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Permanent representative to the UN Daw Penjo presents credentials to the executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Under-Secretary General of the UN, Achim Steiner in Geneva on January 20. Bhutan has been a recipient of UNEP support since 1999.      

Symposium calls for an effective strategy to address degradation

Bhutan also expresses concern about degradation and losing forests Environment: More than 200 regional and global experts called for an effective strategy to address the further degradation and fragmentation of mountain forests in the 21stcentury. Discussing the theory of Himalayan forests degradation at the five-day international symposium on transforming mountain forestry in Dehradun, India, participants from eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya also raised several issues that contribute to the degradation of mountain forests. They said deforestation, overharvesting, selective logging, excessive lopping, [... Read More]

A lhakhang for Changjiji housing colony

unnamedCommunity bonding: Residents are already eager to contribute to the lhakhang’s construction

Religion: The National Housing Development Corporation is building a community lhakhang in the vicinity of the Changjiji housing complex and residents said there is already a community bonding happening. Construction started in November last year, and some residents are contributing labour while some are planning tokha (free lunch) for the workers. This is because the community feels that a lhakhang would bring a lot of changes and harmony to the community. The community suggested the housing corporation to build one. A vegetable vendor at Changjiji [... Read More]

Changangkha lhakhang – The light at the end of the tunnel

WP_20150120_017Mine field: Using the public toilet at Changangkha lhakhang is not a walk in the park

The popular pilgrim spot, plagued by poor infrastructure, will soon see much-needed improvements Heritage: Human faeces lie spread across the floor of the only toilet at Changangkha lhakhang.  Visitors who use the toilet have to be careful about where they step.  Visitors can also be seen walking away from the toilet, their noses wrinkled in disgust at the smell and sight. There is also no water in the toilet. “The toilet condition is horrible that I don’t feel like staying the whole day,” Lobzang Dema, [... Read More]

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Unable to afford taxis, farmers of Jurmey gewog in Mongar walk for up to six hours to reach their village. A taxi charges more than Nu 500 a person for the trip.     

Urban poor at higher risk to climate change

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Conference: Rapid urbanisation could be a major hurdle in Bhutan’s attempt in addressing climate change, if the current trend continues, international climate change experts said. While Bhutanese population is predominantly rural, 69 percent, the urban population has been accelerating rapidly and is projected to increase even faster. From an estimated five percent in 1980, urbanisation increased to 15 percent in 1994, and 30.9 percent in 2005.  The urban population grew by 3.5 percent, two times faster than the national population (1.8 percent), during the past [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King at the winter youth engagement programme in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar. His Majesty granted an audience to the girls, aged between 14 and 20 from schools in eastern Bhutan, visited exhibitions and graced a cultural programme.     

Climate change a threat to Bhutan’s food security

Conference: Bhutan has shown impacts of climate change increasingly over the years, but the agriculture sector, the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, has a long to-do list. At the ongoing regional climate change conference in Thimphu yesterday, agriculture department’s deputy chief, Tenzin Drugyel said a glacial lake outburst flood in 1994 affected 94 households and washed away 16 metric tonnes (MT) of food grain.  A rice blast two years later cost farmers 80 to 90 percent of their rice harvest. In 2000, [... Read More]

Ex Chang gup clarifies origin of land

All land transactions were above board, he claims, and vetted by the authorities concerned Update: The Anti Corruption Commission need not go to Shar Phangyul in Wangduephodrang to verify the source of the 33-decimal at Lungtenphug, registered in the name of the former Chang gup, Naku’s daughter. Speaking to Kuensel, the former gup said that the transfer of the land was done following all rules and procedures (jawi neychoe) and the commission could verify it from where the documents are stored. The gup said that the [... Read More]

Gearing up for the Visit Bhutan year

Tourism: The tourism industry looks forward to a good year ahead, with this year declared as Visit Bhutan year, to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King. Tour operators have started developing various packages to attract more visitors this year.  They said their counterpart agents abroad have been informed of the Visit Bhutan year, besides carrying out marketing and promotional activities along the same line. The Visit Bhutan year highlights a series of tourism events across the country to attract regional [... Read More]

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