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Creating an Hindu Kush Himalayan network

One main recommendation was to promote cooperation among the 8 HKH countries Environment: Promoting trans-boundary cooperation among the eight Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries, and monitoring forest area through remote sensing were some of the recommendations the symposium on transforming mountain forestry made in Dehradun, India. Sustainable use of mountains, establishing perennial plots and small wildlife enclosures, and developing a wildlife management concept were also recommended. The symposium’s recommendations will be submitted to the respective countries in the region for action within a month’s time, [... Read More]

A golden scripture – the source of Zawa’s success

IMG_20150125_141641The golden scripture, Gyeltong-Selm-Sel-Dri chenma

Ever since the religious text was fortuitously found, this village has been blessed  Heritage: Despite being isolated and having no major source of income, the village of Zawa is prosperous and the people do not complain. Unlike other villages, Zawa in Athang gewog, Wangdue, suffers no water scarcity, wildlife attacks, or any natural disaster. Its residents say there has never been a day when they have had to knock on other people’s doors for food or clothing. Their only income comes from their fields.  They [... Read More]

Indian community celebrates Republic Day

IMG_8025Ambassador Gautam Bambawale unfurls the Indian flag

Occasion: His Majesty’s representative, the gyalpoi zimpon wogma, Tashi Penjore, senior Bhutanese officials and the Indian community in Thimphu celebrated the 66th Republic Day at the Indian embassy in Hejo yesterday. The celebration started with the unfurling of the India flag, followed by singing the national anthem. The Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, conveyed his greetings to member of armed forces, paramilitary forces and other security forces present at the gathering.  He said that January 26 held an everlasting place in Indian history. The [... Read More]

Crying need for detox centre

DSC_3483Teamwork: YDF President, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck meets key officials in Thimphu to bring agencies together in addressing the chronic problem of substance abuse in the country

A rehab unit without one lacks the necessary first step to a complete cure  Abuse: With the health ministry diverting the budget for the planned detoxification centre to build the mother and child hospital, Bhutan could already be losing its fight against drug and alcohol abuse. This development has come at a time when the country has just renewed its efforts to address this growing problem of substance abuse that has, since 2001, sent almost 5,000 people behind bars. Calling it the biggest issue confronting [... Read More]

Fuelwood consumption shoots through the roof

unnamed-11Thimphu residents queue with jerrycans for kerosene at the fuel depot in Thimphu

Kerosene, on the other hand, has shown a steady decline over the years Resource: Over the last three years, fuelwood consumption in the country has increased almost tenfold. From just 474 truckloads of fuelwood in 2011, the consumption has sharply increased to 4,478 truckloads in 2012, and 4,108 truckloads in 2013.  Last year, 390 additional truckloads of fuelwood from the Natural Resource Development corporation (NRDCL) were supplied for commercial purpose in urban areas. NRDCL officials said industrial wood demand has also increased over the years. [... Read More]

Swiss software company to upscale operations at IT park

IT Park: In another welcome move for the IT park, a Swiss company piloting there plans to upscale operations and form a highly skilled Bhutanese team of software engineers. The company, Selise, is a software company that develops web applications for start up companies but its major source of income is from developing applications for multinational companies in the insurance, telecom and government sectors. It also has operations in Bangladesh, Europe and the USA. This development comes on the heels of another software company from [... Read More]

Mandarin exports exceed last year’s figures

unnamedAn overview of mandarin export depots on the bank of the Amochhu in Phuentsholing

Trade: Despite frequent strikes in the bordering Indian states and Bangladesh, mandarin exports have already exceeded last year’s figures. As of last week, around 15,000 MT of mandarin has been exported to Bangladesh since November, last year. About 12,791 MT of mandarin was exported to Bangladesh between the end of 2013 and early 2014. Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) officials said mandarin exports have been going smoothly these days with the situation improving in the border towns. The market in Bangladesh, according to BEA, is not [... Read More]

FCB quarterly supply to schools to ensure quality

DSC07203The warehouse in Phuentsholing has started receiving the schools’ stock for the first quarter

This reverting to an earlier system is the result of a demand from school authorities at the AEC CPS: All schools should check the quality of Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) supplied  consignments on a quarterly basis. The decision is a follow up on issues school authorities raised at the annual education conference (AEC) in Punakha last month.  The issues were raised, while deliberating on the school-feeding programme under the centralised procurement system (CPS). FCB took over the centralised procurement of nine food items last [... Read More]

Four sentenced for armed robbery

Crime: Two minors and two students were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three and half years to five years for armed robbery by the Tsirang district court on January 23. The sentenced are between the ages of 17 and 20. They were found guilt of having robbed a group of labourers in Reserbroo on January 1. The main culprit, a repeat offender and also a school drop out and his accomplice, also a school drop out, were given a prison term of three and [... Read More]

Five dzongs nominated for World Heritage list

5.-View-of-dukhang-and-adjoining-structures-of-Wangduephodrang-Dzong-from-first-courtyard-taken-by-JC-White-in-1905View of the Wangduephodrang Dzong courtyard taken by JC White in 1905 Photo: Assessment Report, Department of Culture

Culture: The Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Paro, Trongsa and Dagana dzongs have been nominated for the first ever World Heritage tentative list of Bhutan, The culture department’s conservation of heritage sites division head, Nagtsho Dorji, said the UNESCO has encouraged the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritages around the world. “The five dzongs witnessed significant political events and cultural development throughout the history after the unification of the country,” Nagtsho Dorji said. She explained that these dzongs have witnessed important historical events and continue [... Read More]

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