball of yarn from his mother and went at the back of the house to weave something out of it.  Since then, he hasn’t looked back. The fifty-six-year-old from Nanong in Pemagatshel is the only man in the gewog who can weave.  His weaving talent is well known. As a kid, Pundu would be fascinated [... Read More]

Mongar mass chorten vandalism convictions

IMG_9162Convicted: Police escort the convicts of chorten vandalism in Mongar to the prison

Crime: Mongar district court yesterday sentenced six men to life imprisonment and another six to prison term ranging from four to 10 years in connection with chorten vandalism. The court also sentenced another seven men from three months to two years, where they are allowed to pay thrimthue (fine) in lieu of imprisonment. In what may be the biggest chorten vandalism conviction the district court handled, the court passed 21 verdicts, of which 19 men were involved in vandalising chortens in Mongar and other dzongkhags. [... Read More]

Bhutan and Bangladesh renew bilateral trade agreement

unnamed-30Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives Lyonchhoen at the Hazrat Shahjalal international airport in Dhaka on Saturday

State visit: In a move to liberalise trade and promote free flow of goods between Bhutan and Bangladesh, the two countries renewed the bilateral trade agreement on December 6. The agreement extends duty free trade on 18 products that cover 90 different items.  The agreement, which was first signed in 1980, was last renewed in 2008, when 18 major categories of duty free import items from Bangladesh were identified. Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and the commerce minister of Bangladesh, Tofail Ahmed, signed the agreement [... Read More]

More musk pods seized

unnamed-27A poacher removes a snare last month (file photo)

The spike in poacher arrests raises fears of the species being pushed to extinction Wildlife: Four poachers in possession of over eight musk pods were arrested from Bjizam in Trongsa at around 8:30am yesterday. A team of undercover foresters from Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP) apprehended the poachers with the pods of musk deer (Moschus moschiferus). The WCNP undercover team pulled out the poachers from a taxi at Bjizam.  They were from Baylakha, which is around a day’s walk from Baylangdra in Wangduephodrang. “One poacher [... Read More]

Gomtu seeks shelter of govt. umbrella

DSC_2030The drain that marks the border between Bhutan and India

They feel their prospects would be brighter if the place were a full-fledged municipality PCAL: Gomtu residents want the town land to be acquired by the government. Penden Cement Agency (PCA) currently owns the town land and leases it to building owners. Town residents say while Gomtu has developed and improved under PCA, they would have more say if the town is under a municipality. Gomtu town BCCI representative Yeshey Wangdi said he sees more pollution than development in Gomtu. For instance, residents say that [... Read More]

Paro int’l airport acquires advanced fire truck


With the addition to a fleet of now four, the airport complies with ICAO requirements Safety: With the acquisition of a Nu 30M advanced fire truck, yesterday, fire fighting capabilities and reliability have been significantly improved at Paro international airport. The airport is now equipped with four fire trucks. The airport’s chief fire officer, Jigme Rinchen, said with introduction of the larger Airbus A319 aircraft and the addition of private airline Tashi Air, the need for a larger fire truck to meet new demands arose. [... Read More]

Crane killed in suspected stray dog attack

IMG_9088Crime scene: The remains of a black-necked crane

BNC: Villagers are concerned about the safety of the endangered black-necked crane after one was found killed, in a suspected stray dog attack in Gyetsa, Chumey in Bumthang on November 3. The incident comes at a time when Gyetsa is seeing an upsurge in crane arrivals after two decades.  Already, more than 22 black-necked cranes have arrived for the winter, compared to only five-six in the past 20 years. Gewog forest ranger, Tsheten Wangchuk, after visiting the site the crane used for feeding in Urukthang, [... Read More]

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