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Renewed focus on drug addiction problem

A documentary ‘Jigme – you can do it’ is the agency’s latest attempt to highlight a growing youth malaise

BNCA: He had a dream to become a neurologist.  He was selected in the school’s basketball team and had a caring mother.

But that wasn’t enough for Jigme.  He craved his father’s attention and, when his friends coaxed him to give some alcohol and cigarettes a try, Jigme gave in.

The incident in the forest where he [... Read More]

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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... Read More]


Missing the big picture

Apart from the famous mathra and yathra, Bumthang is known for frequent power blackouts.  Just recently, the dzongkhag was left without power for almost 20 hours.

The spiritual heartland of the country, and one of the most visited places by tourists, Bumthang is a popular dzongkhag with its vast flatlands providing immense potential for development.  The Achilles heel is the irregular supply of electricity, especially in winter, when the dzongkhag endures temperatures below freezing point for [... 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 [... 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 [... Read More]

Cooperatives run high in Mongar

unnamed-1Members measuring milk at the cooperative

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 [... Read More]

Bodhgaya gifts holy tree sapling


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 [... Read More]

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