Possible predators on the prowl in Phobjikha
Phobjikha: The increasing number of stray dogs in the black-necked cranes’ winter habitat of Phobjikha valley and Khotokha is becoming a concern for Wangdue dzongkhag administration, which recently received reports of strays chasing cranes.
Wangdue dzongrab, Pema, said villagers informed the dzongkhag administration that dogs are attacking the endangered birds in Khotokha, where seven cranes arrived as of yesterday. Every winter between five to seven cranes roost in Khotokha.
It is same in the Phobjikha [... Read More]
The number of new registrations seems to contradict the import ban, but really do not
Vehicles: A picture of a new white Wagon-R on social media recently led many to wonder if the government has lifted the ban on the import of vehicles altogether.
Many Bhutanese resorted to buying used cars, boosting the second hand car business, and leading to the establishment of many such businesses around the country.
“Has the government lifted the ban?” a [... Read More]
Trading sectors contributed the highest revenue, or more than 36 percent of the total revenue
Report: Contribution to the national revenue was highest from the trading sector at Nu 7.8B, or 36.4 percent of the country’s total revenue of Nu 21B for fiscal year 2012-2013.
Revenue for the sector came in the form of corporate and business tax from trading units, excise duty refund from India and sales tax and customs duty.
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Cement: Dungsam Cement Corporation, while still awaiting approval from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), is expected to run on full capacity, producing 4,130 metric tonnes (MT) of cement a day, only by next year.
Dungsam chief executive officer, Dorji Norbu said they were expecting BIS officials to visit the project within two weeks to test the cement samples, before issuing the manufacturing license.
BIS officials were initially scheduled to visit the project in the second [... Read More]
Lyonpo Dorji Choden interacts with landlords during tea break
Landlords, tenants with implementing agencies list necessary amendments to the law
Law: Both landlords and their tenants would be fined Nu 5,000 each should they not draw up an agreement while renting apartments.
This was one of the aspects building owners and a few renters wanted to add among the provision of the existing tenancy Act.
The decision was reached following half-day meeting yesterday between agencies responsible for ensuring the law was implemented, city corporation and [... Read More]
Test run: JICA chief representative in Bhutan Yumiko Asakuma observes the combined harvester doing the job on a rice field at Phuntshothang
Apart from hiring out machinery, the unit will also sell spare parts and do maintenance
Agriculture: Farmers in Samdrupcholing can now hire farming machineries to help them in their fields with a farm machinery service centre (FMSC) opened in their gewog.
The regional office of the agriculture machinery centre (AMC) inaugurated the centre at Phuntshothang gewog, Samdrupcholing on November 24.
Since buying machinery like tractors and power tillers was not within the capacity of most farmers, [... Read More]
Finance Minister Namgay Dorji releases Druk Holding and Investments, Corporate Governance Code and revised Ownership Policy books yesterday.
The new Corporate Governance Code includes a set of rules that define relationships and roles between shareholders, management and board directors to promote responsibility, fairness, transparency and accountability in the governance of companies.
Unsafe: The dilapidated buildings are still in use
A number of buildings on campus were compromised, after the September 2009 quake
NIVI: Students and faculty of national institute for visually impaired (NIVI) in Khaling, Trashigang, are living under impending danger from weakened classroom structures.
While many might expect the institute to have a safer environment than any school, the case is rather the other way round in Khaling.
“In fact, certain schools in Trashigang are by far more visually impaired-friendly than the institute here,” [... Read More]
Education: A curriculum for the Choedhay Lhentshog (religious organisation) has been developed, for the first time to be implemented from the next academic session, say officials.
The curriculum for Classes I to VIII has subjects such as computer, driglam (etiquette) and English.
The decision to come up with a curriculum was finalised during one of the Lhuentshog’s meeting this year, said officials.
The curriculum, according to culture officials will be implemented by the 94 registered religious [... Read More]
About Nu 269,550 was spent on replacing damaged fencing this year
As a cost-effective measure and trial run, the City is planning to replace the double fencing
Thromde: Unable to recover the cost of the damaged green iron mesh fencing along the 6.2km Babesa-Thimphu expressway, the thromde is planning to replace the double fencing with a single fencing that would run through the middle of the divider.
Thromde’s engineering division officials said they would try it out at a particular stretch in Olakha to see its [... Read More]