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Dying chuba worries Sephu farmers

IMG_0300Old bamboo fencing around the houses

Resource: Chuba, a species of bamboo that grows in Sephu, Wangdue, is dying. Chuba dies every after hundred years. Its death begins with flowering that lasts for about three years. Mani, an elderly villager from Nakha in Sephu remembers village men making different bamboo products for the good part of the year. “With limited landholding, most of the people depended on bamboo products. We used to spend about eight months weaving bamboo products for sale,” said Mani. People still weave bamboo mats to dry grains, [... Read More]

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Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army, Lt General Batoo Tshering participates in the first ever Conference of the Chiefs of Defence that the UN Secretary General convened on March 27 in New York to discuss UN peacekeeping operations.       

Accident kills one

A 29 year-old man from Jamkhar, Trashiyangtse died on spot when the Toyota Hilux he was travelling in went off road at Retshalu yesterday. The incident occurred around 9.30pm when the deceased along with 13 others, including 5 females, were on their way to the ongoing Gomkora tshechu. Police officials suspect overloading could have resulted in the accident.

A unique festival for a very special occasion

IMG_3584The Cha-Gyeng Cham from Lhuentse was one of the 10 dances performed yesterday

Peling tshechu begins, wherein the best of ten Peling Tercham will be showcased Anniversary: The three-day Peling tshechu, which is orchestrating 10 Peling dances in a single event to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, began in Bumthang yesterday. Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck graced the festival, along with the prime minister and the finance minister.  Hundreds of people also gathered to witness the unique Peling tshechu. The first day of the tshechu coincides with the birth anniversary of Kuenkhen [... Read More]

The greening of the judiciary

HC to have a green bench dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and devoted to environmental cases  Environment: To hear and settle disputes on environment cases, the country’s highest appellate body, the Supreme Court, is working on constituting a green bench in the High Court, and allowing public interest litigation for environment issues. Supreme Court Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk said the green bench would be established in honour of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who has been a champion of environment, and chaired by the chief [... Read More]

Gov’t floats tender for online office suite

Its one-year contract with Google Apps ends next month E-Governance: The government is currently in the process of evaluating bids for an online office suite. Its one-year subscription with Google for its online office suite, Google Apps, ends at the end of next month. The government decided to seek external funding to continue its use of an online office suite, last year and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to provide the funds. The government paid Nu 9 million or USD 250,000 for its one [... Read More]

Many interested in conserving Bhutan’s environment: PM

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During his recent US visit, lyonchoen solicited and received funds for the Bhutan for Life initiative Conservation: Bhutan’s biggest ever project for environment conservation, worth more than USD 80M (million) will be launched in December and run for the next 15 years. Bhutan for Life, an initiative targeted at improving conservation of the country’s protected areas, seeks to create and pump in at least USD 10M annually to manage the parks and biological corridors. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said while the country was doing its [... Read More]

Seven children adopted annually

With the enactment of the Child Adoption Act of Bhutan, 2012, the process has been streamlined NCWC: At least seven children were given for domestic and international adoption annually in the last eight years, records with the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) show. Last year saw the highest number of babies given for domestic adoptions at 12, followed by 10 in 2008, and eight each in 2011 and 2013.  Seven children were adopted in 2012, four in 2010, five in 2007 and two [... Read More]

Bhutan’s observance of Earth Hour today

Environment: Bhutan will join over 172 countries to observe the Earth Hour today to unite people in addressing issues of climate change. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bhutan, in collaboration with the Green Bhutan project, department of forest and park services and Thimphu thromde will inaugurate the Earth Hour garden in Zilukha.  Student volunteers of Royal Thimphu College and Zilukha middle secondary school will plant tree saplings in the Earth Hour garden together with officials.

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