Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 - 12:37 PM
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Reining in the national game

Official archery tournaments using traditional equipment will be different now on.  Archers are not allowed to use the coveted arrows that use Monal pheasant feathers as fletches.

To save the endangered birds from being killed for their feathers, the association of indigenous games and sports had banned its use and will strictly monitor the same.  This is a simple but logical rule.  Simply put, we cannot kill birds, that too an endangered species, for sport.


TCB to be given more teeth

It’s to take over licensing of travel agencies, tourist class accommodation, and restaurants

Tourism: The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will take over the licensing of travel agencies, tourist class accommodation, and restaurants, as per the requirement of the revised tourism rules and regulations, 2014, that the cabinet endorsed recently.

However, the regulation is yet to be finalised, as the cabinet has instructed the council to incorporate few changes.


Vehicle dealers’ request for time extension granted

They have an additional two weeks to invite representatives from their principal company

Trade: Following written and verbal requests from some vehicle dealers, the Department of Trade (DoT) has given them additional two weeks to invite representatives from their principal company.

Some dealers in their requests have citied that the one-month duration until April  15, was too short to invite their principal company representatives. Few cited financial issues for not being able to invite their representatives on time.


Ugyen Ferro Alloys limited halts production

Unsold stock gathers dust in warehouses thanks to stiff international competition

Industry: The decline in demand for ferrosilicon products from India is beginning to show its impact.

With a huge accumulation of stock unsold, one of the industries, Ugyen Ferro Alloys limited (UFAL) in Pasakha, stopped its production on March 26 last week.

The alloy company has a stock of over 2,400MT (metric tonne), which is worth over Nu 150M (million).


RITH diploma courses accredited

Tourism: The department of occupational standards on March 26 accredited the two-year diploma programmes offered by the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH).

The institute’s director Karma Thinley said the accreditation would help RITH gain international recognition and open up exchange programmes for students. “The accreditation is a watershed moment for the growth of the programme and institute,” he said.


Dying chuba worries Sephu farmers

IMG_0300Old bamboo fencing around the houses

Resource: Chuba, a species of bamboo that grows in Sephu, Wangdue, is dying. Chuba dies every after hundred years. Its death begins with flowering that lasts for about three years.

Mani, an elderly villager from Nakha in Sephu remembers village men making different bamboo products for the good part of the year.

“With limited landholding, most of the people depended on bamboo products. We used to spend about eight months weaving bamboo products for sale,” said Mani.

People still weave bamboo mats to dry grains, storage baskets called lagchung, bamboo bag called bazi to carry husk and rice, and changshor, which is used to store fermented grains.

“We spend about three months in Punakha, Wangdue, Thimphu and Paro selling the bamboo products,” said a villager.


Picture story

Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army, Lt General Batoo Tshering participates in the first ever Conference of the Chiefs of Defence that the UN Secretary General convened on March 27 in New York to discuss UN peacekeeping operations.


Accident kills one

A 29 year-old man from Jamkhar, Trashiyangtse died on spot when the Toyota Hilux he was travelling in went off road at Retshalu yesterday.

The incident occurred around 9.30pm when the deceased along with 13 others, including 5 females, were on their way to the ongoing Gomkora tshechu. Police officials suspect overloading could have resulted in the accident.


A unique festival for a very special occasion

IMG_3584The Cha-Gyeng Cham from Lhuentse was one of the 10 dances performed yesterday

Peling tshechu begins, wherein the best of ten Peling Tercham will be showcased

Anniversary: The three-day Peling tshechu, which is orchestrating 10 Peling dances in a single event to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, began in Bumthang yesterday.

Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck graced the festival, along with the prime minister and the finance minister.  Hundreds of people also gathered to witness the unique Peling tshechu.

The first day of the tshechu coincides with the birth anniversary of Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjam, the preceding incarnation of Terton Pema Lingpa.  The mask dances, composed by Terton Pema Lingpa, are known as Peling Tercham.


The greening of the judiciary

HC to have a green bench dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and devoted to environmental cases 

Environment: To hear and settle disputes on environment cases, the country’s highest appellate body, the Supreme Court, is working on constituting a green bench in the High Court, and allowing public interest litigation for environment issues.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk said the green bench would be established in honour of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who has been a champion of environment, and chaired by the chief justice and high court justices.