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A missed opportunity

IMG_8613A portion of the forest cleared for the transmission line in Garpang

Garpang landowners throw a spanner in the planned transmission line works BPC: Frequent power blackouts in Bumthang will not go away, now that the construction of the 33-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, worth Nu 11.406m, from Garpang via Lamai goenpa to Dawathang in Bumthang has been shot down. The decision was made during a meeting with the public on December 25 in 2014 after 24 landowners of Garpang refused to let it pass through their land. Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) suspended transmission works in Garpang from [... Read More]

NRDCL muscling in on local sawmills’ turf

Concerned association to petition PM, fearing it may sound a death knell for the industry  Timber: Natural Resources Development corporation ltd (NRDCL) opening a sawmill and outlets for timber would spell the end for the local sawmills, the Association of Wood-based Industries members said in a meeting yesterday. Fearing the end of their businesses, the association decided to appeal to the prime minister, seeking immediate intervention. AWBI president, Rinchen Khandu, said while the association respected many of the government’s initiatives, some are going to cost [... Read More]

Lungtenphu residents ill at ease

With a murder suspect still on the loose, locals are loth to step out at night or walk alone Crime: Residents in Lungtenphu are raising concerns on safety issues in the locality, even as police are still on the lookout for the suspect in connection with the murder of a 29-year-old man at the Central Plaza building last week. The suspect is the occupant of a flat in the attic, where the cold-blooded murder took place.  The deceased was found dead in a pool of [... Read More]

Transforming mountain forestry in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

unnamedA five-day mountain forestry symposium is underway in Dehradun

Bhutanese delegates will present the status of forest ecosystem service, human-wildlife conflict and harmonising mountain forest management in Bhutan Environment: More than 200 regional and global experts – including cross-sectoral policy makers, scientists, practitioners, donors, civil servants, media, market actors, and legal experts are discussing to outline options for sustainable forest management practices and policies that address the changing conditions in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. The five-day mountain forestry symposium, which began yesterday at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, India, will also identify trans-boundary [... Read More]

Bhutanese film to screen at renowned Berlin film fest

still-from-LO-SUMActress Dechen Zangmo in a scene from Lo Sum Choe Sum

Films: A Bhutanese short film has been selected to be screened at the prestigious Berlin international film festival also known as the Berlinale. The short film called Lo Sum Choe Sum or Three Year Three Month Retreat is one of 27 films from 18 countries that will screened in the short films category or Berlinale Shorts. The Berlinale is the largest attended film festival world wide and is considered one of the leading ones, alongside the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and Sundance film festivals. While up [... Read More]

Dechencholing building repeatedly burgled

Crime: In three separate incidents, electrical wires and miniature circuit breakers (MCB) worth over Nu 500,000 were stolen from a building under construction in Dechencholing. According to the building owner, Karma Jimba, the first break-in occurred on January 14, followed by another one on the night of January 16, and a third one on the afternoon of January 17. Following the first break-in, the owner called the police who investigated the crime scene and lifted finger prints. The thieves had broken all the doors and [... Read More]

Cooperatives run high in Mongar

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Dairy: The 42 households of Thengnabi and Jabana produce 280 litres of milk a day to Thengnabi Milk Dairy Cooperative. Every households these two villages have a maximum three Jersy cows. The cooperative has appointed nine thuemi. Tharpa Gyeltshen, 35, was elected as a thuemi. His role is to collect the milk from the members every morning from the collection point. He then checks the milk production. He said that he starts collecting the milk at 6AM from Thengnabi village and goes to Jabana village. [... Read More]

Bodhgaya gifts holy tree sapling

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Visit: On behalf of the government and the people of India, the union minister of state for youth affairs, Sarbananda Sonowal, presented Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay with a Bodhi tree sapling at Bodhgaya on Saturday. Receiving the sapling on behalf of His Majesty The King and the people of Bhutan, Lyonchhoen said the sacred gift was very significant especially at a time when the people of Bhutan are celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. “The year 2015 is a very important [... Read More]

Four apprehended for armed robbery

Crime: Tsirang police apprehended four men from Reserboo in Tsirang for robbing a construction labourer in Reserboo two weeks ago. The culprits are between the ages of 18 and 20. The robbery happened on the night of January 1 when the culprits went to celebrate New Year with the friends at Patshaling. “The main culprit, 17-year-old boy, knocked at a camp house where a group of labourers lived and asked for water. After that, asked for a mobile phone to call to one of his [... Read More]

Agents leave pilgrims dissatisfied

A man in early 50s was referred to Thimphu hospital on Saturday night because of damage on his right eye after a fight while returning from a pilgrimage in Bodhgaya, India. The man was the coordinator for the travel agent took more than 250 people Bodhgaya in five buses. The fight happened with his assistant, who was also helping as a guide for the pilgrims. The fight occurred on the way to Phuentsholing from Bodhgaya. Travellers said that the reason for the fight was because [... Read More]

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