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Cordyceps exclusively for highlanders

cordycepAt display: Highlanders sort cordyceps

Highlanders convince authorities to reduce permit fee and royalty

Update: Highlanders will have all the yartsa goenbub (cordyceps) to themselves.

Unlike in the past, where a rule allowed other communities, based on request, to harvest cordyceps, the agriculture ministry will not allow anyone except highlanders to collect the prized fungi.

Forest and agriculture officials removed the clause that empowered the ministry to consider a community’s request to pick cordyceps while framing the rules and regulations recently.

Last [... Read More]

Editorial

Let’s eat our own

Agriculture is Bhutan’s mainstay. And this requires the country to give it a boost, not just in terms of policies and dreams, but in shape and weight that is real.

We are an agricultural country with over 79 percent of population involved in the sector. Yet the irony is that we do not produce enough to feed ourselves. This must necessitate us to think, earnestly and in good faith.

Not being able to produce our own and [... Read More]

Trashigang’s plans to reduce import

importDzongkhag officials, tshogpas and members of farmers’ groups during the meeting in Bikhar

Project: To promote domestic production, reduce food import, and increase rural household income, Trashigang dzongkhag is in the process of identifying small and medium scale industries in the dzongkhag.

This follows a Royal command in October last year, where His Majesty the King, during an audience with the 20 dzongdas, commanded to substitute and reduce import of goods like vegetables and dairy products, according to the dzongkhag’s planning officer, Wangchuk.

“We are here to identify [... Read More]

Picture story

Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Azhi Tshering Pem Wangchuck graced the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of Nazhoen Pelri Drug Rehabilitation Center in Tshaluna, Thimphu, yesterday.
Spread over 20 acres of land, the rehabilitation center will have 12 buildings to accommodate 60 people. The center will be equipped with health and fitness, meditation, psychosocial, and recreational facilities.
The Indian government funded the construction [... Read More]

Windstorm causes damage worth 1M in Samdrupjongkhar

windstormA makeshift hut that was damaged by the recent windstorm in Samdrupjongkhar

Assessment: Damaged caused by the recent windstorm in Samdrupjongkhar may cost the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) Nu 1M. This is excluding the major structural damages caused to two households, one at Thongpashing and the other in Drupchuthang.

The windstorm affected about 56 households in Samdrupjongkhar.

The report from the dzongkhag shows that damage caused was mostly minor and only a few roofs were blow off.

In Dewathang, 12 houses were damaged by the storm.  [... Read More]

TB still a major risk

graphTB case over the years Info: NTCP

Health: As health officials observed the World Tuberculosis Day at Gidakom hospital yesterday, they reminded themselves of the challenges they must grapple with still.

Of the many challenges of treating tuberculosis (TB), one is the directly observed treatment (DOT) implementation that ensures the TB patients to complete their medication.

In smear positive TB cases, patients have to remain in isolation for at least two weeks to avoid transmission. However, health officials said that they were [... Read More]

Dujom Yangsi presides drubchen and wang in the east

wangDevotees receive blessings from H.E Dujom Yangsi

Well-being: To bring peace and harmony in the country, an eight-day Phurpa Namcha Pudri drubchen (Vajra tradition) ceremony is being held at the Khoma duthro (cremation ground) in Lhuentse.

The drubchen is presided over by His Eminence Dujom Yangsi Sangay Pema Zhepa Rinpoche, Yodra Trulku and Khoma Lam Namdrol Zangpo along with some 300 monks and lay monks of Lhuentse rabdey and nearby goendeys and dratshangs.

Coinciding with the consecration ceremony of the newly built [... Read More]

City’s extends lead to six points

footballAssist: City’s mid fielder Passang takes the free kick that led to the opener

‘A’ Division: Thimphu City FC stretched their  lead by six points after comfortably seeing off second place Drukpol 3-0 yesterday.

While Drukpol, suffered its first defeat in four games, City is still unbeaten in the league after round five.

Thimphu City’s winger Chencho headed in to take a lead in the  23rd minute from a well-measured free kick from mid fielder Passang.

Drukpol sprung into action stunned by the lead and had a fair share of the [... Read More]

Community divided over mine approval

IMG_2073Controversial: The Khuenphen Norden mine in Khariphu, Thimphu

NEC, DGM and dzongkhag officials to continue investigation

Mining: The small community of Khariphu is divided and accusations are flying as the Khuenphen Norden mining awaits their approval to renew the lease of mining marble and crystalline limestone above the chiwog.

The mining lease expires next week, but of 46 households in Kharibji, Khabagang, Baerithangka, Sekina and Khariphu villages in the chiwog, only 33 have signed to agree for the renewal of the lease last [... Read More]

For a taller, smarter future generation

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Health: Sitting in a plush hotel’s conference room were men and women who could identify themselves with the various forms of nutritional deficiencies that they suffered from as a child, but apparently unnoticed by the unaware parents and community.

Some identified themselves as stunted, some anemic and some obese.  The men and women were participants of a high level stakeholders’ consultation on maternal and child nutrition at Tashi Taj in Thimphu. They were gathered [... Read More]

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