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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

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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]

Dagor’s unfulfilled plea for a farm road

unnamedWalking distance would cut short to 15 minutes if a road was built from the bridge

A longstanding request has gone unmet, as construction seems to be quite untenable Shumar: Villagers of Dagor in Shumar gewog have a crying need for a farm road, a request they have been making to gewog officials for over three years now. Although under Shumar gewog, Pemagatshel, the chiwog is located closer to Nanong gewog.  It is a day’s walk from Shumar, while it takes them about two hours if they used the 53km road via the Nanong gewog centre road (GC). According to the [... Read More]

Adapting to change: pumping irrigation water from river

DSCN8224Lift system pumping irrigation water from Punatsangchhu river

Eusakha and Tshokona will no longer have to depend on erratic rainfall for their paddy Climate: The two villages of Eusakha and Tshokona in Punakha that do not have enough water for irrigation will have water pumped from Punatsangchu next year. Farmers depend on unpredictable rainfall to grow paddy. Thinley Gyamtsho, an engineer with the water management unit at the Renewable Natural Resource Research Centre (RNRRC) Bajo, said that, to minimise adverse impact of water scarcity on rice production, the need to increase water availability [... Read More]

UNV recognises volunteers for their contribution

DSC_9076Volunteerism: Winners of the International Volunteer Day award at the Clock Tower Square, Thimphu.

Recognition: At the celebration of International Volunteer Day in Thimphu yesterday, volunteers were recognised in three categories – Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and International Volunteer of the Year. More than 50 volunteers were nominated for the award. Nine nominees, three from each category were selected for the award. The firsts received cash prize of Nu 5,000.  The first and second runners up were given out gift cards. Chencho Dema from Trashiyangtse, the recipient of the Youth Volunteer of the Year [... Read More]

Women top civil service exam

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Beginning this year, eligibility certificates would not be issued to graduates who scored above 50 percent RCSC: After being a teacher for the last 13 years and then completing a bachelors in environmental studies and English from the Royal Thimphu College, Yeshey Choden went on to top the Bhutan Civil Service examination. The 32-year-old in-service candidate, who currently teaches at Babesa primary school, scored 68.48 percent to top the examination in the general category. Results for the civil service’s main examination were declared yesterday. With [... Read More]

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