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A climate change concern in HKH

IMG_2418Panelists discuss priorities in translating adaptation science into policy and action

Conference: Researchers in the Hindukush-Himalayan Region (HKH), which stretch from Afghanistan to Myanmar, have a lot to do on climate change, say experts.

There is no or little research on the subject in the past seven years on climate change or its impacts as a region.

This year, an Inter-government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report V said the Himalayan region is still data-poor, as it was found in 2007 by the same panel.

International [... Read More]

Integrating scientific evidence into policy

Change: As climate change has already begun to impact ecosystems and communities across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region and those downstream, traditional adaptation techniques are no longer able to keep up with the rapid pace of change.

To help mountain communities adapt to this change, about 300 experts and stakeholders from around the globe, including government representatives and Parliamentarians, are exploring solutions to fill knowledge gaps.

The international conference titled ‘Mountain People Adapting to Change: [... Read More]

Picture story

In commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth King’s 60th birth anniversary, Bhutan Power Corporation hoisted 108 prayer flags around three electric poles, above Kuenselphodrang yesterday. The objective of hoisting prayer flags around the electric poles was to reduce felling of trees


BINA visit begins

To highlight the importance of sub-regional cooperation, trade, transit, border infrastructure and connectivity, the heads of diplomatic missions of Bhutan, India and Nepal resident in Dhaka will travel together from Dhaka to India, Bhutan and Nepal by road.

The first of its kind, Bhutan’s Ambassador Pema Choden, High Commissioner of India Pankaj Saran and Nepal’s Ambassador Hari Kumar Shrestha will be on the road from November 9-12.

A representative from Bangladesh’s foreign ministry and joint secretary (States) [... Read More]

Three new bills to be deliberated at fourth session

All in all, both council and assembly have a full agenda of legislative business to attend to

2nd Parliament: Three new bills will be up for deliberation at the fourth session of the second Parliament, which begins on November 12.

The new bills are the office of the attorney general bill of Bhutan 2014; enterprise registration bill of Bhutan 2014; and the companies bill of Bhutan 2014. The national assembly will also amend the entitlement [... Read More]

E-fencing for Nabisa village, Phangyul

IMG_0008The first electric fencing in Wangdue is installed at Nabesa village

First such apparatus to be installed in Wangduephodrang dzongkhag

Wildlife:  To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Wangdue dzongkhag officials and Phangyul gewog people inaugurated the 2.30km electric fencing at Nabesa village, on November 8.

This is the first electric fencing to be installed in Wangdue.

District agriculture officer, Sonam Zangpo, said to demonstrate rice production on dry land, 20 households of Phangyul cultivated 17.03 acres [... Read More]

Kurim to commemorate 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King

P54Kurim at the multipurpose hall at Trashigang middle secondary school

Prayer: Trashigang dzongkhag is performing a three-day prayer (kurim) to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King.

The kurim, which began yesterday, is performed for the good health, well- being and long life of the fourth Druk Gyalpo.  It is also dedicated to the long life of His Majesty The King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and His Holiness the Je Khenpo.

Led by three trulkus from Kanglung shedra, about 150 monks [... Read More]

President of India in Bhutan

unnamed-2His Majesty The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo with President Pranab Mukherjee at the Tashichhodzong yesterday

In an extraordinary gesture, His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen were there to receive him at Paro airport 

State visit: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in the country on a two-day state visit, yesterday.

In a special, unprecedented gesture and break from protocol, His Majesty the King received the Indian President at Paro airport.

The President was then escorted to Tashichhodzong in Thimphu and presented a guard of honour.

His Majesty the King granted an audience [... Read More]

The drying of Phangkhar

An MoH pilot project since July 2013 to reduce alcohol consumption in the gewog  

Alcohol:  It used to be normal for visitors to wake up with a cup of ara (locally brewed alcohol), instead of tea, on the bedside in Phangkhar gewog.

Not anymore.

That tradition is gone.  Guests are not served alcohol, not even at night.  The gewog has banned the sale and brewing of ara.  Seven villages in the gewog even agreed not [... Read More]

Proposed railway dropped

DSC_5319Lyonchhoen interacts with Indian journalists

Transport: While the two proposed railway routes that would have connected Bhutan to the Indian railway network have been dropped, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that another route would be welcome.

The Golden Jubilee railway line, announced by the former Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh during a visit to Bhutan in 2008, would have connected either Phuenthsholing or Toribari to Hashimara.

However, President Pranab Mukherjee, in an email interview with this paper, pointed out that [... Read More]

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