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Kidnappers make hay with Bhutanese SIM cards

The fact that they are using local telecom services puts them within 15km of the border

BT: An advantage for kidnappers across the border in negotiating with family members without being detected is the use of Bhutanese telecommunication services.

In almost all the kidnapping cases, kidnappers demanding ransoms use B-mobile services, as the network is available across the border.  This also means that the kidnapers making calls from B-mobile numbers are not far from the [... Read More]

Making the most out of milk

IMG_20140910_161906Lucrative: Pam villagers turns to livestock

The Pam Dairy Cooperative was one of the first of its kind and remains one of the most successful

Enterprise: It is the nearest village to the Trashigang town.  The land is fertile, although not flat, and can grow almost everything.  But Pam village, about five kilometres from Trashigang, town has never specialised in growing or rearing anything until recently.

They grew potatoes and were idle most of the summer.  The poorer lot worked in [... Read More]

Strict rules on Sue shamu collection

The intention is to integrate harvesting under non-wood forest products rules

Mushroom: With Seu shamu (exidia), commonly called jelly mushroom, fetching better prices every year, foresters have now joined villagers in protecting the precious fungus.

To tighten their grip on collection of non-wood forest products (NWFP) like Seu shamu, collection of the fungus, which has began in Tang, Ura and Chumey in Bumthang, can only be done by forming farmers’ groups.  Farmers will now have [... Read More]

Picture story

Eminent member of the National Council Tashi Wangmo speaks to women entrepreneurs of India and Bhutan yesterday at Terma Linca resort, Thimphu. A 51-member women delegation from Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) ladies organisation (FLO) are in the country from September 10 to 14 to expand and explore business opportunities.


Men held for alleged rape of schoolgirl

Crime: Tsirang police have detained a 24-year-old man on September 6 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.

The incident reportedly took place on the evening of September 5, when the victim was returning home from school.  The girl Is a class four student in one of the schools in Tsirang.

Tsirang police said the victim, along with a friend, were returning home, when they realised that the accused was following them.  He first followed the [... Read More]

First wind power project to generate 600KW


Energy: The country’s 600kw (kilowatt) pilot wind power project at Rubesa, Wangdue should be up and ready by February 2016, generating 1.21 million units of energy and earning a revenue of about Nu 2.5M a year.

After the Komaihaltec inc., a Japanese company, was selected from three bidders, a contract signed on July 22 and the project has commenced since September 1.

The project manager of wind power project division with Bhutan Power corporation (BPC), [... Read More]

OAG takes former councillor to court

Fraud: Thimphu district court’s bench four yesterday conducted the preliminary hearing on the alleged land fraud case involving a former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, yesterday.

The Office of the Attorney General charged Chang Ugyen, who was also the former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s vice president, for forging documents to increase his land holdings in 1987.

The attorney general, Phuntsho Wangdi, said the National Land Commission had conducted an inquiry, investigated the case, reviewed and forwarded [... Read More]

The RBP most wanted list

Posted on the police website are 14 criminals still at large for months

Crime: Six months ago, a 14-year-old girl in a remote village in Sarpang was raped.  Her parents reported the case to police.  As police had to walk for a day to reach the village, the accused ran away.  He is still at large.

Rapists, burglars, drug peddlers and even a person accused of armed robbery make up the list of 14 people, [... Read More]

To get the most out of social media

Education and media literacy are the keys, was the consensus at the BCMD ‘conversation’

Discussion: Education and media literacy are the keys to ensuring that social media is used positively rather than for negative intentions, it was agreed at a discussion titled ‘Exploring democracy – Conversation on regulating online media’ organised by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, yesterday.

The discussion was led by four speakers: information and communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji, two [... Read More]

Safe to drink tea: BAFRA

20 tea samples for 61 individual pesticides were tested in a laboratory in Thailand

Import: All imported tea brands in the market are safe to consume, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has confirmed, after conducting tests on the tea available in the market.

A study in India that claimed to have found pesticides in various Indian manufactured teas prompted the authority to conduct test on tea sold in the market.  Bhutan imports a [... Read More]

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