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ADB exhorts Bhutan to prioritise agriculture

DSC04616Inadequate market links have impeded the development of agriculture

Further drop in sector’s share of GDP could widen income disparities and regional imbalances  Report: Amid agriculture’s falling share of gross domestic product (GDP) of the country, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has urged Bhutan to prioritise the sector’s development equally like hydropower. The bank’s latest report “Asian Development Outlook 2015” states that agriculture, which employs 56 percent of the workforce in Bhutan, is the main source of income for farmers.  The share of agriculture to GDP was 24 percent in 2004, but came down [... Read More]

Biodiversity richer by one more bird

IMG_2561The Burmese Shrike

The Burmese shrike adds itself to a now 693-strong Bhutanese family of feathered friends  UWICE: Bhutan is rich by one more species of bird, the Burmese shrike (Lanius collurioides) after a mist-netting programme at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) on April 2 discovered the bird. “The shrike we found is a new record for Bhutan,” bird enthusiast, Ugyen Tenzin, who removed the bird from the mist net line, said. UWICE ornithologist, Sherub, said that the Burmese shrike in Bumthang nestled at [... Read More]

Trongsa up to its neck in waste

IMG_0303Filled: The Chunjupang landfill is already full

A population explosion due to the hydropower project necessitates two new landfill sites Garbage: The Trongsa dzongkhag administration is working on opening two new landfills in Drakteng and Langthel to address the growing waste problem in the dzongkhag. Following a sudden surge in population after the opening of the Mangdechu hydropower project (MHPA), the dzongkhag’s only landfill, which was constructed in 2003 at Chunjupang, filled up five years in advance. Despite reaching its full capacity, the landfill is still in use.  Once the new landfills [... Read More]

Yanmar Thimphu league kicks off today

IMG_7794Friendly between Zongrig FC and Drukstar FC on Thursday

Rookie Thimphu FC will take on stalwart Thimphu City FC in opening game Football: Seven football clubs, most of them laden with international and national players, will fight for a spot in the national league with the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League kicking off this evening at the Changlimithang stadium. The first game of the tournament will see debutant Thimphu FC play against Thimphu City FC.  With eight national players in the squad, Thimphu City FC looks to be the strongest team in the league.  The [... Read More]

Dhapar quartzite mines operational for two years with interim lease awards

dhaparThe Dhapar quartzite mines in Chengmari, Samtse

Kopchey people’s unwillingness to give ‘public clearance’ had no effect on operations Mining: The people of Kopchey’s refusal to give their “public clearance” have not stopped the Dhapar quartzite mine (DQM) in Chengmari, Samtse from operating. Kuensel found that the mining has been in operation for the last two years because of an “interim lease award,” that the department of geology and mines (DGM) has continued to issue to the company. The mining company has been waiting for public clearance for the last two years [... Read More]

What will it take to civilise us?

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A four-part tongue-in-cheek attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person Part IV A civic being has not an anti social bone in his/her body  PARDON the French but, if you’re at all au fait with my oeuvre, you’ll twig on double quick that what comes next is nothing but an old bête noir of mine. To whom it may concern, among you buildings dwellers, here’s my two-bit advice: stop both breaking bones and/or firewood on the premises. (The rhythmic one-two [... Read More]

Retiring judge ceremoniously surrenders kabney and patang

DSC_4526Ugyen Tenzin hands over his kabney and patang to the chairman of the Royal Privy Council

Zhidu: Ugyen Tenzin, 60, former drangpon (judge), surrendered his kabney (scarf) and patang (sword) to the Royal Privy Council yesterday as he formally retired from service to the nation. Zhidu is a traditional system, whereby individuals, who received positional paraphernalia, should hand over the symbols of power and position to the one who bestowed the same upon them. Ugyen Tenzin walked away from the office of the Royal Privy Council with white kabney with fringes without patang.  He is the second person from the judiciary [... Read More]

Bringing attention to autism

20150402-907A1659The Autism Advantage: Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day yesterday in Thimphu and launched the Ability Bhutan Society Strategic Plan Document, and an animated video on autism awareness.

As part of the event, the memorial chorten and the clock tower square among others were  lit in blue, the colour for autism.  Occasion: The family rejoiced when Ugyen was born.  He was the family’s first grandson, first son and the only brother to his sister. Today, he is 11 years old and attends The Early Learning Centre thrice a week. As he turned four, his family started noticing that Ugyen would not have eye contact and became sensitive to light and sound.  He was [... Read More]

Lack of extension officer leaves Wangphu out on a limb

IMG_7791Idle: The missing part has left the power tiller unused

Agriculture: The absence of an agriculture extension officer in Wangphu gewog, Samdrupjongkhar has left villagers with no contact person to deal with regarding agriculture or cultivation issues. Despite several requests made through the gewog tshogdu, no replacement has been sent after the former agriculture extension officer left for studies last year. Villagers said the agriculture extension officer from Gomdar was supposed to look after Wangphu gewog, but since Gomdar is the largest gewog in the dzongkhag, they were unable to reach the agriculture officer when [... Read More]

Royal Bhutan flower exhibition opens

DSC0001Photo Op: Students pose for a picture at the Ugyen Pelri Palace ground yesterday

The display will hence be an annual event to coincide with the Paro tshechu Floriculture: Mixed scents of flowers drift through the air.  Spring has arrived and the Ugyen Pelri Palace in Paro is bursting with colours, drawing visitors in droves. Some pose for a picture, while others inquire about the various flowers on display.  Varieties of flowers from all over the world are on display at the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition that opened to public yesterday. The overcast sky did not deter people from [... Read More]

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