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Strict rules on Sue shamu collection

The intention is to integrate harvesting under non-wood forest products rules Mushroom: With Seu shamu (exidia), commonly called jelly mushroom, fetching better prices every year, foresters have now joined villagers in protecting the precious fungus. To tighten their grip on collection of non-wood forest products (NWFP) like Seu shamu, collection of the fungus, which has began in Tang, Ura and Chumey in Bumthang, can only be done by forming farmers’ groups.  Farmers will now have to avail permit from the department of forest and park [... Read More]

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Eminent member of the National Council Tashi Wangmo speaks to women entrepreneurs of India and Bhutan yesterday at Terma Linca resort, Thimphu. A 51-member women delegation from Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) ladies organisation (FLO) are in the country from September 10 to 14 to expand and explore business opportunities.    

Men held for alleged rape of schoolgirl

Crime: Tsirang police have detained a 24-year-old man on September 6 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl. The incident reportedly took place on the evening of September 5, when the victim was returning home from school.  The girl Is a class four student in one of the schools in Tsirang. Tsirang police said the victim, along with a friend, were returning home, when they realised that the accused was following them.  He first followed the friend and tried to pull her into the jungle, but [... Read More]

First wind power project to generate 600KW


Energy: The country’s 600kw (kilowatt) pilot wind power project at Rubesa, Wangdue should be up and ready by February 2016, generating 1.21 million units of energy and earning a revenue of about Nu 2.5M a year. After the Komaihaltec inc., a Japanese company, was selected from three bidders, a contract signed on July 22 and the project has commenced since September 1. The project manager of wind power project division with Bhutan Power corporation (BPC), Dechen Choling, said ground works have already started with soil [... Read More]

OAG takes former councillor to court

Fraud: Thimphu district court’s bench four yesterday conducted the preliminary hearing on the alleged land fraud case involving a former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, yesterday. The Office of the Attorney General charged Chang Ugyen, who was also the former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s vice president, for forging documents to increase his land holdings in 1987. The attorney general, Phuntsho Wangdi, said the National Land Commission had conducted an inquiry, investigated the case, reviewed and forwarded it to the cabinet. “The cabinet then forwarded the case [... Read More]

The RBP most wanted list

Posted on the police website are 14 criminals still at large for months Crime: Six months ago, a 14-year-old girl in a remote village in Sarpang was raped.  Her parents reported the case to police.  As police had to walk for a day to reach the village, the accused ran away.  He is still at large. Rapists, burglars, drug peddlers and even a person accused of armed robbery make up the list of 14 people, who are still at large. The details of the “wanted” [... Read More]

To get the most out of social media

Education and media literacy are the keys, was the consensus at the BCMD ‘conversation’ Discussion: Education and media literacy are the keys to ensuring that social media is used positively rather than for negative intentions, it was agreed at a discussion titled ‘Exploring democracy – Conversation on regulating online media’ organised by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, yesterday. The discussion was led by four speakers: information and communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji, two lawyers from Singapore, Dennis Tan and Tan Hui Tshing, and [... Read More]

Safe to drink tea: BAFRA

20 tea samples for 61 individual pesticides were tested in a laboratory in Thailand Import: All imported tea brands in the market are safe to consume, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has confirmed, after conducting tests on the tea available in the market. A study in India that claimed to have found pesticides in various Indian manufactured teas prompted the authority to conduct test on tea sold in the market.  Bhutan imports a variety of tea-leaves from India. The authority tested 20 tea [... Read More]

Township waits donkeys years for plans to take off

DSC_1005Samtse town in anticipation of development

Initiated in 1994, townsfolk have grown old in anticipation of a signal to go ahead Samtse: Although it has been more than a decade since the completion of the Samtse town planning, the town still wears the same look as it did in the nineties, when it was first developed. Amidst intense heat, rain, and frequent power shutdowns, residents still await instruction from the dzongkhag and municipality on the town planning approval. Like always, they are doubtful if it will be realised this time either. [... Read More]

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Gewog administrative officers and lhakhang caretakers from 11 gewogs in Pemagatshel are being trained on disaster preparedness, fire safety and strengthening emergency management. The four-day training began yesterday.    

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