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1,000kms of electric fencing by 2015

As the only viable solution, installation of electric fencing is expected to curb human-wildlife conflict  Conflict: More than 1,000kms of electric fencing will be installed across the country in areas prone to human-wildlife conflict by the end of this year. Agriculture minister Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, during the meet-the-press session, said the electric fencing has proven effective in dealing with human-wildlife conflict. The minister during his visit to the east visited around 39 gewogs where electric fencing was already in use. “People said they wanted to [... Read More]

Reward for information on escaped convicts

The three inmates who were convicted for life imprisonment carry a cash reward of Nu 10,000 each Crime: The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) is still on the look out for the three male inmates who are still at large after they escaped from Wangduephodrang police custody on January 7 between 7.30pm to 8pm. According to police, the three inmates from Sephu gewog, Wangduephodrang, escaped through the toilet window after cutting the iron bars. The inmates, Sangay Penjore, 24, Passang Dorji, 24, and Tashi Namgay, 31, [... Read More]

Bhutan prepared for Ebola on paper

No budget has been allocated to date to set up a surveillance system Health: If an Ebola case comes home, Bhutan would have to spend an amount that is several times more than the amount that’s spent on the country’s health system today. It’s for this reason that despite the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease being far away from home, public health officials and the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office are stressing on the adage “prevention is better than cure.” “One Ebola case in [... Read More]

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Refuel: Thimphu residents waited for hours yesterday to collect kerosene as temperature dropped below freezing point by late evening      

Five companies to be ISO certified

This means their products will be of international standards Food: Come April and five companies, including the national airline, DrukAir would supply international standard food products to their customers if they qualify the final stage of the certification process. Bhutan Agro Industries, Zimdra Foods, Bhutan Milk and Agro Pvt. Ltd, Terma Linca, and DrukAir will need to satisfy the international auditors to approve the ISO 22000 food safety and management system. Agriculture ministry officials said its doesn’t however mean that the food products produced or [... Read More]

Broiler farm running dry

SAM_4849Sustainable: Farmers worry cheap chicken from across the border could jeopardise their business

Poultry: Some 11 farmers from Phuntshothang, Pemathang and Samdrupcholing in Samdrupjongkhar gathered last year to start broiler farms. Today, after their first production, farmers are worried about business sustainability. The 11 farms produced 700 kilograms of meat. In the next line of production, the farm will produce about 1,500 kilograms of meat. Where is the problem so? The farmers said that many people prefer chicken imported from India or they buy from Darranga (Mela bazaar), a border town in India. And this is hurting their [... Read More]

BCSEA board meets but no decision reached

Update: No decision was made as of yesterday evening on the English II paper although Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board met to review its last decision as per Cabinet’s directives. While the meeting went late into the night, a decision is yet to be made, BCSEA officials said. The Council had tabled four options to the board for deliberation when five of the six board members met on January 4. The options were besides doing nothing about the issue – validating [... Read More]

On the rise again

Price of timber shoot despite government fixed arte in place Timber: The price of sawn timer, at least in the capital, is going back to the 2012 levels, when construction was booming and timber prices skyrocketed. Despite the price being fixed by a national resource pricing committee, sawn timber is sold  much higher than the fixed price today. To ensure that natural resources are available, accessible and affordable to the general public and for the country’s socio-economic development, the committee fixed the price of sawn [... Read More]

1,993 vehicles imported in five months

DSC_2866Rush hour: Traffic along Norzin lam, Thimphu

With or without tax revision, import of vehicles continue to rise Imports: About 13 new vehicles hit the roads everyday after the government lifted the ban on import of vehicles since last July. Records with Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) show that a total of 1,993 vehicles were imported in five months since July. From 63 new registrations in July, the highest was imported in November with 604 registrations. In a month, about 398 vehicles were imported as of November, which is equivalent to [... Read More]

GNH is gaining momentum

10834918_10203554932739680_8909127548413681067_oSaamdu speaks at Ideas Conclave 2014 at Goa recently (File photo)

Mega GNH events scheduled in the country in October GNH: If the attraction to Gross National Happiness (GNH) at international conferences is any indication, momentum for GNH has gained pace. Executive director of GNH Centre in Bumthang, Dr Saamdu Chhetri, is busy preparing for a “GNH mission in Europe” where he has been invited to talk on GNH starting January 25. He has just returned from the “Ideas Conclave 2014” held at Goa, India. Bhutan has received six fully funded invitations beginning in Iceland in [... Read More]

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