Wet land above Tashichhodzong that would be preserved as green zone
The land Act does not allow replacements for those with other plots within the thromde
Thimphu: In its attempt to save the area above Tashichhodzong as a “green zone”, some of Thimphu thromde’s approaches are not going down well with some landowners there.
In 2002, Thimphu thromde marked about 42.32 acres of farmland in Hejo as a “green area”, a zone on which government policy supposedly prohibits all construction. It was also to [... Read More]
Participants comprising officials from the armed forces, forestry and customs discuss need for forensic lab
The seizure of a tiger’s skin from a Gelephu hotel last November highlights the threat
Conservation: In what nature conservationists call an appalling and horrific incident, a royal Bengal tiger, last seen on a camera trap set by Royal Manas national park (RMNP) officials in March last year, ended up in a Gelephu hotel.
Officials of the forest surveillance and protection unit caught three Indian nationals trying to trade the tiger’s skin in a hotel [... Read More]
One of the hundreds of vandalised chorten in Trashigang
Dzongkhag officials feel the local community can manage provided they don’t inter precious relics
Crime: It’s not hard to miss the hollowed out chortens along the trails in the backwoods of Trashigang and Trashiyangtse.
The two districts are home to over 287 vandalised chortens of the total 761 that have been robbed off relics across Bhutan between 2008-12.
A large number of vandalised chortens still remain in a dilapidated state for want of restoration, which is [... Read More]
His Majesty the King with students and faculty of Sherubtse College, Kanglung
Audience: Granting an audience to the students of Sherubtse College in Kanglung yesterday, His Majesty the King spoke about the importance of knowing the history of the country to better understand where it stood today and get a clearer picture of where it is headed in the future.
“Bhutan has navigated the uncertainties of a volatile geopolitics in the past, and emerged a strong proud nation. It was built by the united efforts of [... Read More]
Thimphu contributed the highest with Nu 11.46M
There was a dramatic drop in fines collected in 2013 due to stricter adherence to rules
Traffic: Going by the amount collected for violating traffic rules, the stick rule is working for motorists in the country.
After strict monitoring and vigilance from traffic officials, fines collected from traffic rule offenders have almost halved in 2013. During the year, Nu 18.36M was collected as fines for different traffic offences and violations.
Offences include drunk driving, using mobile [... Read More]
Czech Republic express interest in hydropower and aviation
Visit: Small-scale hydropower and civil aviation are the top priority in strengthening bilateral relations between the government and the government of Czech Republic.
To explore avenues for economic cooperation, developmental aid and cultural exchange, among others, a Czech Republic delegation, led by the deputy foreign minister, Tomas Dub, is in the country on a five–day visit.
At a press conference last evening, members of the delegation said Czech companies are seriously considering investment in the [... Read More]
Participants are introduced to a woodwork
DCSI: University graduates, owners and employees of tailoring, automobile, furniture units and interested individuals from eight dzongkhags are being taught woodwork and upholstery.
Carpet lining, cushioning bed covers, quilts, pillows, window curtain lining and joinery embroidery were some of the skills taught for a month starting February 10.
Officials with the Wood Craft Centre limited in Thimphu said the training was expected to improve the quality of such services in the country.
“Such trainings are small [... Read More]
More than 2,000 people gather to offer tshogchang to Their Majesties, who visited the Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Choling Lhakhang in Samkhar gewog, Trashigang
Land: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 13,336 thram holders in Tashigang yesterday.
The exercise to resolve land issues the national cadastral resurvey brought to light in 10 dzongkhags, a press release from the Royal Office of the Media stated had reached midway to achieving its target.
The kidu recipients comprised people from 10 gewogs, three thromdes and the remaining people in five gewogs.
Including beneficiaries of five gewogs earlier, 18,099 thram holders have [... Read More]
Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji and SNV Managing Director Tom Derksen released the guidelines yesterday
Linking farmers’ groups with schools and institutes is a project to satisfy both
MAGIP: After successfully linking 57 farmers’ groups of six eastern dzongkhags to 31 schools and one monastic institution, agriculture ministry’s market access and growth intensification project (MAGIP) is now working on supplying farm produce to schools and institutions across the country.
This, agriculture ministry’s marketing specialist, Bhim Raj Gurung, said, could be achieved with the guidelines for facilitation of contractual supply of renewable [... Read More]
Ropeway: Villagers of Changju in Samtse load the trolley to transport their goods home
Funded by GEF small grants program, the facility will take a load off the villagers’ backs
Tarayan: While villagers of Changju in Norgaygang gewog in Samtse will still have to walk the same distance, they will now not have to carry their luggage on their aback anymore.
With the help of a newly installed ropeway, their luggage or goods will reach the village before them. The ropeway has cut short more than three hours walk [... Read More]