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Kengkhar to switch to biomass cooking stoves

SRBEP: The people of Kengkhar in Mongar will soon stop using traditional stoves for cooking.  Construction of biomass cooking stoves (BCS) has begun in the village. Of the 66 planned, construction of four BCS has been completed. Pema Tenzin, 34, no longer uses a tradition stove to cook meals at …

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New water bird species discovered

Wildlife: At least one new water bird species known as the Common Moorhen (gallinula chloropus) was discovered in Bhutan’s nationwide annual water bird survey, yesterday. “Common Moorhen was spotted in Gyalpozhing around Kurichu dam site in Mongar yesterday while scouring the river bank,” Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment …

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FM to go on “authorised absence”

Breaking News: Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorji will be on “authorised absence” to prevent controversy and conflict of interest when the Office of the Attorney General prosecutes him on behalf of the government. He will be on authorised absence until the case is resolved. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will take over …

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Freeze on new religious structure constructions

The idea is to focus on existing edifices, given limited manpower and other resources Circular: Construction of new religious structures, including lhakhangs, temples, choekhangs, tshokhangs, chortens, tshamkhangs and drashas, is frozen for the next two years. The home ministry issued a circular last month, notifying all ministries, dzongkhags, religious organisations, …

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Govt. sticks to its transfer stand

BDBL’s capacity to provide basic financial services is its unique selling point Management: The government has not reversed its decision to hand over operation and management of the community centres from Bhutan Post to the Bhutan Development Bank ltd (BDBL). The opposition party, in a press conference held on January …

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DPT asks court to dismiss sedition allegations

The party maintains it won’t execute bah Court: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) representative said the defendant Dasho Paljor J Dorji failed to substantiate any of the allegations against the party during his rebuttal to its libel suit, yesterday. “He is simply repeating the charges levelled against DPT by one party …

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First Bhutan International Festival from Feb. 14-23

BHIF: Bhutan International Festival, the first of its kind, will be held in Thimphu from February 14 to 23.  The 10-day festival will celebrate Bhutanese music, culture and arts. The festival will be organised also to commemorate the 35th birth anniversary of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the …

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Increasing number of farmland being left fallow

Agriculture: With increasing wild life attacks on their crops, the villagers of Umsang in Chumey, Bumthang have been turning away from farming. Wild life attacks on crops is a major cause for giving up farming according to the villagers. “Cultivation is difficult for women, who make up most of the …

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Commercial cultivation of bamboo yet to take off in Radhi

Resources: When villagers of Radhi first started planting bamboo to fight land degradation about seven years ago, no one had the slightest idea of the income it would generate in the years to come. Today, almost every household cultivates bamboo in their back yards and fields. It all started in …

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As for human-wildlife conflict, prevention is better than cure

Tackling the root cause of the growing problem is the only sustainable solution Discussions: More than finding a solution, human-wildlife conflict, which is becoming a growing challenge in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, needs to be prevented. At a discussion on “Taming human wildlife conflicts in the HKH: forest …

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