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Cordyceps revenue highest since 2004

The average price per kg has hit a new high of Nu 0.7M, compared to Nu 0.065M then Trade: The 671kgs of cordyceps sinensis, worth about Nu 469M auctioned this year is the highest it fetched since the collection of the fungus was legalised a decade ago. Although less by six kgs from last year’s collection, agriculture officials say, its the highest revenue earned to date. Department of agriculture marketing and cooperatives’ director (DAMC), Dorji Dhradhul, said the figure just includes formal trading of cordyceps [... Read More]

A cyber fraud victim seeks justice

Crime: Following a major cyber fraud case, a Thimphu electronics supply firm, which nearly lost USD 0.191m, has lodged a fraud case against its supplier in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. After almost two months, the businessman got his money, which is about Nu 11.514m in September, with the help of Interpol and  Bhutan National Bank officials’ interventions. Lorig Enterprise, which won a contract to supply computer and IT equipment to government offices, was importing supplies from Daisytek Computer LLC, Dubai for the purpose. Unlike before, [... Read More]

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Cleansing: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (centre), Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Yangsi of Lam Sonam Zangpo conducted Rio Sangchoed (mountain smoke offering) at Chelela in Paro on October 18.     

What caused the ‘swollen legs’ in Zhemgang school?

A health team is here to determine whether or not it was due to nutritional deficiency Gomphu LSS: A team of health officials from Thimphu is in Zhemgang’s Gomphu lower secondary school to investigate suspected cases of “peripheral neuropathy”. The team will come up with the result of what caused the 35 boarding students swollen legs. The health team, consisting of a dietician, two public health lab technicians, a health ministry program officer and a nutrition program officer, arrived at the school on October 17. [... Read More]

Drangmaling’s lost battle with wild boar

unnamed-19Helpless: A farmer examines her lost crop after a wild boar raid

The only straw to cling to is compensation from gewog conservation committee funding Wildlife: Every year, villagers of Dranmaling in Tsamang, Mongar only reap half the harvest spared by wild animals. With an increasing incidence of wild boar depredating their crops, villagers said the battle between farmers and wild animals has become intense.  So it has been for decades. Located about 50km from Mongar, villagers of Dranmaling mainly grow maize as cash crop. As the crops begin to mature, villagers spend sleepless nights.  It is [... Read More]

First ‘daylighting’ done at MHPA

IMG_8476Health minister triggering the blasting of the final chunk of rock between two sections of the MHPA head race tunnel

The tech term refers to the linking of two tunnel sections, in this case, adits one and two Hydropower: Marking another milestone, Mangdechu Hydro Power Project (MHPA) executed its first ‘daylighting’ yesterday with the linking of two different tunnel sections, adits one and two. Daylighting is an occasion when two tunnels or segments of a tunnel are linked.  An adit refers to a section of the tunnel. With yesterday’s daylighting, a total of 2,595m of the project’s headrace tunnel (HRT) is now completed.  The tunnel [... Read More]

ACC detains two; one admitted to hospital

Land case: Former Chang gup Naku, 76, who the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) detained in Thimphu police station in connection with a land corruption case, has been admitted to hospital. ACC arrested him on October 16 and used the police’s detention facility as part of its investigation.  On the court’s remand order, the police let ACC use their detention facility, sources said. On the second day of his detention, Gup Naku was taken to the hospital.  Gup Naku served as the Chang gup in Thimphu [... Read More]

The welcoming chiwog of Doongmana

unnamed-17Tshogchang: Every night guests are offered an assortment of beverages and fruits

The hospitality en route to this remote scattered settlement in Lauri, S/J is renowned Village: Greetings, smiles and offerings of refreshments and food are common on the way to Doongmana chiwog, Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar. Despite the arduous uphill walk, the warm hospitality of the village is what makes the trip worthwhile. Doongmana village in Jomotsangkha dungkhag is almost a six-hour walk from Depsang in Serthi gewog.  It is a remote scattered village of about 50 households. Lauri is about a four-hour walk from Doongmana. [... Read More]

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The move for health walk organised by Nganglam Basic Health Unit in Pemagatshel on October 18 secured over Nu 75,000 from individuals, government, corporate and private sectors to be donated to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund. Led by Nganglam dungpa, drangpon and sector officials, people were sensitised on the importance of healthy lifestyle and how the donation would help procurement of essential drugs.    

Paddy days are here again

unnamed-16Dry land: Without an irrigation channel farmers of Khamdang had switched to cultivating maize

After a three-year gap, a repaired irrigation channel lets the gewog grow rice once more Khamdang: The paddy fields of Khamdang gewog did not lie fallow this year.  Most farmers, at this moment, are busy harvesting the last of their paddy after almost three years. The delayed completion of renovation works on the 11.4km Buyang irrigation channel had forced some 2,000 acres of arable land in Khamdang to run fallow for a few years.  People had resorted to large-scale cultivation of maize, which is less [... Read More]

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