Tuesday , October 25 2016
  • Bhutan has 96 snow leopards survey finds

    The estimated population of the endangered cat globally is between 4,080-6,590

    Wildlife: Bhutan has 96 snow leopards (Panthera uncia) according to the first national snow leopard survey carried out by the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS).

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Three stabbings in two days

Crime: Police arrested a 25-year-old woman for stabbing her husband on August 27.

The incident occurred after midnight at Dharina, above Dechencholing in Thimphu.

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13 countries meet to strengthen measures against bird flu


A three-day workshop is being held in Paro

Workshop: The ongoing outbreaks of avian influenza are having an impact on public health, trade and economy of the several Asia-Pacific countries. Representatives from these countries are currently gathered for a workshop in Paro.

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Online street map for Thimphu city being developed


It is hoped that users will include information about towns and villages across Bhutan as well

Map: Thimphu thromde is currently coordinating several rounds of sensitisation and training on updating the OpenStreetMap (OSM) base map of Thimphu. OSM is a collaborative and participatory project to create freely accessible and editable maps of the world.

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Human-wildlife conflict hinders park management

Implementation of METT+ reveals that protected areas are well managed but effectiveness is limited

Environment: The protected areas in the country are well managed but its effectiveness is limited by low levels of both financial and technical resources, the country’s first system wide assessment of protected areas reveals.

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JDWNRH gets fertility clinic


Medical: With the inaugural of the first fertility clinic at the national referral hospital in Thimphu yesterday, couples who want to become parents but cannot for medical reasons can now get treatment in the country.

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Realtime road conditions info now online


The works and human settlement ministry also launched an info system on water and sanitation 

Connectivity: To help travellers avoid getting stranded or caught up in long queues at roadblocks, the Department of Roads (DoR) launched a road conditions information system that is available on both its website and as a mobile application.

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Differences in local leaders’ and MPs’ gratuity provision

Benefits: While local leaders, as per their local government members’ entitlement Act are not entitled to gratuity for retiring before the five-year term, Members of Parliament (MP) are eligible for gratuity even if they vacate the post before completing their term, as per the amended parliamentary entitlements Act 2014.

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Six govt. executives transferred

Transfer: Karma Tshering, formerly the director general of the Royal Institute of Management has been transferred to the Department of School Education as the new director general.

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Seventh edition of Mountain Echoes ends

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in conversation with Meru Gokhale on the last day of Mountain Echoes yesterday.

Mountain Echoes 2016: The seventh edition of Mountain Echoes came to an end with the Chief Royal Patron of Mountain Echoes, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck sharing an intimate time with the audience and participants in a hall that was packed beyond its capacity in Thimphu yesterday.

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My Country, My Town

  • Back-up security: Just the sheer number of locks on this gate, it is hoped, will dissuade any would-be burglar/s Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS, MoAF
  • Ominous sign: If such is the state of the instructions, one shudders to countenance the shape of the equipment Photo by Dawa Yoezer
  • The perils of alcoholism: Wonder how much the sleeper will get charged for parking Photo by Tshewang Chogyel, DBCW, Khasadrapchu, Thimphu
  • Nothing is safe nowadays: Still it’s hard to figure out what exactly is under lock and key here Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS, MoAF
  • Crate expectations: Either a bumper apple crop is expected or the harvest turned out to be below par Photo by Pema Tshering, RBG, Thimphu
  • Plastic in place of plants: The presence of this manmade material is all-pervasive on the planet Photo by Pema Tshering, RBG, Thimphu