Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - 3:37 PM
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10 arrested for substance abuse

Drugs: Wangduephodrang police detained 10 people in connection with abuse of controlled substances.

On September 28, police arrested two men after they found a total of 883 capsules of Spasmo Proxyvon, 303 tablets of Nitrosun 10 and dried marijuana leaves from the house of a 24-year old man.  The house belonged to the 24-year old man, who worked with the Punatshangchu project.

Police raided the house following a tip off from their informers.  They found [... Read More]

No sign of buyers for seu shamu

unnamed-3Seu shamu fetched between Nu 3,000 to 4,500 per 100-120g last year

The usual throngs of middlemen from Paro and Haa are conspicuous by their absence

Mushroom: After spending days even weeks in the forest collecting seu shamu (exidia), collectors in Bumthang are worried that they may not fetch a good price this year for their newfound source of cash income.

Collectors have seen only a lone buyer, a middleman, in the dzongkhag so far, although it is the season for selling the mushroom.

Since its discovery in [... Read More]

The Lumang women livestock feed cooperative

An entrepreneurial initiative from one of the least developed gewogs in Trashigang

Business: About two years ago, when most farmers were either opting for dairy or poultry farming, members of Lumang women livestock feed cooperative (LWLFC) decided to venture into this alternative business.

Members said maize growing farmers don’t enjoy bountiful harvests with wild animals rummaging their crops.  Amid such issues, women farmers of Lumang gewog decided to make the most of whatever harvest they [... Read More]

One-year sentence for man on child battery charge

Crime: Tsirang district court, on September 24, sentenced a 38-year old man from Mendrelgang to one year in prison for battering his six-year-old daughter and fracturing her left leg.

Kinley Namgay from Riserboo village in Mendrelgang gewog, under the influence of alcohol, kicked his daughter with his boots on, and threw her towards the wall on August 16.

The court verdict stated that the child was playing in front of the house with her friends, [... Read More]

Thimphu tshechu begins

IMG_0523Getting ready: Shop owners set up temporary stalls on Norzin lam last night

Festival: Thimphu city is bustling with life since yesterday evening as the three-day tshechu holiday kicks off today.

Besides the sacred mask dances at Tendrelthang, Norzin lam will be a place to take a stroll as the city’s main thoroughfare will be closed for traffic and food stalls and shops getting rid of their old stock will replace vehicles for three days.

At the usually quite craft bazar, one can shop for handicrafts or enjoy [... Read More]

The ‘10,000MW by 2020’ dream – Dead in the water?

Sources say the Indian government has declined to finance some of the planned projects

Hydropower: Bhutan’s dream to generate 10,000 megawatt (MW) of electricity by 2020 could hit a dam brick wall, going by the Indian government’s recent indication of lack of funds for some of the major projects in the country.

In addition to some of the ongoing projects that are already being delayed, and the new ones not taking off as planned, the [... Read More]

Dagachu export tariff revised…

DSC_0030-(1)The power purchase agreement was amended on September 29

…days before commercial operation commence

Energy: With just five days left for commercial operation, export tariff for the Dagachu hydropower is increased by five chetrums, which is subject to annual increment of two percent.

While the first power purchase agreement was signed in 2009 between Tata Trading Power company ltd, India, and Dagachu hydropower corporation (DHPC), the export tariff was fixed at Rs 2.40 a unit.  Towards the end of last month, the rate was revised [... Read More]

“A paradigm shift in hearts and minds”

605288-GeneralAssembly69-B-copyNew York: Lyonpo Damcho Dorji addresses the general debate of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. The General Debate began on September 24 and concluded on September 30. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Urged the home minister, who led Bhutan’s delegation, in his address to the 69th session of the general assembly

UN: Eliminating poverty must form the core objective of the post-2015 development agenda, it was pointed out by Bhutan during the general debate of the 69th session of the United Nations (UN) general assembly held on September 30, in New York, USA.

The deadline of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halving extreme poverty [... Read More]

Sri Lankans trained in local dairy production

IMG_0392-copyImparting knowledge: A trainee tests milk sample at the mini dairy plant

NDDC: Five Sri Lankans, including two farmers, were the first foreigners to be trained in local dairy product processing in the country.

They completed a two-week training, using traditional and improved methods of processing dairy products, yesterday.

A farmer, Maya Damayanthi Beddewela, said, “We use a lot of coconut milk in cooking, including dairy products, so what we learnt here, we could try it on a bigger scale back home.”

They said their new knowledge could [... Read More]


A good time to reflect

The season of festivals is come. This is the time of year that traditionally marks the end of toil and deprivation. This, the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar, is the time when we celebrate and welcome new beginning with hopes, prayers and good wishes.

Perhaps, this holiday season is also time for us to look back on the journeys we made together as a nation through the many difficulties along the way.  However, a new [... Read More]

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