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Villagers veto private mine

Mining: After several discussions and almost a four-hour public consultation meeting, villagers of Nangkor, Pemagatshel refused to allow private mining below the village. Only six villagers gave “Yes” votes; 53 voted “No”. The villagers said that, while they understand that mining would contribute to the economy of the country, they …

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Umling water supply held up due to broken pipes

As to who’s to blame, villagers and the supplier point fingers at each another Dispute: Residents of Tashithang and Chubathang in Umling gewog, Sarpang have appealed to the gewog office, saying they won’t accept the pipes supplied to their village for drinking water supply. The villagers said 17 rolls of …

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First wildlife clinic inaugurated at Taba

Four more, at Gelephu, Trashigang, Trongsa and Samtse, are in the pipeline WCD: To provide timely and reliable health care to injured wild animals, agriculture ministry’s wildlife conservation division opened a wildlife clinic and laboratory at Taba on January 30. While the clinic will treat injured and diseased wild animals, …

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More security called for around sewerage tank neighbourhood

Residents have grown nervous after a recent vicious mugging incident Border: The border belt close to the sewerage tank neighbourhood in Phuentsholing has started to become unsafe, with residents calling for some security for the safety of both locals and those across the border. On the evening of January 21, …

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So far, so good, but still a long way to go

Lyonchhoen’s evaluation of the APA midterm reviews submitted by eastern dzongkhags Governance: Dzongdas of the six eastern dzongkhags presented their mid-year review on the annual performance agreements (APA) to the prime minister on January 30 in Mongar. Lyonchhoen congratulated the dzongkhags for fulfilling most of their targets and said that …

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Gong’s farm road construction begins

Farm road: Work has begun to connect remote Gong in Gelephu with a 26 km farm road. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the road’s ground breaking on January 31, which when complete will connect all six chiwogs in Jigmecholing gewog. Plans to cut a farm road until Gong school was …

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Helping backyard poultry farms bounce back

Wildlife attack, competition and rising feed prices may have caused a number of shutdowns Self-sufficiency: The backyard poultry farms, which supplied most of Trashigang’s eggs in the past, are facing a tough fight from semi and commercial poultry farming the dzongkhag is increasingly witnessing. Competition in the market, frequent attacks …

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The exotic Lhakhang Wang tshechu …

… a festival with a do-it-or-else twist in the tail subtext Martalungchu:  Martalungchu village, hidden behind a small hillock, amidst a pine forest, high above Bajothang in Wangduephodrang, is in celebratory mood. Men, dressed as women in a village reputed for women singers, are actively taking part in the four-day …

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Zobel forest fire yet to be put out

The Lungtenphug blaze, meanwhile, was doused after two days, a record for Thimphu Disaster: A team of villagers, gewog, forest and police officials are still trying to contain a forest fire that started around 10am in Zobel gewog, Pemagatshel yesterday. The men have decided to keep a watch on the …

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Bumthang goes for hazel in a big way

More and more farmers are planting the nut tree to turn their fallow fields to orchards MHV: If fallowing land is a growing concern in the country, the prospect of cash income from selling hazelnut is encouraging farmers to turn their fields into hazelnut plantations. Since early 2013, Thinley from …

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Understanding Malaysia’s community based tourism

A 36 member delegation from Bhutan is on a study tour in Malaysia Visit: Despite witnessing two airline tragedies last year, tourist arrivals in Malaysia recorded a growth of about 9.6 percent from the previous year and an earning of about USD 15B. The arrivals include 2,051 Bhutanese tourists in …

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