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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]

Pvt. vehicles invade taxi turf

Transport: Taxi drivers in Trashigang say that private vehicles are eating into their pockets by carrying passengers at cheaper fares. They claim that about 30 private vehicles, mostly bolero campers, are operating commercially to carry people to and fro various gewogs in the dzongkhag. Taxi drivers wrote to Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) about a year ago, but this illegal practice is still rampant.  Tshewang, leader of Trashigang’s taxi tshogpa, said the number of private vehicles operating like taxis is increasing by the year.

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]

A book with something for everyone


Review: Here is a book that is neither here nor there.  It is difficult to give it a place where it should belong.  Not for the want of any worth, though.  The book talks about many subjects and many things all too lavishly.  It doesn’t belong to any particular genre. Discover the Eleven Profit Centres of Life by Langa Tshering is a book that in itself is strange, and that which celebrates eccentricity outside its pages and chapters.  And perhaps because the writer is an [... 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]

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]

Ministry to respond to audit memos today

The authority has opened a can of worms vis-à-vis the accounting practices of MoIC RAA: The ministry of information and communications (MoIC) will today respond to the 14 audit memos that the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has issued with total financial implications aggregating to Nu 7.09M (million) last month. Of the 14 memos, 10 were issued to the ministry’s secretariat and four to the department of information and media (DoIM) amounting to Nu 4.43M and Nu 2.66M respectively, after the RAA’s initial findings revealed some [... Read More]

A plan to keep water clean

A valuable tool for thromdes to ensure that every household receives safe supply WSP: Officials from the ministry of works and human settlement (MoWHS), 14 participants from Thimphu thromde and a WHO consultant are developing a Water Safety Plan (WSP) for Thimphu city. Tshering Choden, executive engineer with MoWHS, said the Water Safety Plan was a valuable tool to guide the thromde to ensure that every household received safe drinking water supply.

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